Technically, I have never watched the Super Bowl. Shocking, I know, but I just don't find football that interesting. Of course, I'm tempted to watch for the commercials, but I know after spending $3.5 million for 30 seconds, I will be seeing a lot of those in the weeks to come, as the advertisers try to get there moneys worth. Then, there's also the halftime show, but you don't know exactly when that will occur, and that would mean accidentally watching football, so, no thank you. All that said, you're probably wondering why I'm posting a recipe for a Super Bowl party. That is easy, I love throwing parties and hors d'oeuvres are my very favorite thing to make!
Some of the great members of my food blogging tribe teamed up with Intensity Academy to create dishes using their fun sauces. I was sent the Chai Sweet Chili sauce to try and I loved it! It has a great sweet-hot kick to it, with the chai flavors lightly flavoring the background. When I started brainstorming what to do with it, I kept thinking seafood. At first I was going to do skewered salmon cubes glazed in the sauce, but in the end, I had some shrimp in my freezer that were calling to me, so I decided to stuff them with the sauce and cream cheese and wrap them in bacon, after all, you can't go wrong with bacon!
18-20 jumbo shrimp, peeled, de-veined and butterflied (see picture below)
1 8 oz block softened cream cheese
3 tbs Chai Sweet Chili sauce
10 slices good bacon, cut in half
Preheat your broiler with the oven rack about 4" from the heating element. I wish I could give you a temperature, but my oven just has the settings High and Low when you engage the broiler. For this recipe I set it on High. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and chili sauce. Spread a heaping teaspoon full down the middle of each shrimp. Then fold the shrimp back together and wrap with a half slice of bacon, trying not to overlap the bacon (it won't cook evenly if the edges overlap). Place all wrapped shrimp on a non-stick sheet pan and broil 4 minutes, then, using tongs, flip all shrimp and return to the oven for an additional 4 minutes under the broiler. Serve immediately with plenty of additional Chai Sweet Chili sauce to dip the shrimp in.
If you are looking for more inspiration for your own Super Bowl party or would just like to add a few new hors d'oeuvres to your culinary repertoire, please take a look at the recipes developed by my fellow tribe mates.
Renee at Magnolia Days made cheesy Chili Skins
Donna from Cookistry is taking a more healthful route with her Chai Thai Teriyaki Zucchini Rounds
Sunithi of Sue's Nutrition Buzz also went with shrimp in her Hot n Sweet Glazed Pineapple Shrimp Kebabs
Isabel, the creator of #SundaySupper and author of Family Foodie is putting out Pepperoni Pizza Dip AND Chai Thai Meatballs, such an overachiever ;)
Erin from Big Fat Baker has made Pulled Pork on Homemade Kaiser Rolls
Launie of Teeny Tiny Kitchen has whipped up Coffee Smoked Gypsy Gold Dust Chicken
Samantha at The Little Ferraro Kitchen is bringing her famous Fish Tacos
Jeff, the Catholic Foodie, is spicing things up with his Chai Chipotle Jalapeño Poppers
Rashmi from Primlani Kitchen is pairing sweet and heat with her Chai Sweet Chili-Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache
Of course, no party is complete without a few libations and Eileen from Wine Everyday mixed up a nice Sangria for us
I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday, bon appetite!