Just when you thought you were done cooking and entertaining now that the holidays are over, along come the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl! Just as Thanksgiving and Christmas are known for roasted meats, mashed potatoes and trays of desserts, the Super Bowl is known for hearty chili recipes,and plates of greasy finger foods. Lucky for you, though, cooking for the Super Bowl doesn’t have to be nearly as time-consuming or as labor-intensive as cooking a Thanksgiving feast! The following tips can make prepping a Super Bowl party simple and stress-free:
* Prep the night before
Planning out your appetizer spread and doing as much prep work the night before the game will save you a ton of time when you have friends over. It’s much easier to play hostess and socialize with your guests when all you have to do is pop some trays in the oven.
* Use a crockpot
Football games are long, and you don’t want your dips getting cold halfway through! To avoid this dilemma, try serving your hot dips in crockpots instead of bowls. They’ll stay bubbling and hot the entire game.
* Don’t be scared of prepackaged foods
Your guests won’t even notice if you get a little help from canned ingredients or frozen pastry when it comes to your appetizers, so don’t be afraid to use them! Super Bowl foods are the types of food that don’t always need to be made from scratch, and they’ll be just as delicious if you take some shortcuts!
* Make finger-friendly food
There’s nothing worse than cheering for your team while trying to balance a spoon, knife and bowl. Avoid soups or anything that needs to be cut with a fork and knife and stick to finger foods that are easy to eat.
If you’re looking for an easy, delicious recipe for game day, thisfrom Ro*Tel is a great option. It only takes 10 minutes to throw together from start to finish, and the combination of refried beans, diced tomatoes and chilies, cheese and olives gives this dip a major kick. Enjoy!
Meredith writes on behalf of Ro*Tel. For www.ro-tel.com.and appetizers with a kick that are perfect for any Super Bowl party, visit