If you're going to be parked on the couch for several hours heavily invested (or not) in a sporting event, might as well have some great food to keep you company. Forget bags of chips and delivery pizza - we're doing Super Bowl Sunday our way. Brought to you by the spirited home cooks' community at Food52.
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Most dips involve dumping a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and mixing them until smooth. If the ingredients are good quality, you'll end up with something worth dipping a chip into, but if you're like singing_baker and you tweak some of those ingredients, you'll end up with an unforgettable hors d'oeuvre. - Amanda & Merrill
Serves 12 as an appetizer
For Roasted Fennel:
1 Large or 2 Small Fennel Bulbs, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic still in papery shell
Salt and Pepper
For the Cannellini Bean puree:
3/4 cups Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and minced
2 1/2 cups Cooked Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, Chopped
1 tablespoon Lemon juice, Freshly squeezed
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
1. First make the roasted fennel. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the fennel and garlic cloves in the olive oil and spread on a sheet pan. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes, turning twice during cooking. Take out and let cool. When cool squeeze the roasted garlic out of their skins.
2. Start the cannellini bean puree. In a small frying pan heat 1/2 cup olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic cloves and cook until lightly golden, add rosemary and cannellini beans and cook for one minute more. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Take it off the heat.
3. In a food processor combine the garlic bean mixture, fennel, roasted garlic, lemon juice, remaining 1/4 olive oil and all but 3 tablespoons of the parmigiano-reggiano. Puree until smooth.
4. Raise oven temp to 450 degrees. Transfer puree into a small baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Feel free to add more. If your dish is near full, place it on a baking sheet, in case it bubbles over in the oven. Bake until cheese is golden on top, about 15-20 minutes. Serve with crostini. Enjoy!
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We always love hors d'oeuvres that can be made ahead and fried up quickly for a party, and these addictive Spanish croquetas fit the bill. The cheesy, ham-flecked dough is a cross between a choux (without the egg) and a floury bechamel. Once it cools and thickens up, you can put little (or big) helpers on ball-rolling duty. The crust fries up shaggy and golden from the panko, and the paprika aioli is pretty in pink, with an assertive garlic punch. - Amanda & Merrill
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Caramelized Onion Dip
Patience pays off here -- take your time caramelizing the onions. First, the onions will give off a lakeful of liquid. Let it boil off slowly, and by the time the onions begin to caramelize -- it took ours at least an hour -- they'll be as soft as pudding and deeply concentrated in flavor. Their sweetness infuses the entire dip, and while the rest of the ingredients are the classic onion dip foundation -- sour cream, cream cheese, and chives -- this one will be better than any you've had before. Note: We halved the recipe and had plenty for 6-8 (not ravenous) dip eaters. - Amanda & Merrill
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Lately I've been thinking many thoughts about chili. It is obvious stuff -- good in the winter, perfect bring-from-home lunch, easy to improvise. I tried many online recipes, but felt torn by choices: white beans or pinto, carrots or coffee etc so I mixed a few together until I got a result I fancied. - Jestei
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