- Date: Sunday, February 12
- Where: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
- Time: 5:30 p.m. CT
- TV Network: Fox
Great Food for the Big Game
By Suzanne Corbett
Time to get serious. Super Bowl is here and many party hosts praying for a last-minute Hail Mary play to make this year’s Super Bowl menu as winner. No worries. Beyond chicken wings and pizza, plan on making guarantee a big win by adding creative dips to the menu. Dips are the ultimate grab and go snack perfect for game day that are affordable, and fast and easy to make. Most important, people love them. From the classic onion soup dip and salsa to those decadent cheesy creations we all love. Something that isn’t missed by Wisconsin’s dairy farmers and cheesemakers who know the best way to add culinary bling to the table cheese. Case in point, the following three dips that feature a variety of cheeses.
Each recipe is designed to add flavor diversity and interest to the menu line up. Simply stir, heat, and serve. Easy, and the culinary Hail Mary you need to give any Super Bowl party the big win.
Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip
1 (eight ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup Buffalo wing sauce
3 cups shredded or finely chopped cooked chicken
1 1/3 cups blue cheese ( Roth Buttermilk Blue Cheese , if available)
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup ranch dressing
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Carrots, celery, crackers, or tortilla chips
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Combine cream cheese and wing sauce in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds intervals until soft, stirring until mixture is smooth. Fold in chicken, one cup of blue cheese, celery, ranch dressing and Worchester sauce. Spoon onto a lightly grassed baking dish and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining blue cream, and serve with carrots, chips and or crackers. Makes 4 cups
Warm Jalepeno Popper Dip
1pound bacon, chopped
1 package (8 ounces) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
8 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded (2 cups)
3 ounces Asiago cheese, finely shredded and divided (about 1 cup)
3 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1 bag (13 ounces) wavy potato chips, divided
Heat oven to 350°F. Fry bacon, in batches, in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp.
Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder and onion powder in a large bowl until blended. Stir in the fontina, 1/2 cup asiago, jalapeno peppers and half of the bacon. Spoon into a greased 1 1/2-quart or 2-quart baking dish. Measure 1/2 cup crushed potato chips. Add the chips, remaining asiago, and bacon to bacon drippings in the skillet; toss to combine. Sprinkle chips mixture over top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with remaining potato chips.
The Ultimate Queso Dip
2 tablespoons butter, cubed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder and ground cumin
10 ounces Havarti cheese, shredded (2 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups pico de gallo, drained
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour until light brown. Gradually whisk in the milk, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin. Bring to a boil; cook and whisk for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Gradually whisk in havarti until melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in pico de gallo. Serve warm with tortilla chips. Makes 2 ½ cups
Bacon Cheeseburger Football Dip
3 tubes (11 ounces each) refrigerated French bread dough
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 package (8 ounces) thick-cut bacon, chopped
1/2-pound ground beef (90% lean)
1 package (8 ounces) Cream Cheese, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
8 ounces Aged Cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups)
Optional Toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and pickles Thinly sliced Mozzarella cheese
Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 15 x 10-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Unroll one tube bread dough into a rectangle on prepared pan. Place remaining tubes of dough on top of the rectangle in a football shape. Cut ends at an angle if desired, secure ends with toothpicks. Trim excess dough from bottom rectangle with a paring knife. Pinch dough at seams for bread bowl.
Whisk egg and milk; brush over dough. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until bread is light golden brown. Meanwhile, fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Cook beef in bacon drippings in the same pan over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Reduce heat to low. Add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and garlic powder; stir until cheese is smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheddar and half of the bacon. Spoon dip into bread bowl. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until dip is bubbly. Cool slightly. Layer with the toppings as desired and remaining bacon. Cut mozzarella for laces and place on football. Makes 18 servings
Anheuser-Busch Super Bowl Commercial
The Super Bowl is quickly approaching and as always the commercials get center stage. Budweiser debuted its Super Bowl spot, “Six Degrees of Budweiser.”
The spot, Budweiser’s modern interpretation of the six degrees of separation concept, is narrated by actor and American icon Kevin Bacon and highlights six individual journeys of real people across the country who embody the same American spirit. It shows that no matter how different people are, shared values like grit and resilience unite all Budweiser drinkers.
From hip-hop artist and producer Metro Boomin – who created a custom track for the spot to match the vibe of the creative – to a construction worker to a food truck owner, this spot depicts the journeys of six passionate, self-made Americans, through all the ups and downs, to achieve their dreams. Each individual is connected by their determination, spirit and a six-pack of Budweiser, which is passed from one person to another until only one beer remains. Budweiser then breaks the fourth wall by offering the final beer to the viewer. The spot culminates with the phrase: “The people who share the same spirit share the same beer. This Bud’s For You,” showing that no matter how different each person’s background, career or goals may be, we are all connected by the same shared values and drive.
“Six Degrees of Budweiser” also formally kicks off Budweiser’s ongoing campaign to reintroduce and modernize the brand’s iconic “This Bud’s For You” tagline.