1. Cut the Fat and Not the Flavor: Crispy Oven Chicken Fingers
Who doesn’t love chicken fingers? It’s the perfect party food, and it won’t be a good Super Bowl experience without them. This year, however, instead of frying them and basking in their fatty glory, you can take the healthier route and bake them.
- Strips of chicken (boneless and skinless)
- Hot pepper sauce (optional)
- Garlic, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper
- Unsalted butter
- Sesame crispbread
Marinate the chicken in the fridge for a few hours, then toss the strips into the crumbs, and bake for about 25 minutes at 400°F, turning once.
2. For a Memorable Super Bowl: Skillet Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Talk about a decadent dip. Every good sports night should include a memorable dip, and this spinach-artichoke recipe is just the thing.
- Cream cheese
- Canola oil (for grill grate)
- Sour cream
- Grated Parmesan
- Lemon zest and lemon juice
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper
- Drained and chopped artichokes
- Dry spinach leaves
- Olive oil and sliced country bread (optional)
Fold the spinach and artichokes in a mixture of sour cream, cream cheese, Parmesan, lemon zest and juice, and garlic. Season generously with salt and pepper, and transfer to a cast-iron skillet. Cook covered for about ten minutes and then uncover the aluminum foil and keep for another 20 minutes.
The dip pairs great with fire-roasted bread. Drizzle bread with olive oil and grill over direct heat. Serve it with the dip or choose a healthier alternative and substitute the bread with carrots or cucumbers.
3. Get Fancy: Roasted Peppers Stuffed with Goat Cheese
If you’re looking to impress your friends and family for the Super Bowl get-together, you can’t go wrong with these scrumptious roasted peppers stuffed with goat cheese.
- Sheepnose Pimento peppers (or your favorite sweet pepper kind)
- Boiling water
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Golden raisins
- Mild soft goat cheese (e.g., Coach Farm)
- Roughly chopped basil leaves
- Pine nuts
- Breadcrumbs (or couscous)
- Olive oil
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
Roast the peppers, preferably over an open flame. When they cool down, peel off the skin and remove the stem and seeds. Soak the raisins in water before use. Stuff the peppers with goat cheese, basil, raisins, and pine nuts. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake for about ten minutes. If you’re using couscous, you need to sprinkle it after you take out the stuffed peppers from the oven. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with basil (if you have any left). Your Super Bowl healthy snack is ready to be devoured!