I’ve scavenged the web, asked family and friends, and have basically reached back into the hungry recesses of my own mind and found 5 tasty treats you can easily prepare for the Big Game on Sunday, February 2nd! Spanning from spicy to savory, these recipes will have you scoring big with people of all appetites.
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
The genius’ over at Betty Crocker bring a new twist to an old classic. They bring the heat and flavor with adding bacon to the classic appetizers of jalapeño poppers.
Ingredients: Makes 1 dozen
- 12 wooden toothpicks
- 4 oz. (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese*, softened
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or finely chopped green onions**
- 6 jalapeño chiles (2 to 3 inch), halved lengthwise, seeded
- 4 slices bacon***
Cream cheese can be substituted for other cheeses such as: ricotta, cheddar, Monterey Jack, etc.*
Complete this recipe and make it tailor-made for you by adding all the delicious ingredients you enjoy! **
For a veggie variation: try exchanging bacon out for panko sprinkled on top. It will keep the crunch, but leave out the animal product.***
- Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with foil or cooking parchment paper. Soak toothpicks in small bowl of warm water to prevent burning.
- In small bowl, mix cream cheese and chives. Spoon mixture evenly into chile halves.
- Cut each bacon slice crosswise into thirds. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each stuffed chile half; secure with soaked toothpick. Place on cookie sheet.
- Bake 25 minutes or until bacon is crispy and chiles are tender. Serve warm.
- To make your mouth pop with more heat, keep some of the seeds in the chiles.
- Add more flavor with adding cilantro and chopped parsley.
- Be sure to wear gloves when handling jalapenos. The oils from these, and other chiles, will stay on your hands for a long period of time. If rubbed in the eyes, it can be extremely painful.
Mini Taco Bowls
For the Big Bowl, you’re gonna find success in mini bowls. It’s the tastiness of a taco in a bite size! The beauty of this recipe is the simplicity, but also the nearly limitless opportunities to do it differently each time. The foundation of the bite-sized bowl remains the same, for the most part, but the ingredients are left up to you!
Variation 1: Passionforsavings.com
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Using corn tortillas, heat them in microwave for 30 seconds to soften.
- Using a 3 inch cutter (like a jar lid or cookie cutter) cut 2 circles from each tortilla.
- Press each circle into the cup of a mini muffin pan, folding sides as needed.
- Place in 350 oven for about 12 minutes (until tortilla is crispy).
- Place each shell on cooling rack.
- Fill with your choice of anything and everything!
Variation 2: Emily Bites Original
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Sprinkle each tortilla lightly with water and stack them on a plate. Cover the top with another plate turned upside down and microwave the tortillas for 1 minute or until warm.
- Turn muffin pans upside down. Mist each side of a tortilla lightly with cooking spray and center it in the space between 4 muffin cups, creating a bowl.
- Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Let the tortilla bowls cool for a few minutes after removing them from the oven.
- Fill with your desired ingredients!
- For a tantalizing side to go with your mini tacos, why not try either mango salsa or papaya guacamole? Ole!
Crescent Pizza Rolls
Football and pizza go great together, so why not make that combination a bit more sexier by revamping the way you look at pizzas! By using crescent dinner rolls, you can create an “any topping pizza” rolled into delicious bites! For this particular recipe, I’ll be using the recipe of undisputed champ of refrigerated dinner rolls: Pillsbury.
Ingredients: Makes about 8 servings
- 1 (8-oz.) can Pillsbury® Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
- 24 slices (about 5 oz.) pepperoni*
- 2 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup tomato pasta or pizza sauce, heated
- Any ingredients you’d like to have included
For a veggie variation: Pepperoni can easily be replaced by any of the veggies you love, making it a mouthwatering veggie pizza in a fun shape!*
- Heat oven to 375°F. Separate dough into 8 triangles; pat out each triangle slightly.
- Place 3 slices pepperoni, slightly overlapping, on center of each triangle.
- Top each with about 1 tablespoon cheese.
- Add your own tasty treats at this point.
- Roll up, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point.
- Place rolls, point side down, on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375°F. for 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm crescents with warm pasta sauce for dipping.
- Chopped pepperoni works just as well as sliced pepperoni.
- Shape these crescents up to 2 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate them. Bake them just before they’ll be served.
Seven (or more) Layer Dip
This classic party staple has had endless results tacked onto its resume. As with all these recipes, it’s up to you and what you prefer. For reference, I will stick with the basic “Seven Layer Dip”, but feel free to add or remove items as needed.
Ingredients: Makes about 15 servings
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef*
- 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
- 4 cups shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend
- 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
- 1 cup guacamole
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 (2.25 ounce) can black olives, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
For a veggie variation: Simply remove the beef on the bottom and add crumbled tortilla chips (or lettuce, but it tends to wilt) on top…or really anything that you find delectable!*
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Set aside to drain and cool to room temperature.
- Spread the beans into the bottom of a 9×13 inch serving tray that is about 1 1/2 inches deep.
- Sprinkle 2 cups of shredded cheese on top of beans.
- Sprinkle beef on top of cheese.
- Spread sour cream very slowly on top of beef.
- Spread guacamole on top of sour cream.
- Pour salsa over guacamole and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese.
- Sprinkle black olives, tomatoes, and green onions on top.
- You can serve this dish immediately, or refrigerate it overnight and serve cold.
Sticky Spicy Asian Chicken Skewers
Chicken wings and sporting events are synonymous with each other. I don’t particularly care for “messy snacks”, especially if said snack is “sticky”. That’s why I love to skewer food. Here’s an original take on a classic treat from Tyson. This is one variation of a kabob, however there is bound to be a perfect kabob recipe incorporating all your favorite ingredients!
- 8 Tyson® Fresh Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thigh Cutlets*
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons Asian chili sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 large shallot, minced
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 large sweet onion
- 3 large bell peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
For a veggie variation: Replace the chicken with tofu (and more vegetables, if you’d like) and you’ll be sure to be a hit with all your vegetarian friends and family!*
- Wash hands. Gently pound chicken to 1/2-inch thickness.
- Cut each thigh in half and place in a re-sealable plastic bag.
- Wash hands. Whisk together soy sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, lime juice, shallot and peanut butter.
- Pour over chicken. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.
- Preheat grill to medium.
- Drain chicken; reserve marinade.
- Cut onion into 8 wedges; separate each wedge in half.
- On long metal skewers, alternately thread chicken, onion and peppers.
- Wash hands. Cook marinade in saucepan over medium, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes or until slightly thickened. Reduce heat; cover and keep warm.
- Spray kabobs evenly with nonstick cooking spray.
- Grill 8 minutes; turn kabobs, brush liberally with sauce and continue cooking until chicken is glazed and done (internal temp 170°F).
Your Super Bowl party will surely be a success with one, more, ALL of these tasty appetizers as the stars! And you’ll be the champion for creating an appealing environment fit for all taste buds!
Do you have a favorite recipe? Share it in the comments!