Superbowl Party – Part 2

Okay, I realized that quite a bit of time has passed since Superbowl, but I still wanted to get these super delicious recipes out there, so here they are. Better late than never right??

Soft Pretzels with Dipping Sauces

Soft pretzels with dipping sauces

These were a HUGE hit with everyone. A bit of work involved, and a little messy, but if you are going to splurge, it’s totally worth it right?? Right!! I have already been asked by a few people to make them again for the next party we have. Yum!!

You’ll need…

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp brown super
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 4 1/2-5 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • coarse salt for seasoning

Dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer mix together brown sugar, melted butter, yeast and warm water. Quick mix only and then let it sit for 5 mins until it is a bit puffy. Add in salt and slowly add in 4 cups of flour while the mixer is going on low until the dough is starting to pull away from the sides. Add the remaining 1/2 cup until the dough is not super sticky (this is where you might have to add in the extra 1/2 cup if your dough is still really sticky). Remove dough from bowl of mixer and knead on a clean work surface for 3-5 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball.

Place the ball of dough into a medium bowl greased with oil. Flip the dough around to coat all sides, cover and let rest for about an hour or until the dough doubles in size.

Preheat oven to 425°. In a large pot bring 2 qts of water to a boil. CAREFULLY and slowly add in the baking soda (think science project here… it will bubble and foam at you!). Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a long snake (yay! for playdough flashbacks!) and cut into 1″ or so sections, place on ya clean plate next to your baking sheet (about 3 snakes worth will fit on a standard size baking sheet).

Cover the rest of the dough when you aren’t working with it. Make your eggwash (beat together 1 egg and about a tbsp of water) and set it by your baking sheet with brush ready. Boil 10-12 pieces of dough in the water for about 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on the baking sheet. Once your sheet is full brush each piece lightly with the eggwash, and sprinkle with salt.

Put these suckers in the oven for about 15 minutes or until they are deliciously golden brown. Repeat with the remaining dough. I would start the next batch once the first one has been in the oven for about 7 minutes.

Serve warm with dipping sauces. I made these two (which also come along with pretzel recipes but I only used the dips), Cheesy sauce, Sweet Mustard sauce.

Recipe Source Baked by Rachel

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

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Super simple and quick.

You’ll need…

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 package of bacon (thin is better than thick for this)
  • EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • salt/pepper

Preheat oven to 350°. Rinse and trim your asparagus spears. Group together 2-4 spears depending on how thick the asparagus is. Take a slice of bacon and starting at the bottom of the bundle, wrap it around working your way up. Place your bundles on a baking pan with sides (I used my normal metal brownie pan). Lightly drizzle or brush the bundles with EVOO, sprinkle on a bit of salt and pepper, and pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes.. you’ll have to start checking on them every couple minutes after that to see when the bacon is cooked to your taste.

Sliders

Create a toppings bar to go with them and they are a great snack during half time!

Create a toppings bar to go with them and they are a great snack during half time!

Delicious easy way to make sliders without having to stand at the grill and miss the game!

You’ll need… (makes about 12 sliders or serves 6 at 2 each)

  • 2lbs lean ground beef
  • 12 pack of slider buns (I used Kings Hawaiian rolls)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 6 slices of your choice of cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, mix ground beef, bread crumbs, onion and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place mixture into a 9 x 13 pyrex (no need to spray or grease, the meat will give off enough grease to make it pull away easily), pat down into a flat large patty. Use a fork and poke holes throughout the large beef patty. Put in the oven until fully cooked, about 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and drain grease from pan (don’t let the meat break apart when draining!), top with cheese slices and return to oven just long enough to melt the cheese.

I cut mine into 15 "sliders" because I had smaller Kings rolls

I cut mine into 15 “sliders” because I had smaller Kings rolls

Cut into appx. 2″ squares or just big enough to cover whatever size slider buns you bought. Serve alongside a “toppings bar” for people to make their own unique sliders.

Recipe source Better Recipes

Football Brownies

Who's ready for some football!!

Who’s ready for some football!!

OMG so easy you wont believe it!

You’ll need…

  • boxed brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker Fudge something-or-other)
  • 1 betty crocker whipped chocolate frosting
  • basic powdered sugar frosting (4 tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tbsp soft butter, 2 tbsp warm water)

Bake the brownies according to the box directions and let them cool. When they are cool enough to handle cut them into ovals (or footballs!). I didn’t have an oval cookie cutter, so I used a circle biscuit cutter and squeezed the ends to make my shape, hey you do what you’ve gotta do right!?

Circle shaped cutter was all I had :( I guess you could free hand it with a knife as well...

Circle shaped cutter was all I had :( I guess you could free hand it with a knife as well…

Once they are all cut out and cooled completely, frost them. I just did the top, but you could do the whole thing if it makes you happy. Mix together your powered sugar frosting and use a ziplock baggy or frosting bag to pipe on the laces. Done!

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