Super Bowl Snacks

It doesn’t have to be Super Bowl Sunday for us to enjoy snacks while watching football, but since this Sunday is the Super Bowl it’s a great excuse to skip dinner and just watch the game and eat snacks. Every magazine, newspaper, and morning show has some foodie providing recipes for your Super Bowl party. The only problem with most of these recipes – too time consuming – so I thought I’d put in my two cents worth. I’ve included three of our favorite simple, game day snacks.

Cocktail Meatballs

1 bag of frozen meatballs (small)

1 jar chili sauce – 12 oz.

grape jelly – 12 oz.

Add chili sauce and an equal amount of grape jelly to a sauce pan or crock pot and heat at low/medium temperature to melt jelly. Do not boil.

Heat meatballs in the microwave according to package directions.

Add meatballs to the chili/jelly mixture and continue cooking over low heat. (I prefer to keep them in the crock pot for a couple of hours so the meatballs can absorb the sauce.)

This recipe takes about 15 minutes to prepare and is a major improvement over the original recipe which called for 11 ingredients, mixing hamburger to make homemade meatballs that had to be fried before adding to the sauce. I can’t imagine why anyone would go to that much trouble when the result is so similar.

Cream Cheese Salsa Dip

1 8oz. package of soft cream cheese (reduced fat or light works fine)

Pace Picante sauce

Tostitos or Fritos

Set out cream cheese for about an hour to soften. Mix it with picante until smooth. You really can’t go wrong on this one. Serve with tortilla chips of Fritos.

Use as much picante as desired, and if the cream cheese isn’t soft enough- oh, well, chunky dip tastes great too!

Potato Skins

baking potatoes (one person)

bacon (one slice per two potatoes)

shredded cheese

sour cream

green onions

Bake potatoes and then when cooled cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the potato (I usually save the scooped out portion for use later.)

Fry or microwave bacon and crumble when cooled. (Even better if you cook extra at breakfast.)

When ready to serve, heat oven to 350, cut potato skins to desired size (usually four pieces per potato), sprinkle with bacon and cheese, salt, and pepper and bake for about 10 minutes.

While potatoes are baking cut onions and serve potato skins with sour cream and onions.

This is the one recipe that takes a little planning and effort, but if you want to really go all out, make potato skins. If you plan ahead, you can save time by baking the potatoes earlier in the week for dinner (mash the scooped out potato with butter and sour cream or cream cheese).

Of course, if you must have something healthy, make sure you include crudite’.

If you decide to make something requiring more time and effort, good for you; but I’ll be taking the easy route!