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small snacks for a few or a crowd


super bowl snacks made easy

easy to shop.  easy to prep.  easy to eat.

as fancy as i love to get for the big game or any game, the fact is i don’t want to send the whole game in the kitchen.  i chose 3 vehicles that give you room to get creative if you don’t want to stick to the recipes.  you will also see gluten free options as well.  so, check these ideas & recipes out then get in the kitchen before the game!

mini sandwiches


long live cocktail bread!  i remember this stuff from back in the day when my grandmother would make me open faced deviled ham sandwiches with this stuff.  it DID take 2 grocery stores to find it, but totally worth it.  you can really do anything with this stuff. it comes in everything from sourdough to rye, so pick your favorite.  i happened to have pastrami, so a pastrami sandwich was a given.  then of course, who can deny a BLT? no one.  i picked the classic up a bit & it turned out great!

makes 12 sandwiches each

grilled pastrami

i am a pastrami addict.  i put it on eggs, on pizzas, in lettuce cups… anything.

i kept the coleslaw simple to let the rest of the ingredients shine.  i get my pastrami at trader joe’s and it is great find.  when getting it from the deli, just ask for it thinly sliced.   if you are gluten free, there are many alternatives. use gluten free bread, cut into four square pieces.  even the gluten free baguettes, thinly sliced work well.   these should be done in batches, i did 6 at a time.  just preheat your oven to 200 to keep them warm on a cookie sheet.

24 slices of your choice cocktail bread (i used sourdough)
1 pound pastrami
6 slices of provolone cheese
coleslaw (recipe follows)
homemade secret sauce (recipe follows)
butter, at room temperature

secret sauce coleslaw

2 cups coleslaw mix of your choice
1/2 cup mayo
2 tablespoon cider or rice vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons finely chopped bread & butter pickles
3 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickles
3 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
1 small clove of garlic, grated
salt & pepper

. combine all ingredients & season with salt & pepper

*can be made a day ahead of time

to assemble sandwiches

. heat large skillet to medium high
. spread butter on 6 slices of bread
. build sandwich on UNBUTTERED bread in this order: pastrami, coleslaw, cheese, sauce & top with buttered bread (butter side up)
. in skillet melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter
. place built sandwiches into skillet & let the bottom gets golden brown
. flip them over for the same golden brown results then serve immediately or throw in the oven to keep warm

toasted BLT 

keep this one simple or throw some upgrades in there like i did by using peppered bacon & garlic mayo.

24 slices of bread
3 roma tomatoes
16 slices of bacon, cooked and broken in half halves
3-4 roma or plum tomatoes, sliced & placed on paper towels to get out extra moisture
butter lettuce
garlic mayo (recipe follows)
salt & pepper

garlic mayo 

2/3 cup mayo (i only use duke’s)
1-2 small cloves of garlic, grated (use garlic to taste)
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
salt & pepper

. combine mayo, garlic, & lemon zest
. season with salt & pepper

to assemble sandwiches

. toast all bread in a toaster & set aside
. spread all bread with garlic mayo
. build sandwich in this order: bread (mayo side in), lettuce, tomato, bacon (3 pieces per sandwich), salt & pepper & bread (mayo side in)

mini tacos


you can do these with all kinds of shells.  larger flour or corn tortillas into 4 inch rounds, you can fry them or bake them… then world is yours.  which if you are gluten free, means you have just as many options as the next person.  even butter lettuce would work as a vehicle.  i decided to use these mini taco boats because of size & ease to fill then eat.  kept the meat old school & topped with for traditional ingredients.  again, let your mind get creative & fill with anything you want.

makes 12 tacos

1 package (12 shells) mini taco boats
1 1/2 pounds 15/85 beef
3/4 of taco mix packet or make your own (i use equal parts cumin, chili powder & garlic then season to taste with salt)
1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
1 cup seeded chopped tomatoes of your choice
2/3 cup of crumbled quest fresco (about 1/3 of wheel)
1/2 large white onion, finely chopped
crema for drizzling

for prep & assembly

. bake taco boats as directed (i throw a little butter on the baking sheet for extra crispiness)
. cooking beef over medium high heat until brown
. add spices & mix until well combined
. build your taco boat. top it with the above or anything you want really.  chorizo & potato.  chipotle chicken.  marinaded skirt steak.

chicken & waffles


this trusty duo can do no wrong. it’s just how to make it easy to consume.  ideally, i would like to use the beauty of chick-fila nuggets, but there isn’t one near me.  so, i just go for the best frozen variety that i can find. eggs minis are perfection.  if you are gluten free, just cut 3 inch rounds out of gluten free waffles, do open faced so that it saves your waffles & money.  gluten free nuggets are everywhere as well. top as you please,  i went with a super simple prep using a combo of sweet & salty.

makes 24 bites

24 eggo mini waffles, cooked as directed
24 chicken nuggets, baked as directed
maple herb butter (recipe follows)

for maple herb butter

1 stick unsalted butter
3 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons of fresh herbs, whole leaves, i used thyme & rosemary
2 tablespoon fresh herbs, finely chopped
salt & pepper

. place butter & herbs into microwave safe bowl
. microwave on power level 3 for 3 minutes, do not quicken this because it allows the butter to become infused
. remove herbs & add maple syrup

to assemble

. break up eggos to make single waffles
. drizzle a bit of butter on waffles
. top with chicken nugget & drizzle again with honey
. Salt & pepper to taste & top with fresh top herb

food bites… another baller brunch

i am always a fan of finding shit in the fridge on a sunday afternoon. brunch is always an easy way to combine things for a delightful plate that will break any healthy food habits.  the base is cheese whiz, yes cheese whiz.  the next layer is a combination of potatoes, onions, garlic & smoked chicken sausage. add soft scrambled eggs then topped with chives & garlic hot sauce.  should have topped it with more cheese whiz, notes for next time.  

the happy place that is rose’s luxury 

when your brother that has lived in florida is willing to stand in line in windy dc for dinner, you say yes!    the hype that is rose’s luxury is worth the line, just know how to work it right.  first, don’t lunch.  if you get in at 515, get ready to eat.  we parked ourselves at the bar, told our awesome server/bartender  that we were going to be there awhile.  grabbed our first round of drinks and began to narrow down what we going to pick out of already almost perfected menu.  We ordered 5 plates, an added bonus was a treat from our server and the warm potato bread with delicious butter and we knew we were in for a good time.  the food speaks for itself, so i won’t get too much into that.  just know that the signature pork lychee salad is where my food happy place lives.  cocktails &a booze selection were obviously hand selected.  the ambiance was delightful in my book.  the service was wonderful, know the rules and they are welcoming with open arms for the experience you are looking for.   it’s worth the wait and if you are expecting a great booze program, wonderful food, a cozy place and friendly folks.  this will be a staple when my brother comes home to visit for sure.

food bites… breakfast sandwich game strong

sunday mornings call for yummy breakfasts.  egg whites, american cheese, bacon & ripe tomatoes glued together by a buttery english muffin.  in this case a gluten free one! it is hard to find gluten free replacements for things like this, they are dry or get soggy.  they absorb delicious condiments like mayo or butter to the point that you can’t taste it, i want to taste my butter, dammit!  this english muffin is made by Glutino and they are the best option on the market! happy sunday!

food bites… national taco day! 

because who wouldn’t want to start their day with breakfast tacos?  especially on national taco day!  scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, cheese sauce, tomatoes, cilantro & hot sauce.  happiness.

oh hey, cape may!

first stop, cape may brewing company.  great beer, killer swag shop & great atmosphere.  

website: http://capemaybrewery.com/

second stop, beach plum farm.  this amazing place is cute & happens to provide local hotels, resorts & restaurants with all things fresh.  add a cute marketplace for ceramics to a selection of yummy food to enjoy on the farm & instant happiness occcurs.  the tomato sandwich couldn’t have been more simple, but so so so perfect.

Website: http://www.caperesorts.com/experiences/capemay/beachplumfarm

the beach, these photos say it all. 

Website: http://www.caperesorts.com/hotels/capemay/congresshall/

congress hall, i will go on to rave about this place below.  photos are of the beachfront look of the hotel & the amazing cocktails had at the brown room every night of our stay. 

when my mom suggested for us to get our toes in the sand for a few days, i said “let’s go somewhere new”.  she was all about it & into our hands fell cape may.  only 3 hours from home, we hurried & booked our hotel quickly.  congress hall, the oldest beach resort in america at a great price, done deal.  this place has 3 places to eat & drink, plus beach food service… want the pool?  add lounge service cocktail service.  not to mention 2 maid services a day, valet parking & wifi all for free… what!?!? the food is amazing, the hotel is charming & the beach tent service came in handy when i got burnt.  well worth the extra money for comfort, relaxation & happiness it brings. i am hoping cape may has made the impression on my mom as it has on me, i want to come here year after year.  We didn’t get back in the car our entire visit & the laid back vibe won me over.  i did a few “food bites” posts on my love for this place & in the above photos, you can see why this place is a pure treasure.  

food bites… cape may part three… tisha’s fine dining. 

one photo says it all.  BYOB, a massive plate of amazing salad, lobster bisque with probably a good 1/2 lb of fresh lobster rising from rich creamy broth.  not pictured our shared entree of THE BEST pasta with vodka sauce with pancetta & topped with lots of shrimp.  service speaks volumes at BYOB places & this place is no exception.  there is a reason you must have reservations.  make them & thank me later. foodie heaven on earth.  don’t forget to bring a few bottles of wine & some extra cash for tip, service is amazing.

website: http://www.restaurantpassion.com

food bites… cape may part two… quincey’s orginial lobster rolls

can i get a jumbo? are you on a solo mission, a regular is perfect.  however my mom & i were getting ready for a big dinner, so we split a jumbo “classic” lobster roll & it was perfect.  mayo & lobster? yes please.  note: they have a “happy hour” from 3-5pm where rolls (not jumbo) are $10.  can i get 10 to go?!

website: http://www.quincysoriginal.com

food bites…cape may… part one… george’s place

who doesn’t want to eat breakfast almost beachfront? i was doing a quick search of places to have breakfast when this place popped up.  super affordable, excellent menu & great service.  trust, this isn’t the only time my mom & i got food from here during our stay.  my mom got pancakes & bacon, while I went for the classic smoked whitefish plate.  happy campers all around. 

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