Super Bowl 2014 is on our doorsteps, and are you looking for the last-minute addition to your Super Bowl menu? All eyes may be on game day between the Seahawks and the Broncos, but really they're on what's on the menu for the big day.
New Orleans knows how to throw a "Thro-down". Yes they've been there before, but even though it's cold outside, here's what the Louisiana folks are advising to warm up that Super Bowl game day celebration, according to the The Times Picayune on Jan. 31.
1. Baked Spinach & Artichoke Dip - Instead of sour cream and mayonnaise, this obviously French-inspired Spinach and Artichoke Dip is thickened with a Mornay sauce. It bakes up creamy, cheesy and wonderfully rich, with chunks of artichoke hearts and bright green spinach within.
2. Cocktail Meatballs. Throw away those old, kitschy recipes that call for grape jelly and frozen meatballs -- these homemade cocktail meatballs in a sweet and tangy sauce are easy to make and so much more delicious.
3. Roasted Garlic Guacamole. In this fresh twist on guacamole, roasted garlic replaces raw onions. It's just as flavorful as the traditional version but without the sharp aftertaste.
4. Union Square Café Rosemary Nuts - Sweet, salty, spicy, and rosemary-infused, these nuts are the perfect nibbling food. But don't say I didn't warn you: they are crazy addictive.
5. Parmesan Buttered Popcorn - Though we've all come to rely on microwave popcorn, homemade popcorn tastes better and is a whole lot better for you. Melted butter and freshly grated Parmesan take it up a notch.
6. Black Bean Dip - Made with sautéed onions, jalapeños, garlic and lime, this Costa Rican black bean dip is flavorful, healthy and easy to make.
7. Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Red Chili Sauce -- This Coconut Shrimp rivals any restaurant's version. The best part? You can do all of the preparation ahead of time so all that's left to do when your guests arrive is quickly fry the shrimp. To make it even easier, the sauce comes straight out of a bottle.
8. Nuts n' Bolts -- Everyone will enjoy this this retro-style Chex snack mix by the handful. Thankfully, the recipe makes a ton and feeds a crowd.
9. Chicken Chili with White Beans -- Since it's made from scratch and loaded with veggies, this is a healthy chili that you can actually feel good about eating. Don't worry, it's still hearty and delicious -- even your manly football fanatics will love it.
10. Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes -- Nothing beats a bowl hearty beef stew on a cold Sunday. It takes some time to make but is well worth the effort: aside from being delicious, it's a one pot meal that feeds a crowd. You can also make it a day ahead--in fact, you should because the flavor improves the longer it sits.
11. Easy Slow-Baked BBQ Boneless Short Ribs -- Meltingly tender short ribs slow-cooked in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce might just be the ultimate game day meal. And here's the best part: only 15 minutes of prep work and the oven does the rest.
12. Supernatural Brownies -- If you've been searching for the perfect brownie recipe, look no further. I promise you, this is it. These aptly named squares of chocolate indulgence are from Nick Malgieri's Chocolate cookbook, and they are always the first sweet to disappear at a party.
13. Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies -- These blondies with a gooey center are like chocolate chip cookies in bar form. Kids love them, grown ups love them -- they are hard to beat.
14. Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies -- Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, especially when they're crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. No one will guess what makes them so good.
Thanks to "Once Upon a Chef" For the great ideas. Hopefully these recipes will do the trick, but feel free to share yours' with others below!