The Super Bowl was a big win for the Ravens, Joe Flacco, Beyonce, and my kitchen. All of the above put in a lot of good effort for the Championship game and it definitely paid off. See what I did there?
Super Bowl Sunday is a big event in most American house holds but it was especially big for me this year because the Ravens were playing and because my kitchen game has never been so good. I had to take advantage of the opportunity to really push the envelope on snackage. In reality, not everything I made was super challenging… it was more a test of endurance. It was a two day project that required making dough here, cooking an eye roast there and was complete with a mad dash at the end to pile everything in the oven at 350 degrees. It’s all about that strategy.
Bear with me, this post will be picture heavy. Menu items include:
- Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites
- Italian Sub Layered Bake
- Spinach Dip
- Pretzel Buttons
- Purple & Gold Cupcakes
Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites:
Original recipe from Pip and Ebby here
Please excuse the parchment paper in the background but this is the best picture I got. These were so good. Like, insanely good. They flew off the plate way faster than anything else. I will admit, they were a pain to make because I had to forgo some time watching the game to boil these guys in boiling water with baking soda but, in the end, I would say it’s worth it. They weren’t too difficult to make… just time consuming and a little messy. Jeremy claimed they were “just like Auntie Anne’s” which I think is a stretch but they definitely had some of that buttery, pretzel goodness.
I would post the entire recipe but for the sake of time… check out the link above. For now, I’ll leave you with progress pictures.
Dough Rolled out (2 of 4 pieces)
With Ham & Cheese – pre rolling
after baking soda boiling
Unboiled versus boiled – see how they puff up?
Not the prettiest final shot but, trust me, you can’t go wrong with pretzel, ham, and cheese
Italian Sub Layered Bake
Original recipe here
You can’t go wrong with meat when it comes to the Super Bowl. This recipe had more than enough deli meat to go around plus it was warm with melted cheese. Really, it was bound to go over well.
- 1 roll refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1/2 pound sliced deli capicola
- 1/2 pound sliced deli ham
- 8 slices salami
- 8 slices swiss cheese
- 2 egg whites
- Salt & pepper
- (optional) garlic salt, oregano, Italian seasoning
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Split your crescent roll dough in half for top and bottom pieces. I was able to find crescent roll dough in a whole sheet, meant for baking purposes so I just cut the rectangle into two squares and went on my way. Layer on half of the meat & cheese and whisk your egg whites with some salt and pepper in a bowl on the side. Drizzle half of the egg whites over your dish and layer on the rest of the meat. Drizzle the remaining egg whites on top and press the second crescent roll square on top of it all. I added some garlic salt, oregano, and Italian seasoning to the top for some extra flavor. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes then remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
Original Recipe here
These are so so easy and I got a ton of compliments on them. They’re definitely a nice dish to bring to a party if you want to making something but you’re not trying to get aggressive with the cooking.
All you need are:
- square pretzels
- a bag of Hershey’s Hugs
- plain M&M’s
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees (170 if your oven runs hot). On parchment paper, arrange pretzels with Hugs on top. Bake them in the oven for 4 – 5 minutes. I did 4 minutes at 200 and I think my Hugs were a little too melted but they still worked. When the chocolate is shiny and soft (but still holds its shape) pull them out of the oven and place an M&M carefully in the center of each Hug. Let the chocolate cool completely before moving them. I would definitely recommend refrigerating them for 5 – 10 minutes… they took awhile to cool on the counter.
This was the Spinach Dip recipe I made but, unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture. Spinach dip is the perfect Super Bowl food and it’s always fun to try and figure out the best way to cut a bread bowl. I used Knorr’s vegetable soup mix instead of the dry leek soup mix in the recipe and I added more sour cream and no mayo. I tweaked it just a bit… gotta stick with the Spinach Dip I know and love.
Lastly, I present my Ravens cupcakes! These were pretty standard; I bought easy cake mix and premade frosting but I dyed the batter yellow and purple and swirled it together in the cupcake tin. Jeremy also played sous chef and dyed the icing. He was also in charge of M&M placement… crucial task.
Dying the batter
I filled the tins with half of each color and swirled them together with a toothpick
”BR” for the Baltimore Ravens
My kitchen lighting is oh so yellow but you can see the purple here. Definitely the winning edge that kept the Ravens above water after Blackout-gate slowed their roll. People kept talking about how the momentum was gone but the Ravens kept it together at the end. I liked the strategy in the end with the intentional safety. You save plays like those in high stress situations… like the Super Bowl. Let me know what you thought of the game! Or the commercials. Or Beyonce. Or the blackout. Aaaaand I’m done.