Saturday, October 2, 2010

Prep Ahead Football Food: Queso Blanco and Asian Style Wings

Here are two easy and delicious prep ahead appetizer dishes that are perfect for a Sunday afternoon full of football watching!  

It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare these wings the night before you want to serve them.  They bake up sweet, sticky and full of flavor!  I like to buy a large foil pan to bake them in.  This makes for an easy clean up!

1 large package chicken wings or 2 small ones (I'm not sure of the weights) 
1 lb light brown sugar
1 small bottle of lite soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup of honey

1.  Combine all ingredients in foil pan and mix until it is smooth and syrupy.  
2.  Mix chicken wings in pan and stir to coat.  Refrigerate overnight, turning once.
3.  Bake chicken at 350 degrees for about an hour and a half, covered.  Drain all but about a half inch of the liquid.  Bake an additional 1/2 hour uncovered.  I like to broil them on high for the last 15 minutes or so until the skin gets a little crispy.

 Slow Cooker Queso Blanco
Be prepared to give this recipe to anyone who tastes it!  It is addicting.   If you happen to forget to drain the diced tomatoes, your queso just might look a little less seen in the picture above! :)
The recipe yields a ton of queso.  It freezes very well.  I like to wait until it cools and spoon some into freezer bags to have on hand for another day. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave on MEDIUM.  

1 small onion diced 
3 garlic cloves, minced 
1 (14.5-oz) can petite cut diced tomatoes, drained 
1 cup milk 
3/4 cup pickled jalapeno sliced, minced 
1 Tbsp. juice from jalapeno slices
 1 (4.5-oz) can chopped green Chiles, undrained 
1 tsp. cumin 
1/2 tsp. dried oregano 
1/2 tsp. coarsely ground pepper 
2 lb. deli white American cheese, sliced
1. Place onion in a microwave-safe bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave on HIGH 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and next 8 ingredients. 
2. Roughly tear cheese, place in a 4-qt slow cooker. Pour onion mixture over cheese. 
3. Cover and cook on LOW 2 hours. Stir gently to blend ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

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