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Monday, January 25, 2010

Super Bowl Count Down...Take Two: More Appetizers

So this week, for my Super Bowl count down recipes, I've included one of my favorites.  I'm sure you have all been to a party where someone brings onion dip.  Most of the time, when I have had it, it's been made with sour cream and Lipton's Onion Soup Mix.  Well, my friends, throw that recipe out because I found a homemade version that will knock your socks off.  It's called Caramelized French Onion Dip.  It takes a bit more time then the normal Lipton's version, but it's well wroth it.  I've also included a very simple recipe for Tomato & Basil Bruschetta.  Tomatoes, basil and garlic on top of a crunchy little toast.  It's simple, light, and delicious.

By the way, my prediction for Super Bowl Champions... New Orleans... GO SAINTS!!

Caramelized French Onion Dip
Recipe courtesy Life's Ambrosia 
1 Tbls olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp kosher salt

Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until they turn brown in color, stirring occasionally, about 20-40 minutes. Take care not to burn the onions. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 

In a bowl combine cooled onion, mayonnaise, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Chill 30 minutes.
Tomato & Basil Bruschetta
1/2 baguette or crusty long loaf bread, sliced (12 pieces)
1-2 cloves garlic, skin removed and cut in half
Extra virgin olive oil
3 small tomatoes, seeded and diced
20 fresh basil leaves, ripped or chopped
salt and pepper
Shredded Parmesan cheese 

Preheat broiler to high.  Place the bread slices on a broiler pan.  Toast each piece on each side under broiler, making sure you don't let the bread burn.  Remove from oven.

Rub toasts with cut side of garlic and drizzle with olive oil.   Sprinkle half of the basil on the toasts.  Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper.  Pile the tomatoes on each toast.  Sprinkle rest of basil and the parmesan cheese on the toasts.  Enjoy!


Simply Life said...

oh that bruschetta looks so good!

Michelle said...

Nice appetizers! They look delicious!

Lisa said...

yours & my blog were among the 5 newest blogs on the foodiek widget today. you have some yummy stuff on here and these appetizers sound wonderful!!!

Renee said...

Awesome idea for onion dip - I'm going to save this because we will be having a Super Bowl Party ----- yes, Geaux Saints!!!! Love your blog....if you get a chance, check out my humble blog at Happy cooking and blogging!

Jenn said...

Thanks everyone!
Renee... I was on your blog just a little bit ago! Happy Cooking to you!!!