Tailgating with Joe Drozda: More semi-homemade Super Bowl food


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Commentary Joe Drozda and Bob Bley

Does the thought of cooking from scratch for a lot of people seem overwhelming? Then stop worrying and let us help you provide plenty of good tasting food for your Super Bowl gathering without extra worry and long hours in the kitchen. “Semi-homemade” is the cooking genre rediscovered by Sandra Lee of the Food Network. For the next few weeks we’ll feature our ideas of foods you can purchase that can be completed by you to be appetizing and as good as if you made them yourself.

Since the health nuts in your crowd probably don’t know the commandment “Thou shall not diet on game day” the thought of really enjoyable foods for a Super Bowl party probably scare them. So we suggest you name the dishes you plan to serve with tags of very healthy foods like zucchini, one of the very low calorie vegetables that has no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers. It also has anti-oxidants and is rich in flavonoids. So let’s call this next dish Zucchini Pizza Bites.

Zucchini Pizza Bites


1 cup Johnsonville precooked frozen Mild Italian Sausage Slices thawed

2 medium zucchini cut into ¼ inch slices

Cooking spray

¼ cup favorite pizza sauce

Basil, salt and pepper

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat broiler to high. Arrange zucchini slices on a foil lined baking sheet and spritz each of them with cooking spray. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Now broil them a couple of minutes until the zucchini is hot, but still firm. Remove them from the oven.

Top each zucchini with a pinch of cheese, one sausage slice, ½ teaspoon pizza sauce and one more pinch of cheese. Return the sheet to the broiler for a couple more minutes until the sausage is heated through. Sprinkle the bites with basil and serve.


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