Celebrate Superbowl LVI with these Delicious bites

Posted: January 28, 2022 11:24 am

February 13 marks Superbowl LVI, the NFL’s biggest game of the year. Whether or not you want to watch every minute of the game, or are simply parked on the couch to watch some of the year’s biggest ads and commercials, there is nothing like the excuse to eat some rich, delicious and carb-loaded appetizers. To get ready for the big football game, here are some recipes for appetizers to win the night and satisfy your team of hungry family members and friends.

Recipe 1: Cocktail Meatballs

You may be familiar with the recipe that uses grape jelly and frozen meatballs to make something quick. This is a step up, but worth the prep needed. These meatballs are baked, not fried with tons of oil, and the sauce is ready in about 15 minutes. Ketchup, dark brown sugar, water, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, shallot, garlic, salt and pepper make a drool-worthy sauce that even works over noodles and rice! Pork and ground beef are combined with bread, egg and spices to really stand out on the appetizer platter. Serve warm and with toothpicks.

Recipe 2: Easy California Dip

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As the story goes, in 1954 an unknown California chef invented a new use for dried onion soup mix. After it was mixed with soft cheese, and, later, sour cream, Lipton capitalized on California Dip’s popularity to feature a ‘famous’ recipe on its boxes. All this recipe takes is 5 minutes, sour cream (lactose-free also works) and one packet of soup mix. Mix the two together and chill in the fridge for at least an hour. Scoop spoonfuls onto plates and dip your favorite chips and pretzels in it. This may not look the nicest, but it tastes addicting! If you have any leftovers, it is also a fan-favorite pizza and bread topping.

Recipe 3: Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo wings had their start in New York, around the same time California Dip’s popularity grew. Here is a secret for a healthier take: get ultra-crispy wings by using aluminum-free baking powder. Coat each wing with garlic powder, salt and pepper before placing them in the oven. Red Hot Sauce, Butter and Sugar are all that is needed for the sauce. Dip and serve with ranch or beau cheese dressing, or, for a different take, garlic mayo also works.

Recipe 4: Loaded Nachos

These beef and bean nachos have all the toppings you love: tomatoes, chili, cilantro, avocado and plenty of cheese. Serve with plenty of sour cream and salsa. This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make, as the onion and beef need to cook and the beans need to warm. But, while they are doing that, the veggies can be chopped, which saves time in the long run. The time it takes will be well worth it when the crew wants to chow down!

Recipe 5: Sweet and Sour Pork Sliders

Rice vinegar, soy sauce, orange juice, arrowroot and sugar make a sticky and sweet burger. Coupled with a slaw, comprised of red and green cabbage, rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt, pepper and green onions, it adds some tanginess to the sweet meat. Reviewers say letting the meat marinate overnight leads to the best results. For those short on time, a few hours also works. Also, for those who like things a bit sweeter, honey is an ideal addition to the slaw. This dish is slightly messy, and may be best served with a knife and fork.

Recipe 6: Best 7 Layer Dip Recipe

What is a Superbowl party without 7-layer dip? It is a staple for a reason: every bite gives you just the right amount of flavor. While this is best when eaten within a day of making it, leftovers can be refrigerated for about 3 days. What do you need to make it? Refried beans, chunky salsa, guacamole, sour cream, taco seasoning, lime, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, grape tomatoes, black olives and plenty of corn chips. Restaurant-style are the best for gobbling up these flavors. Arrange each layer in a large clear bowl, where each layer can clearly be seen. Then eat up and enjoy!

Recipe 7: Mini Crescent Dogs

These big-batch Crescent Dogs, also called Pigs in a Blanket, combine the rich, buttery dough you love with a savory hot dog. Ready in about 30 minutes, it takes about 15 minutes to prep these and 15 minutes to bake. Serve with plenty of ketchup and mustard. Place them on parchment paper and brush with egg wash for a mess-free experience. Reviewers recommend making a special honey mustard for dipping as well, if you are looking for something a little different. It is meant to feed a crowd, for sure!

Recipe 8: 5-Ingredient Baked Cauliflower Tots

Two medium heads of cauliflower, onion, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs are blended, scooped and shaped into a tater tot shape. Note that the onion needs to be thin enough to blend well with everything else. Leftover cauliflower can be used to make riced cauliflower, a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes, or as a salad topping. This mixture also works well in a muffin tin or when cooked in an air fryer. It is simple, delicious and a healthier take on tater tots. Who knows? Maybe you will be a converted healthy tot fan.

Recipe 9: Queso Dip (Mexican Cheese Dip)

Cheese, butter, cornstarch, garlic, onion, evaporated milk, tomato, onion powder, green chiles, cilantro, milk and salt tastes almost like the fake cheese dip that fills the supermarket shelves. But, dare we say it—this version is better! You can control what you put in, and it reheats to being as silky smooth as it was when you made it, so you can enjoy it time and time again. This also works in breakfast wraps, in tacos and more, if the leftovers last that long. Serve with corn chips or quesadillas.

Recipe 10: Mini Egg Rolls

These skillet-fried egg rolls feature a crisp veggie slaw for the ultimate mouthfeel. For those with sensitive taste buds, reducing the amount of ginger may be needed, but these are a popular appetizer as they are easy to hold, easy to dip and easy to digest. Dip in sweet and sour sauce, duck sauce, soy sauce or whatever strikes your fancy. Chances are you will be going back for seconds, so there are multiple opportunities to try different sauces.

May the best team win!

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