I'm going to confess here, I absolutely love hosting football parties. Holidays, birthdays, and what have you are awesome, but there is just something about getting all your pals together to eat, drink, and yell and scream at TV. It's the best. I will openly admit that I am way more of a college football gal. Mr. T and I watched the national championship game in our hotel room during our honeymoon. Mostly because he's an Ohio State fan (and also because I am the best wife ever). But I get into the pros too. Sadly this year we aren't doing anything for the Super Bowl. We don't really care about the teams and things have just been so busy. So, I obviously have to share my yummy Super Bowl snack ideas so someone out there can make them. Here are some you should definitely try. And if you're looking for some cute/fun decor, check out my easy tutorial on how to make a football field table runner.
1. Buffalo Chicken Dip
I know, I know. Everyone does it. But trust me when I tell you it's always a crowd pleaser. It's actually one of the first things I ever made for Mr. T's friends during March Madness a few years ago. Now we literally have friends who come over just for that. The best thing is that it's super easy and can be made in the crockpot. I am shocked I don't have a picture of it, but I guess that's because I'm always too busy eating it.
- 4-5 chicken breasts (I don't precook mine and have even been known to use frozen chicken breasts from time to time)
- 1 bottle of Ranch dressing (doesn't matter what kind)
- 1 bottle of Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- 1 block Cream cheese (you can also buy the stuff in the container)
- 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
What to do
1. Put all ingredients into Crock Pot. I usually start with the chicken and then put about half a bottle of ranch and Frank's in it. Then add the whole block of cream cheese and about half the cheddar cheese.
2. Let it cook on low for about 3-4 hours, stirring it every once in a while so the cheese doesn't burn (it's OK if it does a little, trust me no one will notice). Then I check it, if the chicken shreds easily it means the chicken is done cooking and you will want to be sure to shred all of the chicken. It doesn't have to be perfect, but you want to be sure to break up the meat so it makes a nice dip consistency. And when I say easily I mean easily. You should be able to shred it with a fork and often times I just stir it and the chicken falls apart. That's the beauty of the crockpot.
3. Add remaining ingredients. I don't always use a whole thing of Frank's. It depends on a) my mood and b) who is coming over. I like it to be wingy and spicy, but not everyone likes that so I am sure to tone it down. I recommend adding the rest of the shredded cheese and then alternating the Frank's and the ranch until it's a good flavor that you and your guests will like. I tend to add more of the Frank's at first since the ranch will cool it down if there is too much spice.
4. Cook for about an hour more.
Serve with chips, crackers, vegetables.
Seven Layer Dip
The last time Mr. T and I had people over, I made a seven layer dip inspired by this recipe. It wasn't exactly seven layers, but it's darn tasty so who cares. Here are the alterations I made:
Black Bean Layer (Bottom layer)
I basically just put some black beans, salt, pepper, and a jalapeno (without the seeds) in a food processor. Then I spread that on the bottom of the dish.
Sour Cream Layer (Second layer)
I mixed sour cream, my homemade taco seasoning, and pepper jack cheese in the food processor and spread that over the beans
Tomato Layer (Third layer)
I do not like tomatoes. At all. I mean, I like them cooked in sauces and salsas, but I don't like them raw or the taste of them raw. So I made this salsa recipe to use as the tomato layer and spread that over the sour cream
Cheddar Cheese Layer (Fourth layer)
I just took some shredded cheddar cheese and put it on top of the tomato layer.
Green Pepper Layer (Fifth Layer)
I cut up some green peppers and put it on the top.
I also put some black olives on the side. I love them, but Mr. T hates them and they are hard to pick off in this sort of thing. But on the side guest, as well as myself, could easily add them if they wanted to. I served with some chips and vegetables and it was a total hit.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Football
I also made this for one of our recent get togethers and let me just tell you that it was the biggest hit. Some of our pals literally just sat by the table and ate this baby. I used this recipe over here. It's so good and tasty and it was incredibly easy to make. Far easier to shape into a football than I thought. I put it in the freezer after I made it so it would set well before serving. Then I served it with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and pretzels.