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Super Bowl Snack Recipes

I’ve always enjoyed watching football. Guess that goes back to my childhood when I’d watch football on TV with my Dad. We’d spend Sunday afternoon watching the Cowboys and Tom Landry back in ‘the good old days’ – plus a few other teams who for the life of me I can’t remember right now. To me the games were more exciting back then.  No instant replays. No coach’s challenging the calls made by the refs. No comfort-domes. Just lots of hard playing . . . sometimes in the mud and snow.  Even today, I still can’t phantom those guys  getting out there in freezing temps and playing with what looks like not much protection from the cold. But, won’t see any of that on Sunday when the Super Bowl hits the big screen. We’ll probably watch it – at least part of it . . . and may even fix up some munchies just to make it seem more special.

The following are some good snack foods – wings and sliders. How can you go wrong with those? But, I’ve taken the original recipe – long versions with lots of ingredients – and made them quick and easy using some prepared foods and ingredients easily purchased at the grocery store. Some fresh. Some frozen. But still good and tasty.

bbqwingsZesty BBQ Chicken Wings – Spicy BBQ Flavor

Sauce:  2 Cups of your favorite BBQ Sauce (I like to blend Mesquite Flavor and Hickory-Honey sauces together for a tangy sweet flavor.)

Meat:  16 whole chicken wings cut into 3-pieces. (Discard the tips – or better yet freeze them and make some chicken broth for a soup or gravy.)

Directions:  Place wings in a well greased pan (15″ x 10″). Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees turning once during this time. Brush with sauce. Bake 20-25 minutes more (or until juices run clear), turning and basting once during this time. Served with additional sauce.

Note: When using any basting sauce, separate the sauce for basting from the sauce you plan to use for dipping. You do not want to contaminate the dipping sauce with any uncooked chicken juices.

Spicy HOT Wings

Sauce: 1/2 cup butter (melted), 2-5 teaspoons hot pepper sauce, 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon paprika.

Meat:  10 whole chicken wings cut into 3-pieces. (Discard the tips)

Dipping Sauce: 1 Cup Blue Cheese or Roquefort Salad Dressing and Paprika. Place dressing in a small bowl and sprinkle with Paprika. To tone down the flavor if you’re not nuts about Blue Cheese – add 1/4 – 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt.

Directions:  Place wings in a well greased pan (15″ x 10″) and pour sauce over wings. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, turn wings over and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear. Serve with dipping sauce.

slidermeatballMeatball Slider
  • 24 Small-sized Italian meatballs from the grocery’s freezer.
  • 12 Slider buns or comparable bread rolls
  • 12 thin slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup favorite marinara sauce from grocery store

Directions:  Prepare the meatballs according to manufacturer’s direction. Arrange rolls (cut sides up) on a heavy baking sheet and broil until lightly toasted. Remove roll tops to a plate. Place 2 meatballs on bottom half of each bun, top with 1 slice of mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese melts (approx. 1 minute). Heat marinara sauce in the microwave. Place sliders on plate (2 per person), spoon about 1-1/2 tablespoon of sauce on each and cover with bun top.

Chicken Sliders
  • 12 Chicken tenders from grocery store deli. (You want these to be tender, not hard and crunchy – KFC is good for this. If the tenders are thick you can cut them in half. In this case you’d only need to buy 6.)
  • 12 Slider buns or comparable bread rolls
  • 1 package of prepared guacamole
  • 4 slices of bacon – cooked and cut in half
  • 12 thin tomato slices

sliderchickenDirections:  Prepare the sliders by cutting the rolls in half. On each bottom place an equal portion of the guacamole. Next place the chicken tender, 1/2 slice bacon, and slice of tomato. Sprinkle the tomato with a little salt and pepper if you like.

Sliders are fun and easy to eat – and pretty much be made from any thing as long as you have the rolls.  Another good slider is made by placing a huge pile of  sautéed onions on top of a hamburger patty, with a little Durkee’s sauce on the buns.   More for the meat-only guy . . . like David!

If these sound good and you want more great recipes, you’ll find them in the Taste of Home Annual Cookbooks .

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