Hot From The Kettle: Super Snacking

Michael Carrino, the very talented chef and owner of Restaurant Passionne, located at 77 Walnut St. Montclair, has shared some his most coveted, and remarkably easy, Super Bowl recipes with us.

So forget the box of frozen apps and tubs of microwave dips, and give these a try. I’m pretty sure they’ll satisfy the most discerning foodie.

Bacon and Cheese Buttery Bites
1 tube of crescent roll dough
1 pound cream cheese
1 pound pack of thin sliced smoked bacon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Tooth picks

1. Allow cream cheese to soften slightly. In a small mixing bowl, season the cream cheese with salt and pepper. Roll seasoned cream cheese into small balls about the size of a large marble. Place cheese balls on non stick cookie tray and refrigerate for 20 – 30 minutes or until cheese is chilled
2. Remove from refrigerator. Wrap cheese in small pieces of the pastry dough. Cut bacon into 2 inch strips and wrap around the pastry- enclosed cheese. Use a tooth pick to hold the bacon in place.
3. Bake at 350 degrees or until bacon is cooked to your liking.
4. Variation: to make a spicy version add ½ tsp cayenne pepper and ½ tsp sugar to the cream cheese

Super Bowl Sausage Chili

8oz diced smoked Tasso
8 oz diced Chorizo sausage
8oz diced Andouille sausage
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 large minced onion
1 cup diced fresh tomato
1 cup chili sauce
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1 tsp cumin
4 Tbs honey
Salt and black pepper to taste

1. In a large heavy bottom pot heat 2 tbs oil and add sausage.
2. When meat has begun to sweat out add onions and garlic. Sweat until aromatic.
3. Add tomato, chili sauce, oregano, cumin and honey. Bring to a simmer.
4. Adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes then allow to cool.
5. Reserve and heat when needed.
Recommendation: the chili is best when left for a day or two to allow the flavors to really macerate, and it only gets better with time

Thank you for sharing Chef Carrino! How about you Baristaville? Any cherished Super Bowl recipes you would like to offer?

And if you’re still hungry for more, click here for more Super Bowl recipes from Market’s new chef, Tre Ghoshal.

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  1. Did you have to include a picture of a Jets mug just to rub it in? 🙂

    That food looks awesome though, especially the chili. And if you wrap anything in bacon it makes it better, so how could you go wrong wrapping bacon around cheese-stuffed dough?

  2. Those Bacon and Cheese Buttery Bites sound delicious and easy. I think my kids would love these. They love cream cheese, crescent rolls and bacon!

  3. I am very interested in trying the chili recipe. Does anyone know where I can buy smoked Tasso or Mexican oregano in the Montclair area? Thanks.

  4. Thanks Fototed. I was thinking about maybe Whole Foods, but Corrado’s is a great alternative that I hadn’t considered. Also, those wings look great!

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