Sweet and savory snacks for the Super Bowl


French fries wait to be served during a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

French fries wait to be served during a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

While the Super Bowl is undoubtedly one of the biggest nights of the year for sports, it is also one of the biggest nights of the year for food. Of course, classics like wings, mozzarella sticks, potato chips and other salty and savory snacks will dominate the buffet at any Super Bowl party. But if you want to try something new this year, check out some of the following recipes!

South-of-the-Border Spread

Spread eight ounces of cream cheese in a shallow square baking dish. Layer two finely chopped small onions, two chopped tomatoes, one four-ounce can of diced green chilies, one eight-ounce bottle of medium hot taco sauce, two cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese and one quarter-cup of diced black olives on top of the cream cheese in that order. For extra spice, you can add fresh sliced jalapeños in the same layer as the black olives. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

Buffalo Chicken Totchos (from Tasty)

Cook two pounds of tater tots according to package directions. While they bake, combine two-and-one-half cups of shredded rotisserie chicken, three-quarters of a cup of buffalo sauce and two thinly sliced green onions and then set aside. In a pot, mix one-and-one-half cups of shredded cheddar cheese with one tablespoon of cornstarch. Set over medium heat and add one cup of evaporated milk and one tablespoon of buffalo sauce. Simmer, whisking constantly for five to eight minutes and then keep warm over low heat, stirring occasionally. Layer cooked tater tots on a serving dish. Top with the cheese sauce and chicken. Drizzle with blue cheese dressing and buffalo sauce. Garnish with sliced green onion and chopped cooked bacon.

S’mores Pizza (from Food Network)

Instead of ordering pizza during the big game, make your own dessert pizza: In a 400 degree oven, bake two one-quarter inch thick rounds shaped from two one-pound balls of store-bought pizza dough for four-six minutes. Toast one quarter-cup of slivered almonds in a skillet and then transfer to a plate. In the skillet, melt three tablespoons of butter, and then add one-and-one quarter cup of crushed graham crackers, half of a teaspoon of chili powder, one quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt. Cook for two to three minutes and then set aside. Top each pizza with one and one-half cups of mini marshmallows and chunks from a four-ounce dark chocolate bar. Return pizzas to oven for three to four minutes, and then top each pizza with half of the graham cracker mixture and half of the almonds.

Chocolate Football Apples (from Hip 2 Save)

Slice three large apples. Soak in two cups of pineapple juice for 10 minutes (to prevent browning) and then dry completely. Melt one bag of dark chocolate candy melts according to package directions, and then dip the apple slices in the chocolate. When they’re dry, use white cake decorating icing to pipe on the laces.

Super Bowl Popcorn (from Hungry Happenings)

Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate, pour a little bit into a plastic bag, and cut off the tip. (Reserve the rest of the chocolate.) Use the melted chocolate to draw football laces on six ounces of chocolate-covered almonds. Set aside. Pour seven cups of plain popped popcorn into a large bowl. Pour the rest of the melted chocolate over the popcorn, stirring to coat. Pour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with six ounces of melted candy coating in your team’s colors. Let dry, break up and pour in previously made almond “footballs.”

Stephanie Santillo is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at stephanie.santillo@uconn.edu.  

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