Blue Apron’s Bowl Guide to the Big Game

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The bowl that gets our attention during the Big Game is the guacamole bowl. And the spicy cheddar dip bowl. And the salsa bowl. Closely followed by the chip bowl (psst, it’s really easy to make your own). Don’t get us wrong, we’re watching the game, the halftime show, and the commercials, but we always have our eye on the snacks.

And we’ve realized that while we’re watching the action on the field, we’re playing a bit of our own game off the field – a game of hogging the best eats.  How do you win at chips and dip? You come with a strategy. You come hungry, you choose your seat based on proximity to the guac, and you know the rules.

Want to get a head start on this year’s “bowl” game? Make your favorite dips for your viewing party with these quick recipes:

Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheddar Dip

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INGREDIENTS
Pretzel Bites:
1 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4-teaspoons)
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
Sea salt

Spicy Cheddar Dip:
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon flour
1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded (or 3 ounce block)
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

To make the pretzel bites:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast, 1 cup warm water, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly. Using a wooden spoon, stir in 2 cups of flour and 1 teaspoon salt until the dough is soft and not sticky (you may need to add the remaining ½ cup flour). Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead it until the dough is elastic and smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let it stand in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until the dough is twice as large.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large saucepan, over high heat, bring 7 cups of water and baking soda to a boil. Meanwhile, punch down the dough and turn it onto a work surface. Separate the dough into 8 pieces and roll each into a rope about 1/2-inch thick. Using a knife, cut the rope into 1/2 inch to 1-inch lengths.

Drop 3 to 4 pieces at a time into the boiling water. Boil for about 30 seconds, using a slotted spoon, remove and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat as needed. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

To make the spicy cheddar dip:

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking occasionally 1 to 2 minutes or until the flour is golden brown and smells nutty. Slowly whisk in the milk, using the whisk to break up any clumps. Bring the mixture up to a boil and cool 3 to 4 minutes or until all the clumps have disappeared and the mixture has thickened.

Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the cheese, hot sauce and cayenne. Serve warm with pretzel bites.

Salsa Verde

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INGREDIENTS
4 cloves garlic
1.5 lbs tomatillos (approximately 8)
1 red onion
1 bunch cilantro
2 limes

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Using a peeler, remove the green rind of the limes, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 3 teaspoons of zest. Quarter the limes. Remove and discard the papery skins of the tomatillos; medium dice the tomatillos. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves and stems. Peel and small dice the onions.

In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the garlic and diced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the tomatillos and season with salt and pepper. Cook, smashing the tomatillos with a spoon, 10-12 minutes, or until thickened and saucy. Remove from heat. Add the lime zest, ¾ of the cilantro and the juice of 8 lime wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with remaining cilantro.

Classic Guacamole

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INGREDIENTS
6 avocados
3 tomatoes
2-3 jalapeños
1 large red onion
1 bunch cilantro
6 garlic cloves
4 limes.

Wash and dry the fresh produce.Peel and mince the garlic. Pit, peel and medium dice the avocados. Remove and discard the ribs and seeds of the jalapeño; small dice the jalapeño, washing your hands immediately afterwards.Peel and small dice the onion. Roughly chop the cilantro. Halve and juice the limes. Dice the tomatoes. In a large bowl, combine everything, stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cube avocados, dice tomatoes, small dice jalapeno, small dice red onion, diced cilantro, mince garlic, lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix together with a large spoon.

Pineapple Avocado Salsa

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INGREDIENTS
1lb cubed pineapple
3 limes
4 avocados
1 large bunch cilantro

Wash and dry the cilantro and roughly chop the leaves and stems.  Quarter the lime. Pit, peel and medium dice the avocados; toss with the juice of 3 lime wedges to prevent browning. Small dice the pineapple.

In a medium bowl, combine the pineapple, avocado, cilantro, the juice of the remaining lime wedges and a drizzle of olive oil. Toss to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Now, with dips in hand, let the Big Game begin!

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