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Convert Messy Tradition Football Viewing Snacks (Chili, BBQ, etc.) into Neat, Hand Held Appetizers!

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If Valentine's Day was invented by the greeting card industry then Super Bowl Parties were invented by the stain removal and furniture industries.  Come on, you invite over a bunch of people, encourage them to consume alcohol and get excited about a sporting event, then hand them something like chili, barbecue, salsa, or nacho cheese sauce and don't anticipate a disaster?  This recipe is a solution, and works like a choose your own adventure.  The short version is that you make up a dough, fill it with the offending food, and then bake or fry it into crispy deliciousness.  You probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already.  These are also a super way to use up leftovers.

I made these on a Saturday afternoon and they were gone in no time.  If they hadn't been eaten so quickly I would have stored them in something air-tight in the fridge and reheated them in the oven or microwave later!
 
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Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment

Required Ingredients to make about 16 pieces:

1.5 cups of flour (plus more for dusting)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp crisco/lard
1/2 cup milk

You may also need 1 egg, and extra salt or sugar for sprinkling if you're baking them.

This recipe multiplies just fine, feel free to double or triple without hesitation.


Filling Options:

You want to fill these with something that is pre-cooked and safe to eat.  No raw meat or anything like that.  You also want something that is fairly low on liquid, and it should be cold.  A few ideas include:

  • chili (homemade or canned, pretty much as a function of how good you are at making chili and how much you like your guests.)
  • barbecue pulled pork
  • cheese and salsa
  • roasted vegetables
  • cheese and any vegetable
  • tomato sauce and pepperoni
  • cream cheese and diced jalapeno peppers
  • fresh mozzarella and roasted red peppers
  • macaroni and cheese
  • bacon and cheddar
  • spinach and ricotta
  • cooked chicken with a real or pseudo asian sauce (general tso, orange, sweet chili sauce, etc)
  • ham and swiss
  • muffaletta salad with diced ham, salami, provolone and mozzarella
  • diced bratwurst and mustard

or try something sweet:
  • pie filling
  • fresh fruit
  • peanut butter and chocolate
  • nutella
Honestly, the list of things that would be good in a crispy bread shell goes on forever.



Equipment:

A Bowl
Basic Measuring Tools
A Spoon (Pretty much optional if you have hands)
A Rolling Pin
Saran Wrap/Cling Wrap/Thin Plastic Film Sold for Food
A Small Saucepan
A Clean Area to Knead and Roll Out Dough

Optional Bonus: A Gyoza Press - I got mine as an impulse buy from a discount Japanese import store for about $2.  You don't need it, but it does speed things up.  

A Baking Sheet + Parchment Paper + Spray Oil
or
A Non-Stick Pan and Oil
or
A Deep Fat Fryer and Oil
Hymn2 years ago
Brilliant! Finally transporting chilli will be a cinch. :)
rootseatery3 years ago
Very nice instructable and a super idea. I could go crazy. I think of adding herbs or zest to the dough to discern different fillings.
This is a nice instructable, except for many people Canola is not ideal, it is completely geneticly modified food, It's original; seed is rapeseed illegal to use in USA for humans. In Canada they gentically modified it.

To many of us it taste and smells horrible and so since others may be coming that won't eat it for taste or Frankenfood issues Canola should never be used ever, except to lube a car.

But if it is just for use go for it. Great instructable I may make some of these very soon. I like the pastry dough.

Keep those recipes coming.

thanks
Canola oil and rapeseed oil sold in the USA are not the same. Oil sold as "canola oil" is from naturally-bred plants, not genetically-modified. Oil sold as "canola based oil" or "rapeseed 00" is from genetically-modified plants. There is, however, a concern for the possibility of cross-pollination, and the possibility of the genetically-modified genes contaminating the non-modified strains. "Canola Oil" sold outside thew USA could be either variety (so there is a real concern there as well). Not that I'm a proponent of GM foods: I think we should use traditional breeding methods and eliminate the GM crops all together (especially for consumption crops).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canola
http://nutritiondiva.quickanddirtytips.com/canola-controversy.aspx

In regards to this Instructable, great job! I think I need to try this!
eulaliaaaa!3 years ago
Is "gyoza" the same thing as a "potsticker"?
cool! it looks just like "vrenakje", a traditional menonite meal, filled with cottage cheese and served with jam, bacon, ketchup or "shmontfat", a menonite cream.
Good Work!
Itali
technoplastique (author)  conversegirl3 years ago
That sounds so yummy! Technically, I'm pretty sure anything with bacon sounds good, but I do like the idea of using cottage cheese - I was already thinking about ricotta. Thanks!