Whether you love watching football or not, everyone can rally around some Super Bowl snacks! The super bowl always sneaks up on me, unless my team (go Seahawks) is in it! This year, sadly, they’re not. However, I’m still planning to watch and host some friends - so I’ll need some snacks! My husband is the chef in my house but I can make a mean appetizer, so this is my time to shine! This year I plan to keep it simple with minimal ingredients but crowd-pleasing flavor. The best part of these easy recipes is that you don’t have to spend hours making them and most of the ingredients are already in your fridge!
So here we go - here are three super simple appetizer recipes for your super bowl party:
1. Salsa Cream Cheese Dip
This might be my favorite dip of all time. Part of me thinks it’s part nostalgia because my grandma is the one who made it for me first but then I look at the ingredients list and I know why it’s my favorite dip. Here’s what you’ll need:
- microwave-safe shallow dish (mine is a 6in” round).
- cream cheese - enough to cover the bottom of your dish with a nice thick layer (about 1/2 cup).
- salsa of your choice - here I used simple mild jar salsa but you can use any kind (about 1/2 cup).
- shredded cheese - I use sharp cheddar. You’ll need enough to cover the dish as the top layer of the dip.
- your favorite tortilla chips
Start by layering your cream cheese, this layer can be thick or thin according to your preferences but I love about a 1/2 inch thick layer.
After that, add your salsa layer. I make this layer a little thinner than the cream cheese just because it can make the dip a little bit runny if you put too much. A nice thin layer will do.
Finally, add your shredded cheese to the top. Not too thick here because it will need to melt in the microwave.
Then place the dish in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds at a time. Stop after the shredded cheese is fully melted. It usually takes about 60 seconds total. Remove from the microwave, let cool, then grab your favorite chip and start dipping!!
You can thank me later for this super easy one. ;) So yum!
2. Bacon Wrapped Dates
This recipe is a huge crowd-pleaser. It feels a little bit fancy just because of the ingredients but really it’s super simple! Here’s what you’ll need:
- unsalted almonds (you’ll need as many almonds as you need appetizers, I’m making 20 so I need 20 almonds).
- dates pitted or you’ll need to pit them yourself (which is super easy). Same quantity as the almonds.
- Bacon of your choosing. Usually, one package is enough.
- Toothpicks, same quantity as the almonds and dates.
- Baking sheet.
Start by pitting the dates if they aren’t pitted already. Then, stuff each date with one almond and wrap a half slice of bacon around the almond stuffed date. Keep the bacon secure and sealed with a toothpick. The toothpick also makes it easier for guests to grab when served.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the bacon wrapped dates on a baking sheet (no foil, parchment, or grease necessary) and bake for 20-30 minutes. When baking you’ll need to constantly check the dates because they all tend to cook differently because the bacon slices can be different thicknesses. You will know one is done when the bacon wrapped around the outside is cooked to your preference. I usually check every 3 minutes after the initial 20 minute cook time is over. Keep in mind, the only thing you’re cooking, really is the bacon.
When the bacon is cooked to your liking, place them on a serving platter and enjoy!
3. Football Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a crowd favorite and staple for football games in our house. I love them! My husband is an expert at hard-boiling so I usually let him do that part! Here’s what you’ll need:
- eggs (quantity is up to you, I’m doing 6)
- stone ground mustard (1-2tbs)
- mayonnaise (1tbs)
- salt and pepper to taste
- green onion to garnish
Okay, so that ingredient list was a little more than three ingredients but still pretty simple. ;) Start by hard boiling your eggs. Usually, my husband boils a pot of water and a pinch of salt. When the water is roaring he will add the eggs and leave them in for 8 minutes. While the eggs are cooking prepare a large bowl with ice water. When the 8 minutes are up, transfer the eggs to the bowl of ice water and leave for at least 10 minutes, or until the eggs have come down to room temperature.
The next step is to peel the eggs shells off the hard-boiled eggs, cut them in half the long way, and remove the yolk. Place the yolk into a separate bowl. In that bowl add a tablespoon of mayo and 1-2 tablespoons of stone ground mustard to the bowl. Adjust your amount of mustard based on your preference. I tend to like mine more mustard flavored so I add more like 2 tbs. Mix the yolks, mayo, and mustard together and add salt and pepper to taste.
Lay your egg halves out on a tray and use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the yolk mixture into each egg half.
Next comes the fun part and the part that makes these the perfect game day snack. Take your green onions and cut them into little strips. Use the strips to lay “football seams” onto each egg, like shown below! So cute right!?
Just like that your game day gathering just got upgraded. I hope these snacks will please your guests anytime, but especially for your Super Bowl party! Make sure to tag us if you try any of these, we’d love to see!
About the Author
Becca is in her early 30’s and lives just outside Seattle with her husband, whom she met on Tinder (crazy right!?), and her two kids Macey and Harrison. Life is pretty full with two young kids but in her “free time” Becca loves a good mani-pedi, a hike with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, or a day-date to bubble tea with her daughter. You can find her on Instagram here: www.Instagram.com/drivingmissmacey or her blog: www.drivingmissmacey.com.