02/05/16

Food for Super Bowl L

First of all, were you aware that “L” is the Roman numeral for “50”?

I hate to admit it, but I had to look it up.

That’s what this blog is for. Constant accountability & self-awareness.

So, let’s talk football. And food. And friends. Some of my most favorite things come together on this day, Super Bowl Sunday! So, whether you are hosting a bit soiree or taking a covered dish to a friend’s house for a quiet night in front of the TV, I hope these fun food ideas fill your tables… and your tummies!

I am absolutely crazy for dips! And when I think football or tailgate party, dips is the first place my mind goes.

Here are some of my favorite classic dips:

Mexican Skillet Dip

We have been making this stuff for years & it feeds a crowd! Layers of spicy beef, refried pinto beans, and cheese in a melty skillet served with chips and all your favorite toppers- lettuce, sour cream, jalapenos, olives, and chopped fresh cilantro. It’s deconstructed nachos, if you will.

Trisha Yearwood’s Hot Corn Dip

I’m a huge fan of a Corn dip and this one is the very best, and so easy! I just have a few edits (you know I can’t leave good enough alone). I substitute 1/2 the mayo with sour cream and use Pepper Jack cheese instead of Monterrey Jack for extra spice.

This can literally be thrown together in minutes and kept in the fridge until ready to bake right before party time. A crowd favorite, guaranteed!

Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant Style Salsa 

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Because some things are classics and stand-bys for a reason.

I don’t know anyone that turns down chips n salsa. And if they did, I don’t want to know them.

Really.

And it wouldn’t be Super Bowl Sunday without Hot Wings, now would it?

I happen to love the classic Buffalo-style chicken wing, but this is a great baked version.

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings 

Baked Crispy Chicken Wings

My mouth is literally watering just looking at that picture above.

And another even lighter version from Skinnytaste.

They are pure poppable, spicy deliciousness!

Serve either variety alongside cool, creamy blue cheese or ranch dressings, carrot sticks, and celery stalks for the ultimate party starter.

For game days, or any day for that matter, I love the classic little ham and cheese sliders with poppyseed dressing that my grandmother has been making for most of my life. They are so simple & everyone loves them!

Ham and Cheese Sliders. A girlfriend served these at my baby shower, and they were so yummy. Most delicious sliders ever!:

They are truly great party food!

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches:

And for another similar variation, Pioneer Woman makes a similar recipe with roast beef. Nothing wrong with that one either! Plus, they are assembled well in advance and then baked off in the oven as you need them. They can even be frozen for later! So simple and so, so good.

And because we typically need to satisfy any sweet tooths ( or is it teeth?) present at the party, including our own… let’s just be honest, here are a few ideas for simple and delicious dessert ideas that can be made in advance and set out for all the party-comers to graze on between touchdowns.

Salted Caramel Butter Bars from Inspired Dreamer

Salted Caramel Butter Bars Recipe Oh my yes!:

Who wouldn’t love to sink their teeth into one of those?

And because I think any occasion is an excuse for a really, really good chocolate chip cookie. And these are made with malt powder and are soft, chewy, and irresistible!

Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies:

It’s an all-American sweet treat while watching America’s favorite sport. At least as far as I am concerned.

And Mini Lemon Blossoms… pure, poppable, delicious fun! I have never made these and they not disappear!

Have fun! And may the best team win…

Go Broncos!!!

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