Super Bowl Snacks

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Take your Super Bowl Snacks
to the Next Level

Whether you will be rooting this Sunday for that dreamboat Jimmy G and his 49ers or the insanely talented Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, I think we can all agree on a few things.  One- let's just hope its a close game. Two- at least we don’t have to watch the Patriots again.  And three- whoever is in charge of snacks better come correct.

For those Super Bowl party-goers who are more interested in the commercials and the J-Lo halftime performance (you know who you are…), the afternoon’s snacks become even that much more crucial. So we figured we’d suggest a few new style treats that are bound to impress your guests and make you the hit of the party.

First off, we thought we would show you our take on the classic Jello Shot.   There are few constants in this crazy and unpredictable world of ours, but i think its safe to say that everyone loves Jello Shots.  The original ones, made with vodka or grain alcohol can really sneak up on you and pack quite a punch. So we decided to mellow it out a bit and make two flavors using our canned Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.  We had planned on matching team colors, but since its going to be red all the way around, we went a little off script. (Thanks a lot Aaron Rodgers.)

Blue Raspberry Pinot Noir Jello Shots

You don’t need to be a culinary wizard to pull off Jello, that’s a big part of the allure.  Simply combine 1 package of Blue Raspberry Jello with 1 Cup of boiling water.  Whisk to combine.  Let cool slightly and add 1 C Pinot Noir.  Separate into small cups.  Makes about 15.

Strawberry Pinot Gris Jello Shots

Repeat the same steps as above, just use the Strawberry Jello and 1 Cup of boiling water with 1 Cup of Pinot Gris.  Both of these turned out delicious and don’t quite pack the punch of the ones you may have had back in your college days. (We all have to get up early on Monday for work!)

Another game day favorite is Chex Mix.   There are lots of different variation on the classic baked mix and we encourage you to add any ingredients that strike your fancy. We recently discovered the Jacobsen Ramen Seasoning and thought we would try something a bit cross cultural. The wasabi peas really add an amazing and unexpected kick.

Japanese Ramen Chex Mix 

2 C Rice Chex
2 C Wheat Chex
1 1/2 C baby pretzels
1 1/12 C bagel chips (broken into smaller pieces)
1 C Wasabi Peas

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 (heaping) T Jacobsen’s Ramen Seasoning
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Spread the first 4 ingredients equally among two half sheet pans. (Don’t add the wasabi peas until after cooking is complete.)
On the stovetop, melt butter and whisk in remaining ingredients.  Evenly coat all dried ingredients and cook for one hour, removing the pans every 15 minutes to stir around for even cooking. Once cooled, stir in the peas and store in glass Mason jars.

For our final recommendation, we wanted to stick with a tried and true classic- pigs in a blanket.  We recently tried some pre-made store bought ones and they were terrible, and crazy expensive.  There is no substitute for making them from scratch, and its so easy, there is no excuse not to.

Literally the hardest part of this is how Pillsbury makes you open the rolls with the back of a spoon.  It's so weird, but it works so i guess you can’t argue with success.

Take the Lit’l Smokies out of their packaging, rinse them well, dry them off and set them aside. Then open the crescent rolls. there will be 4 separate squares and each square is divided into 2 triangles.  Cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles.  Place a Lit’l Smokey on each triangle, and roll up. Place these evenly spaced on an ungreased cookie sheet and keep refrigerated until ready to cook.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cook for about 12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway thru to insure even cooking. Remove any that are getting too brown.  Then just squeeze out some ketchup and mustard for dipping and you will be Good To Go!

Whoever you end up rooting for, everyone here at Union wishes you a safe and exciting Super Bowl Sunday!

Bon Appétit!  And make sure you have plenty of Underwood Cans on hand for all your guests.

Photography, Text and Recipes by David L. Reamer. (@dlreamer)

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