Super-cheap, super-yummy Super Bowl

PAM ANDERSON | 9/17/2009, 11:20 a.m.
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Hearty tamale pie is the centerpiece of this Tex-Mex meal.

Pour mush over hot meat mixture, spreading with a spatula to completely cover. Sprinkle with cheese and remaining cilantro.

Adjust oven rack to middle position and turn on broiler. Broil tamale pie (s) until cheese melts and mush gets crusty, about 5 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes; serve.

Serves 12Per serving: 345 calories, 30g protein, 36g carbohydrates, 10g fat (4.3g saturated), 50mg cholesterol, 7g fiber, 1,116mg sodium1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

2 pounds shredded red cabbage from a 2 1/2-pound cabbage (or use packaged shredded red cabbage)

6 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned (2 heaping cups)

1 medium jicama (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into thin, bite-sized strips

1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin, bite-sized strips

6 green onions, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Whisk orange juice concentrate, vinegar and olive oil in a 2-cup measuring cup. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Dressing and salad can be covered and refrigerated several hours before serving. When ready to serve, toss to coat.

Serves 12Per serving: 151 calories, 2g protein, 23g carbohydrates, 6g fat (0.9g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 7g fiber, 19mg sodium2 sticks (16 Tbs.) unsalted butter, divided

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. plus 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided

1 cup bleached all-purpose flour

5 large eggs

1 1/2 Tbs. cinnamon

Set oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 400 degrees. Bring 1 cup water, 1 stick butter, salt and 1 tsp. sugar to a rolling boil. Turn heat to low, add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a soft ball. Off heat, thoroughly stir in one egg at a time. Let dough stand until it can hold its shape, about 5 minutes. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drop scant 2 Tbs. dough to form balls. Bake 30 minutes, until golden.

Reduce oven to 200 degrees. Melt remaining butter. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Dunk puffs in butter, coat in cinnamon sugar and poke an X in puff bottoms with a knife. Return to cookie sheet and set in warm oven until puffs crisp, 45 minutes to 3 hours. Serve with Warm Chocolate Dipping Sauce.

Makes 30 Per puff: 108 calories, 2g protein, 12g carbohydrates, 6g fat (3.6g saturated), 49mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 69mg sodium4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces

2 cups whole milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 tsp. instant espresso

1 Tb. cornstarch

1 Tb. water

Heat chocolate, milk, sugar and instant espresso in a medium-size saucepan until chocolate melts. Combine cornstarch and water and whisk into hot chocolate; simmer chocolate until it thickens, almost immediately. Pour into a small bowl; serve warm with churros.

Makes 2 1/2 cups Per 2 Tbs. serving: 54 calories, 1g protein, 7g carbohydrates, 3g fat (1.7g saturated), 2mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 10mg sodium