Now you can enjoy the Super Bowl along with your guests without spending your whole day in the kitchen. Here are a few easy recipes that can be prepped ahead of time of the game, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your own party with your family and friends.
Super Hot Nachos
1 large bag of tortilla chips (nacho style)
1 16-oz block of Velveeta Cheese
1 15-oz can of Chili with no beans (such as Hormel)
4 green onions (optional)
1 chopped tomato
Optional garnishes: Sliced jalapeno rings, additional chopped tomato, sour cream, sliced olives, and fresh cilantro.
2 hours before guests are due to arrive, cut the Velveeta into cubes and finely dice the green onions. Combine the cheese, onions and the chili in a medium crock pot set to low. After one hour, stir the dip very well. Meanwhile, place chips into a large bowl with the optional condiments nearby. As guests arrive, they can serve themselves directly from the crock pot. It will stay hot for the duration of your party (if it lasts that long). If you don’t have a crock pot, you can use the stove to heat the ingredients. However, cook over low heat 15 minutes before guests arrive and stir frequently because it can burn easily. Remember to turn off the heat after you start serving as it’s easy to get distracted when guests arrive. Alternatively, you may also microwave the ingredients, but it must be served immediately as it will cool down rather quickly. Everyone loves this recipe and it is so easy to make.
Super Delicious Meatballs
1 large bag (40-60 count) of frozen meatballs (or make your own*)
1 16-oz bottle of barbeque sauce (any variety); use more if you like a lot of sauce.
1 15-oz can pineapple chunks, undrained
1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley for a garnish when ready to serve (optional)
Cocktail picks (optional)
Keep meatballs frozen until ready to use. Combine all ingredients in a chafing dish or crock pot, 2 hours before serving. Stir the mixture after one hour and continue cooking in the crockpot for an additional hour (or until heated through). Alternatively, heat the meatballs in a large pot on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. This recipe is delicious and is always a hit at potlucks as well.
Serves about 15-20, but can be easily doubled if necessary.
*Make ahead meatballs (Save money by making your own meatballs from scratch up to a week in advance of the big game!):
In a large bowl, combine 3 lbs of ground beef or turkey, 1 cup dry, unseasoned bread crumbs, 2 beaten eggs, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, and 4 tablespoons finely chopped onion. Mix the ingredients well with your hands until all ingredients are combined. Form the mixture into several 1-inch balls (approximately 65-70 meatballs) and place them on a large baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the meatballs to cool on pan. Place the cooled meatballs into a freezable container or freezer bag and freeze until ready to use.
Super Spinach Dip
1 pkg (10 ozs) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed very dry.
1 can (8 ozs) water chestnuts, drained and chopped (optional)
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise (regular or light)
1 container (16 ozs) sour cream
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot pepper sauce (optional)
1 package Vegetable Soup Mix (such as Knorr)
Serve with: 1 package King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls and a variety of crackers.
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; chill for at least two hours. Take out of the fridge just before guests arrive and place into a serving bowl. This dip is especially good served with 1 package of King’s Hawaiian rolls. Slice each roll from top to bottom into a few slices and place on a serving tray along with a variety of crackers. Place the dip chilled from the fridge in the center of the tray with the bread and crackers arranged around it. This recipe has always been a crowd pleaser and is better with the water chestnuts, so try not to omit them if possible.
Makes about 4 cups and serves 12-16.
Super Bowl Snack Mix
Try this recipe for an irresistible concoction of crunchy, chewy, savory, salty, and sweet all in one bowl:
2 cups Chex® rice cereal squares
2 cups Chex® corn cereal squares
2 cups Honey-graham cereal
1 cup bagel chips (bite size, any flavor)
1 cup thin pretzel sticks (or any bite-sized shape you like)
1 cup roasted and salted cashews
1 cup honey-roasted peanuts
1 cup M&M’S®
1 cup mini marshmallows
½ cup chopped dried fruit, such as apricots or cranberries (optional)
½ cup raisins
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons honey
½ tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine all the cereals on a large nonstick baking pan. In a microwavable bowl, heat the butter until it is melted (15-20 seconds). Add the honey and cinnamon and stir well. Pour the butter/honey mixture over the cereal evenly and mix well until the cereal is coated. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan and bake for 40 minutes (or until the cereal is crisp), stirring every 5 minutes after about 20 minutes. Let the mixture cool in the pan completely.
Put into a large bowl, add the remaining ingredients and toss well.
Makes 12-13 cups; about 20-24 servings