Superbowl Sunday

I don't really watch professional football much...but it's still fun to get together for the biggest game of the year- and that we did. Jillian was a little overwhelmed at the clapping and yelling at the TV, but other than that she had a good time. She liked watching Sarah's dogs (first time she'd ever seen one) and she wished she could've eaten all the delicious food I kept tempting her with. 
Speaking of delicious food...I love an excuse to try a new recipe.


Bacon Jalapeno Poppers 
(courtesy of blogchef.net)


6 fresh jalapeno peppers (halved lengthwise and seeded)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
Dash of onion powder
Dash of garlic powder
12 slices bacon
2 stalks green onion

1. Blend cream cheese, onion & garlic powder and chives
2. Stuff in jalapeno halves
3. Wrap in bacon, secure with toothpick
4. Bake @ 325 for 45-50 minutes
5. Prepare for your house to take on the aroma of Denny's

These were one of the faves. 

Bite-sized Baked Brie
(courtesy of joythebaker.com)

2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but still cold
1/2 wedge of brie, cold
1/3 cup cherry jam (or any flavor you fancy!)
1 large egg, beaten
splash of milk

All-butter, store bought puff pastry  usually comes frozen and folded into thirds.  We’re going to use these folded thirds to our advantage.  Cut the puff pastry into thirds along the creases.  Cut each panel into four pieces.  They’ll be 2 1/4-inch tall and 3-inches wide.  One sheet of puff pastry will yield 12 rectangles.  Cut each rectangle in half.  You’ll have 24 little rectangles that will create 12 little rectangle pockets.

Combine beaten egg and splash of milk.  Brush 12 of the small rectangles with egg wash.  If you’d like to make brie bites on sticks, now is the time!  Place a popsicle stick halfway up the puff pastry and press in gently.  Place a small sliver of brie (rind and all) on top of the egg wash (and stick).  Top with about 1/2 teaspoon of cherry jam.  Take another square of puff pastry and press between your fingers to make the rectangle slightly bigger.  Place puff pastry on top of the cheese and jam.  Use a fork to press the edges together.  The egg wash will act as a glue.  Make sure to seal the edges well by crimping with the fork.
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Place prepared brie bites on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Brush with egg wash.  Sprinkle with a touch of coarsely ground sea salt.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

These were good, if you like brie. This was my first time trying brie, and I'm actually not a fan. They still looked pretty to me though. 

Hope you had fun eating good junk food and yelling at your TV too. ;-)

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