February 4, 2014

Easy Super Bowl Appetizers

Hosting a Super Bowl party at your house can be quite exhausting if you don't have a plan! We wanted to keep this year's Super Bowl on a budget and make some simple appetizers to fill everyone up while we down our beers, shots, play beer pong, and watch the Broncos lose Bruno Mars' amazing half time show and funny super bowl commercials...  :)

We kept it simple. We had 5 people total, so I made three appetizers, and we still had plenty left over for later!

Recipes are below. Enjoy and pin for next year's Super Bowl party!

Hot Spinach Queso: Crockpot Recipe

-10oz Frozen spinach, thawed and drained
-1lb Velveeta cheese (2% reduced fat)
-8oz Cream cheese (lite)
-1 Jar salsa (I used medium salsa for a kick, about 3/4 of a 18oz jar)
-Handful of chopped cilantro (optional, but so good!)

-Cube the Velveeta cheese and place all ingredients in crockpot and heat until cheese has melted. You will want to continue to stir occasionally to combine the ingredients. Keep on low setting, it should take around an hour to be melted (but some crockpots may vary). This method is great so you can keep the dip warm for a few hours during the game.

If you are not doing Crockpot:
If you prefer, you can always place all ingredients in an oven safe dish, and bake until the dip is heated through. Set oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly! 

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

These are a staple in my household. I'm a HUGE wing lover and these are always a huge hit. They can be pretty spicy, so I always have bleu cheese and ranch dressing on the side for dipping. 

-3 or 4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
-3/4 jar of Louisiana Hot Wing Sauce (Or Red's if you prefer)
-8 Wheat Tortillas
-Bleu Cheese Crumbles
-Dry Ranch Seasoning Packet

-Place frozen chicken breasts in boiling pot of water for about 20-30 minutes until cooked
-Place cooked chicken in a bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes to cool
-Shred chicken, set oven to 400 degrees 
-Mix chicken with the buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning packet
-Roll into tortillas and top with bleu cheese crumbles
-Place in oven for 15 minutes
-Cut taquitos in half once taken out of oven.

Burger Sliders

These are pretty much a no-brainer. They are just so delicious, though! And so easy. 

-1pkg King Hawaiian Wheat Rolls (12)
-2lb Lean Ground Beef
-3 Slices American Cheese, cut into fours
-Burger fixings (1 tomato sliced, few pickles, 1 small white onion sliced, small pieces of lettuce)

-Divide ground beef into small slider sized patties and season to your liking. We used a small bit of Tony's seasoning and McCormick Steak Seasoning. 
-Set skillet to Medium-High heat. Cook burgers about 2-3 minutes per side. 
-Place cheese on burgers while on skillet to melt
-Slice buns in half and place cooked burgers on the slider buns
-Top with whatever you like

What are your favorite appetizers to make for the big day?!

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