3 New Game Day Party Pleasers!

Well, football season is in full swing and you know what that means — weekend watch parties with friends, family, and foes! We’re always looking for more delicious recipes to add to our game day playbook and we love when Passanante’s Home Food Service customers share their best kept secrets with us! Throughout the 2013 football season we’ll be adding tons of great new appetizer and dinner recipes to our blog and our Facebook page so check in with us regularly and don’t miss out on your next new favorite food!

Football Season Menu

Playbook Pot Stickers

  • 1 cup pork tenderloin, cooked and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup bok choy or cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 36 wonton wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Mix the bok choy (or cabbage), celery, and green onion. Combine soy sauce, sherry, and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Stir in the cornstarch and pour the mixture over pork – toss to coat. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Cut the wonton wrappers into 4-inch circles with a cookie cutter. Spoon 2 teaspoons of the filling in the center of the round. Bring the sides up and seal the edges with water (keep the rest of the rounds covered with a dry cloth while you prepare them one by one.) Transfer the pot stickers to a baking sheet and cover with a dry cloth.

In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Carefully place half of the pot stickers in the skillet; do not let them touch each other. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute or until the bottoms are browned.

Gently add 1/2 cup water to the skillet and reduce the heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 3-5 minutes  or until the water evaporates. Transfer pot stickers to a baking sheet and allow them to sit in the oven on 250 to keep warm. Repeat with the other half of your pot stickers and serve with soy sauce!

Beer Cheese Dip

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package ranch dip mix
  • 1/2-3/4 your favorite beer
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • pretzels and assorted veggies

In a medium bowl combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and dip mix. Gradually stir in beer until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. Add green onions and stir. Garnish with extra green onions and cheddar cheese. Makes 3 cups.

Hail Mary Hot Crab, Parmesan and Artichoke Dip

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 (14 ounce cans) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped finely
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 pound crab meat, drained
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
  • pita chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small skillet over medium heat, stir vegetable oil and green pepper until soft. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, scallions, Parmesan, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and celery salt. Gently stir in crab meat. Transfer the mixture to buttered baking dish and sprinkle with almonds.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the mixture is bubbly. Serve with pita chips.

Hostess With The Mostest

At Passanante’s Home Food Service we love a good party, and we’ve been to quite a few awesome tasting parties where our customers invite friends over to enjoy some of our delicious selections. One thing we’ve learned over the years while co-hosting these backyard bashes is how important it is to pick “Mobile-Friendly Foods” for your guests.

At parties where a sit down meal is not on the agenda, make sure the menu you select is party friendly! When the food table is the focus of your party, your guests are less likely to socialize with each other, and some of your guests may not get their fill of the finger foods. Skip the veggie trays, chips and dips, and anything that your guests would have to linger around to enjoy.

Get creative and think of ways to make your favorite foods mobile — and don’t skimp on the portions. If your party food layout is designed so guests go from station to station to pick up single serving courses you will keep the momentum moving and give your guests the opportunity to enjoy good company AND good foods.

A couple great ideas for mobile-friendly appetizers include anything on a skewer, veggie cups with dressing or dip in the bottom for easy enjoyment, and even single serving salads in cute party bowls (disposable is great).

veggie cups, skewered snacks and salads

The last thing any good host wants is for their guests to have to swing by a drive-through after the party because they’re still hungry. Keep the food coming with juicy agostino beef sliders, mashed potato martini’s with all the fixins, and a thick chocolate shake served in a glass rimmed with chocolate and sprinkles!

mashed potato martinis, beef sliders, and chocolate shake

We’d love to hear your party tips and see pictures of your favorite mobile foods! Pop on to our Facebook wall and share your stories with other Passanante’s customers and check out their tricks as well!

Happy Eating!