Super Ideas for Your Super Party

Super Bowl parties – or any time you bring a group of friends together – doesn’t need to mean lots of time in the kitchen, or a quick run to the local take-out place.
It’s pretty easy to pump up your parties with some simple tricks, using flavorful ingredients.

Take popcorn, for instance.  We did an article on why you should make your own, and why everyone will rave about your popcorn (click HERE).  And you can pull the same trick with any nut mixture, Chex, etc.  Just take some unsalted nuts and/or Chex, toss with some healthy oil (we prefer sunflower), then toss with your favorite spice rub or spice blend (we of course prefer the Serious Foodie versions).  Bake at 250 deg for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes.

How about the world’s easiest fancy finger food –   crostini (or bruschetta; click HERE for an explanation about the differences).   We featured a crostini recipe with brie, arugula, and Serious Foodie Fig/Orange sauce  (click HERE for the article), along with links to other websites for other crostini recipes.  Check out these cool crostini recipes: Kale & White Bean (click HERE), Sweet Potato & Feta (click HERE), Radish & Miso Butter (click HERE), and Smoked Trout & Apple (click HERE).

And the cousin to crostini?  Chips!  There’s nothing like piled-up nachos, but you might want to add some twists.  We bought a bunch of flavors from the Better Chip company: Chipotle, Salsa Verde, Beet, and Spinach/Kale.  We dressed up the beet chips with diced veggies, then drizzled with a spicy Caesar dressing (regular Caesar with some hot sauce).  Next, we put some Serious Foodie Hatch Chile Sauce on the salsa verde chips, added shredded cheddar, then did a quick microwave melt (about 30 seconds).

We then made up a batch of pulled chicken (check out the recipe HERE). This is super easy to make, can be made (and should be made) a day ahead, and can be used for sliders or chips.  We piled the Chipotle Better Chip with some chicken, then some cheddar cheese, then did a quick microwave melt (or use the Spinach/Kale Chip for those who don’t do spicy).

Then bring on the wings – the best possible food to go along with the cold brewski in the other hand.  And no need to bring out the deep frying stuff.  We have a great, simple recipe for crispy baked chicken wings HERE.

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