Even if your team isn’t playing in the big game, you can still come out a winner with a tasty viewing party recipe. Plan your menu ahead of time so you can be confident you’ll score big with a spread that leaves guests cheering long after the game has ended.
These tips will help you get started with a lineup that gets your guests’ taste buds running into overtime:
* Chips and dips are tailgating staples, but even they can stand a fresh twist of flavor. If you’re seeking inspiration, Dip Genius can help you find a dip to pump up your menu. The online tool makes picking a hearty, savory, light or chunky dip recipe easy, allowing you to find a dip based on your occasion, mood and flavor. Visit dipgenius.com to find a new dip recipe.
* Anticipate all styles of snacking. Finger foods are ideal for grazing between plays and during commercials. Plan on serving more substantial entree-style dishes during halftime: sliders, BBQ brisket, pulled pork, soup and chili are all crowd-pleasers perfect for game day.
* When it comes to dessert, fuss-free is the way to go. An array of cookies, brownies and dessert bars will satisfy the sweet tooth. Take your dessert table to the next level by icing your treats in team colors.
Baked Spinach and Chicken Dip Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutesServes: 12
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1 cup ranch dressing
1 package (10 ounces) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped
Heat oven to 375 F.
In microwave-safe medium bowl, add cream cheese and dressing. Microwave on high 30 seconds, or until cream cheese is soft. Stir to combine. Add spinach and Parmesan cheese. Mix well. Add chicken and stir to combine.
Transfer mixture to baking dish that holds at least 6 cups. Bake 20 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. The internal temperature should be 165 F.
Serve with crackers, bread or veggie sticks.
Tips: To make ahead, prepare unbaked dip up to 3 days ahead; store covered and refrigerated. Bake prior to serving.