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I Smell The Superbowl Coming…..Part 1

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Superbowl weekend is coming right up, yikes it’s time to get our menus in order. There’s just something about party food that is so much fun to prepare and even more fun to eat. My humble little CA kitchen was put into high gear yesterday afternoon with all the cookin’ I did. Ingredients were flying everywhere. You could have probably smelled the garlic a mile away from here, it was great.

No time for small talk, we’ve got quite a few recipes to digest here. All of the following would make terrific game day recipes, and the pictures speak for themselves…. hope y’all will enjoy. Go AZ Cards!! Don’t forget to enter Recipe Girl’s Superbowl Contest, I know I am! Click HERE for details.

Little Eggplant Parmesan Toasted Hoagies

½ Cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

2 eggs, beaten

2 Tablespoons water

½ Cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs, such as Progresso

½ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

¼ Cup grated parmesan cheese

12 ½ inch slices eggplant

1 Cup of your favorite pasta sauce

1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

4 Hoagie Rolls, cut and toasted under broiler

½ Cup mayonnaise

2 Cups fresh baby arugula leaves

1. Preheat oven’s broiler with rack 5-6 inches under heat. Place flour, salt and pepper into a shallow dish. Place eggs and water into another shallow dish. Place bread crumbs and parmesan into a third shallow dish. Dip eggplant into flour mixture, then egg, then press into crumbs until coated well with crumbs. Repeat this process until all have been coated.

2. Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, place eggplants into hot oil and cook 1-2 minutes per side or until nicely browned. Transfer to a baking rack lined over a cookie sheet. Repeat this process until all eggplants have been browned. Place about 2 Tablespoons pasta sauce over each eggplant then top with pinches of shredded cheese. Broil for 2-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

3. Spread mayonnaise on cut sides of toasted rolls. Place arugula leaves over bottom half of rolls. Cut each eggplant in half and arrange over top of arugula. Close sandwiches and serve warm.

4 servings


Spinach Parmesan and Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

2 15 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

6 cloves fresh garlic

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

¼ Cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

6 Tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

4 Cups fresh baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped

3 Tablespoons chopped sun dried tomatoes, oil packed or softened

Pita Chips

1. Place beans, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese into a food processor. Process until well combined. While running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until well combined.

2. Place oil into a skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic for 1 minute then add in spinach and tomatoes. Cook until spinach is wilted down, about 3 minutes.

3. Pour hummus into a serving bowl then stir in spinach mixture. Serve with pita chips.


Peanut Butter Chocolate and Toffee Chip Cupcakes

Cupcake Batter

1 Butter or yellow cake mix

4 eggs

1 small package vanilla pudding mix

½ Cup sour cream

½ Cup water

½ Cup vegetable oil

¼ Cup creamy peanut butter

1 package chocolate chips

¾ Cup milk chocolate toffee bits


1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ Cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, beat cupcake batter ingredients until all are well combined, close to 2 minutes. Pour batter into paper lined cupcake cups, about ¾ way full. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center. Let cool.

2. Melt chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl until melted. Stir in heavy cream until shiny and smooth. Microwave for 15 additional seconds if needed for better spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cupcakes and serve.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Chunky Oreo Frosting

Cupcake batter

1 Butter or yellow cake mix

4 eggs

1 small package vanilla pudding mix

½ Cup sour cream

½ Cup water

½ Cup vegetable oil

16 oreos, crumbled up

1 Cup chocolate chips

Chunky Oreo Frosting

8 oz softened cream cheese

1 stick softened butter

3 Cups powdered sugar

6 oreo cookies, crumbled

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, beat until all ingredients are well combined, close to 2 minutes. Pour batter into paper lined cupcake cups, about ¾ way full. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center. Let cool.

2. Place cream cheese and butter into mixer and beat until smooth and fluffy. Slowly add in powdered sugar until desired consistency. Stir in oreo cookie crumbles and spread over cupcakes.


My test tasters gave both cupcakes 2 big thumbs up! Don’t go too far, part 2 of my Superbowl recipes is coming just around the corner…. see you soon!

ps: Thanks to all of you who voted Picky Palate best family/kids food blog with Well Fed Network…..we won, I have the best readers!!

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  1. 1
    Kim A says:

    YUMMUS….I want some of that HUMMUS!!…and everything else too of course!

  2. 2
    Cristine says:

    Everything looks delicious!

    And being an AZ girl myself, GO CARDS!!!

  3. 3
    Patsyk says:

    I’ll be rooting for the AZ Cardinals, too! Everything looks amazing, but I’m going to have to try that hummus soon… I LOVE LOVE LOVE hummus and that combination of ingredients sounds perfect to me.

  4. 4
    RecipeGirl says:

    Hi Jenny- those all look great, and CONGRATS for winning the blog award. You deserve it 🙂

    You should enter these in my Superbowl Recipe Contest- you can have up to three entries to try and win $250!

  5. 5
    Gera @ SweetsFoods says:

    Hi Jenny!

    Congrats you deserve to be a winning-girl!

    I love the idea to be in a game with hummus and pitas chips! Impossible to not mention the luscious and beautiful peanut butter chocolate cupcakes soooo delicious 🙂

  6. 6
    NatNibbles says:

    Wow! Every recipe looks better than the next. I could live off of hummus and cupcakes! YUM

  7. 7
    Katie's blog says:

    I am getting ready for the Super Bowl too! Your hummus looks great!

  8. 8
    HoneyB says:

    Love all the recipes and the kids are adorable!

  9. 9
    Sara says:

    You hummus sounds awesome! I’ve tried making hummus before but I didn’t think it turned out very good. I’ll had to try your recipe.

  10. 10
    Rebekah says:

    The hummus looks DIVINE!!! Makes me want to reach in and grab some!!

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Sorry-we live in AZ but are pulling for the Steelers….. (we are new to AZ so that’s my defense! :O)

  12. 12
    Rebekah says:

    That was me….sorry-clicked the wrong button.

  13. 13
    CookiePie says:

    WOW – can I come over to your house for Super Bowl??? YUM!

  14. 14
    Allie says:

    Looks fabulous! I love the oreo cupcakes!!

  15. 15
    Aggie says:

    What a spread girl! Love it all!!

  16. 16
    That Girl says:

    your peanut butter chocolate cupcakes remind me of my peanut butter chocolate cake I’m making today!

  17. 17
    Beth says:

    hummus sounds fab

  18. 18
    carol says:

    Congratulations on your blog award Jenny!
    Everything here looks yummy-wish I was coming to your house for the big game…and there’s more to come? Good grief girl, you’re amazing!

  19. 19 says:

    Those hoagies look amazing! I love that you’ve included the eggplant, it seems that there are rarely vegetarian main dish options at Superbowl parties so this is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking to this.

  20. 20
    Maria says:

    The eggplant sandwich looks incredible!! I want to try the hummus too! And of course the sweets! You did a nice job here!

  21. 21
    Kara says:

    Congrats on the win!!

    These recipes look fab and I love the photo of your two handsome boys. The one of your youngest son totally cracked me up, it is priceless!!

  22. 22
    Meg says:

    You are killing me with all these amazing recipes!!! I love them all!

  23. 23
    Meg says:

    Jenny! I awarded you my Holy Yum! Award for your French Toast Donuts and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes. I hope you don’t mind that I used the pictures of them. Feel free to post about your award or display it on your blog! Keep those yummy recipes coming!

  24. 24
    Sharon says:

    Can I come over for the superbowl?! Everything looks unbelievably yummy. You’re in CA now… 🙂

    I’ll be rooting for the Cards as well!

  25. 25
    Denissa says:

    Those cupcakes look awesome!! I’m definitely making the Oreo ones!
    Thanks so much! Glad to see that your boys look so happy 🙂

  26. 26
    strongandhealthy says:

    Great Super Bowl eats!! Yummy!

  27. 27
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  28. 28
    Not Another Omnivore says:

    Fabulous looking hummus!


  29. 29
    Emily says:

    Looks fantasic, Jenny! So many yummy treats for the super bowl. That hummus sounds amazing.

  30. 30
    The Blonde Duck says:

    I love those sandwiches and cupcakes!

  31. 31
    Laurie says:

    Since the Patriots aren’t playing, the Super Bowl is all about the food this year. Your recipes look awesome!

    Congrats on the blog award and on the Holy Yum from Megan’s Munchies.

  32. 32
    Prudent Homemaker says:

    I’ve always been scared of chickpeas. I like Spinach, parmesan, and sun dried tomatoes, though. And garlic 🙂 Maybe I’ll have to rethink hummus. . . .it looks GOOD like that!

  33. 33
    Live.Love.Eat says:

    Yay! You won! Awesome, congrats!!!!

    What time should I get there for the game? 🙂

  34. 34
    Helene says:

    Everything looks so good, especially that hummus.

  35. 35
    Bunny says:

    OMG now I have more great things to add to my super bowl party food list!! Congratulations on the award Jenny!

  36. 36
    Kevin says:

    So many goodies! That eggplant sandwich sounds really good.

  37. 37
    My Sweet & Saucy says:

    Wow, what a post! All of the recipes look GREAT! Your son is too cute by the way!

  38. 38
    Jaime says:

    those all look fabulous! i love appetizers!
    and your kids are too cute

  39. 39
    K. Myers says:

    these were great! i tried them last night – thanks!

  40. 40
    koopermom says:

    I just made these cupcakes and brought them to work AND daycare today – HUGE hit with adults and kids!! YUM! Thanks for the recipe!

  41. 41
    Molly says:

    I know this is way after the fact, but I just made the Cookies and Cream Cupcakes for an office birthday, and they were a huge hit! Thanks for all of the fabulous recipes…keep them coming, girl!

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