So last night was the Super Bowl. I cooked! I cooked regular party food, but with a paleo twist. Everything was made using whole ingredients, and everything tasted even better than standard party fare, if I do say so myself. (Cooking hot wing sauce in bacon grease may have added to this review.)
The recipes I used were rich, hearty, man-food that I probably wouldn’t cook every day but were perfect to accompany one of the biggest football games of the year (after every TN Vols game and the SEC championship, of course).
- Boneless buffalo wings
- (Sweet) potato skins
- Meatballs in sauce
Boneless Buffalo Wings
- 2 free range chicken breasts
- 2 eggs
- almond flour
- garlic powder
- black pepper
- dried thyme
- 1 cup coconut oil
- hot sauce of your choice (check the label for sciencey no-no ingredients!)
- ghee or bacon grease (I opted for #2)
I used this recipe (http://paleocomfortfoods.com/in-the-kitchen/fried-chicken-worth-a-cover-shot/) to create my “breading.” Almond flour + spices = awesomeness. I mixed all the spices and flour in a medium-sized bowl.
I then whisked two eggs in a separate, small bowl.
I scooped 1 cup of coconut oil into a frying pan and let it melt and heat up.
I chopped up two free range chicken breasts into nugget-sized chunks (that has to be the most disgusting three-word combo yet on this blog).
One at a time, I took each piece of chicken and dunked it into the whisked eggs, then rolled it around in the almond flour + spices, then lightly placed it into the hot oil. I repeated until the frying pan was at max capacity. After each chicken piece seemed brown and crispy on one side, I flipped it using metal tongs. I probably fried each piece for 5-8 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the nugget.
After all my boneless wings were cooked thoroughly, I poured about 1/4 cup bacon grease into a separate frying pan. I mixed that with about 1 cup of hot sauce and sprinkled in the same spices I had used in the flour. I heated the sauce concoction enough to mix all the ingredients, then tossed the boneless wings into the sauce in the pan. (Other recipes prefer putting wings and sauce in a plastic bag, then shaking, but I worried the “breading” might start to flake off.)
I made sure each wing was properly covered, and there you go! Paleo wing perfection.
(Sweet) Potato Skins
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 1 12-oz package nitrate-free bacon
- 2 avocados
- 1 lemon
- coconut oil
- almond flour
- salt and pepper
I followed this recipe (http://www.skinnyscoop.com/listitem/42699/112351/avocado-chorizo-sweet-potato-skins) but, as usual, made my own twist. My grocery store didn’t have chorizo, but they did have nitrate-free bacon (go figure!). So I cooked up the bacon instead of chorizo, then chopped the cooked bacon into very small crumbles. I also didn’t have a lime, so I just used a whole lemon. And I omitted the red onion because it somehow got left off my grocery list. Finally, my potatoes were pretty big, so they took about 45 minutes – 1 hour to bake (so plan accordingly).
The result? holygoodnessthebestthingeveriwanttomakethiseveryday.
What would a paleo meal be without something from Well Fed? I followed this recipe (http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/03/05/mmmmm-moroccan-meatballs/) exactly. And it was AMAZING. Like, the tomato sauce alone is so good. I may make it just as a soup or sauce or something because I could not get enough of it! It took about an hour and a half total to make, but it was worth the wait. So so so delicious.
So, see? You can have eat like a caveman and still throw one of the best parties around! Paleo wins again!