Welcome travelers and food lovers to this week’s blog. It’s not just another day in America. It’s Super Bowl time. For those of you that are not up to speed on what the Super Bowl is, it’s the final winner take all game for the National Football League. The Super Bowl parties have grown to a scale of hundreds of millions of viewers. Why? For the game? For the funny commercials? Or is it the entertainment? The Super Bowl party is one of the major entertaining parties of the year. The fans, commercials, food. Oh yeah… There is the game to. The great thing about this type of party is that it’s relatively easy going for the host(s) and the guests. So don’t hold back on the TVs in every room and the copious and various types of food and drinks. The high strung competition level during the Super Bowl brings out the best in everyone.
- Do as much as you can ahead of time as you can. This will give you more time to entertain.
- Raw vegetables are a healthy choice and easy to prepare.
- Finger foods are a hit and can be prepared the day before.
- Crock-Pots are a great way to keep food warm.
- Chicken wings are always a fan favorite for the party.
- A nacho bar is a tasty and an inexpensive treat to feed the crowd.
As requested by the Traveling Foody family and friends we will be providing the party goers with elk meatballs. One will be with a cranberry chili sauce and the other with a root beer bbq sauce. Both are very special and very yummy. Below is the recipe for the elk meatballs in cranberry chili sauce. You can make the root beer bbq sauce the same way by combining 1 part of your favorite root beer and 1 part bbq sauce. This recipe and others can be found in our book Around the World in 80 Recipes, which can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Damien-T.-De-Witte/e/B0080YZEU4 in both hard copy and Kindle formats.
Elk Meatballs with Cranberry Chili Sauce
- 2 lbs Elk meat or combine 1 lb ground elk and 1 lb ground pork
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ cup dry Italian bread crumbs
- ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon catsup
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon dried basil
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- ¼ Tablespoon pepper
- 1 (10 oz) Heinz Chili Sauce
- 1 (10 oz) Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry sauce
In a bowl, combine meatball ingredients; mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on rack in shallow roasting pan. Bake at 350°F 10 to 15 minutes. Remove meatballs.
Combine jelly and chili sauce in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until jelly is melted, stirring to mix well. Add meatballs. Simmer for ½ hour on stovetop or place in crockpot on high for 1 hour or low for 2 hours.
-Damien – The Traveling Foody