I generally pick my fave Superbowl team based on which team has the best color scheme and logo. This year, that meant I was backin' the Packers. Lucky for me, my shallow reason for supporting Green Bay led to me supporting the winning team. Considering that I know nothing about football, I have a pretty decent record of choosing the winning team every year. Pays to be shallow.
The real reason I watch the Superbowl isn't for the game or even the commercials. It's all the food (and the beer) of course. Most years, I make some variation on vegan buffalo wings, but I had a major hankerin' for chili-cheeze dogs. And that can only mean one thing — Diablo Dogs!
The idea behind this monster of a veggie chili dog came from the incredibly-awesome Jen of Pain In the Ass Vegan. I've made 'em before, but it's been awhile. Click here for Jen's step-by-step photo guide to building a proper Diablo Dog.
For mine, a jumbo Smart Dog is stuffed into a toasted whole wheat bun spread with Earth Balance and homemade horseradish (grated, prepared horseradish mixed into some Vegenaise). That's topped with Amy's canned chili, Nacho Mom's Vegan Queso, minced onion and jalepeno, sweet dill relish, bacon bits, and plenty of hot sauce. Oh yes, that's the business.
I had to eat something semi-healthy on the side to make up for my Diablo Dog transgression. So I whipped up a batch of Lindsey's Low-Fat Guacamole (a.k.a. Edamole) from Happy Herbivore:
This avocado-free guac is made with edamame, lime juice, onion, and cilantro processed in a food processor. The the recipe calls for tomatoes, but I straight-up forgot to buy one when I went on my Superbowl day beer run. Instead, I mixed in some salsa.
Now I'm a huge avocado fan, and when I first saw this recipe, I honestly didn't think I'd be trying it. Why would I ever want to sub out an avocado? But I ate lots of calories in Little Rock over the weekend, and I figured it couldn't hurt to cut back just this once.
The edamole was actually pretty darn tasty, and the leftovers don't brown overnight in the fridge. I'll probably stick to creamier avocado-based guac for most occasions, but this was a great substitute since I was the only one eating it. Now I have leftover guac for days!
By the way, I mentioned an upcoming giveaway last week of Lindsey's fabulous Happy Herbivore cookbook. The publisher had suggested a giveaway when I was contacted about reviewing a copy. But I learned after my last post that they're out of giveaway copies until April, so I think I'll hold off on a contest until then. Sorry! If you can't wait (and really, you shouldn't wait cause this book is awesome!), you can always order the book from Amazon.
What'd you serve on Superbowl Sunday?