Emeril's Super Bowl Recipes

Combine the chips and butter in a small bowl and mix to blend. Press the mixture into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers, onions, jalapenos, 1 teaspoon of the Southwest Essence, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Season the chicken with 1½ teaspoons of the Southwest Essence.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until very smooth. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the vegetables, chicken, grated cheeses, remaining 2 tablespoons Southwest Essence, and remaining tablespoon salt. Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan and bake until the center has set, about 1 hour.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. When cool, transfer to the refrigerator to chill thoroughly before serving.

Salsa Makes 3 cups

• 1 1/2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped, [or one • 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained]

• 1/2 cup chopped red or yellow onions

• 1/4 cup packed, fresh cilantro leaves

• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

• 1 teaspoon minced garlic

• 3/4 teaspoon salt

• Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until slightly chunky. Transfer to a non-reactive bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use. [The salsa can be made up to 24 hours in advance and kept refrigerated.]

Cilantro Pesto Makes 1 1/4 cups

• 2 cups tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves

• 1/4 cup lightly toasted pumpkin seeds or pine nuts

• 1 teaspoon minced garlic

• 1/4 cup grated Manchego cheese or Parmesan

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine the cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and garlic in a food processor or blender and puree on high speed. Add the cheese, pepper, and salt and process to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. With the machine running, add the olive oil through the feed tube and blend until smooth.

Sausage Meatballs with Red Gravy

Makes 4 hearty servings, plus enough leftover meatballs and gravy for 4 meatball sandwiches the next day

• Red Gravy 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

• 5 cups chopped yellow onions

• 2 teaspoons Emeril's Italian Essence

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

• 20 cloves garlic, minced [about 1/3 cup]

• 2 tablespoons whole anise seeds

• 2 6-ounce cans tomato paste

• 4 15-ounce cans tomato sauce

• 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, pureed with their juice

• 2 1/2 cups water

• 2 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence

Sausage Meatballs 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck

• 1 1/2 pounds Italian Sausage, removed from casings

• 1 pound hot sausage, removed from casings

• 10 cloves garlic, minced

• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

• 4 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 1 pound spaghetti, cooked according to package directions

• 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

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