Saturday, February 5, 2011

Super Bowl of Snacks

Dear Readers,

The big game is coming up! I’m not a football fan myself and to be honest, I’d have to Google to see who was actually playing this year. However, I’m an advertising executive and I get just as excited for the Super Bowl game as any football fan ever would because I love to sit back and watch the advertisements. Opposite of most fans, I talk and eat during the game and watch intently during the commercials. I hope the companies who paid over $3 million for 30 seconds of airtime this year do not disappoint.

This year we’re to our next door neighbor’s house for a Super Bowl party. We’re really excited to mix with them and their friends since we’re still new to the burbs and we’ve really grown to like our neighbors. I just hope people aren’t too loud during the commercials! Since it’s not my party I don’t have control over the food but Mary just sent out a reminder message and let everyone know what is on the menu so far. There will be Meat Balls, Pasta Salad, Turkey BBQ, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Deer Bologna, Pepperoni Bread, Brownies, and M&M Cookies --- mmm, sounds like a great spread.

The really fantastic thing about football and Super Bowl is you can have a lot of people over and serve really yummy casual food. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It’s not a cocktail party, it’s a rowdy sports fan bonanza. And making casual apps is easier and less time consuming than making elegant ones. A lot of them don’t even take much of a recipe, just putting things together to make a yummy spread. So, I don’t have real recipes to share today, just a few ideas to get your super bowl menu started.

Truly & tastefully,

Spicy Meatballs
3 lbs of frozen meatballs. Pour 2 bottles of Heinz Chili Sauce with 1 jar of grape jelly into a saucepan and heat on medium, stirring until they blend together into a sauce. Pour the meatballs into a larger pot, or crock pot, pour the sauce over the meatballs and heat on medium until the meatballs are warmed all the way through. Serve with toothpicks.

Baked Wings
Don’t have a fryer? Don’t worry. You can bake chicken wings in the oven and have just as tasty results – and healthier too. Bake fresh chicken wings on a cookie tray at recommended temp until cooked through. While baking, combine a bottle of Frank’s Hot Sauce and a stick of butter (more or less according to your taste) over medium heat until blended. When the wings are done, toss them into a large metal mixing bowl and pour the sauce over them. Toss to coat. Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

BBQ Chicken Sliders
Boil boneless skinless chicken breasts until they are fork tender. Allow to cool. Shred the chicken either with your fingers or two forks until you have a pile of shredded meat. Put meat in a pot and pour in a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Let the contents warm together and then serve the shredded meat on small potato rolls you find in the bread aisle of your grocery store. Sprinkle with shredded sharp cheddar cheese for extra flavor.

Pesto Pizza Pinwheels
A can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, a jar of pesto sauce, and a jar of pizza sauce is all you’ll need for this delicious snack. Unroll crescent dough and seal perforated edges by smoothing over the dough. Spread pesto sauce over the dough and then roll the dough long ways into a tube. Cut one inch pieces of the roll and lay them flat on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at 350 until the dough gets golden brown (according to directions on dough packaging). Serve the pinwheels with pizza sauce for dipping.

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