Super Bowl Recipes
The Super Bowl is less than a week away…..and even if YOUR favorite team didn’t make it to the big game this year ( go PATS!!), you still may want to hang with friends to watch the commercials, or the half time show, or for the FOOD. Yes, the food. My favorite part of Super Bowl Sunday. The food. If you’re already planning your menu, let me help with fun ideas! If you’re going to someone else’s house and they’ve asked you to bring something, let me help you with fun ideas. If you’re staying home and not having guests, let me help you with fun ideas! Oh, my ideas are all healthy. I hope that’s OK.
CHILI….can we talk chili for a moment. I think Chili is the PERFECT dish to make for the Super Bowl. My favorite way to serve it for a crowd is with a toppings bar (I did say fun, right?) plus some baked potatoes (white, purple, sweet, yams—any assortment is beautiful). It’s awesome because everyone gets to customize theirs. This recipe for lentil chili is simple, forgiving and delicious. It’s vegan and gluten-free—but meat lovers will love it and find it satisfying. You can make it on the stovetop or in a crockpot…..AND, you can make it in advance if that works better for you. Don’t forget the toppings—-I like spice, so jalapenos or serranos are my favorite topping, what’s yours?
If you’re making a baked potato/chili/fun toppings bar, a large chopped salad is ideal to round things out…..and that’s really all your need. Add in a few fun appetizers, and you’re covered. This chopped salad is AWESOME….and you can prepare everything (the chopping of veggies and the dressing) in advance and just toss it when needed. Super Bowl Recipes can also be every day recipes. Salad should be an every day happening. If you don’t make this salad, then choose something else that’s fun, like this taco salad or this arugula and artichoke heart salad. When I entertain, I like to make as much in advance as possible, so I can relax and enjoy my guests.
Let’s talk appetizers for a moment….because that’s where most of the fun in food lies. A good Super Bowl party leaves lots of room for mingling and some fun finger food is needed for that. One of my FAVORITE party appetizers is Veggie Spring Rolls. I like their flexibility. Any veggies you like and have on hand is exactly what goes into them. They are super fun….and can we talk about that peanut dipping sauce? YUM.
Mini Pizza Muffins are another fun appetizer for a Super Bowl Party. Unless, you decide not to make the chili/baked potato bar—then you may want to use this recipe, but make full size pizzas (or calzones)……but otherwise, make the cute muffins as an app. Everyone will LOVE them…….and, you guessed it, you can make these in advance and just heat them up when you’re ready to serve. Yay!!
What would a Super Bowl Recipe Round Up be without Cauli-Tots. If you grew up on tater tots—but can’t bring yourself to eat them anymore now that you know the ingredient list—and now that you know better—then this is a must do recipe for next Sunday (or anytime really). The homemade ketchup is a staple in my fridge. So tasty!
Seems that whenever I go to a party there is always some veggies with hummus on a platter. It doesn’t take much more effort to make these adorable cucumber holders for your dip—and hey, while you’re at it, have a go at this white bean and herb dip. So flavorful…and guess what? You can make it in advance. Are you starting to sense a theme here?
If you’re only going to make one dessert (and why would you do that?) then, there’s really only one choice. The Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is positively the most popular recipe I’ve ever posted! I recommend doubling the recipe and using a brownie pan…. if you want to have enough to go around and snag one for yourself. They are really THAT good…..and you don’t have to tell your guests they’re made with chick peas and peanut butter—or just how healthy they are. It can be our secret! Pro tip from Debra: Make these in advance and put them in your freezer until game day. (Maybe hide them so nobody eats them all before Sunday).
Bliss Balls—love ’em? Hate ’em? Can’t decide which one’s to make? That would be my dilemma. A toss up between these popcorn bliss balls and these halva bliss balls. It may just have to be a game time decision! Regardless of which bliss balls you choose to make, do it in advance and throw them in your freezer.
Ok. let’s be real. What’s a Super Bowl without guacamole? You with me? Well, you better head on over to the store and buy some avocados (I mean, TODAY). The ideal is to get them when they are green (before they’ve been over handled and bruised) and let them ripen on your counter. When they are just soft (but not mushy), if you’re not ready to make the guac, then place them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. Just make sure to buy a bunch of them because how many people do you know who DON’T adore guac? Yeah, me neither. A list of Super Bowl Recipes wouldn’t have been complete without the guacamole….I was saving the best for last!
Don’t forget to have FUN! Oh, and GO PATS!!!!