A Girls’ Game Day Menu…but, the Boys will like it, too!Lisa Newsome
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Happy New Year! I hope you all have a safe celebration & a very happy 2016! 🎉🎉🎉
One of the most exciting things about this time of year are all the bowl games! After all the weeks of Holiday activities, it’s nice to finally relax & get to watch some good ole’ football this weekend.
It may be “girl-tested & approved”, but do I have the menu for you! You are already thinking, if you’re a guy, that is, that this is a frou-frou girly menu. Not true. Yep, it is Girl-Designed, because after several days of hanging & watching football, we don’t want our skinny jeans to be too skinny. So, we are leaving the carbs behind in the what we’re eating…because we will be getting our carbs in what we’re drinking…can you say, “Chardonnay”? 😉 🍷
Anyhoo, I, again, will keep this blog short & sweet, because I know you’re busy…
…so let’s begin! This Girls’ Game Day Menu is #glutenfree but if you must have a little gluten, by all means, add it in! Technically, detoxing doesn’t begin till next week! Dijon Maple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, served with Cranberry Asian Pear Relish in tender butter lettuce leaves, makes a great wrap! The pork is tangy, let a little sweet, and the tartness of the cranberries, along with the crisp, clean flavor of Asian pear, along with a little cilantro & pecans, really makes this a game-worthy dish…
…as are the Sweet Asian Orange Chili Chicken Wings! Chicken drummettes are slathered in a mixture of sweet Asian chili sauce, orange marmalade & cranberry jam, then baked until crispy & caramelized. These were a hit when “girl-tested”, but I have a feeling the boys will eat them all before the girls even venture to have one! FYI…do not serve these New Year’s Day…poultry is considered bad luck.
…then mixed with a plethora of fruits, seeds & nuts…with a little cilantro & mint…yum.
You can serve this dish without the radicchio, but I really like how the bitter lettuce compliments the other flavors. Try it & see for yourself.
Next…Honey Roasted Brussel Sprouts. This dish cannot get any simpler to make & these little cabbages will bring you so much luck in the New Year, it isn’t even funny. Drizzle whole brussel sprouts with honey & coarse sea salt…roast & serve. That’s it. If you want to add a “kick” of flavor, try Mike’s Hot Honey, which is a chile-infused honey & available online or at Williams-Sonoma…I love this stuff…it takes fried chicken to a whole new level…blog on that coming soon!
Lastly, we need a little something sweet. I originally served Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip as part of my Thanksgiving Menu, but this is a dip that can be served all cold-weather long! I love this because it’s so simple & easy to make…in minutes…& everyone loves it! Serve the dip with sweet potato chips & you are done!
Again, Happy New Year! Before I end with the complete menu, just one word of thanks…to Stacy, who came up with the idea of A Girls’ Game Day Menu in the first place…in addition to being a wonderful friend & inspiration, you are the best taste-tester & photographer…Tiffany, thank you for your serving pieces…everyone, please check out TL Home & Design…Jennifer & Allison, your palates, patience & friendship are more than appreciated…thank you all for making sure I was headed in the right direction! I could not have made A Girls’ Game Day Menu without you! Cheers! Here’s to a fabulous 2016! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉