By Bridget Lowel
Signal Contributing Editor
The Super Bowl is here, and if you’re anything like us, you haven’t done much to put together a menu. But the food is just as important to the Super Bowl experience as the commercials and the halftime show, so we’ve got you covered with simple, straightforward dishes your guests will love.
Serves a crowd of 8-10…if they’re willing to share.
Ingredients 1 10 oz. packet of regular marshmallows 1 12 oz. package of milk chocolate chips 1 box of honey graham crackers
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Spread entire bag of milk chocolate chips evenly in bottom of 9-inch pie plate or cast iron skillet.
3. Cut about 20-22 marshmallows in half widthwise and place, cut side down, over the chocolate chips until the chips are completely covered. (I started with a circle of marshmallows around the outside edge, then worked inward.)
4. Bake the dip at 450 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Watch the dip carefully and remove it from the oven when the tops of the marshmallows are golden brown.
5. Serve immediately with quartered graham crackers for dipping.
A Pan Salsa
Tomatoes, jalapeños and garlic, grilled then tossed together. That’s it. The salsa has such incredible depth of flavor, you’ll never guess how spartan it is.
Ingredients 1 pound plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise 2 jalapeño peppers (or just one, if you like a less spicy salsa), stems removed and halved lengthwise 3 garlic cloves, peeled ½ small white onion Juice of half a lime, freshly squeezed A handful of coriander, coarsely chopped Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Turn on the broiler in your oven and move a rack to the top.
2. Line a baking dish with foil and scatter the tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, garlic and onion over the dish. Salt the vegetables.
3. Cook the vegetables under the broiler for about 5 minutes, until the jalapeños and garlic start to brown. Remove the jalapeños and garlic and place them in a blender or food processor. If you like your salsa mild, remove the seeds from the jalapeños now.
4. Return the tomatoes and onion to the oven and broil for another 5 minutes, until the tomatoes are golden brown and the onions are charred on top. Add the tomatoes and onion to the blender or food processor, making sure to add all the tomato juice that has accumulated in the pan.
5. Add a few tablespoons of water, a big pinch of cilantro and lime juice to the vegetables, then blend the salsa to your desired consistency.
6. Add salt, pepper and more cilantro/lime juice to taste, if needed. Blend and let cool to room temperature. Serve with your favorite fries.
Skillet Cornbread Tacos Pizza
Basically what it looks like: a pizza made of tacos on cornbread cooked in a cast iron skillet.
This one is open to many interpretations based on what you think the tacos belong to. We used ground beef seasoned with chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, black pepper and a little salt, and topped the “pizza” with fresh cilantro and sliced jalapenos.
For 6 to 8 people.
1 package cornbread mix (enough for an 8″ or 9″ square baking dish) Whatever the mix calls for
3/4 lb of your favorite taco meat Your favorite taco meat seasonings Salsa Shredded cheddar cheese Sour cream Your favorite taco toppings
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.2. Cook and Season the Taco Meat
3. Heat a cast iron skillet on a stovetop over medium-low heat.
4. Prepare cornbread mixture according to manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Melt the butter in the pan6. Pour the cornbread mixture into the skillet and spread
a thin, even layer.
7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the center of the cornbread is firm.
8. Using oven mitts, remove skillet from oven.
9. Carefully spread an even layer of sour cream over the cornbread.
10. Spread the meat on the sour cream and salsa on the meat.
11. Cover everything with cheese and return the pan to the oven.
12. When the cheese melts, remove the skillet from the oven.
13. Add your favorite fresh toppings, slice and serve.
Football Chocolate Covered Strawberries
For the Super Bowl, turn them into cute little soccer balls using white frosting as shoelaces.
Serves 4-6, but if you want more strawberries, make more. Ingredients 12 strawberries 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
Small tube of white decorative icing
1. Wash the strawberries and pat them dry.
2. Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. If not melted, microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir again.
3. Dip strawberries in melted chocolate and carefully place on waxed paper to cool.
4. Use icing to decorate your strawberries like footballs.
5. Place in the refrigerator to harden…or eat immediately.
We highly recommend frying the wings: It’s the Super Bowl, not the Still Pretty Tasty But Definitely Not As Good Bowl. Baked or grilled wings will still be quite tasty with the same sauce, but definitely not as good.
Pre-made wing sauces are available everywhere.
For 4 to 6 people. If you have more people coming, do the math.
Ingredients 12 whole chicken wings, cleaned and cut into pans and barrels 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce Celery salt (optional) Oil for frying Blue cheese or ranch dressing
1. In a deep fryer, dutch oven, or large saucepan, heat the oil to about 375 degrees or over medium-high heat.
2. Fry wings in oil until golden brown and cooked through, about 12-15 minutes depending on size.
3. While the wings cook, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the hot sauce and stir. Add celery salt or lemon pepper to taste, if desired. For spicier wings, increase the hot sauce to butter ratio. For softer wings, do the reverse.
4. When the wings are done, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel to drain off excess oil. Then toss them into the wing sauce and serve with blue or ranch cheese.
Guacamole recipes can vary widely, but one thing is almost always true: fresh homemade guac is better than anything you can get at the store.
For 4 to 6 people. Ingredients
2 ripe avocados 1/2 lime 1/4 cup diced onion 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno Salt and pepper Tortilla chips for dipping
1. Peel and pit the avocados, then mash them in a medium bowl or mortar.
2. Add onion, cilantro and lime juice.
3. Wear rubber gloves when handling the jalapeno, especially – trust me – if you wear contact lenses and will need to remove them later. Otherwise, you are in for a world of pain.
4. Dice the jalapeño and add to the desired spice level. Depending on your preference, you may only want 1/2 the pepper and no seeds. Some may want the whole thing, and all the seeds. Go slowly.
5. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
6. Serve with tortilla chips. Small carrots also work if you feel guilty about frying the wings.
Mashed Potato Pizza
If you want to take your pizza to the next level, a homemade pie won’t take longer than any other traditional Super Bowl app.
1 pre-made pizza dough (from your local grocery store or – pro tip – your favorite local pizzeria) Generous portion mashed potatoes Mozzarella and/or cheddar cheeses
4 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and torn into bite-sized pieces
Well, it’s pizza. Without getting too scientific, you’ll want to mix the dough, then lay down a bed of mozzarella (and cheddar if you like). Then add the potatoes and bacon. You can either spoon in and gently spread or poach the potatoes as shown above.
Bake the pizza halfway through, until the cheese is melted but the crust is not quite cooked yet. Then, take out of the oven and crack your eggs on top of the pizza. Return to oven and bake until pizza reaches desired doneness. (Cooking the eggs is the trickiest part. If you like them runnier, add them closer to the end of cooking).
Note You can make mashed potatoes any way you like (this can include instant potatoes), but add more butter/sour cream than you normally would so they don’t dry out in the oven.