January Magic of the Month – Super Bowl Party Ideas

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This post is from last year’s Super Bowl. Even though it’s not looking good for the Colts again this year, I still plan to throw a party! I think these were some good ideas that are worth sharing again. Any of them can be tweaked depending on which teams end up playing!

I’m the first to admit I have little interest in sports. But when a sporting event gives me a good excuse to throw a party, then I’m in! Thankfully, Dawn is a huge sports fan so she was able to make up for my lack of knowledge about this particular subject (and she came up with the cute names).

Even though we live in Indianapolis and were quite disappointed that the Colts didn’t make it to the big game, we still plan to enjoy the party!

Traditionally, Super Bowl food is made up of snacks and dips – anything that allows your guests to make multiple trips to the food table in between the important moments of the game. We have put together quite a few recipes that will work well for your Super Bowl party.

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Table overview

TOUCHDOWN TACO DIP
We like the idea of the guests simply grabbing an individual cup of yummy layered taco dip. Makes less mess and is much easier to serve.
Taco Dip1 pound hamburger
1 small can refried beans
1 small container guacamole
1 small container sour cream
1 small container salsa
Lettuce, shredded
Cheddar cheese, shredded
STEP ONE
Cook hamburger and drain
STEP TWO
Arrange 8-ounce plastic tumblers on a serving tray
STEP THREE
Spread a spoonful of hamburger on bottom of each cup
STEP FOUR
Spread a spoonful of guacamole on top of hamburger
STEP FIVE
Spread a spoonful of sour cream on top of guacamole
STEP SIX
Spread a spoonful of refried beans on top of sour cream (TIP: Stir refried beans first and then use a small spoon or fork to spread beans around the edge of the cup; then add a spoonful in the middle and smooth out. This will help prevent the beans from mixing with the sour cream.)
STEP SEVEN
Spread a spoonful of salsa over the beans
STEP EIGHT
Garnish with shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese and chips
EXTRA POINT DILL PICKLE DIP
When Dawn suggested a dill pickle dip, I wasn’t sure about that at all. I like dill pickles but couldn’t quite imagine it in a dip. But it is absolutely delicious!
Dill Pickle DIp
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 dill pickles, finely chopped
2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons (or more) pickle juice
1 dash salt
1 teaspoon dill weed
STEP ONE
Mix all ingredients and chill for at least one hour
STEP TWO
Serve with chips

 HALFTIME NACHOS

You can’t have a Super Bowl party without nachos, right? These nachos pack a kick with a jalapeño slice on each chip.

Nachos

1 small can refried beans
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sliced jalapeños, drained
Round tortilla chips
STEP ONE
Mix together first three ingredients
STEP TWO
Spread a spoonful on each chip and lay on baking pan
STEP THREE
Add a slice of jalapeño to each chip
STEP FOUR
Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees

TIMEOUT BROCCOLI DIP

Dawn is famous for this dip. It is actually one of my earliest memories of her when she joined the family. She brought her broccoli dip and we knew it would always be in demand at future family gatherings.

Broccoli Dip

1 package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 16-ounce sour cream
1 cup real mayonnaise or Miracle Whip for a tangier dip
STEP ONE
Mix all ingredients and chill for at least one hour
STEP TWO
Serve with tortilla chips or potato chips

FOOTBALL CHEESE BALL

Cheese balls are great because you can form them into fun shapes that can fit your occasion. This cheese ball was fun to make and is delicious as well.

Cheese ball 1

Cheese ball 2

2 8-ounce cream cheese
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup white onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Salt and  pepper, to taste
2 packages deli ham
1 small block of swiss or mozzarella cheese
STEP ONE
Mix first five ingredients together in a bowl
STEP TWO
Finely dice one package of the deli ham and stir into the cream cheese mixture
STEP THREE
If needed, add additional Worcestershire sauce or seasonings to taste
STEP FOUR
Shape cream cheese mixture into the shape of a football and place on serving tray
STEP FIVE
Arrange second package of sliced ham over cheese ball to resemble a football
STEP SIX
Slice swiss or mozzarella cheese into thin strips and place on top to form the laces
STEP SEVEN
Serve with crackers or fresh veggies

CHEERLEADER VEGGIE DIPPERS

Another great serving idea. Put the dressing on the bottom of a plastic cup and the fresh veggies on top. Might even convince people to eat something a little healthy at a typically non-healthy party!

Veggie Dipper

No recipe needed – after pouring dressing on the bottom, just wash and cut some fresh vegetables and arrange them in the cup!

TEAM PRIDE JELLO CUPS

We had hoped to make blue and white jello for the Colts, but since that didn’t work out, we went with the Patriots and Seahawks.

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Gelatin, depending on flavor and color of choice
Whipped topping
STEP ONE
Arrange small plastic tumblers on a tray or cookie sheet
STEP TWO
Cook first gelatin flavor per package directions
STEP THREE
Pour gelatin into each cup, about one-third full
STEP FOUR
Place in refrigerator for at least a couple of hours or until set
STEP FIVE
Spread spoonful of whipped topping over first layer of jello
STEP SIX
Cook second gelatin flavor per package directions (mix cold water with ice to cool the gelatin mixture more quickly)
STEP SEVEN
Pour into cups to measure the same amount as the first flavor
STEP EIGHT
Place cups back in refrigerator until set
STEP NINE
Top with whipped topping
STEP TEN
Garnish as desired

 

END ZONE BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP

Football fans will  love this spicy dip. Be sure to make plenty because it won’t last!

Buffalo dip

1 8-ounce cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup hot sauce
1/2 cup bleu cheese or ranch dressing
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese or your favorite shredded cheese
STEP ONE
PREHEAT oven to 350°F
STEP TWO
Combine all ingredients in a 1-quart baking dish
STEP THREE
Bake for 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through
STEP FOUR
Stir and garnish as desired
STEP FIVE
Serve with crackers and/or vegetables

FIELD GOAL LAYERED MEXICAN DIP

This recipe is so easy and always popular.

Mexican dip

1 16-ounce sour cream
1 8-ounce cream cheese
1 packet taco seasoning mix
Chopped lettuce
Diced tomatoes
Shredded cheese
Salsa, black olives, green onions if desired
STEP ONE
Mx sour cream, cream cheese and taco seasoning together and spread on serving plate
STEP TWO
Layer lettuce, tomatoes and cheese
STEP THREE
Serve with tortilla chips
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