Monday, February 8, 2010

Superbowl Grub

I only watch one football game a year — the Superbowl. Most years, I pick a team based on their mascot or uniform color because I know nothing about the teams. Some years, I just root for the underdog. But this year, I was all for the Saints. And woooo hooooo ... they WON!

New Orleans is sorta like Memphis' sister city: We both have a lively entertainment district (they have Bourbon St., we have Beale). We're both Southern river towns. Our cultures center around the blues. And after Katrina, hundreds of NOLA folks made Memphis a temporary (and in some cases, permanent) home since the Bluff City is only a quick drive from the Crescent City. Not to mention that New Orleans my family's favorite place to vacation.

In preparation for the Saints' victory, I cooked up a batch of my Seitan Hot Wangz. The recipe will be included in my cookbook:

This is an old photo, but they looked the same this time. My friend Greg, who knows absolutely nothing about football and only came for the free grub, helped me devour these little spicy seitan chunks.

You've gotta have chips and dip for the Big Game, so I took the opportunity to make a recipe I've been dying to try since I got Alicia Silverstone's The Kind DietCheezy, Oozy Guacamole Dip:

Wow! I was always a fan of Mexican layer dips, and this did not disappoint. A creamy layer of refried beans (I used Whole Foods brand) is spread on the bottom and that's topped with lime-laced avocado. The tastiest layer is the Tofutti sour cream mixed with Simply Organic taco seasoning. Green chilis, black olives, and tomatoes rest atop the sour cream, and it's all topped with Follow Your Heart vegan nacho cheese.

I halved the recipe and it still made a ton. Greg and I ate way too much of this on Sunday, and I had some more for lunch today. And so far, the avocado has stayed a lovely bright green. I'm hoping this stuff will last for a couple more days.

That's all for now. Don't forget to enter my Vegan Essentials gift certificate giveaway if you haven't already. Contest ends on Wednesday night.

22 comments:

KRis said...

WINGS! Oh yum!

Dani said...

looks great, yum! I know nothing about football either haha, I root for whoever...

miss v said...

i'm so glad to be a tester because we made those wangs for our superbowl evening as well!

Gina said...

Oh good, now I know who won, haha. I was watching tv with my husband and put on the game for less them 30 seconds, just to find out who was playing. Heeh, we are not football fans.

T said...

My Mom makes a dip like that, and its to die for with jalapenos on top. Those wings look like absolutely perfect superbowl snacks!

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

I totally approve of your superbowl grub. Nicely done ;)

eaternotarunner said...

Looks delicious!

pixiepine said...

Those snacks look awesome!!!

Susan G said...

Yum, looks fabulous! Aren't you glad your cleanse is over?

Veg is Sexy said...

Those both look awesome! I can't wait for your cookbook.

Sophia.Pflieger said...

Those wangs look amazing!
So does that taco dip! My boyfriend has been bugging me to make some taco dip for awhile, now I really want to make it!

Sophia,
http://whatyourmommadidntknow.blogspot.com/

Natalie said...

Those Seitan Hot Wangs look good.

Michal said...

That dip looks incredible! I knew that book was on my wish list for a reason...

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

The dip recipe is on Oprah's website too. Everyone seems to rave about it.

Breedale said...

Looks like some awesome eats! Guess what I made for Super Bowl. Boozy Beans! They were so good Bianca. Justin said if I didn't write and tell you how much we loved them he would be mad. He loves your food and so do I. Thanks for another great recipe. I know I am just getting back to it, but I am still so glad to be a part of the testers. I can't wait to try more!

jessy said...

hooray for the saints! you're so right on all the similarities between new orleans & memphis - i never thought of that. :) also, hooray for your hot wangz, Bianca - i just love 'em!!! i can't believe i haven't made alicia's guacamole dip, and that's great that the avocado stays green 'n tasty! mmmmmmmmmm!

Theresa said...

I so can't wait for your cookbook, mostly for the wangs :) That layer dip looks great, too!

Christine (The Raw Project) said...

The dip looks amazing! There's a vegan Mexican restaurant in SF that I'm dying to get to and now I want to go more!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Wangz, please.

Laura said...

Those wangz look amazing! WHO DAT!

Kelly said...

Umm, I'll take a copy of your cookbook right now. Okay? Okay.

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

Those wings look perfect! Can't wait to see the recipe!