UFC Party – A flavorful punch in the mouth

I am a sucker for a themed dinner party.  It all started out as a joke, but then it just snowballed.  I was thinking of ideas for 24×24 and thought it would be a good idea to do a practice round of what I would do for a themed party.  My boyfriend and I are fans of the UFC.  Very un-ladylike I know.  We invited some pals over for our special dinner party and started brain storming.  I am a huge nerd when it comes to these types of parties, so maybe It got a little out of hand but it was fun none-the-less.

Here is a little side story just to explain a tid-bit of why I have been gone lately.  I was headed to the grocery store, list in hand, totally thrilled about the UFC party the next day.  I was about a quarter of a mile away to the grocery store sitting at a red light, when I got seriously rear ended.  A 16 year old girl slammed into me at 30mph when I was at a dead stop.  I was fine, my car was not.  I have spent weeks trying to battle with the insurance company, get a new car, dr visits for my neck and back.  All is well now, I have a new car, my back pain is improving and yes people…I still had my dinner party!

My poor car.

Okay side story over, back on track! I was very proud of my final menu.  If you are not aware of UFC, its ultimate fighter championship, so keep that in mind while reading my menu –

Knuckle Sandwiches – Crispy Chicken Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

Black & Bleu Beef Croistini – Beef Tenderloin Topped with a Bleu Cheese Mousse

Fried Cauliflower ‘Ears’ – Fried Cauliflower accompanied by Dill dipping sauce

Tap-Out Tater Tots – Crispy tater tots with sriracha ketchup

Dont Punch in the Nut-ella Rice Krispy Treats – Rice Krispy Treats blended with Nutella dipped in Chocolate Topped with Hazelnuts

Knuckle Sandwiches

  • 1/2 lb Chicken Breast pounded thin and cut into slider size
  • 1 cup buttermilk mixed with buffalo sauce
  • flour for coating
  • oil for frying
  • small tomato slices
  • small lettuce slices
  • mayonnaise
  • canned chipotles
  • Hawaiian Rolls
  1. Heat up oil for frying.  In the mean time, dip each chicken piece into buttermilk/buffalo sauce and then into flour.  Coat very well with flour.
  2. Fry each chicken piece until golden brown, set on paper towels to sop up excess oil.
  3. In a food processor combine mayo and chipotle peppers.  If desired, thin out with some cream.
  4. Build each sandwich on a sweet hawaiian roll top with tomato and lettuce, serve with chipotle mayo.

Fried Cauliflower Ears

1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 dash sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup water

Dill Dip

  • Mayo
  • Sour Cream
  • Dill
  • Heavy Cream
  • Salt & Pepper

Combine all ingredients for batter, toss cauliflower until coated.  Fry in small batches.

Combine all ingredients for dip. Enjoy! (warning, very addicting!)

Dont Punch in the Nut-ella Rice Krispy Treats

  • 1 Box rice krispy cereal
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 jar nutella
  • 1/2 lb melted chocolate
  • Crushed hazelnuts for garnish

Microwave marshmallows, nutella, and butter.  In a big enough mixing bowl, dump entire box of cereal.  Once marshmallows and butter are melted completely, combine with rice krispys.  In cookie sheet with high sides, lay down wax paper.  Press in rice krispy mixture and let cool and harden over night.  The next day either use cookie cutters for desired shape or cut into cubes (pictured).  Dip each cube into melted chocolate and top with crushed hazelnuts.

The party was an absolute hit and I cannot wait for my next themed party.  I will steer clear of teenage girls on the road this time too.