Buffalo Blasts
Buffalo Blasts
Serve up your Super Bowl party in style with a variety of flavorful appetizers football fans will devour.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, the San Francisco 49ers will battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, La. Super Bowl XLVII is already being called the "HarBowl," referring to brothers John and Jim Harbaugh. The brothers will go head to head on game day. John, who is one year older, is head coach of the Ravens, and Jim is head coach of the 49ers.

Buffalo Blasts

You will score big points if you have these on hand. The recipe is a knockoff based on the Buffalo Blasts served at The Cheesecake Factory. My friend Gracie Quijano of Des Moines found the recipe online and tried them recently. She said they are just as scrumptious as they sound and easy too.

pack of wonton wrappers (large squares)

one egg white

1 chicken breast, finely chopped

Frank's Buffalo Style Hot Sauce

grated cheese (Cheddar or a Mexican blend)

breadcrumbs (both plain large crumbs and Italian style)

garlic powder

Mix together chicken, cheese, and garlic powder. Lay out the wonton wrapper and fill with chicken filling. Drizzle hot sauce over chicken. Moisten the edges of the wonton with water or egg white and fold it horizontally, pressing the edges closed. Use a pastry brush and brush egg white over the outside of the wrapper and dip into a mixture of plain and Italian breadcrumbs.

Place them two at a time into a deep fat fryer at 375 degrees until they're golden brown. Make sure to turn them over. Place on a napkin or paper towel to drain off excess oil.

Serve with celery sticks, extra hot sauce for dipping, and some bleu cheese or ranch dressing.

Parmesan Garlic Wings

Ann Renze of Arcadia is already planning her Super Bowl bash. She is planning to surround herself with great friends and food. She said she will be cheering on the 49ers since they were the favorite team of her late brother, Nick, who passed away in 1997. Ann said she will be wearing Nick's 49ers jacket for the big game.

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

24 chicken wings, bare, baked or fried

 

Melt butter and whisk in other ingredients. Toss wings and serve immediately.

Mushroom Cheese Bread

Isn't it funny how some of the foods we "hated" as children, turn out to be foods we love as adults? As a child, I didn't care for mushrooms at all. I clearly remember picking them out of my turkey tetrazzini. However, as an adult, I have found I really like mushrooms.

This is an appetizer I recall being made as hors d'oeuvres by my parents. I remember the gooey cheese and poppy seeds made for a savory combination.

loaf French bread

block of Swiss cheese (sliced)

1½ jars mushrooms (drained and sliced)

1-2 sticks butter

2 tablespoons minced onion (or finely diced onion)

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

 

Slice French loaf lengthwise, stuff with mushrooms and sliced Swiss cheese. Melt butter and add to it the onions, poppy seeds and lemon juice. Pour over stuffed bread. Wrap in foil and bake 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. To serve, remove from foil, place on cutting board and cut into small pieces. Serve straight from cutting board.

Asian-Style Turkey Bacon Appetizers

Recently I discovered that turkey bacon is a delicious alternative to regular bacon. I bake it on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. It takes less time to cook than regular bacon, and it's much more healthful for my family and me.

If you are searching for a less traditional appetizer for the game, try one that is fresh with just a little bit of heat.

8 uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined

16 snow peas

8 slices cut crosswise in half

½ cup Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

 

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut shrimp lengthwise in half. Place 1 shrimp piece on each snow pea; wrap with bacon piece. Secure with wooden toothpicks. Place in single layer in shallow pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Discard toothpicks.

Microwave dressing and crushed pepper in microwaveable bowl on high for 10 to 15 seconds or until heated through. Brush lightly onto appetizers. Serve with remaining dressing mixture for dipping.

Cinco de Queso

This recipe comes from Crockin' Girls, a website I found through Facebook. This dip tastes like the Skillet Queso on Chili's menu and it will not only add a little kick to your Super Bowl party, it will free up a bit of time too. Just throw together the ingredients two hours before game time.

32 oz block Velveeta Cheese

1 pkg taco seasoning

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can Rotel

1 can chili, no beans

 

Dump everything except for the cheese into your slow cooker. Mix together well. Cut up the cheese into 2-inch cubes and add to the slow cooker with everything else. Mix well again. Heat on low for 1-2 hours or until cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips.

If you like yours extra spicy, chop up a handful of sliced jalapenos and add at the beginning.