Saturday, January 9, 2016

Win, Or Freeze Trying

Tomorrow Minnesota will be setting a record. According to the weather forecast, when the Minnesota Vikings meet the Seattle Seahawks, the temperature will be -2 degrees with a wind chill making it feel like -15 degrees. This is the coldest temperature EVER for an outdoor NFL game. Quite a way to get in the record books, right? 
 Fans attending the game are going to be treated to free coffee and hand warmers, and the players are reported to be getting chicken noodle soup on the sidelines. How's that for Minnesota-nice?

Frigid cold temps aside, we are so proud of our Minnesota Vikings earning the title of NFC North Division Champs! I am hoping this winning streak continues, especially since I informed my family that our Vikings-themed Christmas tree was not coming down until our Vikes win the Super Bowl. Gulp! 
My Christmas wish - My Barnyard View
While the Vikings will be playing hard to stay warm (and win) my family and I will be planted in front of our big screen, snuggled under blankets, cheering like the crazed fans we are, and chowing down on one of daughter Sara's yummy creations-

Third Down Dip

Ingredients for the Football Bread

3 tubes refrigerated/tube biscuit French loaf

1 egg mixed with a splash of water

Ingredients for the Dip

1 tablespoon butter

2 cups corn (fresh, thawed frozen or drained canned)

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

salt, pepper and cayenne to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Unroll one tube of bread dough onto a non-stick tin foil lined or parchment paper lined baking sheet.

3. Set another roll of bread, on top of the unrolled dough, forming one side of a football.

4.Set the other roll of dough opposite the first. Press the seems together.

5.Brush egg wash over the football shaped bread bowl.

6.Trim around the edge of the football removing the extra dough.

7.Use that extra dough to make the stripes and the laces for the football.

8.Bake for 28-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown.

While bread is baking

9. Melt the butter in a pan over medium-high heat, add the corn, saute until the corn starts to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes, and set aside.

10.Melt the butter in the pan over medium-high heat add pepper and saute until soft, about 3-5 minutes.

11. Add the jalapeƱo and saute until fragrant, about a minute.

12. Mix the corn, peppers, mayonnaise, cheeses and cayenne together in the sauce pan until the cheese has melted and all the ingredients are combined.

13. Pour the mixture into a Football Bread ring and top with lace crust.
14. Serve with Football bread and/or chips. 
This dip recipe was featured on Sara's show, Aprons Optional. You can see the entire episode Tailgating Treats here.

Made with dairy goodness, of course!

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