January 29, 2018

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles will face off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The game will be played in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis hasn’t hosted the Super Bowl since 1992.

Be sure to have plenty of “utensil-free” snacks and appetizers on hand to feed a hungry crowd. Justin Timberlake fans are in luck as he’s slated to perform the halftime show, a role he hasn’t had since his well-known performance with Janet Jackson in 2004.

Mexican Chicken Dip

My friend Pam does lots of entertaining as well as tailgating at Jack Trice Stadium. She seems to have an endless supply of tried and true recipes. She brought this creamy and cheesy dip for the holiday potluck at our school along with plenty of chips for dipping.

—4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

—2 cups (1 bag) shredded Mexican cheese

—2 can diced green chiles, drained

—4-5 green onions, diced

—1/2 cup sour cream

—1 can cream of chicken soup

—8-10 jalapeno pieces from jar, diced

Boil or poach the chicken breasts until cooked through. Let cool. Cut into small pieces/cubes. Add all ingredients including chicken to crock pot. Heat on low until hot and cheese is melted. Serve dip warm with Scoops corn chips or Scoops tortilla chips.

Notes:

Pulled rotisserie chicken could be used in place of chicken breasts.

If you prefer less heat, omit the jalapenos.

Cranberry Meatballs

For the holiday potluck I chose to take something savory to balance out all of the Christmas goodies. These meatballs were one of the first foods to go. They were sweet and saucy, and the red cranberry sauce was perfect for the holidays.

—1 (32 oz) bag frozen meatballs, thawed

—17 oz bottle barbecue sauce

—14 oz can jellied cranberry sauce

—1/2 medium onion, diced and sautéed

—2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

In a mixing bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce and cranberry sauce. Set aside.

Dice onion and add to large sauté pan. Add extra-virgin olive oil. Sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until onions are almost caramelized. Remove from heat and drain off any excess oil.

Add thawed meatballs to bottom of slow cooker, pour sauce and onions over top and stir to combine.

Cover, and cook on high for one hour and low for 3 hours.