Monday, January 9, 2012

Roll Tide!! Mississippi Sin Dip, Stuffed Mushrooms and an Easy Hovercraft

Best believe we’ll be watching the BCS championship game tonight!  Sure football is about football, but it is also about friends, beer and food.  Here is what I’m making for the big game tonight.  Mmmmmmmm!  After the recipes, check out an easy science experiment you can make with the kids.  Constructed hovercrafts = things kids can play with while you eat appetizers and watch the game!  You’re welcome.

Mississippi Sin

16 oz sour cream
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup chopped ham
1 green onion, chopped
¼ tsp hot sauce
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
French bread loaf

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except French bread; stirring until well blended.

Cut out center of bread to make a bowl.  Fill hollowed bread loaf with the dip.  Wrap loaf with foil.

Bake dip at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Serve with reserved bread cubes from french bread, crackers or chips.  I use Fritos Scoops.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

24 oz, White Button Mushrooms
1/3 pound hot pork sausage
½ whole medium onion, finely diced
8 ounces, cream cheese
1 whole egg yolk
¾ cups dry white wine
Salt and pepper

Brown and crumble sausage.  Set aside to cool.  Add onions and garlic to the same skillet; cook for two minutes over medium low heat.  Pour in wine to deglaze pan, allow liquid to evaporate.  Add in chopped mushroom stems, stir to cook for 2 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Set mixture aside on plate to cool.

In a bowl, combine cream cheese and egg yolk.  Stir with parmesan cheese.  Add cooled sausage and cooled mushroom stems.  Stir mixture together and refrigerate for a short time to firm up.

Smear mixture into the cavity of each mushroom, creating a sizable mound over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow to cool at least ten minutes before serving; the stuffed mushrooms taste better when not piping hot.  Garnish with minced parsley if you’re feeling fancy.

Make A Hovercraft
What You Need:
Push-up water bottle top

What You Do:
Superglue the water bottle top to the CD right over its center opening to make a valve.  If you don’t have a push-up water bottle top you can always use one from an old bottle of dishwashing detergent.  After the glue is dry and the valve is in the closed position, blow up the balloon and fix it over the valve in the middle of the CD.  Place the hovercraft on a hard and flat surface, let go of the balloon and pull the bottle valve to the open position.  Watch it hover over the floor as the air escapes the balloon through the valve

What is Happening:

The air cushion beneath allows the hovercraft to glide freely.  The ket to the ease of movement is the reduced friction.  Vents of slowly moving, low-pressure air are ejected downwards against the surface close below it creating an air cushion.  The air is trapped beneath the hovercraft by a flexible skirt, also called the curtain.  The trapped air cushion greatly reduces the friction of the vehicle, allowing it to glide freely on the smooth surface.

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