Super Bowl Food Fun

February 1, 2014 (CHICAGO)

Millions of families and friends get together to watch the game - and of course, eat and drink! But how can you make your food stand out? "The Cooking Mom" Amy Hanten, cookbook author, came into our ABC 7 Eyewitness News studio to show us a few fun recipes.

Amy's Recipes: Slow Cooker Meatball Subs
1 package (28 to 32 ounces) frozen pre-cooked meatballs
2 jars (24 ounces each) marinara sauce
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
2 cups shredded mozzarella or 8 slices mozzarella or provolone
6 to 8 sub sandwich rolls, split and toasted

Dump one jar of sauce in a slow cooker.
Dump in meatballs.
Add Italian seasoning.
Pour the other jar of sauce on top, cover and cook on low for 3 to 6 hours.
Serve meatballs with some sauce on toasted submarine sandwich buns.
Top with some cheese.
You can place subs on a baking sheet and toast in a preheated 400 degree oven to melt cheese if you'd like.

Football Cheeseball
2 pkgs. (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 scallions, chopped
¼ cup real bacon bits or pieces
1 ½ to 2 cups chopped pecans
Pimento or roasted red pepper strips

In a big bowl use a mixer to mix together first 7 ingredients until smooth. You can also place the ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until well mixed. Stir in scallions and bacon. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Remove cheese mixture from the fridge and place on a large platter. Shape the mixture into a football. Cover the football with nuts to get the brown color of the football. If you don't like nuts you can use bacon bits instead. Cut pimentos or roasted red pepper into thin strips and use to form laces of football on top. Serve surrounded by crackers. Makes a great centerpiece for your Super Bowl party but take a picture because it will disappear before you know it! GO TEAM!

Brownie Footballs Ingredients:
2 boxes (20 ounces each) Ghiradelli Fudge Brownies
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tube,white decorating icing
Football shaped cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 325°F degrees.
Line 9 x 13 inch pan with foil, letting foil hang 2 inches over sides of pan.
Spray foil with cooking spray.
In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, oil, water and eggs until well blended.
Spread in pan. Bake 40 to 55 minutes, checking with a toothpick until it comes out almost clean.
Cool completely.
Lift brownies from pan.
Use a cookie cutter to cut brownies into football shapes.
Heat cream in a sauce pan but do not boil.
Add chocolate chips.
Whisk until smooth.
Spread glaze over brownies.
Let set a bit and then use white decorating tube of frosting to pie laces on the football.

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