I must confess that I watch the Super Bowl for Budweiser horses and Beyoncé halftime shows. Whether you’re a football die-hard who watches intently from the corner or you’re like me and really wish you were watching the Puppy Bowl, I think we can all agree that the night must involve an epic snack spread. However, no one wants to be the person in the kitchen shredding that slow roasted pork butt when Peyton Manning throws a hail-Mary touchdown (or when Coldplay and Beyoncé introduce the dancing shark during their rendition of Uptown Funk. Trust me, it will happen.). The solution: This impressive spread of 6 easy, minimal-ingredient snacks that will satisfy all of those meaty, cheesy, spicy, sweet cravings without you having to spend the whole night in the kitchen.
Hogs in a Blanket
Think of this dish as the pig-in-a-blanket’s older sibling who has spent the last few years in Europe and now sports fancy hats and casually says things like “queue” and “This reminds me of the Henri Rousseau exhibit I saw at the Musée d'Orsay.” Ok… maybe I’ve taken this analogy too far, but you get the idea. Everyone loves pigs in a blanket—and this high-brow take is also sure to please. Instead of rolling each mini dog in puff pastry triangles, this simplified version involves wrapping whole Andouille links in pastry and then slicing them into rounds. The 2-ingredient, tangy-sweet sauce pairs perfectly with the smoky sausage. Bonus: the unbaked “hogs” and the dipping sauce can be made the night before.
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This killer popcorn puts the Orville Redenbacher variety to shame and will have you asking yourself why you’ve settled for the microwave version for so long! Freshly popped kernels are topped with butter (the real deal, not that freaky oil), chile powder and furikake, a salty Japanese blend of dried seaweed and sesame seeds.