The highly anticipated Super Bowl Showdown Chili Cook-off at Security Federal Savings Bank is probably not as exciting as the Super Bowl, but more delicious.
Employees are encouraged to submit their favorite pot of either chili or soup for the tasting, with 12 entries provided. Everything from the traditional chili to white chicken lasagna soup was entered. This year a dessert category and a favorite Super Bowl snack category were added. Nine delicious desserts were shared, and seven snack dishes.
“We try to make it fun for our employees,” said marketing officer Tanarra Grissom. “After all, it’s the Super Bowl, and we have so many good cooks who want to share their recipes.”
Winners in the various categories are: Autumn Malone, Meredith Woodlee, Tanarra Grissom, Lauren Powers, Sherry Clendenon, Wendy Kell, Vickie Bain, Janet Phillips, Lisa Hillis, Michael Griffith and Justin Tanner.
A couple of the award-winning recipes follow:
Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoon chocolate syrup
Double Stuf Oreos, crushed
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter for 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar and beat an additional 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Remove a spoonful (about 2-3 tablespoons) and place in a small Ziploc bag. Seal and set aside.
To the bowl of cream cheese, add chocolate syrup and crushed Oreo cookies. Blend completely.
Line a large bowl and plastic wrap. Drop cream cheese mixture into the plastic wrap lined bowl. Fold up the plastic around the cheese ball. Refrigerate for an hour.
Remove plastic wrap and shape cheese ball into a football on a serving plate. Press chocolate chips into top and sides until completely covered. Using your reserved baggie of cream cheese mixture, snip off the corner and pipe “laces” onto the cheese ball.
Cheesy Baked Dip
8 ounces sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese
16 ounce cheddar cheese, grated
Green onions to taste
1 cup chopped ham
½ pound chopped, cooked bacon
1 round bread loaf, hollowed out
Mix first seven ingredients together and put into the hollowed bread loaf. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for one hour. Serve with leftover bread or chips.
Note: Yes, you bake the loaf for 60 minutes, and it will be delicious!