Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl SnacksIt’s Super Bowl Week!

On Monday I shared my cookie recipes for game-day ready treats (see the recipes for Denver’s Orange Crush Swirls and Carolina’s Panther Shortbread here). But every Super Bowl party needs more than just awesome cookies, and Super Bowl Snacks are a must!

Everyone has their favorite game day snacks. Some like wings, others chili or beer cheese soup (or is that just a Packer fan thing?), and I can’t get enough chips and guac. For the Super Bowl, we decided to go in a slightly different direction, picking snacks that honored our favorite teams and players.

Peyton PupsPeyton Pups

Named for Broncos QB Peyton Manning, these Peyton Pups take hot dogs to a new level. Instead of using pre-made dough, we used homemade biscuits for a delicious game worthy snack. My husband agrees, these are much more satisfying than your typical “pigs in a blanket”!

Peyton Pups (Pigs in a Blanket)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2-3 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup milk
1 package of hot dogs of your choice (we used turkey hot dogs)

Instructions

1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
2. Add olive oil (2-3 tsp) and stir, gradually adding milk to make a sticky, thick biscuit dough (1/2 cup is an approximation)
3. Turn out onto a floured surface and roll until 1/2 inch thick
4. For full hot dogs, cut out 6-inch triangles of dough and wrap around each hot dog. For half hot dogs, cut out 4 x 1 inch strips and wrap hot dog diagonally.
6. Place wrapped hot dogs on a lined baking sheet
7. Bake at 425 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden.
8. Let cool, and serve with your favorite sauce! My husband likes to make his own sauce by mixing ketchup and mayonnaise. We add a little food coloring to make the sauce orange to match the Broncos colors. You could also mix ketchup and mustard for a similar effect.

Peyton Pups

Cam NewtonsBerry Newtons

We couldn’t leave the Panther’s quarterback out! Cam Newton always has a big smile on his face on game day, and we wanted a snack that was just as fun. Inspired by Cam’s surname, we made Berry Newtons that are bite size and blue (okay, super dark purple) for the Panthers.

I’ll be honest- I was nervous about making berry newtons from scratch. I thought it might be too difficult to attempt, and that my homemade jam filling would melt all over. I was pleasantly surprised. These cookies are even more delicious than store bought newtons, with a touch of cinnamon and plenty of berry filling.

Berry Newtons

Berry Newtons

Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick), softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flax (I used milled flax, you could also use whole flax)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl (or stand mixer), cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add vanilla, water and egg whites, beating until combined.
  3. Add dry ingredients and cinnamon and mix until a soft dough forms. The dough reminded me of gingerbread dough.
  4. Shape into a rough rectangle and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
  5. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  6. For the filling, thaw frozen berries in a microwave safe bowl, microwaving on high for one minute, and then at one minute intervals until thawed.
  7. Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  8. Once berries boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Mash berries with a fork or potato masher.
  10. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water.
  11. Add to berries and mix until berries are the consistency of jam. Add more cornstarch if necessary.
  12. Transfer berries into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until dough is ready.
  13. To assemble, roll out dough on a well floured surface into a 12 x 16 inch rectangle.
  14. Divide dough into 4 equal strips 4 x 12 inch strips.
  15. Spoon berry filling down the middle of each piece.
  16. Fold edges to the middle and pinch lightly to seal.
  17. Cut off the ends of each log, and cut remaining log into 1-2 inch cookies. Do not saw back and forth as this will break the cookie.
  18. Place cookies seam-side down on a lined baking sheet (I used my Silpat). If cookies stick, use a spatula to loosen and move.
  19. Bake 12-15 or until brown.
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The original recipe called for fresh fruit, but there was no way I could find (or pay for) fresh berries in February. Oh the joys of living Minnesota. For the fresh fruit recipe, visit All Day I Dream About Food.

We can’t wait to watch the big game on Sunday, and hope for an exciting game. May the best team win! (Go Broncos!)

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