Some of my favorite food is what I call “football food”! You know, those recipes that: (usually) don’t require silverware, can be eaten off of plate that is carefully balanced on your lap, requires some finger licking (OK, a lot of finger licking!) and tastes great when washed down with a refreshingly cold beverage. Ahhh, football food….
And the mecca of football food is your local Super Bowl party! These shindigs are hot beds for great recipes. Everybody tends to bring their signature dish, wrapped in foil, and proudly displays it on the football alter buffet table.
While everyone is watching the game, I’m usually the one chatting up other party goers to find out what they made and how! Recipes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s what I’m after. While everyone else is cheering and glued to the game, I’ll be scribbling down recipes on backs of receipts (from the bottom of my purse), napkins, or any other scrap of paper I can find. When am I going to learn to carry a recipe notebook around with me just for these situations?!?
I was looking through my recipes trying to decide what to make for Sunday’s party and I came across this recipe from my really good friend, Lisa K. This is one of those dips that you cannot walk away from. Kinda like the White Pizza Dip I posted a few months ago. You’re going to want to find the chair closest to this dip — trust me. I speak from experience. I know.
Compliments of It’s a Keeper
2 (9 ounce) packages frozen creamed spinach, thawed
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
½ cup mayonnaise
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 cup crushed herb stuffing mix
½ cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in a large bowl. Add spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, onion and pepper. Place in a 2 quart baking dish. Combine stuffing and pecans and sprinkle over top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until hot and lightly browned on top
TIP: Defrost spinach in microwave on medium power for 5 to 6 minutes.
Is It a Keeper?
Isn’t it obvious? This recipe should be called ooey-gooey, spinach-y deliciousness topped with crunchy goodness. Hmmm…I think I’m on to something! Right?!?
I like to serve this dip with Tostito’s Scoops. And, the Type A control freak part of me likes to put a little bit of dip in each scoop and line them all up neatly on my football shaped plate. I know. I’m weird. Although, I like to think I’m “quirky”.
I’m excited to see what’s in store at this weekend’s Super Bowl party! Now, I’m off to get that notebook and put it in my purse… Go team!
What are you planning to serve/make/eat for Super Bowl Sunday?
**Note: Those are NOT Tostito’s Scoops in the photo — I didn’t have any on hand when I took the photo!