I haven’t been talking much about it, but I’m pretty freakin’ excited about the Super Bowl. As a lifelong Giants fan, you can understand why.
Once again, the underdog has prevailed. I LOVE that. Even when my team isn’t the underdog, I think it’s awesome. All I keep thinking is, it’s deja vu…and I’m hoping for the same outcome as four years ago.
My birthday is on Thursday and I’m not even thinking about it. It’s all about SUNDAY.
Now, I don’t know what your Super Bowl plans are, but if you’re looking for something a little classier than the usual football apps, this recipe is for you. I’m all about the nachos, wings and crack dip, but sometimes I like to see some different options.
The blend of flavors here is really, really good. And although they seem “fancy”, they’re very easy to make. Oh, and I used frozen leeks (Trader Joe’s comes through once again) so if that’s all you have, go ahead and use them.
So, what are your Super Bowl plans? And who are you rooting for?
Roasted Garlic, Caramelized Leeks & Bacon Bites
slightly adapted from What’s Cookin’ Chicago?
1 package prepared pie crust dough (or homemade)
2 bulbs garlic
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
4 thick slices bacon, cut into small chunks
1 cup frozen chopped leeks (or one medium leek), thawed and completely dried
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season garlic with salt and pepper and coat with oil. Wrap individually in foil and bake for about an hour, until soft. Squeeze garlic out of skin with the side of a knife. Set aside.
Saute bacon over medium low heat until crispy, about 15 minutes. Add leeks to skillet (keeping heat at medium low), season with salt and pepper, and cook until very soft and sweet, stirring occasionally, about 20-30 minutes.
Lightly spray each tin of a mini-muffin pan. Roll a small piece of dough into a ball the size of a quarter and press into tin, carefully, while making sure it reaches the sides. Repeat until all dough is gone.
Place a small dollop of garlic paste into each crust, followed by leek and bacon mixture, then cheese. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned. Let cool slightly before serving.