It may come as a shock to you, but I’m a football fan. Actually, I’m a fanatic. As in, my neighbors know if they hear me screaming on a Sunday around 4:30, it’s probably because a play went wrong for my beloved Denver Broncos. With that said, you cannot imagine how excited I am for Sunday’s Super Bowl game!!! And while I love football enough that I watch the Super Bowl every year, *this* year is a big deal. This year, my Super Manning will lead the Broncos to a shot at another title. And while I’ll be cheering for my favorite team, I’ll also be cooking some of my favorite recipes to snack on while we root for our teams – or laugh at the commercials, if that’s what you watch for! So if you aren’t sure what you’re making for the big game day, you definitely want to take a look at these amazing snacks! Without further delay, here is my Super Bowl Recipe Roundup!!!
First things first, I’ll start with the “healthier” alternative for those of my friends who are still rocking their New Year’s Resolutions. You can’t even imagine what these taste like. I am a girly girl for the most part, until there’s a game on. Then it’s “Bring on the bar food”! So what’s an NFL game without buffalo chicken, right? Well, this is just as tasty, healthier, AND easier to eat. Win, win, win! If you’ve ever made meatballs, then this recipe is the same process with a few different ingredients. If you haven’t, well then you should start with these!
Baked Mozarella-Stuffed Meatballs with Buffalo Sauce
1lb ground chicken (I used turkey instead because the store was out of ground chicken)
¼ c parmesan cheese
½ c Panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 clove garlic minced (I use my garlic press, but work with what ya got!)
½ tsp onion powder
1 package fresh mozzarella pearls
1 bottle wing sauce
½ stick butter
Mix everything together until well mixed (Do NOT got on auto-pilot here and over mix – your meatballs will get tough). Once they’re all mixed together, take your hand and “draw” a line down the middle of the meat top to bottom, then do it again left to right. (Four even sections) You’ll get about 4 meatballs out of each section. As you’re rolling each meatball, tuck in a cube of mozzarella and roll meat around it. Place on wire rack on cookie sheet. Lather, rinse, repeat. Once they’re done, bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
To make the buffalo sauce, just add 1 cup of wing sauce to a pan with ½ stick of butter, and melt together. Then drizzle (dunk, pour…) over your meatballs. These will also be perfect with some marinara sauce if you want to go more Italian. Either way, these things are amazing!
The second recipe is a vegetarian option (which thrilled my mother!), and is so easy! It will become your kid’s favorite after school snack, your new staple on Italian night, and basically anytime you want to have something cheesy and warm and salty and….yes. Now I know I’ve made a big deal out of my biscuit recipe, and it is still the favorite in my house. But this recipe is one that is supposed to be simple – take and bake, if you will. So I use canned biscuit dough for this. *Gasp* It’s okay…just this once.
Take each biscuit and flatten it into a disk. Add cheese (I used about 7-8 mozzarella pearls), sprinkle with a little salt, and fold it in half. Press the edges together well – this will keep the cheese from oozing out when it melts – and place on baking sheet. Mix together the olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese and brush over the tops of your cheese pockets. Then bake at 350 for approximately 12-15 minutes. They will be deliciously gooey and cheesy, and will be PERFECT dipped in some marinara sauce!
The next recipe is not one that I would call healthy, and not one I’m sure can be made to BE healthy, so my advice: Enjoy it in moderation! But DO enjoy it!!!
First things first, mix the brown sugar and chili powder together. If you want a spicier or smokier flavor, you can add another ½ TB of chili powder and even a dash of red pepper, but I tried to keep it more kid friendly. Next, cut the chicken into 1 inch chunks (I cut the breast into thirds, and then cut those thirds into thirds). Season the chicken with salt – you may be tempted to skip this step because you’re wrapping it in bacon, but the chicken will still need seasoned. *trust me* Cut the bacon in half, and wrap half a slice of bacon around each piece of chicken. Dredge each piece of bacon-wrapped chicken in the brown sugar mixture. Coat it well! Then place on a wire rack over a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, turning once halfway through. Sweet spicy deliciousness!
My kid’s favorite after school snack is the next recipe – it’s simple, quick, kid-friendly, and very yummy. And they make perfect game day food too!
Cut each roll in half and add one slice of ham, ½ slice of cheese (I break it so there’s some on the top and bottom of the ham), and 1 TB of honey mustard. Place sandwich in casserole dish. Repeat until you’re out of bread, and/or your casserole dish is full. Brush the top of each sammie with softened butter, and sprinkle with sea salt. If you want, you can also add a dash of poppy seed just for decoration. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, until the buns are slightly toasted and the cheese is melty.
Last, but definitely not least, is the dessert! This recipe is so simple and divinely delicious, I had a horrible time not “sampling” it. Over and over. And over. Of course, those who know me know that cheesecake is my kryptonite. So, note to self: Do NOT make this unless you’ve got plans for an after-game run!
Mix brick of softened cream cheese until creamy. Add in jello cheesecake mix, and blend well. Most of the time, I say just use a good whisk, but this really needs a hand mixer to keep the cream cheese from lumping. Add in the WHOLE jar of marshmallow fluff (starting to understand the need for that run later, huh?!?). Blend well. And then gently fold in the cool whip. I used a pie plate for mine, but you can use anything dish you want – even a chip/dip bowl. No wrong way to do it! Pour the cherry pie filling over top, break off a graham cracker, and dive in. Your trainer will hate you (and probably, by extension, me too), but it’s worth just one taste! **Good news is: You CAN make this a lighter version by using 1/3 fat cream cheese, and light cool whip. And even sugar free cherry pie filling! Don’t say I didn’t try to help you out!**
So there it is! My game day menu! I’ll probably add in a cocktail or two, just because it’s game day. But I’ve been instructed that there must be Guinness beer there too. Now all I need are guests to come listen to me cheer on my Broncos! Who’s coming? 🙂