Ginny's Favorite Super Bowl Recipes

January 30, 2009 9:45:32 AM PST
The last thing you want when you're hosting a Super Bowl party is to get stuck in the kitchen, while your friends are enjoying the game, says Ginny Bean of Ginny's catalog and Ginnys.Com. She has some suggestions to help you keep your guests happy and still enjoy your own party. Here are her tips for a carefree Super Bowl party.

1. Do your prep ahead of time. Chop and slice veggies and cheese in advance, store in plastic containers in fridge, ready to be placed out on a platter.

Bonzai Chopper ($19.95)

2. Choose foods that require little, if any, silverware. Keep warm finger foods warm in self-serve crock pots and warming plates.

Ginny's Zebra Digital Slow Cooker ($69.95)

  • Self-adjusts to warming mode when cooking time ends.
  • Serving suggestion: Chicken Nachos.

  • Triple Buffet Server ($89.99)

  • Be prepared with plenty of toothpicks and napkins for finger foods.

  • Serving suggestions: Hot Crab Appetizer - Hot Beef Chip Dip - Sweet Meatballs

  • 3. Streamline beverage choices. If you feel the need to offer something beyond beer and sodas, choose one punch or something like margaritas that you can mix up in quantity, in advance.

    Stainless Steel Margarator ($129.95)

  • Mixes and dispenses an entire gallon of margaritas, or frozen daiquiris, or nonalcoholic slushies for the kids.

  • Just fill blender with ice and whatever you're serving, and flip the switch.
  • 4. Ask guests to contribute a dish for a potluck.

    Cupcake Courier ($34.95)

  • An ingenious contraption if you're on the "guest" side of the party.Transports a large rectangular cake. Or 36 cupcakes in 3 stacking trays, with no smashing.
  • 5. Have plenty of coffee ready well before the party ends.

    Ginny's Double Coffeemaker ($79.95)

  • Accommodate all your guests.
  • Brews 12 cups of regular and 12 cups of decaf at the same time.

  • 6. Dips and salsas are the perfect low-hassle, serve-yourself Super Bowl party food

    Hot crab appetizer 8 oz cream cheese or 1/3 less fat cream cheese
    1 TBSP milk
    1 can crab
    3/4 cup imitation crab, diced
    1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
    1 tsp horseradish
    1/3 cup slivered almonds

    Combine all ingredients except paprika and almonds. Put into oven safe dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Top with paprika and almonds. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes. Serve with crackers or cocktail rye bread.

    Hot Beef chip dip

    8 oz cream cheese or 1/3 less fat cream cheese
    2 TBSP milk
    2 1/2 oz. package dried beef, chopped
    1 small onion, diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tsp horseradish
    1/2 cup sour cream

    Combine all ingredients. Put into oven safe dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with corn chips or rye chips.

    Sweet Meatballs

    2 cups brown sugar
    2 cups whole cranberries
    2 jars chili sauce
    2 cans Bavarian kraut (drained)
    5 lb. bag of meatballs

    Combine all together. Pour into two 9" x 13" pans. Bake at 350° F for 2 hours. Check to make sure they aren't getting too browned.

    Chicken Nachos for the slow cooker

    16 oz Pepper jack cheese (Monterey jack with hot peppers), cubed
    3/4 cup salsa
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    9 oz package deli or frozen chicken breast strips, chopped
    8 oz container sour cream or low fat sour cream
    1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
    3 scallions, chopped
    Spray 3- to 4-qt. slow cooker with cooking spray. Add cheese, salsa, beans and chicken, and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring once. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and cook on high for another 30 - 45 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips.

    Healthy Salsa

    1 TBSP olive oil
    2 TBSP red wine vinegar
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    2 cups plum tomato, chopped
    1/2 cup scallions, chopped
    1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (or to taste)
    15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    11 oz. can shoe peg corn, drained
    4 1/2 oz. can chopped green chilies, drained

    In medium bowl, combine first 3 ingredients, mix well with whisk. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
    Serve with tortilla chips.