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Super Snacks For The Big Game

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By: Andrea Lynn
Super Snacks For The Big Game

Weekends in January are all about gathering around the television with friends and family to cheer on college bowl games or the NFL playoffs. Why not serve up a bounty of appetizers by hosting your own celebration or bringing treats to a crowd? These dishes are all guaranteed crowd-pleasers, no matter the final football score.

Spicy Kettle Corn 

Whet your guests' appetites with this spicy-sweet, light-as-air snack that combines the rich flavors of Spice Islands® chipotle chile powder, ground Saigon cinnamon, ground cardamom, and fine grind sea salt. Make sure to have plenty of drinks on ice to complement its addictive kick. 

Empanadas

Shake up the sports-watching routine by serving these beef empanadas, a handheld appetizer bursting with goodies inside. Pre-made pie crusts as the outer layer make these a breeze to pull off. A beef filling spiked with cumin and paprika gets a dash of sweetness from raisins. 

Buffalo Beau Monde Dip

Between downs, your crew will be in snack heaven dunking chips, pretzels, veggies and anything else they can get their hands on in this dip. Blue cheese, onion, parsley and legendary Spice Islands® Beau Monde Seasoning bring some serious zing.

Nachos with Garden Salsa and Guacamole 

Nothing can keep a crowd satisfied during a long football game like whipping up a batch of nachos during halftime. On a foil-lined large baking sheet (or two smaller ones), add a layer of tortilla chips and top with shredded cheese, like cheddar or a Mexican cheese blend. Also spread beans or canned chili on top, if desired. Warm in a 400 degree oven until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and add generous spoonfuls of Garden Salsa, the tequila-infused High-Spirited Guacamole, and sour cream. 

Fontina Fondue

If you own a fondue pot or a slow cooker with a “warm" setting, consider this cheesy delight of Fontina Fondue, heightened with garlic and sweet basil. Serve with a variety of dippers—sliced Granny Smith apples, chunks of salami, cauliflower florets, slices of French bread, grapes, or even crisp bacon slices.

Chipotle Chicken Wings

What's a football-viewing party without chicken wings? These Chipotle Chicken Wings offer a brush of smoky chipotle chile powder, along with the stickiness of an orange marmalade-based glaze. There's a little heat and sweetness to please everyone. Start cooking the chicken drummies in the oven when the game starts, and they'll be ready by the end of the first quarter. 

Prosciutto with Mango-Rum Chutney Roll-Ups

These prosciutto rolls are one of the easiest appetizers to assemble. Follow the instructions for Mango Rum Chutney, except puree the chutney in a food processor once it is cool. Spread a layer of chutney onto individual prosciutto slices, rolling up into a cigar-shape afterwards. Alternatively, spread the chutney and a spreadable cheese like goal cheese onto thin ham slices; roll up and place on a plate to serve. 

Baked Potato Skins with French Cheese Spread 

You can easily make another football favorite—baked potato skins—with a little advance planning. Before the game, bake a batch of potatoes in a 400 degree oven until tender, about 1 hour. Let cool until they can be handled, and slice each one in half. Use a spoon to scoop out a majority of the potato pulp (and perhaps recycle the potatoes into a future recipe like mashed potatoes, or Frosted Cinnamon Rolls with mashed potatoes as a base). Cut the potato skins into strips and slather with French Cheese Spread. Store in the fridge until serving; bake at 425 degrees until cheese is melty and skins are crispy, about 10 to 15 minutes. 

Pizza Fluffins

Who needs to order pizza? Instead, wow the crowd with Pizza Fluffins, a muffin stuffed with favorite pizza toppings like pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Make in advance and gently warm in the microwave or oven right before serving. Make sure to have Pizza Sauce alongside for dipping. 

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high-quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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