Super Bowl XLVII has everyone talking. While some fans are excited about the game and watching their favorite team play, others, such as the hosts of game day parties are trying to figure out what to make. Thankfully, the wait is over! Today, in an exclusive email from QVC’s David Venable, he shares his own top tips, as well as the products he used, to be a game stopping host for Philadelphia Food Examiner readers. He even gives it to you in a “Play-by-Play” format.
How to have a successful Super Bowl party
Play 1 – QVC’s Resident Foodie David Venable offers his top tips to be a game stopping host:
The Super Bowl just isn’t the Super Bowl without all that food. Dips, wings, sandwiches, beer…you name it, your guests want it. In fact, the USDA says aside from Thanksgiving, there’s no other day of the year when Americans consume more food.
Now, don’t panic, fearless host. You don’t need to make umpteen dishes. And, you needn’t buy out the grocery store. Set your sights on a few key recipes and prepare them ahead of time. Buy what is too costly or time-consuming to make at home. Throwing a Super Bowl party can be just as much fun as watching the game itself…you’ll see!
· Men like chips. And pretzels. And beer. Plus, I’ve never seen a guy turn down pigs-in-a-blanket. Football goes hand-in-hand with these traditional snacks and you’ll have a wildly happy crowd if you offer the classics. But, there’s always room for something new. Especially if it’s a spin on a classic like my Buffalo Chicken Dip, which takes just 35 minutes to make. It’s spicy, creamy, and addictive. Plus, there’s no mess and no expensive wing platter needed!
· Most women will indulge in a few classics, but may prefer lighter options. Offer crackers and veggies with that Buffalo Chicken Dip. You might also consider serving soup. My Chicken and Quinoa Soup on QVC.com is flavorful and hearty, but incredibly healthy. Total cook time: 30 minutes. Keep it snack-sized by serving it in disposable cups or mugs.
· So what should you buy? Get the chips and munchies and stock up on disposable cups, napkins, and plates. A splurge that makes sense is a meat and cheese platter for sandwiches and perhaps a veggie platter. Leave beer and alcoholic drinks for your guests to bring and make your own iced tea or lemonade. You’ll save a lot of money this way, and your guests will buy exactly what they like.
· When it comes to dessert, you can’t go wrong with brownies. They require minimal ingredients and can be cut into any size. I have a few brownie recipes on QVC.com including my Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies, which, again, bake in 30 minutes. Touchdown!
Play 2 – Make David’s fan favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip:
Buffalo Chicken Dip
· 2 store-bought rotisserie chickens, skinned and finely shredded
· 3 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
· 3/4 cup ranch dressing
· 3/4 cup blue cheese dressing
· 1 cup Buffalo wing sauce
· 3 cups Colby Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
· Tortilla chips (optional, for serving)
· Crackers (optional, for serving)
· Carrots (optional, for serving)
· Celery (optional, for serving)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Beat the cream cheese, ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, and hot sauce until creamy and fully combined. Fold in the shredded chicken and 1-1/2 cups of the shredded cheese.
3. Spread the mixture into the 3.5-qt dish and bake for 25 minutes.
4. Remove the dip from the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Bake for another 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
5. Allow the dip to cool for 10 minutes, then serve it with tortilla chips, crackers, carrots, celery, or a combination thereof.
Play 3 – Stock up on the products, which are listed in the photo slideshow, to help make hosting hassle-free:
These products and more are available through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515. For a complete list of David’s recipes visit QVC.com/ITKWD.
If you’ve tried David’s recipes before, please comment below. Or, if you’ve used some of the QVC products listed here, I’d like to hear from you.