Super Bowl Appetizers

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up this weekend and you know what that means: appetizers!! If you’re having a party or going to one, we’ve found a couple recipes to represent either team and they put a twist on the traditional party snacks.  Which team are you rooting for?

spinach dip

 

Image by Isabelle Boucher

If you’re rooting for the Seattle Seahawks you could make a Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon! The green spinach is a fun way to represent the Seahawks. Adding bacon makes this dip even better!

Hot Spinach Artichoke and Bacon Dip

Serves: 8

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 green onions, roughly chopped
⅔ cup mayonnaise
½ cup cream cheese
2 tbsp lemon juice
Dash hot sauce
1 can (12 oz) artichoke hearts, drained
1 package (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled into bits
½ cup shredded marble cheddar cheese
Instructions
Using a food processor, pulse together garlic and green onions until very finely minced. Add mayonnaise, cream cheese, lemon juice and hot sauce, and process until nearly smooth. Add the artichoke hearts and spinach, and process again until artichokes and spinach are roughly chopped.
Add crumbled bacon and shredded cheese and stir, using a wooden spoon, until mixture is evenly blended. (I prefer not to use the processor for this step because the bacon and cheese are already chopped up and I don’t want to pulverize them, but if you’d like a smoother texture, use a few pulses of the processor to combine instead).
Spoon the mixture into a 6-cup gratin dish. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until bubbling hot and melted. Serve immediately with tortilla chips or toasted pita wedges for dipping.

For the Denver Broncos you could make Baked Orange Chicken Wings. No Super Bowl party is complete without wings! You can also substitute the chicken for shrimp or boneless wings.

Crispy Baked Orange Chicken Wings

Image via Just a Taste

Crispy Baked Orange Chicken Wings

yield: 4 servings

prep time: 10 minutescook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

For the chicken:

2½ pounds chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the sauce:
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
3/4 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup hoisin sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Rinse wings and drumettes and pat dry. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with vegetable oil, salt and pepper. Position wings on baking racks in a single layer ensuring that wings aren’t touching.

Bake, rotating pan half-way through, until fully cooked, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove wings from oven and transfer to a large bowl.

Add the sesame oil and olive oil to a small saucepot over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes until golden brown.

Add the red pepper flakes, orange marmalade and hoisin sauce, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Pour the orange sauce over the wings, tossing to thoroughly coat, and serve immediately.

Have a great Super Bowl and enjoy these delicious appetizers!

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