Despite popular opinion, Super Bowl food doesn’t have to be junk food. The best Super Bowl snacks are made with items from your preservation pantry.
Do you have jars of homemade jam stacked in the cupboard? Sourdough starter biding its time in the refrigerator? Dried veggies hanging out in canning jars? Then you have everything you need for a delicious Super Bowl Party.
I didn’t plan to write about Super Bowl Snacks this week. In fact, I’ve been itching to make jam and have a nice bag of Meyer Lemons patiently waiting for me. But when my local paper printed a Super Bowl Snacks article that included recipes for spray cheese on crackers, I knew I could do better.
Who decided that celebrating the Super Bowl should be a fat-fest full of “foods” primarily made from chemicals? Certainly not those of us who delight in and desire tasty food! So here are a few ideas to help you break out of the chips and packaged dip mold:
Baked Brie with Jam:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a brie round on a parchment lined baking sheet. Score around the top of the round, but do not remove the rind. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and scrape off the top rind (it will be curled up to make this job easy). Carefully move the baked brie to a serving plate. Top with your favorite homemade jam – I used Fig Jam with Anise in the above photo – and chopped nuts. Super easy! Serve with:
Crackers are one of the easiest of all cooking projects. So why do we continue to purchase crackers that are full of additives and unhealthy fats? It must be the packaging that pulls us in! I am always happy when I resist the cracker Sirens and make my own, like these Homemade Herb Crackers. If you don’t have fresh herbs growing on your windowsill, use dried herbs instead.
Feeling really ambitious? Nothing beats homemade Sourdough Pretzels. They take a little time, but are fun to make. Serve them with:
Homemade Beer Mustard:
German style sourdough pretzels dipped in German style homemade Beer Mustard is my all-time favorite Super Bowl treat. Warning – once you serve this homemade combination, your guests will want them every year!
Almond Butter Bites:
Looking a something the kids will eat that is nutritious and filling too? These easy, no-cook Almond Butter Bites are chewy and full of protein.
Jam Glazed Chicken:
Use some of your homemade jam to flavor chicken strips. Bake the chicken strips in the oven or on the grill. When almost done made a glaze by mixing your favorite jam with a little vinegar and mustard. Brush over the chicken and continue cooking until done. Any jam works but I prefer to use something like apricot jam, apple-plum jelly, or peach butter.
Dried Veggie Dip:
Dip is so easy to make. If you have some dried veggies, crumble them a bit and mix with a container of sour cream. Stir in a tablespoon of veggie broth powder. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Add some dried herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a vegetable tray.
Looking for even more Super Bowl ideas? Check out this post by Sean Timberlake over at About.com Food Preservation:
Do you have a favorite Super Bowl Snack recipe made from your home preserved items? Share with us!