The venue is ready, the teams are set, the entertainment is lined up, the commercial spots are purchased….now it’s time to put in place the other main attraction of the Super Bowl….the FOOD!! Whether your team has made it or not (I happen to live in a house with four Steelers fans, so we have some happy campers here!), chances are you will still watch the game, if for no other reason but to check out the commercials. And as one of the biggest party days of the entire year, there has to be some special game-day food involved. You may choose to go light with a few dips, crackers and chips or go with something more substantial like wings, burgers or hot dogs. I’m giving you a few recipe ideas to help get you thinking about what you would like on your Super Bowl Sunday menu.
Bacon-wrapped Cajun Jalapenos
8 large jalapeno peppers
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
8 thick-sliced peppered bacon strips
Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise; remove seeds and center membranes. In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and seasoning. Stuff about 1-1/2 teaspoonfuls into each pepper half. Cut bacon strips in half widthwise. In a large skillet, cook bacon until partially cooked. Wrap a bacon piece around each pepper; secure with a toothpick. Place on a wire rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Discard toothpicks. Serve immediately.
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 cans chili beans, undrained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 packet taco seasoning
1-1/2 C. water
Brown beef with onion, drain. Add all remaining ingredients; stir. Bring to a boil, then simmer on medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and Doritos or corn chips.
Beefy Mexican Cornbread
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 cups self rising corn meal
1 16-ounce can yellow cream style corn
2 tablespoons bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons onion, chopped
3 jalapeno peppers
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup cooking oil
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brown beef and drain. In a large bowl, mix all other ingredients together. Add browned beef and mix again. Place in 1 large or 2 small, well-greased pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza
1 tube chocolate chip cookie dough
1-8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 C. sugar
2 C. cold half-and-half cream
1 small package instant chocolate pudding mix
1/4 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
Press cookie dough onto an ungreased 12 inch pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-16 minutes or until center is set and cookie is lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes; gently run a flexible metal spatula under crust to loosen. Cool completely. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until blended. Spread over crust. In a large bowl, whisk cream and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate until serving.