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Super Bowl Snacks

February 16, 2011

So in the craziness of last week, I never posted two delicious recipes I made to take to a Super Bowl party.  Scott and I had the pleasure of meeting Laura and Laurence a few months ago through my favorite yoga instructor in Columbia.  The Fritz’s also moved to Spartanburg from Columbia recently giving us a lot in common right from the start.  We’ve hung out a few times, and we love their company!  So this cute couple were having some people over to their house for the game and were kind enough to invite us to join them.  I’m so glad they invited us, because we had a great time and met some really great people there.

I offered to bring some snacks to help contribute to the party; one sweet and one savory.  The recipe I had in mind for the “sweet” I had seen in the December issue of Southern Living.

Red Velvet Brownies

From Southern Living, December 2010

i n g r e d i e n t s – b r o w n i e s:

1 (4 oz.) baking bar of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 oz bottle of red food coloring
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

i n g r e d i e n t s – c r e a m  c h e e s e  f r o s t i n g:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp. butter, softened
1 /2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

d i r e c t i o n s :

1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Line bottom and sides of a 9 in. square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over the sides; lightly grease foil.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals.

3. Whisk in sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition.  Gently stir in flour, red food coloring, baking powder, vanilla, and salt.  Pour mixture into prepares pan.

4. Bake at 350º for 44 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs.  Cool completely on a wire rack (for nearly two hours).

5. While brownies bake, prepare cream cheese frosting.  In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.  Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating until blended.  Stir in vanilla.  Cover and set aside until ready to use.

6. Once brownies have cooled, lift brownies from pan using the foil as handles.  Gently remove the foil.  Spread cream cheese frosting on top of brownies and cut into 16 squares.  To garnish, shave white chocolate curls on top of each brownie.

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These brownies were great, but I have to warn you about the red food coloring.  It will dye your skin, your white laminate counter tops – and of course your clothes, so be careful when stirring the food coloring in.

So for the “savory,” I wanted to take a dip of some sort since they are always great for football centered parties.  I looked through a few but wasn’t that excited about them.  I remembered a dip my friend Jennifer had made once for New Years Eve that sounded perfect, but I didn’t have the recipe.  So after several different google searches, I found it.  This is a party favorite!

Sausage Ro-Tel® Party Dip

i n g r e d i e n t s :

1 lb. sausage
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. can of Ro-Tel®
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
*I also added 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning

d i r e c t i o n s :

1. Fry sausage until brown and drain.

2. Drain Ro-Tel® and reserve 1/4 cup juice.

3. Mix together cooked sausage, cream cheese, Ro-Tel® and 1/4 cup of juice (and taco seasoning if you choose to add it).

4. Place in a slightly greased 1 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

5. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

6. Serve with corn chips or pita chips.

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OH MY GOODNESS, you are going to love this dip.  This one now has a permanent place in my tried-and-true recipes box. To warn you, this dip goes fast, so you may want to double it. What sort of snacks did you guys make for the super bowl?  I’d love to have a few recipes on hand to try out the next time I need some yummy snack foods!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    February 17, 2011 6:48 pm

    Just catching up on your blog posts and loved the shout out! Ha! Recipes were delicious!!! Thanks so much for bringing them and for coming over! We had a blast with y’all!

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