It’s a bittersweet time of year for football fans everywhere.
As if the college national championship game wasn’t emotional enough after a crazy season, pro fans everywhere will bid their season goodbye with the playing of the Super Bowl in Texas this coming Sunday night.
Whether you are pulling for the Steelers or the Packers, or just getting together with friends to watch the commercials (that’s me!), the Super Bowl is always a great opportunity to bring out the food while enjoying the big game! This week is the perfect time to pull out some of those great “party” recipes and fix something other than traditional burgers and dogs for this football game.
I hope to share several easy recipes to help make your Super Bowl party easy to organize and enjoyable for host and guests alike this week, so check back. Who knows, you might find something you like!
Everyone loves meatballs in a sauce served up for game-day, so try a new twist this year. Instead of plain meatballs made from ground sirloin, opt for a different flavor and go with Lamb Meatballs. Your larger chain supermarkets like Publix, Kroger, and Ingles (these are local in the South) carry ground lamb in their meat departments, so it is readily available to experiment with.
2 pounds ground lamb
1 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 egg, slightly beaten
thinly sliced green onion
salt & pepper, to taste
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Roll the lamb mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Be sure to spray the foil with Pam as lamb has less fat than beef. Cook at 350 until the juices run clear; 20-30 minutes.
Serve up your meatballs on a platter with a dipping sauce. I made a dill sauce for the last lamb meatballs that I made, using 1 cup of thick Greek yogurt, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 tsp. olive oil, 2 tsp. lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped dill. Blend well and chill for 2 hours so that the flavors will mesh.
Even my children love these bite-sized delights.
As I blog today focusing on the Super Bowl, I can’t help but think back to my childhood and one of the best commercials ever! What great memories!
Will you watch the game Sunday night? What’s on your menu?