Sunday, February 7, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Feast for Superbowl Sunday!

Trying out a few new recipes today! I thought we wouldn't be grilling, I figured the Griller needed a break, and as sweet as he is to brave the cold for us, it is sort of freezing out! So I said I'd do everything in the oven and my trusty grill pan! Nope, he was all for grilling! Probably because hot dogs were involved. I opted to hang outside, between my hot flashes and his idea of high heat charring, I mean grilling, it wasn't bad at all! Kind of funny, the Griller first thought I was calling him a Gorilla. Must be the New Yawk accent! Nice to know he pays attention somewhat when I tell him about the posts!

The big kid definitely wanted wings today, and I tried something new. My friend, Woodie, posted or mentioned, can't remember which, it's not like I pay complete attention all the time. or even some of the time :) Sorry Woodie! but I did remember your great reviews and I did get the recipe right! We loved them! I didn't use Scotch Bonnets though, not even one, that would probably have killed my 80 year old mother! and don't ever say that I mentioned her age either! I used a couple jalapeno's. We're all ok with that! I remembered to pick up scallions, but of course forgot to put them in.We grilled the scallions and had them with the wings, instead of on the wings. Good save!

and a first for us...Michigan Chili Dogs! I'm lover of sauerkraut and mustard with my hot dog. No deviation! but this was mentioned and I just had to try. BURP! Excuse me, but this was definitely worth the indigestion! It really, really was! Loved this. Topped with raw, sweet onion.

These little chick pea snacks are thoroughly addicting. The big kid didn't love them at first, but by the second handful was totally addicted! Miss Picky already wants another batch for tomorrow! Go heavy with the spices and add a little cayenne pepper for kick, you'll need to make a bigger batch!



Crispy Chickpeas
Source: recipe by Jason Travi - Food and Wine, February 2010
Printable Recipe

3 cups vegetable oil, for frying
Three 15-ounce cans chickpeas—drained, rinsed and patted dry
1 1/2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin (I used more like 2 tablespoons and added a little cayenne pepper)
1 cup all-purpose flour

In a large saucepan, heat the oil to 350°. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. In a medium bowl, toss the chickpeas with the coriander and cumin. Add the flour and toss until the chickpeas are coated; transfer to a sieve and tap off the excess flour.

Add one-third of the chickpeas at a time to the hot oil and fry, stirring occasionally, until they are browned and crispy, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chickpeas to the paper towels to drain and sprinkle liberally with salt. Let the vegetable oil return to 350° between batches. Let the chickpeas cool, then transfer them to a bowl and serve.

The fried chickpeas can kept at room temperature for up to 4 hours.

Mikey's Jamaican Jerk Wings
Source: AnnieWoodie
Printable Recipe

4 Scotch Bonnet chilies (or any hot pepper, amount depending upon your taste - we use much less than called for!)
1 bunch scallions (both white & green parts, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 shallots - halved
1 small onion - quartered
2 cloves of peeled garlic
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons chopped thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons ground allspice
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup of water

This is enough to marinate 4 pounds of meat

Combine chiles, scallions, shallots, onion, garlic, ginger, thyme, allspice, oil, soy, lime juice, sugar, salt, pepper, and water. Blend in a blender until smooth,
Marinate from a few hours to several days and grill until done.

Mike's quick tip, sprinkle extra thyme while grilling.

Michigan Sauce (for hot dogs)
Source: Woodie's Ticonderoga Bicentennial Cookbook via Cindy
Printable Recipe

1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
dash cayenne pepper (optional)
1 cup ketchup
1/2 pound hamburger meat

Cook onions until soft, add remaining ingredients. Cook until meat is completely cooked and is the desired consistency you like!

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges with Chipotle Mayo Dipping Sauce
Source: Internet search, adapted recipes
Printable Recipe

4 or 5 sweet potatoes, unpeeled, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
Serve with Chipotle Mayo Dipping Sauce

Toss sweet potato wedges with oil in a ziploc bag. Sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Shake the bag (remember to zip it closed! Been there, done that!)
Place on baking sheet in single layer. Bake at 375 degrees F, 40 - 50 minutes, until tender and lightly browned on edges.

Chipotle Mayo Dipping Sauce

1 -2 chipotle in adobo sauce, plus a teaspoon or more of adobo sauce to taste
1 cup mayonnaise
squeeze of fresh lime (optional)

Mix 1 or 2 chipotle in adobo sauce, and a little bit of the adobo sauce (to taste, use more or less!) with 1 cup mayonnaise. You can also add a squeeze of fresh lime juice!

Serve hot wedges with dipping sauce.

Joining Mary at the Little Red House for Mosaic Monday! Check out the other fabulous Mosaics over at the Little Red House.


  1. What a SUPER mosaic! ;)

    My husband would love your hot dog, but he would be thrilled with a sauerkraut and mustard one too. The wings sounds interesting, but I really like the looks of the chickpeas. ... Finally got around to making roasted cauliflower last night. Chickpeas go into my "to try" pile. Hopefully I'll make them quicker than I did the cauliflower.

  2. I am not a hot dog fan, but I sure would try the chick peas, just because I love them. How creative.

  3. yummm, thats one great feast. can i come over :).

  4. Food glorious food!! Everything looks delicious! crispy chickpeas...I'll have to try that!

  5. Everything looks just oh so good! We just love hot dogs around here! lol

  6. yummy mosaic! i really want to try the fried chickpeas.

  7. Wow the chick pea recipe is a new one for me and is so interesting and one that I think we would enjoy eating. Wish I was at your house today for the game as you had some good food. We just had Pizza since we had no company this year and watched the game in our PJs:)

  8. My tiny mouth is watering!! This all looks so good!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. You must have been buzzin around that kitchen like crazy making everything!

    Have never had or even seen chickpeas before... we're so sheltered here in the midwest! Looked good though..nice and healthy!

    Can't beat a good "dog"..the sauce sounds great.

    Looks like you had quite the spread for the big game... no smoke alarm going off???

  10. So many good recipes! My husband and I love chick peas and I've never tried them fried like this before...that looks so good! A healthy snack.

  11. Your wings sounds so yummy and your recipes look delicous. I am so upset that the doctor told me not to eat spicy food anymore. I loved it.

  12. Carol, please send me the leftovers! What a wonderful menu for game and family day!

  13. Your photographs are a feast for the eyes, as well - thanks for sharing!

  14. Looks like a feast! And your team won..what could be better!
    Mr Linky is missing again I see . Mary is out looking for him. He really is very unreliable!

  15. I'm glad you liked the wings! So much pressure when you know someone is making a recipe that you have recommended! I'll let our Mikey know that you liked them!

    I do need to correct you on something - you didn't have a "Michigan Chili Dog". You had a "Michigan". Period. Just "A Michigan". If you had two then you had Two Michigans. (A chili dog is a totally different ballgame :) Gotta get it right, ya know.

  16. Carol, what a game day feast! Lots of cooking for you and I think it was all a hit.

  17. I saw those chickpeas on FG and made a bee-line to the recipe too, I thought they looked so good! Glad to hear they are as good as they look. Everything you made looks wonderful! I'm saving a copy of Woodie's wings recipe too.

  18. YUM! If someone made treats like these, I might have WATCHED the Super Bowl! Everything looks delicious ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

  19. What a feast you had! I would love to try those chickpeas and I know I would love the sweet potato fries with the chipolte mayo. When you grill ... you guys grill, what an assortment!

  20. Those chick peas look delicious...

  21. Wow, you really did cook a feast! Everything sounds so good. I'd love to try those fried garbanzos, but no way am I frying 'em, lol. Love the sweet potato/chipotle combo ... it works so many different ways!

    Oh, and I like AnnieWoodie. Think I'll call her AW from now on like the root beer. ;)

  22. YUm, what a great super bowl dinner you all had!

  23. Great recipes, and being a Michigander....I love those dogs!!


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