Let’s face it sometimes the best parts of the Super Bowl are the commercials and the snacks.
Here are some easy recipes that your guests will love!
It’s time to start thinking about your menu for the big game. Every dish on this list is delicious. I can’t guarantee they’ll be healthy; I can’t even say they’ll be cheap. I can, however, promise that they’ll be easy and crowd-pleasing.
1. Sweet Chili Cream Cheese
It doesn’t get much easier than this. Simply unwrap a block of cream cheese and pour a bunch of sweet chili sauce on it. For some reason, this tastes best with Wheat Thins or Ritz, but any unseasoned cracker will do. If you want to get fancy, you can mix the two ingredients together, but there’s really no need.
2. Rotel Dip
If you have a crockpot, this is an easy dump recipe. Mix half a roll of breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled, with one can of Rotel and one block of cream cheese. You’re probably going to want to double this if you have more than four people coming over, and serve it with tortilla chips. A friend of mine mixes in a bag of Colby Jack too, but that’s a BIT too rich for me. Try it if you’re into super-cheesy things!
3. Shrimp Deviled Eggs
Ever wonder what the teeny tiny shrimp are good for? This recipe makes great use of them to show your guests they’re getting fancy-schmancy shrimp deviled eggs. This is a great way to serve a bit of seafood without breaking the bank. Using your favorite deviled egg recipe (I use mayo, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper), add about one chopped medium shrimp per two eggs. Top with the teeny salad shrimp and sprinkle with chopped scallions or paprika. If you go overboard with the shrimp-egg yolk mixture, save it for a decadent sandwich filling!
4. Spaghetti Salad
This is so Tallahassee, I can’t stand it. For an interesting take on traditional pasta salad, cook up one box of spaghetti on the al dente side. Mix in a big bowl with a bottle of Italian dressing, a can of Niblets, chopped sweet onion, cucumber, and grape tomatoes. Give the whole thing a bit of extra seasoning with some garlic powder, grated Parmesan cheese, and about a teaspoon of poppy seeds. Don’t ask me why it just works!
5. Fruit Pizza
This one is a fun project for kids. Get a tube of sugar cookie dough and press it out onto a cookie sheet in a round pizza shape. Bake per the instructions, cool, then decorate with cream cheese frosting and fresh sliced strawberries or other colorful fruit. Cheaper than a fruit tart, this can still be a stunner.
This fresh crostini is so easy to make, I always wonder why I don’t have it more often. Chop up some ripe tomatoes (mix in a yellow tomato if you can find one) and season with good olive oil, fresh minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Finely chop some fresh basil and fold it in with grated Parmesan cheese to taste. Serve with toasted French bread rounds with some balsamic glaze if you have it.
If you can find lavash or any other rectangular kind of wrap, pinwheels are a great crowd pleaser. Classic filling combinations include Boursin and very sliced thinly sliced cucumber, ham and cheese, or hummus and veggies. Just spread the whole flatbread with your fillings of choice, roll up, cover tightly in plastic, and refrigerate. Slice just before serving.
8. Mini Baked Potatoes
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Toss a bag of baby potatoes (any variety, preferably round) with 1 T. olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pierce each potato with a toothpick and bake for 30-40 minutes until soft. Let cool and cut an X on each potato then squeeze gently to force open a bit. Top with sour cream and chopped scallions or shredded cheese. So cute!