The Super Bowl is coming up, and unless you’re one of the lucky ones, your team was probably eliminated a long time ago. The beauty of football is that whether you’re watching your favorite team or not, there are usually a few delicious snacks are involved. No matter who is playing, the Super Bowl is always one of my favorite American holidays. Here are some fantastic finger foods and appetizers that will make your Super Bowl party guests so happy they’ll probably give you a Gatorade shower.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
The first time I ever had this unbelievably delectable snack was on a Super Bowl Sunday many years ago. Since then, my aunt has made it for birthday parties, holiday celebrations and a few other special occasions, but it will always remind of football. After you make it this season, I bet it’ll do the same for you. It’s a rather simple recipe involving an unlikely pairing of bacon and water chestnuts. Besides the water chestnuts, you probably have all these items in your home as you read this. This recipe from AllRecipes.com calls for about 15 minutes of prep time with about 45 minutes of cooking. Not bad for something that will make a long lasting impression on your taste buds. This recipe makes 18 servings.
1 cup ketchup
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
16 ounces sliced bacon
2 8-ounce cans of water chestnuts, drained.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a saucepan, combine ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; heat just to boiling. Pour sauce over bacon and water chestnuts. Cut bacon slices into thirds. Cut some of the bigger water chestnuts in half. Wrap chestnuts in bacon and secure with toothpicks and place in a 9” x 13” pan. Bake in preheated oven until bacon is completely cooked, for about 45 to 50 minutes.
The combination of pizza and football is phenomenal. Add beer to the equation and you’ve got an ideal Sunday. But let’s face it; there are probably dozens of other people in your city who had the great idea of ordering pizza before or during the game. Let them battle their hunger while waiting for the delivery driver to come around. It’s going to take a lot longer than it usually does. Make your own pizza treat at home, and while you’re at it, switch it up a bit. These bites are an easy, inexpensive appetizer that will satisfy your pizza cravings. Save the delivery fee and tip for yourself! This recipe from Annies-Eats.com makes about 20-24 bites.
½ batch pizza dough (enough for 1 pizza)
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed (about 20-24 pieces)
1 package of sliced pepperoni
For the topping:
Grated parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Lightly grease a 9” pie plate or cake pan. Divide the pizza dough into 20-24 roughly equal sized pieces. Take one of the dough pieces, top with a cube of cheese and a slice or two of pepperoni. Pull the edges of the dough around the fillings and pinch closed. Please seam-side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces. Lightly brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and grated parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Serve warm, with dipping sauce as desired.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
You’ve probably had buffalo chicken on pizzas and sandwiches, and if you’re like me, you’ve loved it in both forms. This dip takes buffalo chicken flavor to the next level. It has become a favorite in my home during the football season and more recently, during the holidays. This recipe from Food.com calls for baguettes as the dipping item, but we’ve always used tortilla chips. Carrots and celery sticks would probably work just as well. The dip is easy to make and requires just five easily attainable ingredients (outside of the chips or baguette). This slow cooker recipe makes 20 servings and takes just about 20 minutes of prep and cook time combined.
2 10-ounce cans chicken
2 8-ounce packets of cream cheese
¾ cup hot sauce
1 cup ranch dressing
2 cups mild cheddar cheese
2 baguette loaves (or whatever you may choose)
Drain canned chicken and put in medium sauce pan. Add hot sauce and cook on medium until heated throughout. Add cream cheese and stir until blended thoroughly. Add ranch dressing and mix. Add 1 ½ cups of cheddar cheese and heat for a few minutes until mixed and melted. Pour the dip into the crock pot and sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese on the top. Keep heated on low.
Yes. I know. Nutella AND brownies together? It exists and it is awesome. These will be great around the 4th quarter when the game is close and exciting or a complete blowout. With these brownies, you won’t care either way. The brownies are composed of many common baking ingredients and should take a little more than an hour of prep and cooking time. This recipe from BunsInMyOven.com will make one 9” x 13” sheet of brownies. The cutting and portioning is entirely up to you.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 ¼ cups sugar
½ cup Nutella
4 large eggs
1 ¼ cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
10 ounce package Hershey's Milk Chocolate Baking Melts (or chocolate chips)
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 baking dish. In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter completely. Stir in sugar and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow sugar mixture to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella until well combined. Pour butter mixture into a large bowl or stand mixer, beat in cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
Stir in the flour and baking melts until just combined. Spread into prepared pan (batter will be very thick and sticky) and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean. The edges should be set and the center should still look slightly moist, but not uncooked. Cool on a wire rack.