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Super Bowl Party Food

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, and if you are hosting a Super Bowl LI party, you know that the food is one of the most important aspects of the day. We have a few traditional recipes and a few unique spins on old favorites that will keep your guests happy no matter what team is winning.

Game Day
Sunday, February 5, 6:30 PM on FOX

NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons 

 

Pita Chips

 

Here is something a little different for your Superbowl party that you can make in place of potato chips. These pita chips are also great with hummus, dips or on their own.

Ingredients
2 pita breads (get the thicker, Greek style)
2 tbs. water
3 tbs. olive oil
¼ tsp salt
1 tbs. VSpicery’s Za’atar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice pita into bite-size squares and place them in a small salad bowl. Drizzle with water and olive oil; season with salt and Za’atar. Toss gently to mix and coat. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. (serves 4 – 6)

 

Crab Dip with Bacon

This delicious dip is great with the pita chips or regular crackers. Either way, your guests will gobble it up and may ask for more after the dip bowl is empty.

 

Ingredients
6 oz crab meat
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
8 oz cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Fines, plus more for garnish
1/4 teaspoon Fresh Bay Seasoning
Crumbled bacon
Crackers for serving

Directions
In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Shred the crab and stir in all remaining ingredients except for the bacon. Cover and chill for two hours. Sprinkle with bacon pieces and additional chives right before serving. Serve with pita chips or crackers.

 

Cha Cha Chili

Our award-winning Cha Cha Chili seasoning includes 5 different varieties of chili peppers along with cumin, paprika and a number of other ingredients. This blend has a pleasant, mild-to-medium heat and is big on flavor.

Ingredients 
16 oz can tomatoes, chopped
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 onion, diced
1 small green pepper, diced
1 small red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 lb ground beef
2-3 tbls Cha Cha Chili
16 oz can beans (optional)
1 cup chicken stock
1 tbls olive oil
salt
pepper
garlic powder

Directions
Season ground beef with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then brown meat over medium heat. Remove from pan when cooked through and drain fat.

Heat oil in large pot and saute onions and peppers until soft, then add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add browned ground beef to the pot, then add tomatoes and chicken stock and stir until well combined.

Bring chili back to a low boil over medium to medium high heat and add Cha Cha to taste. Add beans (if using) and let simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.

Taste before serving and adjust spices to your liking. If you want to bump up the heat level, use our Habanero or Ghost Pepper Salt in place of regular salt. Taste as you go to make sure it’s not too hot for everyone. Serve with chips, cheese and sour cream, if desired.

 

Smoked Wings

Tasty Tango and Ale & Herbs are two very different blends that love the grill, and it do amazing things to grilled or smoked chicken.

Put wings, or chicken breasts into a bowl or ziplock bag, add enough olive oil and seasoning to evenly coat the chicken. Marinate from 1 hour to overnight, and grill or smoke until done.

Anytime we smoke chicken wings for a party with either of these delicious blends, they never last more than an hour after they come off the grill. Become an instant gourmet with a simple and delicious way to get big flavor in your wings with our seasoning blends!

 

 

 

 

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30 Days of Flavor: 03/05/11 – Zatar (Za’atar)

We will be discussing flavors this month in our “30 Days of Flavor” blog series. Every day this month, VSpicery will select a spice, seasoning, salt, etc., as the flavor of the day, giving you it’s history, flavor profile, and uses. We hope you enjoy these flavors and their unique stories.

Za’atar is a unique and flavorful spice blend that was created in the Middle East, and is often used as a condiment or dipping spice for bread, naan, and pita bread. This blend is composed of dried oregano, thyme, marjoram, sumac, sesame seeds, and other spices, but ingredients can vary depending on geographical region. Known as saem in ancient Egypt, remains of Za’atar were found in Pharaoh’s tombs, giving this condiment a very long history, and is still commonly used in Israeli, Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestinian cuisine.

The most common use for Za’atar is as a dipping spice mixed with olive oil, and it is fabulous just like that. It can also be used to season meats, vegetables, hummus, yogurt, or made into a tea. Many Arab bakeries mix Za’atar with olive oil to make a spread for baked goods and unleavened bread. Thought to keep the body strong and the mind alert by Middle Eastern cultures, Za’atar with bread is customary as a breakfast item. Many Arab children are given Za’atar sandwiches for breakfast or lunch to “make them smarter”.

We have held many samplings at VSpicery where we have presented Za’atar in an oil dipping blend, and some now prefer it to their traditional Italian bread dipping spice. It’s a wonderful flavor combination that we are quite fond of and use frequently. Tempt your palate with this exotic blend from the Middle East and expand your flavor horizons.