The Super Bowl LI just recently concluded. I’m sure a lot of house parties took place. Good friends and good food surely leads to one perfect Super Bowl party. But, some of us definitely had a hard time deciding what to cook for guests. Some even took many hours preparing just to ensure that everybody gets to eat heartily. Feeding a crowd inside your home surely tested your budget. To avoid these inconveniences, I’m giving you tips to remember before the next season:
1. Save money while filling tummies with budget-friendly recipes.
Some people may prefer quality over quantity. But, how about a simple yet huge menu for the Super Bowl party? This is possible if you downgrade the recipes a little bit but make big quantities. Who cares if your food is not gourmet-quality, anyway? People in Super Bowl parties are hungry sports fans. They would most likely focus on the game and eat during the whole thing.
You Can Serve: Pigs in Blankets
This is a classic choice because it is so inexpensive and easy to make. The best part? Pigs in Blankets are sure crowd-pleasers. In just 40 minutes, you can already make 60 pieces. That’s enough to please 20 guests.
- 2 sheets of frozen pastry dough
- 12 hotdogs
- 1 egg
- Poppy seeds
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Pastry: First, preheat oven to 425°F. Spread a light amount of flour on the surface. Each sheet of dough should be rolled into a rectangle measuring 12 by 14 inches. Afterwards, cut the sheet into 6 equal parts. Two sheets must have a total of 12 equal pieces.
- Hotdogs: Dry hotdogs by patting them with paper towels. Pierce each hotdog on all sides with a fork.
- Egg Wash: Whisk salt and egg together in a small bowl. Use egg wash to seal a hotdog rolled into 1 piece of pastry dough. Do that on each roll.
- Bake: On baking sheets, place the raw pigs in blankets. Brush all of them with a little bit of egg wash. Sprinkle poppy seeds all over. Bake for 20 minutes until the pieces become puffy and golden.
- Serve: Slice each roll into 5 equal parts. Pigs in blankets are best served with spicy mustard.
2. Choose easy recipes to make big quantities in a short period of time.
In order to serve a big crowd of guests, you should choose something that’s easy to make. Easy recipes are useful in case you need to serve another batch of food. After all, Super Bowl doesn’t happen in a snap.
You Can Serve: Grilled Peppers Stuffed with Cheese
Smokey peppers and cheese – who doesn’t love that? This appetizer is full of flavors. Your guests will thank you for this delicious treat, that’s for sure. In only 30 minutes, you can make 10 people happy.
- 10 Cubanelle or Anaheim peppers
- 10 baby bell peppers
- 10 small poblano peppers
- 2 1/2 cup of cream cheese
- 2 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
- 1 1/2 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano grated cheese
- Olive oil
- Ground pepper
- Cheese: Mix all the cheeses in a medium-sized bowl. Add pepper and salt.
- Peppers: First, start heating up the grill. With a small knife, cut the topmost part of the peppers. Insert the knife inside the peppers and make a circular motion while cutting the seeds and membranes. Fill the peppers with cheese using a butter knife. Attach the severed tops again. Rub olive oil all over the peppers.
- Grill: With moderate heat, grill the peppers. Make sure to turn them from time to time. Wait for the blisters to appear. Grilling the peppers just takes approximately 7 minutes.
3. Avoid a messy aftermath by serving dry finger food.
Serving hearty food like chilli can be Super Bowl-worthy. But, it means more plates, bowls and utensils to clean. Not to mention possible spills from careless guests. If you don’t want to go through all that trouble, then you should settle with finger food.
You Can Serve: Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites
Chicken wings is a staple food for Super Bowl parties. However, there is another way to transform this recipe into a cheaper and non-messy one. Chicken bites can feed more people because of smaller pieces. You can also utilize the whole chicken. With chicken bites – no more bones! This recipe is also very easy to make. In 25 minutes, you’re ready to serve this mouthwatering goodness.
Ingredients (Servings: 4)
- 1 lb. chicken
- 1 1/4 cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. hot sauce for batter
- 1/3-1/2 cup hot sauce for sauce
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tbsp. butter
First, heat oil in a skillet. Cut chicken into small pieces, specifically bite-sized. Combine the eggs, hot sauce, pepper, salt and flour in a bowl. Dip the chicken bites into the batter. When the skillet is already hot, cook the chicken bites. Each side needs 4-5 minutes. To avoid oily bites, place the cooked chicken bites on paper towels before serving. For the sauce, combine butter and hot sauce together in a skillet. In low heat, add the chicken bites and mix them until completely coated with sauce.
Quick tip: You would know if the skillet is hot and ready when drops of water make it sizzle. In addition, you can make the bites even crispier. All you have to do is put them on a baking sheet after coating them with sauce. Then, broil the bites for 2-3 minutes each side. You should focus on this process or your chicken bites would overcook.
Simply put, the perfect Super Bowl food is budget-friendly, easy to cook and not messy to eat. With these recipes I’ve shared with you, you can include all of these in your next Super Bowl party. I’m sure your guests will be completely satisfied. Just imagine, pigs in blankets, cheesy grilled peppers and spicy chicken bites in just one party? Sign me up! You can also use these recipes in any party. Let your guests eat delicious food while having fun.