Super Bowl Recipes Under $10


NEW YORK (MainStreet) – One of the best things about a Super Bowl party is the food.

“From the spinach dip to pizza bagels, game food can not be beat,” said Dana Marie Skrocki in a recent Voices of MainStreet post. “I love drinking beer and munching on wings.”

But all that food has to come from somewhere, and if you’ve been asked to bring some chow to the party, you have to walk a fine line between looking like you made no effort and putting in too much effort.

On the one hand, you don’t want to spend a lot of time and money slaving over a batch of chili and then have to deal with transporting a full slow cooker to your friend’s place, dragging the cord behind you.

On the other hand, if you walk in with a bag of chips and some store-bought salsa, you’ll be derided as cheap and lazy. The key is to find something that looks like it took a lot of effort, but was actually fairly easy – and cheap – to put together.

Here, then, are a few recipes that you can whip up in less than an hour and for less than $10.

Mexican Fudge

This one doesn’t include any actual fudge, but it does feature my favorite salsa, Mrs. Renfro’s Green Salsa. Plus, it’s a whole lot easier (and cheaper) than a full-blown bean dip. From the Mrs. Renfro site:

•    1 lb. grated cheddar cheese
•    1/4 jar (4 oz.) Mrs. Renfro's Green Salsa
•    3 eggs, well beaten

Instructions: Spread half of the cheese on an 11 x 9 or 11 x 7 baking dish. Combine eggs and salsa and spread onto the cheese. Put the remaining cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Cut into 1" squares. Serve on tortilla chips.

Price: A jar of Mrs. Renfro’s retails for around $3.49, and cheddar starts at $5.99/lb. on FreshDirect. A dozen eggs will run you about $2.49 (unless you’re going organic and cage-free), so the egg portion of this recipe is around 60 cents.

Avocado “Wings”

This next recipe comes courtesy of Hass Avocado, and provides an interesting twist on the traditional buffalo wing.

•    2 ripe, fresh Hass avocados, seeded, peeled and cut into ½-inch wedges
•    2 tsp. fresh lime juice
•    1/4 tsp. salt
•    1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
•    1 cup crushed corn cereal flakes
•    Buffalo Sauce

Instructions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sprinkle avocado wedges with lime juice, salt and cayenne pepper. Roll the wedges in crushed cereal to coat and place on a baking sheet. Bake for five to six minutes or until the coating just barely begins to brown. Serve warm with Buffalo Sauce.

To make the buffalo sauce, mix 1/2 cup light sour cream, 1 tsp. fresh lime juice, 1 tbsp. hot pepper sauce and 1/4 tsp. salt. Of course, you can also easily buy your own at the store.

Price: The main ingredient you probably don’t have is avocados, which will run you about $1 each on the West Coast to about $1.50 each elsewhere. Make sure you buy them now, though, as they’ll take a couple of days to ripen. While you’re there you can get a box of corn flakes ($4.69), a couple limes ($1.58) and a tub of sour cream ($1.89 for 8 oz). 

For Dessert: Healthy Coconut Macaroons

Coconut macaroons have always been my favorite part of Passover, but they’re pretty unhealthy. Juan Montalvo of checks in with this recipe for quick and healthy macaroons.

(And before you object to the intrusion of healthy foods on Super Bowl Sunday, keep in mind that you’ve been stuffing your face with cheese, sausage and pizza all day. Rounding out the evening with a slightly healthier dessert could be the one thing that keeps you from ending the night with a heart attack.)

•    3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
•    6 egg whites
•    3/4 cup of honey
•    Pinch of salt
•    Optional: add 1/4 cup of blueberries, cranberries, almonds or raisins

Instructions: Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix the coconut, honey and egg whites in a large bowl. Stir in any add-ins you want: blueberries, cranberries, almonds, raisins, etc. Spoon onto the cookie sheet in little balls and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

Price: The main ingredient that you probably don’t already have is shredded coconut. You can get a 12-oz. bag on FreshDirect for $4.19. Half a dozen eggs is around $1.25, and if you don’t have honey you can get a 12-oz. bottle for $3.29.

Other Options

There are even easier ways to go if you’re vexed by recipes with more than two ingredients. You could take a page out of my own playbook and make bacon-wrapped hot dogs: just wrap cocktail wieners in bacon, stick in some toothpicks to secure, and stick in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes on a foil-lined pan.

If all else fails you can find some decent pre-made buffalo wings at the store. In a recent ranking by Consumer Reports, Bell & Evans brand took top honors; its wings retail for $6.99 a pound, and all you have to do is pop them in the microwave for five minutes.

And if even that is too difficult for you… Well, then maybe you should have been on beer duty.

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