Wednesday, February 1, 2012

More Super Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday!

A few weeks ago it was crab cakes. Today I’m talking chips—homemade chips baked in drizzles of healthy extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with salt, paprika and maybe a few red pepper flakes if you’re looking for a little kick to go with that half-time beer.

Veggie chips give you that same “can’t stop eating these” immense satisfaction you get from commercial potato chips, while letting you keep the girlish figure we NFL fans obsess about. All joking aside, I really do have some great chips up my sleeve that will have both the Patriots and the Giants in the room asking for more.

You may want some clarification on the first batch of chips. They are called kohlrabi chips. How do you pronounce the name of this German turnip? “COAL-RAH-BEE”. It’s a darn cute little vegetable—click here to see a photo. It could be tricky to buy since it’s growing season doesn’t start until May (runs through November), but I’ve actually seen it for sale in Wal-Mart Superstores and know that, once blanched and frozen, you can keep this tasty veggie on tap in your kitchen for up to 6 months.

Kitchen Must Haves or KMH for this Project

I slice my kohlrabi with my favorite Kitchen Must Have, the mandolin—a great chef’s version of which can be purchased on Amazon. This KMH will slice up your chips so that they look more like fries. Any way you slice them, your kohlrabi chips will be well received—the simplicity of them is as beautiful as your team winning!

Another great veggie-turned-chip from the cabbage family is kale. It doesn’t need a deep-fryer to turn into a delicious snack either—just your largest cookie sheet and a pre-heated oven. Kale chips came highly recommended by a member at one of the community gardens I volunteer in. She showed me the kale growing like crazy in her assigned garden bed, and—like others on the internet who rave about these easy-to-make chips—used the word “addictive.” She said she uses a little bit of red pepper flakes on hers. I can imagine adding all kinds of interesting signature flavors to homemade chips—and don’t even get me started on all the homemade dips you can make with another underrated KMH, the food processor! Get out the roasted red pepper cheese spread!

Speaking of favorite things, I want to recommend a page from Nana’s Kitchen that has plenty of game watching toys for better entertaining. Click the Sundays With Da Family link to see all the wares that’ll make your parties rock better than the half-time entertainment. Here’s a list:
·         --All-Clad 99009 Stainless-Steel 6-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker—for those obligatory baked beans you see on so many yummy game day buffet lines!
·         --Superbowl Parties Chip and Dip Bowl—the main event on this list
·         --Salad On Ice™ Serving Bowl for those game day snacks and burger garnishes that need to stay crisp and fresh
·         --Heart-Shaped Chopping Block: I threw this in because it’s February and Valentine’s Day is on the heels of Super Bowl XLII  

Am REALLY starting to crave salty snacks just writing this...and the game is still days away…Better get to the Farmer’s Market or check in with the CSA.

May the best man win!

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