Well, I’ll start out by admitting that these recipes aren’t exactly “healthy” — but then again, no one should try to eat perfectly all the time (or risk a nervous breakdown, I think) and the Superbowl is a good excuse to indulge in some snack-grazing behaviors. (Especially if the Superbowl is particularly sad, as then you have indulgent foods to get you through the sorrow that follows it. Ok, that’s all my sports commentary for this post.)
The good news is, I did make all these snacks from scratch myself, so why they ay not be low-cal (or carb!) they don’t contain mystery ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, chemical preservatives or any of that nonsense. So here are some of the homemade all-American snacks we ate during the big game.
Pesto Garlic Knots
I think I found my favorite use for my winter kale and walnut pesto. Garlic knots are one of my favorite Northeastern treats (I’ve not found many pizzerias outside of New York and New England that sell these) and are so easy to make. I started with Kim O’Donnel’s basic pizza dough (which only takes about an hour and a half to make).
To make the knots, just tear off a small palmful of the dough, roll it out like a snake, and tie into a loose knot. Bake them on a sheet or pizza stone at 425 for 10-15 minutes (until golden brown) and then toss them in whatever seasonings you like. The standard is olive oil and garlic. I used about 1/3 cup of pesto, some extra garlic, and some grated Parmesan cheese. Delicious!
Beer – Cheese Fondue
I don’t have a fondue pot, so I guess this is really just beer-cheese dip served hot. But well, it’s gooey, tangy deliciousness. You get to dip bread in it. What’s not to love?
I used (never home)maker’s Beer Cheese Fondue as a guideline, and playing around with the flavor pairings a bit, using Blue Moon beer, white cheddar and Swiss cheeses, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard (a must).
We dipped in the knots of course, but also my personal favorite for cheddar fondue: apples! The tart fruit really pairs well with cheese.
Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip
And well, just to pretend we were being a little healthy, I served some Greek yogurt dip (made with some chopped onion, garlic, and a little tomato paste for tang) alongside carrots and snap peas.
I know we don’t get another Superbowl for a year (when vindication will be ours, New England! Maybe…), but hopefully you can find some fun social occasions to make use of these whole food snacks before then!