Monday, May 2, 2011

Soccer Inspired Dinner

Yesterday, we staved off watching Manchester united vs Arsenal until dinner time.  That is no small feat in our house, but we had a good reason to wait.  Several of our favorite soccer fans and coaches were coming over for the match and some man-food!
 Leif, Finn and I participate in a fantasy soccer league with a couple of these soccer nuts and it is more than a little ironic that I am beating both of them.  I am in second behind Leif and I am sure it isn't sitting too well with any of the coaches that they are being beaten by a mini-van driving soccer mom, but I am loving every minute of it!  I named my team the Melon Ballers and I  felt it was only fitting to start our meal out with some Prosciutto wrapped melon to set the tone. When I started overtaking the coaches in the pool, I delivered each of them a melon with a note that said, "Consider yourself thumped!" 

I served the melon alongside some roasted kale chips.  This is an easy and exceptionally flavorful dish. Give it a try.

Baked Kale Chips
2 lg bunches kale (about 18 leaves)
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Rinse the kale and dry thoroughly.  Cut each leaf in half vertically and remove the tough center rib and the stems.  Toss the leaves with olive oil to coat lightly and season with salt and pepper.  Place kale on parchment lined sheet pans in a single layer and bake until crisp and just slightly browned on the edges. About 45 minutes.  You'll need to flip some of the larger leaves.  Keep in an airtight container for up to two day, but they probably won't last that long anyway.  They are too good not to eat right away!
 Next up I served Murray a Shrimp Po' Boy on a homemade micro baguette.  I figure struggling to overtake me and failing makes him a really po'boy considering he is an insanely accomplished player and coach, not to mention the director of coaching for Finn's club!  It was pretty darn good.
Next up, Bangers and Mash, for our love-sick Elliot. I was sure he needed some comfort food from his homeland considering his El of a Team has an el of a problem; he has been at the bottom of the table all season!  I whipped up some chicken apple sausages, rosemary mashed potatoes, sauteed apples, caramelized onions, and green beans and served them with a little cider onion gravy.  I think it hit their spot!
 Elliot even brought me a hokey souvenir from the Royal Wedding!  I love it.  It was a fun night all around and even with Arsenal's big win, I am still beating Murry by five points!  Here's hoping I can hang on until the end of the season!  Only four weeks left to go...

1 comment:

Krystyna Grey said...

Great to see the pictures and innovative writing and cooking that inspires

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