Monday, January 4, 2016

Score with touchdown winning Super Bowl snacks

Don’t fumble over what to serve your game-day guests. Kick off your Super Bowl party with appetizers that will satisfy your home team and get you the extra point. The following recipes were recently presented by me and Boomers and Beyond co-editor Mary Helen Darah on an episode of WTVG's Full Plate with Rebecca Regnier. Watch the episode here.

Red Zone Taco Dip Cups

Linebacker Pizza Bread 
The crowd won’t go hungry with this loaded bread. Prepared in a Bundt pan, this appetizer hits the spot.

2 containers refrigerated pizza dough, cut in ½ cubes
Olive oil
½ cup Kalamata olives
¼ cup real bacon bits
1 small jar artichoke hearts
2 cups mozzarella cheese
6-ounce package pepperoni, chopped
½ teaspoon each – dried basil, thyme and oregano
14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
Fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese for garnish
Marinara sauce for dipping

Heat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, coat dough pieces with olive oil. Add remainder of ingredients and toss to combine. Pour mixture into large Bundt pan. Bake for 35 minutes.
Turn bread out onto serving plate. Garnish with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese. Serve with a side of marinara sauce. 

(Recipe from Mary Helen Darah)

Linebacker Pizza Bread

Red Zone Taco Dip Cups
Everyone loves taco dip, but let’s face it after a few people have dipped, it starts to look a little mushy. Individual servings keep your buffet looking neat, and no one has to worry about double dippers.

Yield: 16 appetizer cups
Two 16-ounce cans refried beans
1 package taco seasoning
16-ounce container prepared guacamole
8-ounce container sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
½ bunch of green onions, thinly sliced
4-ounce can green chiles, drained
3-ounce can sliced olives, drained
Sixteen 5-ounce plastic appetizer cups
Tortilla chips

In a bowl, mix refried beans and taco seasoning. In another bowl, combine tomatoes, green onions, green chiles and olives. In each plastic cup, layer a scoop of beans, then guacamole, then sour cream. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with tomato mixture. Serve with tortilla chips.

(Recipe from Jennifer Ruple)

Savory Cheese and Onion Bites

Savory Cheese and Onion Bites
Gain extra yardage by serving these creamy, cheesy appetizers.
Yield: 48 appetizers

6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 ¼ cups mayonnaise
12-ounce package English muffins, halved
Mix ingredients and spread on muffins. Broil until browned and bubbly. Cut muffins into 4 pieces.

(Recipe from Gina Ritzman, insane Perrysburg Football mom)

Tailgate Toasted Ravioli

Tailgate Toasted Ravioli
Cheese, beef or a mixture of both, ravioli are a game changer and perfect for dipping in marinara sauce.

22-ounce package frozen cheese or beef ravioli
2 eggs, beaten
1 ½ cups bread crumbs
Olive oil for frying
Fresh herbs for garnish
Marinara sauce for dipping

Dip each ravioli in egg, then coat with bread crumbs. In a medium frying pan, heat oil and fry ravioli until brown and slightly crispy.

(Recipe by Mary Helen Darah)

Mary Helen Darah, Rebecca Regnier and Me

Happy New Year!

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