The big kick off is happening February 3rd folks and around our home that means it’s time to prepare. Prepare for what you might ask? THE FOOD. Because really that’s the best part about the Superbowl right? Maybe I’m just saying that because appetizer foods interest me more than the game (yes I know, call me crazy) who doesn’t like a spread of appetizer/tailgating themed foods?
Below I am going to list the recipes, where I found them and some tips. Sports themed parties are a chance to have fun with not only the food but the décor and unique accents that make it fun for you and your guests!
Buffalo Chicken Dip: Allrecipes.com
The description from the website fits it best- “This tangy, creamy dip tastes just like Buffalo chicken wings. It’s best served hot with crackers and celery sticks. Everyone loves the results”! This is a family favorite of mine. It might not be the most exciting and innovative recipe but it tastes delicious and always seems to be a crowd pleaser!
2 (10 oz) cans chunk chicken, drained
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing
3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
1 (8 oz) box chicken-flavored crackers
Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.
*I will not be serving this in a slow-cooker. From my experience just serving it in a casserole dish works out just fine! I will be saving my slow-cooker for the recipe below.
Photo Courtesy of allrecipes.com
Sassy Cocktail Meatballs: Kitchen Kettle Village, Kristine Grego
This next recipe was given to me from a dear fellow co-worker, Kristine Grego, who is our food specialist here at Kitchen Kettle. She always puts together such delicious and refreshing versions of some ordinary recipes. It takes a total of 3 ingredients…my kind of recipe!
1 (10 oz) jar Kitchen Kettle Hot Pepper Jelly
3 tablespoons apple juice concentrate
Cooked mini meatballs
Mix together the Hot Pepper Jelly and the apple juice concentrate. Place meatballs in a greased 9″x13″x2″ pan. Place in 350F oven until warm. If using raw meatballs, bake in oven until done, approximately 15 minutes, depending on the size of the meatballs. Pour sauce over meatballs, and heat another 5-10 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
*Costco has fantastic pre-cooked meatballs, highly reccomend.
*Serve these in your slow-cooker on low so they stay hot throughout the game.
*Have a small dish of tooth picks besides the dish of meatballs. If you’re feeling crafty cut out mini triangles (to represent a flag) out of construction or card stock paper with your favorite teams colors and attach with glue to the top of the tooth picks.
Photo Courtesy of kidoindo.com
Southwestern Layered Bean Dip
I found this refreshing recipe from Eating Well. Not only is it tasty, but it also has a few health benefits. Eating Well describes the recipe as follows. “Plenty of black beans, salsa and chopped fresh vegetables mean a healthy amount of dietary fiber in this Tex-Mex layered dip. We use reduced-fat sour cream along with full-fat (and full-flavored) cheese to make the dip lighter without compromising great taste. Be sure to have lots of baked tortilla chips on hand when you serve it.”
1 16-ounce can nonfat refried beans, preferably “spicy”
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
4 scallions, sliced
1/2 cup prepared salsa
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices, chopped
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack, or Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 medium avocado, chopped
1/4 cup canned sliced black olives, (optional)
Combine refried beans, black beans, scallions, salsa, cumin, chili powder and jalapeños in a medium bowl. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with cheese. Microwave on high until the cheese is melted and the beans are hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Spread sour cream evenly over the hot bean mixture, then scatter with lettuce, tomato, avocado and olives (if using).
*This is a great recipe to prepare ahead of time. Also because there is a lot to chop and slice, you will save yourself some time on game day!
*Place your tortilla chips in the oven for a few minuets to warm them up. The combination is AMAZING.
Photo Courtesy of eatingwell.com
Stout Brownie Pretzel Bars
Directions for the Brownies:
4 oz Bittersweet Chocolate
8 oz Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Cocoa
1 1/4 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Guinness
8 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1. Melt 4 oz bittersweet chocolate & butter (in microwave or double boiler)
2. Beat egg, sugar and brown sugar for 3 minutes
3. While eggs & sugar are mixing, mix dry ingredients: cocoa, flour, salt
4. Add melted chocolate to egg mixture
5. Mix in dry ingredients
6. Add vanilla and beer until incorporated
7. Pour into pan, then sprinkle semi-sweet chocolate on top of the batter
8. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes until knife comes out clean
Directions for the Butterscotch Ganache:
3.5 oz Butterscotch
2.5 oz White Chocolate Chips
1.4 oz Heavy Cream
1. Combine butterscotch, white chocolate and heavy cream in a small bowl
2. Microwave in 30 second increments, stir until melted and smooth
Directions for the Topping:
1/3 cup Crushed Pretzels
Flaky Sea Salt (maldon salt works well)
1. Top baked stout brownies with ganache
2. Refrigerate until firm, cut and serve
3. Top each piece with crushed pretzels and flakey sea salt
*I can’t have several savory appitizers at my party without a splash of sweetness to top it all off. Many people might not associate appetizer foods with a dessert but including a dessert will tie together your spread and create a well rounded selection!
*Cut these brownies in shapes of footballs, a cute detail that go great with a Superbowl themed party.
Photo Courtesy of blogger Hostess with the Mostess
I hope you have as much fun as I did gathering recipes together for my Superbowl bash! Check out Kitchen Kettle Village’s Tailgating Pinterest Board to get some inspiration for your party ! (http://pinterest.com/kitchenkettle/tailgating-foods/)