One of the most significant American pass times is Superbowl Sunday. There is more to it than the pinnacle match up to a long hard fought football season. The festivities and gatherings around the game are more than half of the fun. Not all get the day off, especially our heroes, and we are thankful for your diligence.
We know that heroes don’t get the day off just because it’s Sunday or the Super Bowl- so here are some great food ideas you can take with you. All the recipes are basic and can be built-up so that you can add a layer of flavor.
Keep it Simple
Every city has a hippy store. Find one and head to the deli to get an assortment of marinated veggies, cheeses and meat. Then, spread them out on a dollar store plate and bam, it’s complete. You don’t even have to worry about finding your plate at the end of your workday. You could entirely skip the hippy store if that’s not your thing. You can do a variety of cheese, crackers, fruit, and add some marinated artichokes.
If you cannot have fresh pizza, try this veggie pizza that is crisp and refreshing.
Another Take on Chips
Of course, there is no game day without the crunch of chips. But what if we took it up a notch? There are not many things that hit the spot better than savory bacon. Yeah, buddy! Bacon chips. I’m not talking about bacon flavor; I am talking about the real deal. Take your bacon strip and cut it into one-inch pieces and fry them up. Try sprinkling some brown sugar or your favorite ground hot pepper. Sweet and salty with a bite is a sure hit.
Another fad right now is cheese chips. You could take some Cheddar, Romano, or parmesan you have in your fridge and make some cheese chips. Arrange a cookie sheet with some parchment paper and form several piles of grated cheese, about 1 TBLS each. Then heat them in the oven at 425 degrees. Take out after 5-6 minutes when cheese bubbles and is gold around the edges. Let them cool completely. Now you have some amazingly crispy cheese chips. They go great with bean dip.
The next crowd pleaser is seven layer bean dip. You could make individual servings in ramekins, pyrex or a big bowl to share at your work party. Just make the layers as follows: refried beans then sour cream, salsa, guacamole, cheese, olives, and tomato. Then pair with your choice of corn tortilla chip. Seven layer dip is beautiful when presented and a great alternative to nachos.
Meatballs are simple and versatile. You could buy your favorite premade meatballs and arrange a variety of yummy dips. Some options include marinara, barbecue, and buffalo wing sauce. You could also use them to make a delicious meatball sub. Do not stop there. If you have a favorite meatball recipe and you plan on rolling them out yourself, add an extra ingredient of mozzarella. Take some string cheese sticks and cut them, so they are about half an inch long. Stuff those mozzarella pieces into the center of meatball, then bake them and, voila, you have mozzarella stuffed meatballs.
Smokey rolls are tasty and straightforward. Pigs in a blanket are an oldie but goodie. Take some smoky links and cover them in Pillsbury crescent roll dough. Another yummy spin on the smoky links is to roll them in bacon instead of crescent dough. Cut your bacon into thirds and wrap them around the sausages. Stick them with a toothpick so that the bacon won’t curl. Cook until the bacon is thoroughly cooked.
Chicken wings have the same adaptability as the meatballs. You can make different sauces to cook the little chicken wings in, or a dip. Some family favorites include a honey barbecue, hot wings, lemon pepper, and parmesan. If you made boneless wings, you sure could dress up a salad by adding some pieces to finish it up.
Let’s talk salads; I know buzzkill! Salads are yummy and can fully satisfy your need for some crunch. Despite their stigma of healthy eats, they can also suck up your daily calorie intake real fast. If you do not want to hit a lunch hour slump from having a heavy meal, salad is a great option. This world-famous kale salad holds up well if prepped the night before. You can put the dressing on at home if you prefer. Then as it ages, it makes the kale and carrots better even after a couple of days.
If you make some bomb garlic cheese knots, it will pair delightfully with the salad. You could even spice it up a bit by adding some mini pepperoni and a side of marinara dipping sauce. Now you have pizza rolls.
Of course, being decked out is half the fun of the game day. Try some custom-made sugar cookies decorated for your favorite team.
Mini pineapple upside down cakes are another great option. Take the usual recipe and portion it out into a cupcake pan. If you are only packing lunch for yourself, take one serving. Maybe wrap two if your planning to add a mile to your evening workout routine.
If you are a baker and can whip some cake-pops up, you may be able to make some new best friends. If not, Hostess just came out with these adorable cake bites called “Bakery Petites.” They are charming and inexpensive. They come in a variety of flavors. Throw those bad boys on a shining plate, and you are everyone’s hero for the day.
Take some extra time to make lunch the night before. Stuff all the festivities you can manage in your lunchbox and have an amazingly scrumptious day at work. You will welcome your efforts because you only missed the game and not the fantastic food. Tell us what your favorite dish is on game day.
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