Wondering what to make for the Super Bowl? Hot From The Kettle has recipes from two of Monclair's most talented chefs, Michael Carrino, owner of Restaurant Passionne, 77 Walnut St. Montclair, and Chef Tre Goshal from Market, 12 Church St.
The recipes are remarkably easy and can be prepared ahead of kickoff. So forget the box of frozen apps and tubs of microwave dips, and give these a try. I’m pretty sure they’ll satisfy the most discerning foodie.
Bacon and Cheese Buttery Bites
1 tube of crescent roll dough
1 pound cream cheese
1 pound pack of thin sliced smoked bacon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1. Allow cream cheese to soften slightly. In a small mixing bowl, season the cream cheese with salt and pepper. Roll seasoned cream cheese into small balls about the size of a large marble. Place cheese balls on non stick cookie tray and refrigerate for 20 – 30 minutes or until cheese is chilled
2. Remove from refrigerator. Wrap cheese in small pieces of the pastry dough. Cut bacon into 2 inch strips and wrap around the pastry- enclosed cheese. Use a tooth pick to hold the bacon in place.
3. Bake at 350 degrees or until bacon is cooked to your liking.
4. Variation: to make a spicy version add ½ tsp cayenne pepper and ½ tsp sugar to the cream cheese
Super Bowl Sausage Chili
8oz diced smoked Tasso
8 oz diced Chorizo sausage
8oz diced Andouille sausage
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 large minced onion
1 cup diced fresh tomato
1 cup chili sauce
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1 tsp cumin
4 Tbs honey
Salt and black pepper to taste
1. In a large heavy bottom pot heat 2 tbs oil and add sausage.
2. When meat has begun to sweat out add onions and garlic. Sweat until aromatic.
3. Add tomato, chili sauce, oregano, cumin and honey. Bring to a simmer.
4. Adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes then allow to cool.
5. Reserve and heat when needed.
Recommendation: the chili is best when left for a day or two to allow the flavors to really macerate, and it only gets better with time
Thank you for sharing Chef Carrino! Here are Chef Ghoshal's east Indian inspired Super Bowl offerings.