Monday, February 20, 2012

The Super(ball): Part One

I'm not going to lie, my two favorite things about this year's Superbowl were seeing Cee Lo Green dressed as some sort of bedazzled priest, and listening to Gisele complain about the game.  "My husband can not f****ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time."  Thanks, Gisele.  I'm sure it eased the pain of the loss for poor Tommy.

My other favorite thing about the Superbowl:  the balls.  And not the balls on TV (take that as you may).  The F and I enjoyed a feast of balls this year, beginning with these deep-fried cheddar cheese balls.  You'll need a one pound block of cheddar diced into half inch cubes (then put in the freezer so they get REALLY cold) and the following:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • a deep frier or a lot of hot oil in a pan
Mix the first five ingredients together, then dip the cheese cubes in the batter and lay them out on a sheet of wax paper.  Then freeze them for a few hours.

They will look like this when they're frozen (which is to say, weird) but don't fret, all will make sense.  Heat your oil to between 375 and 400 degrees, and drop those suckers in 5 or 6 at a time.  Let them fry until they're golden brown, then drain them on a cooling rack (with ample paper towels underneath).

Eat them hot, and with a vat of ranch dressing if you're so inclined (and we were, if you couldn't tell by the ceramic football full of ranch.  Don't worry, it was light).

Not light:

Edmundo Castillo via Saks

Don't get me wrong, those are some beautiful colors.  But I think they look heavy.  Like peeps on the street might think I fancy bricks as footwear.  What say you, peeps?

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