One of my favorite parties of the year — the Super Bowl — is just around the corner. While I'm not a huge fan of football, I do love game day eats, so when my friends Alex and Ryan asked me to help them host the ultimate bash, I couldn't say no. Alex and Ryan are good-looking, young, successful bachelors with only a little bit of experience in the kitchen. That's why I'm suggesting a menu of easy, fast, and classic dishes.
To start, there's nothing quite as crowd-pleasing as artichoke-spinach dip. This cheesy variation is simple, all you have to do is mix the ingredients together and bake. Also on the appetizer spread? Pizza pockets! Store-bought pizza dough makes these hand-held snacks a cinch. Feel free to change the filling to suit your family's needs.
Finally, during halftime, we'll feast on a Mexican selection of store-bought guacamole, salsa, queso dip, and homemade quick beef tacos. These recipes are ideal for the beer-guzzling bachelor in your life, share them now.
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, finely chopped Makes about 3 cups. 1 tablespoon olive oil Makes about 16 pockets. 1 1/2 pounds ground beef Serves 4.
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 ounces Italian turkey sausage
1 cup tightly-packed arugula (about 1 ounce)
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/4 cup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (13.5-ounce) package of store-bought pizza crust (recommended: Pillsbury)
All-purpose flour, for rolling out pizza dough
1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 cups jarred salsa
8 taco shells
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup fresh cilantro
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, finely chopped
Makes about 3 cups.
1 tablespoon olive oil
Makes about 16 pockets.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef