No matter which team you’re rooting for this Super Bowl, one thing is certain: there better be snacks. Good snacks.
And you? You’re way too fabulous to serve the same old guac and chips. You deserve more and your fabulous self is going to score a touchdown with these chic twists on some classic game food.
Let’s start with the pièce de résistance. The Hail Mary play that wins the game.
The charcuterie platter.
For this charcuterie platter, I created a plethora of textures and flavors ranging from creamy cheeses, flavorful meats to raw almonds. Always make sure you’re providing sweets, savories and crisps across the platter so your guests don’t have to reach over.
Who doesn’t love a slice of delicious deli meat? Vegetarians, please skip ahead to the next paragraph. I decorated this platter with an abundant option of pepperoni slices, salami slices and prosciutto. Look at you with your delicious meats. All these meats range in flavor so your guests are sure to find something they like. Make sure to offer water crackers to place the slices on. The last thing you want is your guest to be head back, lowering prosciutto into their mouth like a long string of pasta.
I decided on four different cheeses varying in flavor and texture. A good, trusty sharp cheddar is always a crowd favorite. I feel like you can’t go wrong a hunky piece of cheddar. If you’re a fan of sharp cheeses or just want to expand your palate, try out another cheese I displayed: manchego. It’s a harder cheese full of sharp and robust flavor. (Hint: Shred off some pieces and toss it on your salad. It takes your dull salad to the flavor max. Excellent!)
For those who prefer a creamier cheese, havarti is amazingly smooth while full of flavor. Spread it over some water crackers and snack away. Brie also makes a wonderful creamy texture for a charcuterie platter. Brie paired with some fresh fruits such as apples and pears makes a perfect match. Like childhood sweethearts perfect match. And of course, you can’t complete a charcuterie platter without some good old fashioned parmesan. Score!
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No party is complete without chips and guac but we’re going to score 2-point conversion with our take on this fan-favorite. Introducing shrimp filo and guac bowls. These may look intimidating but don’t let the rough exterior fool you. These guys are simple to make and they are packed with flavor and texture. The Cajun seasoning gives the shrimp a nice, spicy kick while the fan-favorite guacamole sets the play.
You can find a box of filo dough at majority of grocery stores in the frozen food department. If you plan on making these the same day, let them thaw out on the counter. If you plan to make these later, thaw in the refrigerator. You don’t want them to come to room temperature until you plan on baking these. As for the guac, we don’t have time to scoop out every avocado. Oh no, you have a party to plan and you don’t have time for that! Grab yourself some ready-made guacamole from the grocery store and pack away in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
Filo Shrimp Guac Bowl
- 2 Muffin pans
- 1 box of filo dough (frozen food aisle)
- 24 frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Homemade or store bought guacamole (we don’t judge!)
- Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with olive oil spray.
- Thaw out filo dough. Cut sheets into 4 equal sections. Grab about 3 layers of filo dough and wrap it in the muffin tin, making sure to create a bowl.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
- In a medium bowl, add shrimp, olive oil, garlic, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil on a grill over medium heat. Add shrimp to heated grill and cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until those nice grill marks show up.
- Remove filo dough bowls from the oven and fill each one with guacamole. Top each bowl with shrimp. Top with cilantro (optional) and serve.
Let’s end with a classic. The classic chicken drumstick. There’s nothing like munching down on a chicken leg while watching an American past time like the Super Bowl. However, there’s one twist. These aren’t your everyday chicken drumsticks. These are honey citrus glazed chicken drumsticks. Yum!
These chicken drumsticks are super easy to make. Let them sit a bowl full of marinade for an hour, toss them in the oven to bake and lightly broil and you got yourself some chicken, people! The honey adds a touch of sweetness while the citrus gives it some zest. All in all, your taste buds will be dancing like they just made a touchdown.
Honey Citrus Chicken Drumsticks:
- ¾ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 ½ teaspoons of coarse salt
- ¾ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 4 ½ lb. of chicken drumsticks
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- Orange wedges for garnish (optional)
- Combine lime juice, honey, salt, pepper, chicken and olive oil into a large bowl. Cover with aluminum foil and let sit in the refrigerator for a hour, turning occasionally.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove chicken from marinade and allow excess marinade to drop back into the large bowl. Reserve the remainder of the marinade. Place chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until cooked through and golden brown, about 40 minutes. Lightly broil for about 5 minutes for a nice golden sheen.
- Meanwhile, transfer marinade to a medium saucepan and boil over medium-high heat until marinade has thicken and reduced to about 1/3 cup. This takes about 15-20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and immediately brush with glaze.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with orange wedges for extra citrus zest.