Big Game, Small Snack: Guacamole Crostinis for Super Bowl Sunday

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Score a touchdown with the crowd at your Super Bowl party by making delicious crostinis. Sure, you can serve the regular chips and dip, but where’s the fun and flair in that? These bite-sized snacks are a deconstructed version of everyone’s favourite Mexican treat(guacamole), artfully presented in layers. Not to mention, they are a fresh alternative to all the fried, calorie-clad, and sugary snacks you’re going to be tempted by!

With a twist to tradition, these guacamole crostinis are sure to be a hit so even if the team you’re rooting for loses, there’s still something to cheer about. Here’s there recipe for the small snack that’s big on flavour:

Ingredients:

1 baguette (you can choose white, whole wheat, 12 grain, etc.)

1 ripe avocado

1 tomato

1 shallot

1/2 lime

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp olive oil

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Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Slice your baguette 1/4 inch thick and place the pieces evenly across a baking pan. Brush each of them with olive oil. Put them into the oven for approx. 10 minutes or until they become golden and crisp.

3. Prepare the vinaigrette by combining the remaining olive oil (2 tbsp), juice of 1/2 lime, salt, and minced cilantro. Stir until well combined.

4. Slice the avocado, tomato, and shallots. Lay one on top of the other on the freshly toasted baguette slices. Pour a tsp of vinaigrette on each, and enjoy!

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Get Your Greens –In a Sandwich!

TPDSandwichWhen hunger strikes, satisfy it! Don’t settle for anything ordinary or snacks that will only drag out the agony until you can have your next real meal. Try this arugula, avocado, and smoked prosciutto sandwich that crunches with every bite! Served warm off the grill or cold(ideal for lunches on the go!), the buttery toasted bread that envelops three of my favourite things tastes a whole lot like heaven. And no guilt allowed here –look at all the green goods you’re getting!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp butter

1 bun

1/2 large avocado

1 cup arugula, washed and dried

2 slices of smoked prosciutto(regular prosciutto works just as well)

Putting it together:

Place a pan on the stove, over medium heat. Put the butter onto the pan and allow it to melt, ensuring it covers the entire surface. Then add the bread, which has been sliced in half horizontally, with the crust facing up. Let it toast until the interior is golden brown. This makes its outer layer nice and crisp, while the inside stays fluffy.

Slice your avocado and lay it on the bread, adding the arugula.

Place the slices of prosciutto into the pan that you’ve used for the bread, and fry them for about 5 seconds on each side. Add them to the sandwich in progress and it’s almost good to go!

Finally, add the top part of the bun and slice it all in half.  There you have it, now bite in!

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