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Big Game 2018


With the Big Game coming right up, I’ve already started planning for the big party we’ll be having to watch the showdown.

To be honest, the event, for me, is more about the food, friends and fun than it actually is about the game, and I love gathering family and friends around me to share a good time!

Luckily, Brookshire’s has everything I need to make the Big Game party a fun and effortless event to host. I usually serve appetizers and finger foods that we can eat sitting on the floor, or perched on the sofa around the coffee table.

I can pick up paper plates, napkins, disposable utensils and plastic cups at Brookshire’s, too, as well as bags of ice, lots of napkins and, of course, a great selection of beverages, including bottled water, sodas, teas, beer and wine.

Be sure to grab some bags of chips and go around to the deli for delicious seven-layer dip or another fun dip of your choice. The deli even has heat-and-serve wings, if you’re looking for something easy to serve.

Another option is ordering a party tray in advance from the deli. Meats, cheeses, seafoods and spreads are all available to lighten the load for you on game day.

Of course, if you’re ready to tackle some culinary delights, we have some great recipes for you to try. These three appetizers, I think, are a great combination of proteins and carbs, all with great flavors, of course, that are fun and easy to eat on game day!

Grilled Shrimp with Romesco SauceGrilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce
Prep Time:1 hour
Cook Time:30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
2 slices crunchy rustic-style bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup almonds
1 lb ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 Tbs paprika
1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
8 oz canned roasted red peppers
3/4 cup olive oil
16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 lb)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350° F. In bowl, soak bread cubes in vinegar for 20 minutes. Toast almonds for 10 to 15 minutes, watching closely. (Don’t burn.) Let almonds cool completely. Grind them in food processor until finely ground but not oily. (Do not overprocess.)

Add vinegar-soaked bread, tomatoes, paprika, salt, pepper and red peppers to processor. Grind together briefly until evenly pureed. With motor running, add olive oil in thin stream. Mix quickly until all ingredients are just incorporated.

To grill shrimp, brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with coarse salt and freshly cracked pepper. Once cooked, serve hot with romesco sauce.

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Homemade Tater TotsHomemade Tater Tots
Preparation Time:45 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
canola oil, for frying
4 russet potatoes, peeled
1 1/2 Tbs salt, plus more for seasoning
1 tsp cracked black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions
In deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, pour enough oil to come halfway up sides of pot. Heat to 375° F. Finely shred potatoes on fine box grater. Season potatoes with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Wait for 5 minutes. Put potatoes in kitchen towel, and squeeze out excess liquid.

Put potatoes in medium-sized bowl along with egg; mix well. Add flour; stir to combine. Stir in cayenne, paprika and garlic powder. Add salt and pepper to taste. (The mixture should be workable but dry.)

Form potatoes into balls or tots. Fry in batches until golden-brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from fryer; drain on paper towel-lined tray. Immediately season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving platter or bowl to serve.

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Chorizo meatballs with chipotle-maple cream sauceChorizo meatballs with chipotle-maple cream sauce
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients

Meatballs
1/2 lb fresh chorizo
1/2 lb ground chuck
1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg

Sauce
2 chipotle peppers, minced
2 Tbs adobo sauce
4 Tbs sour cream
4 Tbs maple syrup

Instructions
Place all meatball ingredients in large bowl. Using your hands, blend ingredients thoroughly. Make balls the size of golf balls or any size you prefer. Refrigerate until needed. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place meatballs on cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked all the way through. Serve with dipping sauce.

To make sauce, mix minced chipotle peppers and adobo sauce together. Combine with sour cream and maple syrup in blender. Chill before serving with meatballs.

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