The Big Game = Big Food
Have the essentials on hand:
Plenty of napkins? Check.
Add food from these starter recipes and your favorite beverage. Now sit, watch, eat, cheer!!
This weekend, we get to watch “the big game” – a tradition in our house. And with it, of course, is what I like to call “big food” – and lots of it. It’s a chance for me to go off my regiment a bit, and enjoy pretty much everything Jackie, the girls and I put out in the kitchen – old favorites, new flavors and new dishes. Aside from the traditional chips, dips, snacks, chili, vegies, desserts, and of course, my favorite (any meatball variation on the end of a toothpick or in a bowl!) I like to go looking for some recipes we may have not seen or tried before. Touchdown!! – I found a great website called delish.com with a link titled “108 Amazing Super Bowl Party Foods That Are Guaranteed to Score” (HERE) and a perfect teaser line: If your eats aren’t touchdown-worthy, your team might lose. It was tough, but here are a couple of my favorites – with over 100 ideas, I’m sure you’ll find some to try – (the Reese’s peanut butter ball just made me laugh out loud). Enjoy!
TATER TOT SKEWERS
(come on, just not fair – bacon, cheese and tater tots … should be outlawed!)
- 1 lb. frozen tater tots, defrosted
- 12 slices bacon
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp. chives
- Ranch dressing, for serving
- Preheat oven to 425º. Place a wire rack inside a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Place a metal rack inside a large baking pan. On a skewer, pierce one end of a strip of bacon. Pierce and place a tater top on top of the bacon, then pierce the same strip bacon again (to top the tater tot) to form a weave. Repeat with two to three more tater tots, depending on the size of your skewers. Repeat to finish the rest of the bacon and tater tots. Place on wire rack and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until bacon is cooked through.
- Sprinkle cheese over the cooked skewers and bake until the cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes more. Garnish with chives and serve with ranch dressing, for dipping.
JALAPEÑO CORN FRITTERS
(these are made with corn … so I figured they must be healthy, right?
- 3 cup fresh corn
- 2/3 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 2 slices cooked bacon, chopped
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 jalapeño, finely diced
- kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1 lime, divided
- Sour cream, for serving
- In a medium bowl, combine corn, cornmeal, cheddar, cream cheese, scallions, bacon, eggs, the juice of half a lime, and jalapeño. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Using your hands, form the mixture into small patties.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, fry the patties until they’re golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
- Garnish each with sour cream and a squeeze of lime, if desired.
WAFFLE FRY SLIDERS
(OMG – fries and burgers and waffles – just shoot me!! – pickles too!!)
- 1 bag frozen waffle fries
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 2 tsp. yellow mustard
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 slices of cheddar, quartered into small squares
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
- Bread and butter pickles, for serving
- Lettuce, for serving
- Bake waffle fries according to package instructions. Pick out 16 large, round waffles to act as the buns.
- Meanwhile, make the sliders. In a medium bowl, mix the ground beef, yellow mustard, garlic powder and onion together with a wooden spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir gently to combine. Form the mixture into small patties. You should end up with about 8 patties.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the beef patties and cook for about 3 minutes, until the bottoms develop a nice seared crust. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes, then add the cheese slices to the tops of the patties. Cover the pan with a large lid and cook until cheese melts.
- Assemble the patties. Place 8 waffle fries (or however many patties you have cooked) on a serving platter. Top with cooked sliders. Then garnish with tomato slices, pickles and lettuce. Top with waffle fries and serve immediately.
If you have a family favorite, I’ll share it with the gang – just email me at email@example.com.
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