Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Menu: Hash Brown Casserole, 7 Layer Salad & Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing

Well, I have only a couple of hours to finish everything up, pack up the husband, baby & dog and head over to my brother-in-law's house for the game. Football isn't really my thing, but my in laws love it so I go for the socializing. But who's kidding who here? It's really because I like the food. As a non meat eater in a carnivorous family, I like to contribute to the menu so that a) I have something to eat and b) I can see how long it takes my Father-in-law to realize that it's not "real" bacon that he's eating!

While I can't say what everyone else is bringing - here are my contributions:

- 7 Layered Salad with homemade Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing
- Veggie burgers (Yves brand)
- Hash brown Casserole with Faux Bacon, Onions & Cheese
- Brownies (from a box - we all cheat sometimes)

Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing

*try using an old mason or pasta sauce jar to make your dressing in...
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup 2% plain yogurt
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp green onion or chives, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • salt (to taste)
  • white pepper (to taste)
Put the liquid ingredients in your jar first, then the remaining ingredients. Stir up or shake madly. Let the flavours infuse for a few hours or overnight.

The 7 Layer Salad

This was supposed to be a vegetarian Cobb salad - you can see it is not. All I can say is that of the 2 stores and 4 avocados I bought, 0/4 could be used. Instead it became a layered salad made from a variety of ingredients.

From the bottom up...

Iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, chick peas, green leaf lettuce, boiled egg, green onion.

This will be served with the Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing so that will make it much better.

Hash Brown Casserole with Faux Bacon, Onion and Cheese

I pretty much followed this recipe from Cooking Light but used fake bacon (Yves brand) and I eliminated the green onions. I also used 2% plain yogurt instead of sour cream because I had it leftover from the dressing recipe.


Lindsey said...

Your not-so-cobb salad is gorgeous! I'm completely inspired to eat healthy tomorrow. Thanks

Reba8 said...

Love this salad, thank you for giving me a creative slant to the garden salad my family will not stray from! Merry Christmas!
Rebecca A (First-Time-Christmas-Dinner-Cooker)

better than takeout said...

Good luck with your Christmas dinner! Happy holidays!