Sunday afternoon and evening, let the big game parties begin as millions will gather to watch football...or watch commercials...or watch the halftime show, but everyone will be eating.

How about something other than a block of Velveeta and Rotel mixed together?  

I've learned through the wisdom of the ladies in my house that the Pioneer Woman on the Food Network is to cooking what J.J. Watt is to football.  So, I decided to take a look at her website to see if she had any fresh ideas for dishes for the big game get-togethers.


The Pioneer Woman has gathered together many of her appetizers and desserts from previous shows and placed them under a 'Super Bowl' blog.  I have looked through them all and have selected my favorites and, in fact, I plan on trying to make some of these myself.

By the way, that thud you just heard was my wife fainting.

What do you get when you combine sausage (or chorizo), diced bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and lots and lots of Monterey Jack cheese, and then serve it in the skillet that you made it in?  Queso fundido would be correct, however, we would have also accepted cheese lover's paradise.  When you dip a chip into something and you still have strings of cheese hanging from your chin a few minutes later, that's a good thing.

If you think the name sounds great, wait til you see the photo of the finished product.  The icing is so thick on these that you don't measure it in layers, you measure it in stories.  For those of you that like to pour all kinds of sweeteners and creamers into your coffee, now you can pour your coffee into your sweets.

The beauty of this dish is that you can go crazy with the variations.  Just like pizza, you can use ingredients like Italian sausage, pepperoni, olives, Canadian bacon, pineapple, and numerous types of cheeses to explore numerous potato skin creations and  combinations.

Place as many dips as you want in front of me, I'm always going to go for the guacamole first.  This recipe intrigued me because I love grilled corn.  Plus, if someone already has the outside grill fired up then you've got the perfect place to grill the corn.  Add some avocados, tomatoes, sale, pepper, garlic and cumin and you're on your way to a guacamole score.

Curiosity more than anything makes me want to try and taste the dish.  In fact, I probably wouldn't invest the time in this if it weren't for the Pioneer Woman giving it her endorsement.  Chipotle Peppers, Brown Sugar, and Dr. Pepper, along with a sizable pork butt make up this offering.  Just take the juicy pork and place it in mini-tortillas and you're good to go.

Of course, Pioneer Woman features many other great ideas for the big game party.  The Knock You Naked Brownies certainly caught my attention and Quesadillas de Camarones (shrimp) look awesome.

Have a great party and go Cowboys! Go Texans!...Go Guacamole!



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