I’m generally very lethargic about the Superbowl. None of the teams I like ever make it and the hype surrounding the event is so blown out of control that I wonder about our society…I’m not going there. Instead, I’m going to talk about what the Superbowl is really about. The food. Let’s not kid ourselves. This is the chance to go all-out and make some serious food. Except, most of us have made a commitment to being healthy this time of year. I’m the last person in the world to judge, but the Superbowl is a great opportunity to just forget our New Year’s Resolution for just a few minutes and splurge…then we wake up on Thursday with a Twinkie and fried duck wontons and wonder where we went wrong. Ahhhh….fried duck.
Ok. Back on track. I had to check the fridge to make sure we didn’t have duck. We don’t. This is a very healthy, wonderful Superbowl bean dip that I whipped up this morning! It’s not too late! Put the Ranch away and no, those raw vegetables are not meant to be combined with Thousand Island dressing. Just stop.
Later, I’m making flank steak with fire roasted garlic mashed potatoes with truffle oil and roasted carrots. Stay tuned…
What you’re making:
What you need:
One can of organic black beans (I know, I know, I should have made my own but this is impromptu, remember?)
One half of a can of refried beans (Organic…yayayaya. You know by now.)
One red onion, minced.
One bag of spinach.
Three garlic cloves.
One and a half canned tomatoes. (Grown and canned yourself, of course!)
Three tablespoons of hot salsa. (See above.)
Three tablespoons of chopped parsley.
Half a green pepper, chopped.
Jalapeno peppers, to taste.
Parmesan cheese, grated for garnish.
Two tablespoons of mayo.
Where to get it:
Anywhere. No, seriously, Eats on North Main Street in Blacksburg has a great selection of all the stuff you will need.
What to do:
Caramelize half the red onion over medium heat for about twenty minutes in olive oil. Add the spinach and wilt it. Put this, along with all the other stuff in a food processor and blend until goopy. Garnish with cheese and serve with chips.
If you want to get fancy:
Make your own tortilla chips. Buy a bag of corn tortillas. Heat three cups of peanut oil in a cast iron skillet. Cut the corn tortillas into wedges. Fry them until golden brown and crispy, about three minutes. Serve while still warm for bonus points. Your guest will forget there is a football game. Yeah, probably not.