Superbowl Snacks and Party Plays

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Put your game face on, it’s time to eat! These recipes are sure to kick off your Superbowl weekend and score a touchdown at any party you host or attend.

Whether you’re a Giants devotee, Patriots supporter, or just rooting for the commercials like myself, one thing that always splits the uprights is game day snacks.

PUNT PARTY MEATBALLS

The first recipe that has me cheering is for Punt Party Meatballs. They are so delicious that I got a special request from a friend this week asking how to make them. This simple, flavorful appetizer has become a staple at my house, and something I’m often asked to bring to other events. I recommend doubling the batch because they will most likely be cleared out before the coin toss.

Ingredients:

1 (12 oz.) bottle Heinz chili sauce

1 (16 oz.) can jellied Ocean Spray cranberry sauce

2 lbs frozen party size meatballs (I prefer Trader Joe’s brand)

Instructions:

Empty meatballs into a slow cooker. Combine sauces in a bowl and pour over meatballs. Cook on HIGH for four hours, stirring occasionally. Know that no matter the outcome of the game, you have a winner with these sweet, tangy, hearty bites.

 JEFF’S BLITZING BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP

Another fan favorite is my brother’s Blitzing Buffalo Chicken Dip. I had to bargain with him for his perfected recipe after he told me he didn’t want to give it out, for fear no one would invite him to parties if they knew how to make it themselves.

It’s a rich combination of soft, gooey cheese, satisfying chunks of chicken and a fiery punch of hot sauce that represents the flavors of another game day classic, wings, with a little less mess. Put the dish down quickly before you get tackled for some.

Ingredients:

9 oz. Perdue pre-cooked chicken, chopped

8 oz. Neufchatel cheese, softened

1 bottle of Ranch dressing

½ bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce (per your liking)

1 package of mixed cheddar blend cheese (taco flavor etc.)

Tostitos Scoops tortilla chips and celery sticks for dipping

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Separate Neufchatel on bottom of baking dish. Mix in chicken, ranch dressing and buffalo sauce. Top with cheese.

Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and drizzle with additional buffalo sauce. Serve hot with chips and celery sticks.

Superbowl Party Pointers:

Join me in a huddle and I’ll give you some ideas. If hosting a Superbowl party, think outside the pizza box and have fun with the theme. Try serving everything in a (super)bowl like chili in a cornbread bowl, 7-layer dip in a tortilla bowl and even ice cream in a waffle bowl, if everyone needs to cool down after an intense play.

For something a little more unique than stacked sub sandwiches, set up foods that keep you in the action as a host, and allow your guests to help themselves when they’re able to peel their eyes off the TV. Fun make-your-owns like a hot dog and toppings bar, fries served in plastic baskets or brown paper bags with a choice of seasonings, mini soft pretzels with hot cheese and flavored mustard dipping sauces or a fill your own taco station are great ways to bring the excitement of the stadium into your own home.

You can even set the room up tailgate style and keep a cooler of beers next to the TV for easy access, and to avoid yourself from having to grab another cold one every time someone runs out.

To keep with the spirit, use servingware that matches your team’s colors, suggest everyone wear a jersey of their favorite player, and give out noisemakers for when things get really exciting.

Holding a football pool is another great way to get your guests involved. To include those who aren’t into the sport, make a playful pool or Superbowl BINGO game that corresponds with the commercials and half time show.

Gooooo Food!

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