Posts tagged ‘Super Bowl snacks’

February 1, 2016

Super Bowl Snacks – Variations on a Theme

Keep your Super Bowl snacks simple by serving variations on a theme. The 50th Super Bowl is upon us and everyone I know is invited to a Super Bowl party. Of course, every Super Bowl party includes snacks. If you’re hosting, you can make it easy on yourself by limiting the variety of offerings to a few variations on a theme. Your guests will likely welcome the novel approach and you’ll minimize your prep time while still serving a little something special.

My family can’t seem to make it 4 hours on snacks alone, so I’m leaning toward a hearty chili themed party. I’ll start with my grandmother’s chili recipe and then serve it as bowls of chili, Frito® pies, and chili mac with gluten-free pasta. Once the chili is made, I only need some chips, cheese, pasta, and jalapeños to complete the menu. That’s it, make some chili, cook some pasta, and I’m pretty much done. I suppose if I get really ambitious, I may make some guacamole to serve on the side and I’ll probably pick up some Red Mango taro flavored frozen yogurt or a variety of mini Häagen-Dazs flavors.
chili
My sister loves potatoes, so I also considered a potato themed party. My plan was to serve 3 varieties of potato salad: A favorite Cooking2Thrive version (recipe below), plus Blue Cheese & Bacon Potato Salad and Dilled Potato Salad with Feta. Also in the running to make the menu were potato soup and potato skins topped with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and chives. Of course you could include various flavors of potato chips, twice baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, or French fries. And that’s barely scratching the surface of potato possibilities!
potato salad
Potato Salad
Serves 6 – 8

13 baby Yukon gold potatoes
Water to cover
Sprinkle of salt
1/3 cup Bulgarian yogurt
1/3 cup real mayonnaise
2 tbsp spicy hot mustard
3/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs, hard boiled
1 small onion, peeled and chopped

Peel potatoes and place in large pot. Cover with water and add a sprinkle of salt, then bring to a boil. Boil for 12 – 15 minutes or until just tender. Drain in colander. Place colander back over pan, cover with dish towel, and allow to steam for another 10 – 15 minutes. Place potatoes in refrigerator to cool.

In small bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, and salt to make a dressing. Place mixture in refrigerator.

When all items have cooled for at least 2 hours, cut potatoes into small cubes. Peel the eggs and rough chop. Place potatoes, eggs, and onion in large bowl and pour the dressing mixture over them. Lightly mix and place back in refrigerator until ready to serve.
pigs
There was some conversation about featuring cocktail wieners as our Super Bowl centerpiece – using them for pigs-in-blankets, corn dog bites, and covering them with BBQ sauce and grape jelly in the crock pot.

Another possible theme includes the most common Super Bowl food of all – chicken. You can’t go wrong with wings, tenders, chicken nachos, BBQ chicken, or chicken enchiladas.
chicken
Whether you watch for the football, commercials or halftime show, the Super Bowl will be the biggest show in town this week, so choose a theme, buy some paper plates in your favorite team’s colors, and have a great time watching the game with your guests!

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/50

http://www.redmangousa.com/

http://www.haagendazs.us/

http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/potato-salad-recipes

February 1, 2015

5 Simple Solutions – Last Minute Gluten-Free Super Bowl Snacks

Need some last minute gluten-free Super Bowl snacks? I have a five simple solutions ’cause goodness knows, I need some.

I didn’t plan ahead for tonight’s event. In fact, it was just this morning that I decided to join the party frenzy that is the Super Bowl. In my state, the fact that it’s Sunday eliminates the possibility of grabbing some beer to take along, so at my regular Super Bowl party, I am required to bring food.

I didn’t wake up early. I don’t really want to cook anything. I don’t want to spend a fortune. I want to just run in my neighborhood grocery store on the way to the party and grab some food that everyone will enjoy and that is gluten-free…for me!
Herdez salsa

Here are 5 simple solutions:

1. Salsa and chips
I can grab some HERDEZ® Salsa Verde and a bag of my favorite tortilla chips. Made with freshly harvested green tomatillos, savory onions, spicy serrano peppers, salt and fresh cilantro, the HERDEZ variety is delicious.

While I prefer the green salsa, HERDEZ also makes red salsa. It’s sold in several varieties in small cans at my local store. I can grab a variety so everyone can enjoy their preferred flavor.
guacamole

2. Guacamole and chips
For added pizazz, I can pick up a container of Wholly Guacamole® ready-made guacamole. It may be prepackaged, but it’s made from natural ingredients and does great in taste tests.
hummus
3. Hummus and baby carrots
If it turns out I’m not in the mood for Hispanic flavors, I may opt for hummus with a large bag of baby carrots. Like the salsa, hummus is often stocked in several varieties in addition to the original – roasted red pepper, garlic, black olive, artichoke garlic, etc.
nuts
4. Nuts, or Nuts and M&Ms
While I’m on the chip aisle, I will walk past jars and cans of mixed nuts, bags of pistachios still in the shell, and bags of roasted cashews. I’m careful about dry roasted nuts that may not be gluten-free, but there are many options that are just fine as an addition to my party contribution. I might even throw in some M&Ms in the color of my favorite team’s jersey.
peperoncini
5. Pickles, peperoncini, and olives paired with cheese
If I’m in a real hurry (very possible today), I will take a serving plate out of my cupboard and then head straight for the pickle aisle at the store. My usual choices are a crispy dill pickle, a sweetish bread & butter pickle, some peperoncini peppers, and almond stuff olives. If I have an extra minute, I’ll get some white cheddar cheese too. Once I arrive, I’ll arrange it all on my serving plate and call it good.

Even if you live in a remote area, most of these items will be available in your local grocery store. You don’t have to worry about searching for the words gluten-free on the label. Just make sure to glance at the ingredients to make sure there are no questionable items included.

Thank goodness, I have these simple solutions because I’ve got to get back to the laundry or I’ll be wearing dirty clothes all week.

I’m sure you have some great simple solutions for Super Bowl food as well! Share them with us. We’d love to hear them.

Now, go…have fun!


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