During the Super Bowl, while my husband is in front of the television yelling about bad play calls, I’ll be in the kitchen enjoying some of my favorite Super Bowl recipes. I’m going to make chips and dips, onion rings, jalapeño poppers and chicken wings just to name a few. Some of our recipes for these favorite snacks use an easy, mess free oven-fry technique that gives food a crispy golden crust and moist interior. It tastes like fried food, but it’s better for you. Score!
Chips and Dips: Get recipes for everyone’s favorite football snacks: chips and dip. Keep tight ends tight with our lower-fat, warm and gooey Chile Can Queso dip and zesty baked Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips. Creamy Spinach dip always scores a touchdown—and everyone will love scooping it up with homemade Garlic & Herb Pita Chips. You’ll love the rich flavor of our French Onion Dip made with real onions—especially when served with the crunchiest-ever Microwave Potato Chips.
Onion Rings We couldn’t get enough of these crunchy onion rings in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Try any seasoning blend that you have on hand to add flavor to the breading or substitute 1 teaspoon salt instead. Seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs are available in some supermarkets and natural-foods stores. If you can find them, try them in place of the plain breadcrumbs and seasoning blend.
Boneless Buffalo Wings These crispy chicken “wings,” made with boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, stay crispy with only a light coating of oil—no deep-frying needed. Serve as an appetizer or try them for dinner with crunchy vegetables and dip on the side. Watch How to Make Our Healthier Chicken Wings!
Chocolate Crunch It wasn’t in our poll as an option, but several EatingWell.com visitors wrote in that they love eating the crunchy cereal mix. Our addictive sweet-salty version of the snack coats wheat cereal, pretzels and almonds coated in bittersweet chocolate. Mmmm.
Black Bean Nacho Pizza This recipe combines two favorite Super Bowl eats: nachos and pizza. Break out the napkins! This pie is an over-the-top, vegetarian concoction with black-bean spread, Jack cheese, tomatoes, scallions, olives and pickled jalapenos; it's part nacho, part pizza. For an even more decadent treat, serve with low-fat sour cream.
Jalapeño Poppers Spicy peppers get a cooldown from the creamy bean-and-cheese filling in our healthier version of jalapeno poppers.
Southwestern Layered Bean Dip Plenty of black beans, salsa and chopped fresh vegetables mean a healthy amount of dietary fiber in this Tex-Mex layered dip. We use reduced-fat sour cream along with full-fat (and full-flavored) cheese to make the dip lighter without compromising great taste. Be sure to have lots of baked tortilla chips on hand when you serve it.
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