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Friday, January 26, 2007

Super Snacks

The Super Bowl is a big event, almost as big as the Iron Bowl. It is a great occasion to have friends over, enjoy some good eats, a little BuffaloRock, maybe an occasional adult beverage, and watch the commercials.
This year I can undertand that we can look forward to seeing Mr. Brittney Spears working in a fast food resturant (fitting!), one or two beer commercials, and those Emerald Nuts. Companies have to get really creative to keep us from fast forwarding straight through!

Snacks, on the other hand, will be eaten no matter what. Bags of chips, bowls of dip, and platters of hot wings will be consumed, why not add something healthy this year? These are some Chicken strips, easy to marinate and throw on the grill.
Chick on a Stick
2 pounds chicken breasts sliced into strips
1/2 cup Marinade
1/2 cup beer (optional of course)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
cherry tomatoes
fresh mushrooms
Chop or tear fresh cilantro leaves into pieces. In a zip-loc bag combine herbs and marinade. Add chicken and allow to marinate overnight. The next morning soak wooden skewers in water. Thread chicken with tomatoes and mushrooms. Grill over low heat until chicken is done~ only a few minutes depending on how thick the slices are.

I've also made some fresh Chimichurri to eat with the chicken. This Argentinian sauce is a combination of garlic, herbs, and olive oil that packs a flavorful punch. It goes great anytime with chicken, beef, or shrimp.
1 cup flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
3-5 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp cumin
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Hot sauce to taste
Dice herbs and garlic. Add cumin and stir until well combined. Pour good olive oil over the top, 2-4 tablespoons. Allow to stand at room temperature 1-2 hours. This can be done in a food processor, depending on the consistency you like. If you added the olive oil in while blending in the food processor, you could make a creamier sauce.
I like my chimichurri chunkier, but watch out for parsley teeth! Your friends will eat it up ~between commercials that is.
Y'all enjoy!


Gattina Cheung said...

your chimichurri sounds wonderful! I love it!

Giddy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yours will definitely be going on my "read" list. Even though we are up here in Maine, both H and I are southerners - me from Kentucky and he hails from Alabama. Unlike you though, we don't like the heat so here we sit, freezing our tushies off! "-)

Jerry said...
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Anonymous said...

Looks fantastic! I can't think of a better combination than chicken and cilantro, let alone adding in chimichurri.

I'll be making this sometime later in the week!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Chick on a Stick is always a grand idea, Chimichurri puts it over the top.
I've been looking to do some chicken on a stick and here you've dropped it in my lap(laptop anyway!).

Anonymous said...

We have a supper bowl party coming up. Thanks for the appy ideas!

Anonymous said...

Gattina~ I wonder what leftover chimichurri would taste like on Pizza?
Giddy~ Y'all are welcome by for a glass of sweet tea any time!
Jerry~ It couldn't get much easier than that.
HalfCups~ Hope I didn't get parsley in the keyboard!
Kristen~ I will try to keep them comming. You'll be able to find the links to appetizers under Start Your Engines.

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