Let’s be honest, the real reason we get excited for the Super Bowl is the excuse to make all of our favorite snacks and appetizers. Here are a few that you can try for the big game:
Buffalo Chicken Dip
This is my go-to appetizer, always. The best part is that you can use any type of cooked chicken. I’ve done it so many different ways and it is always delicious. You can use rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken shortcuts, or cooked ground chicken, for example. This recipe is always the biggest hit at any party.
1 package 8 oz. cream cheese softened
1 bottle 5 oz. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
1 ½ cups cooked chicken
1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2.Mix together cream cheese, hot sauce, chicken and 1 cup of cheddar jack cheese.
3.Spread mixture in a one inch baking dish.
4.Top the dip with the rest of the cheese.
5.Cook the dip for 25-30 minutes.
6.Serve hot with tortilla chips or celery sticks
This is a pretty standard recipe for guacamole. Some recipes do not call for olive oil, but I like to use it because it helps to mash the avocados, especially if you’re using it before it’s at its ripest point. You can also always add chopped jalapeno or other hot peppers, if you like an extra kick.
½ cup chopped tomato
½ cup chopped red onion
2 tbs. chopped cilantro
2 tbs. Lime juice (more if you like it extra limey)
1 tbs. Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Salt
1.Mash the avocados using a mortar and pestle or a fork.
2.Mix in the olive oil, to help mash the avocados.
3.Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Serve immediately.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
While getting wings at your favorite sports bar is definitely an option, sometimes the price is just not worth it. Making chicken wings with your air fryer is quick, easy, and you’ll get a better bang for your buck
1 lb. chicken wings
1 tbs. Olive oil
1.Rinse wings and pat dry. Try to absorb as much of the moisture as you can.
2.Toss chicken wings with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
3.Place wings in an air fryer at 400 degrees.
4.Cook for 8-10 minutes and then flip. Cook for another 8-10 minutes depending on desired level of crispiness.
5.Toss with your favorite buffalo or barbeque sauce.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
This recipe is inspired by Dinner at the Zoo. It is creamy and delicious. You cannot just eat one bite.
1 8oz. Package cream cheese softened
1 cup sour cream
1 cup fresh spinach
¾ marinated artichoke hearts
1 tsp. Minced garlic
½ tbs. Salt
¼ tbs. Pepper
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
½ cup mozzarella shredded
½ cup parmesan shredded
1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is heating, steam the spinach until wilted. Then, drain the extra water and chop.
2.Spray one inch baking dish with cooking spray.
3.Mix cream cheese, sour cream, spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese and ¼ of shredded parmesan in a mixing bowl.
4.Spread mixture into baking dish and top with remaining parmesan and mozzarella cheese dispersed evenly.
5.Bake for 20 minutes. Then broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.
6.Serve hot with chips, bread, or vegetables.
Slow Cooker Chicken
Nachos are always a crowd favorite. This slow cooker chicken is the perfect topping for your game day snack! Personally, I love to load my nachos. Featured toppings include: shredded cheese, shredded chicken, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, chopped cilantro, fresh jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream.
2 large chicken breasts
½ cup chicken broth
¼ lime juice
1 taco seasoning packet
1.Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Use the Cholula sauce for your desired level of heat. Cook on low for 4 hours.
2.In the slow cooker, shred the chicken and mix well.
3.Cook on low for another 30 minutes.
4.Serve on top of tortilla chips and all of your favorite nacho toppings!
Lindsay Pytel “Lunch with Linds” is an avid foodie from Meriden featuring the best eats in the Connecticut and New York area on Instagram and Facebook.