Every year, we have a super bowl party. This has been a tradition for our little family for many years.
Some years we all bring food; some years I cook most of the food. This was one of the years I chose to cook most of the food. I think I was on a meatball kick because I had Elegant Crab Meatballs and Italian meatballs with pork. I also made Italian sloppy Joes and Mexican manicotti.
Everything was very good, and I think all had a good time. Getting together with friends and family, sharing food and recipes. That is what it is all about. One of my friends made some homemade candy – peanut butter cups and turtles, I think. Next time I am at her house, I am going to ask for the recipe. They were very good.
2 6 to 7 oz cans crab meat
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
3 tbsp sherry cooking wine
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp grated onion
1 tsp dry mustard
¼ tsp salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Bacon slices – about 12, cut in half.
My additions – I added one egg yolk to the party. I felt that it created a better binding for the mixture and added a creaminess to the meatballs
Drain and flake crab meat, combine with bread crumbs, wine lemon juice, onion, mustard, egg yolk, salt and pepper. Shape into balls; wrap with bacon; secure with a toothpick. Broil under medium heat until bacon is done (about 10 minutes) turning to brown evenly. Garnish with parsley and lemon. Makes 2 dozen.
I also made Mexican Manicotti. It is an easy twist on Italian food. From the Taste of Home cookbook, Mexican Manicotti is wonderful. Made the night before, it is a great meal for a party. The noodles are also stuffed before they are cooked – I think it is easier to stuff a manicotti noodle raw. The only change I made to the recipe was to use sausage instead of ground meat, as I have a ton of sausage on hand.
Another item on the menu was Italian Meatballs. Having made them before – at our Italian feast a couple of months ago – these meatballs are easy and delicious. With Parmesan, ricotta, eggs, and fresh herbs, these meatballs are a no-brainer for a large meal.
It was an all around good time – can’t wait for next year’s party! I am sorry this post was late – it happens. Life just gets so busy sometimes, and I can’t keep up!