Super Bowl Sunday has a little something for everyone: Football (so I hear), puppy-centric commercials and the Big Kahuna, food. The Super Bowl falls in an indulgence sweet spot: I’ve finally recovered from all the junk I ate over the holidays, just in time to do it all over again. Plus, I’m a firm believer that a theme around which to centre your snacks makes for double the fun. These recipes are spinoffs of two of the most revered Super Bowl food groups: Pizza and buffalo wings.
I’ve been maniacally consuming Super Bowl recipes for the last two weeks, and I have to say, BuzzFeed Food really knocked it out of the park with Super Bowl snacks and Sriracha-cheese recipes – go have a look if you’re hosting and looking to make an impressive centrepiece dish, or want to enjoy a bit of cooking.
But if, like me, you are going to a party and want to bring a simple, crowd-pleasing appetizer, look no further. These two dips were the crowning glory of the aforementioned holiday spread this year. Both are made with stuff you probably already have on-hand, and are perfect for the Super Bowl, too: Pizza dip and buffalo dip. I bought a single bag of shredded mozza-cheddar blend and it carried me through both, to rave reviews from my pals. Here’s what’s involved.
This dip has been a winner in our family for years. It involves slightly more effort than the pizza dip, but it’s still dead simple. My aunt once gave me a big batch of this dip for Christmas – that’s the level of addictive we’re looking at. This can easily be adjusted with more or less chicken or buffalo sauce. I haven’t tried it with tofu before, but I’d bet if you bake the tofu first with a bit of spice, you’d never know the difference.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
- 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing (feel free to make your own if you’re not feeling bottled)
- ~1/2 bottle of Frank’s Red Hot regular or buffalo, to taste
- 1 cup shredded mozza-cheddar (in my case), or straight-up cheddar for tangier flavour
- 1 bag tortilla chips (small rounds work best), for dipping
Boil the chicken breasts until finished, about 20 mins. While the chicken is cooking, mix the cream cheese and ranch together with an electric mixer until creamy. Add Frank’s, then stir in shredded cheese. Chop the chicken very finely, then stir it into the mixture. Put into a 9×9″ baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for about 45-50 minutes until bubbly. Serve and dip!
So, buffalo dip was the big guns at our holiday spread, until my aunt made pizza dip this year. It’s four ingredients and so easy that it’s almost unfair how much people like it – give the other snacks a chance, would ya? People slaving over from-scratch and artfully-crafted apps might turn their nose up at first, but keep a polite smirk in your back pocket for roughly 10 minutes later, when they’ve thrown pretence to the wind and are scraping cheese from their chin so as to not miss any. There’s no pretty way to eat it, just dig in.
- 250g tub herb and garlic cream cheese
- ~1 1/2 cup your fave tomato sauce, to taste
- ~1 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni, to taste
- 1 cup shredded mozza-cheddar cheese, or straight-up mozza for lighter flavour
- Sliced baguette, for dipping
You ready? This gets real simple, real fast. Grab the dish you want to serve it in. A tinfoil pie plate makes for easy cleanup. Spread the cream cheese across the bottom in a smooth layer. Pour enough tomato sauce to cover on top, as much as you like. Layer the pepperoni on top. Sprinkle the cheese. Pop it in the oven at 375 degrees until the cheese has melted and you’re about to implode with wanton desire from the smell. Serve with sliced crusty bread.
What are you making for the Super Bowl? Have any favourite recipes to share? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments!