Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Bowl Snacks!

KK and I decided to have a few friends over to watch the Super Bowl last night.  KK is an avid Steelers fan, so he was rooting against the Ravens.  As a Redskins fan myself, I  had little interest in either team - I was in it more for the food, friends, and commercials.  I'm sure I'll be made fun of for saying this, but the Psy Gangnam Style Pistachios commercial was my favorite - probably KK and I performed our own rendition of the Gangnam Style dance at our wedding reception :)

Along with the treats I cooked up below, we had the standard party fare with veggies, chips and dip, humus, etc.  Our our guests also brought over some delicious homemade snacks: Buffalo Chicken Dip, cheese cake, and oatmeal/cranberry/white chocolate cookies... Yum!

What did you think of the halftime show? Did Beyonce and Destiny's Child really blow the stadium's power?

Cocoa Rice Krispies Football Treats
Adapted from Cooking on the Side
Makes 20 footballs

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz.) regular or miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
6 cups chocolate flavored crisped rice cereal (such as Cocoa Rice Krispies®)
White decorating gel

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter until melted.

2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Cool slightly. Using buttered hands shape mixture into twenty 2-3 inch footballs. Decorate with frosting. Best if served the same day.

Superbowl Crock Pot Queso Dip
Adapted from Crunchy Frugalista

32 oz. block of Velveeta Cheese®
2 10-oz. cans of Rotel® or diced tomatoes with chilis1 pound ground turkey
Tortilla chips

1. Cut Velveeta  into small cubes, and place in crock pot

2. Drain cans of tomatoes and add to cheese

3. Brown 1 pound of ground turkey. Add to crockpot

4. Turn crockpot on low, stirring every 5-10 minutes until well melted and blended.  Keep on low to keep it warm!


Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread
Adapted from Barbara Bakes

24 Frozen Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold*
48 slices of pepperoni
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed in to 48 pieces
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
5 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Pizza sauce, for dipping

1. Cut rolls in half and flatten each piece. With each dough piece, form a ball around one slice of pepperoni and one cube of mozzarella.

2. In a small bowl combine melted butter, cheese, parsley, basil, garlic, salt and pepper.

3. Lightly coat each dough ball with cheese mixture and place into a bundt pan coated with non-stick spray.

4. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until almost to the top of the pan (about 45 minutes). Remove plastic wrap and bake at 350°F 30 – 35 minutes. Cover with foil if the top is getting too brown.

5. Remove from oven and invert on to an oven safe serving tray, remove bundt pan. If the top of the monkey bread seems a bit undercooked, put the serving tray back into the oven for another 5 minutes to crisp things up a bit.

6. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

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