Super Snacks for a SuperBowl

For football fans, this weekend marks the biggest day of the year. The New York Giants take on the New England Patriots in a Superbowl that NFL.com is calling the “Super Rematch”. To give you some context/all you need to know going into the game, the same two teams faced off four years ago in Superbowl 42, a game that is considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The Giants, the wildcard team won 17-14 over the previously undefeated Patriots. And so, this Sunday’s game has ‘high stakes’ written all over it.

Even if you’re not a football fan, the best thing about the Superbowl, are definitely the parties that come with it. Known as the second biggest day for food consumption in North America (only second to Thanksgiving!) the Superbowl is all about (over)indulging in delicious snacks and ice cold beer. Pizza delivery is definitely an option, but it’s nice to have a bigger variety, don’t you think? Whether your hosting a party or going to one, here are some simple recipes that are sure to keep all of the football fanatics in your life satisfied this Superbowl!

Homemade Chili:
Serves 10-12

Chili is one of those foods that is basically a pre-requisite of any Superbowl party. I’ve posted this recipe before, but it’s too perfect to leave out! It’s easy to make, SO delicious and makes for a great leftover.
Directions:
1. Pan-fry the ground beef on medium heat until brown.
2. In a large slow-cooker, combine all ingredients and stir together.
3. Set to cook on low for at least 6 hours.
4. Garnish each individual bowl with mozerella or tex-mex cheese (if desired).
5. Serve with your choice of bread or tortilla chips.

With & Without Cheese

Taco Dip:

This dip is my go-to anytime I’m entertaining or part of a potluck. It’s the easiest thing to prepare and everyone that I’ve served it to has fallen head over heals for it! 
Directions:
1. Spread cream cheese in a thick layer along the bottom of your serving dish.
3. Pour salsa in a thick layer covering the cream cheese.
4. Add shredded cheese on top of the salsa.
5. Sprinkle southewest seasoning (I use this one) on top of the cheese for a little extra zest!

This dip is delicious as is, but I’ve seen many varieties where extra layers like guacamole, beans and sour cream are added. Rachel Ray’s 7 layer dip is a good option if you want to up the ante!

Spinach Dip:

Everyone loves a good Spinache Dip and this is the best recipe I’ve found! It goes well with pumpernickle bread and with veggies. After all, you need to sneak healthy snacks in somewhere, right?
Directions:
1. Thaw, drain and finely chop the spinach.
2. In a bowl, combine the spinache with the onion, soup mix, sour cream and mayonnaise. Mix thoroughly.
3. Refrigerate the mixture for approximately 2 hours.
4. Hollow out a loaf of pumpernickle bread, to form a bowl and tear the centre into bite-size pieces for dipping, along with the veggies.

Chicken Wings in BBQ Sauce:
Makes 12 wings

One of my co-workers/friends swears by this chicken wing recipe, calling it “a real crowd pleaser”. The sauce is slightly runny, so the wings can be served over Angel Hair pasta (strange, but delicious!), or served on their own with sour cream/blue cheese!
Directions:
1. Clip off tips of chicken wings and discard.
2. Heat oil in a pan and brown the wings slowly, until both sides are golden.
3. Add the onion and garlic; fry until transparent.
4. Drain excess fat, put wings into a casserole dish and set aside.
5. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients needed for the sauce.
6. Pour the sauce into the casserole  dish, covering the wings.
7. Bake the wings and sauce at 325 for about 2 hours. (Adjust your time, if needed, to ensure the wings are cooked through.)
8. Baste the wings occasionally with the sauce and add a little bit more water if needed.

In a nutshell, these recipes are sure to make your Superbowl Sunday one for the books! Whatever you end up doing, I hope that you have a wonderful afternoon and evening filled with good eats, cold beer, great friends…and even some football if you have time to squeeze it in.

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About Meghan Brown

Meghan is inanutshell’s contributor who has a lot of different interests and a strong (and humorous) opinion. As a Martha Stewart wanna-be, you can expect lots of delicious recipes, DIY projects and organization tips from her. A lover of pop culture and anything buzzworthy, you can count on her to write about things that she's currently obsessing over and provide colour commentary on a variety of topics. Bad Habit: Reformed (still working on it) Nail Biter/ Favourite Food: Mashed Potatoes / Favourite Restaurant: El Camino / Wine of Choice: Riesling / Favorite Song: Don’t Stop Believing / Favourite Music Genre: Everything, but rap & hip hop have my heart / Favorite Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life / Favorite TV Series: Grey’s Anatomy or Friends/ Favourite Sport: Hockey / Favourite Team: Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators / Blackberry or iPhone: iPhone / Favorite Book: Lolita /

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