Super Snacks for the Super Bowl!

by Emily Grace

Whether you care about the game, care about the commercials, or simply care about the party, it’s officially here—this weekend is Super Bowl XLIV! It is a tradition in our family that we do not eat dinner on Super Bowl Sunday. We do our favorite Super Bowl Snack Day where as soon as we return home from church we begin cooking up our favorite snack foods of all times. This is definitely the meal that my mother excels at (not that she doesn’t cook other things well, she’s just awesome at snack foods).  Unfortunately, being in New York means I won’t be spending this Super Bowl with my family or at a fraternity house, but rather at a friend’s apartment, but there will be no shortage in the tradition of the snack food.

Check out a few of my favorites.  I will for sure be making the buffalo chicken dip because it has already been in popular demand, we’ll see about other delicious options.

Buffalo Chicken Dip (courtesy of sorority sister Sara Dastin)

Sara Dastin's Buffalo Chicken Dip

4 half chicken breasts
1 bottle of Wegman’s Buffalo Wing Sauce (though I use Frank’s)
1 brick of cream cheese
8 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese
Ranch Dressing
Tortilla chips

Boil chicken breasts for 20 minutes, let cool and shred by tearing apart with a fork.  Mix chicken with 1 bottle of Wegman’s Buffalo Wing Sauce.  Spread cream cheese in bottom of pan (I use a 9×13).  Spread chicken mixture on top of layer of cream cheese.  Top with a thin layer of blue cheese or ranch dressing.  Cover with cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350˚ until cheese is melted.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Nacho Supremo (as seen on Martha Stewart today)

Martha Stewart's Nachos Supremo

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 (16-ounce) bags tortilla chips
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Black Bean and Cherry Tomato Salsa, for serving
Charred Tomatillo Salsa, for serving
Nacho Cheese Sauce, for serving
Guacamole, for serving
Sour cream, for serving
Sliced jalapenos, for serving
Julienned radishes, for serving
Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and wrap in parchment paper-lined foil; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 1 hour.
3. Unwrap chicken; remove skin and discard. Remove chicken from bones and cut into small pieces; discard bones and set chicken aside.
4. Decrease oven temperature to 350 degrees. Layer one third of the chips on a large ovenproof platter or in a baking dish. Top with 1 cup cheddar and 1 cups of Monterey Jack. Repeat process twice with remaining chips and cheese. Transfer to oven and bake until cheese is melted, 5 to 10 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and top with reserved chicken, both salsas, cheese sauce, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos, radishes, and cilantro; serve immediately.

Meatballs (just have faith!)

Mommy Dee's Meatballs

1 pound hamburger
½ cup dry bread crumbs
½ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp. pepper
¼ cup shortening
1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
1 jar (10 ounces) grape jelly

Mix hamburger, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, egg, salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper; gently shape into 1-inch balls. Cook meatballs in shortening in 12-inch skillet until brown.  Remove meatballs from skillet; drain fat.  (If you’re lazy, you can just buy a bag of the frozen Hormel meatballs and heat them in the microwave, whatever.)  Heat chili sauce and jelly in skillet, stirring constantly, until jelly is melted.  Add meatballs and stir until cooked.  Simmer uncovered 30 minutes. Serve hot in crockpot.

What will you be serving up at your Super Bowl party?  Stay tuned for more Super Bowl updates!

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2 Comments to “Super Snacks for the Super Bowl!”

  1. Can hardly wait for Sunday! Super Bowl snacks here I come!

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