It’s that time of year again. The Super Bowl is right around the corner and even if your team didn’t make the cut this year, it’s time to gather friends and family for this iconic celebration of American culture. You’ve got the big-screen HDTV, the betting pool is all set up, now all you need is a crowd of people and some tasty snacks. So here you go: Three classic favorites sure to please any red-blooded patriotic American.

Cheddar Bacon Potato Skins

Instant classic. Enough bacony goodness to please even the most portly superfans.

You’ll obviously need enough of these delicious morsels to feed everyone, so keep in mind that each potato will yield between two and four skins depending on how you cut them.

You’re going to need four ingredients:

  1. Potatoes – lots of them
  2. Your favorite cheddar cheese
  3. A pound or so of bacon – This is key. Don’t be cheap with the bacon.
  4. Sour cream – one 16oz container should be more than enough.

First things first. You’ve got to bake your potatoes  400 degrees for about an hour. Poke holes in the potatoes with a fork to avoid explosive steam build up. Urban legend? Who knows. It never hurts to play it safe.

While your potatoes are baking, fry up your bacon until crispy and allow it to cool. After it has cooled down you can go ahead and break it up into small bits. Set it aside for later.

Once your potatoes are done baking you can remove them from the oven and slice them in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the center of the potato, leaving a quarter inch or so of potato on the skin. Fill the hollowed out potato halves with your cheddar cheese and top with a generous amount of bacon. Pop your prepared potatoes back in the 400 degree for about 15 minutes or so, until the cheese has melted and the skins are nice and crispy.

Now all you’ve got to do is top them off with a dollop of sour cream and you’re ready to go!

Basic Spinach Dip

This ones a cinch. Here’s what you’ll need.

  1. One package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed.
  2. Two green onions, finely chopped.
  3. One package of Knorr brand vegetable soup mix.
  4. Two cups of sour cream.
  5. 1/2 cup mayo.

One the spinach has thawed combine all the ingredients and mix well. Pop it in the fridge for at least two hours before you serve it. If you’re feeling adventurous you can buy a large round loaf of bread and hollow it out to make a tasty bread-bowl. This recipe will make about 4-5 cups of dip, but you can easily double the recipe if you’re going to need more.

Uncle Guss’ Piggies in a Blanket

Here’s another party favorite. Miniature hot dogs wrapped in cheese and surrounded by a flaky biscuit “blanket.”

How much of these ingredients you’ll need depends on how many you want to make. It’s all up to you. I recommend making roughly one thousand of these because they’re great, but it really depends how many guests you’re expecting. People will generally eat 3-5 of these, so on second thought a thousand might be a bit excessive.

You will need:

  1. Miniature cocktail wieners
  2. Packaged refrigerated biscuit dough
  3. Processed American cheese (orange or white, your call)

Take each cocktail wiener and wrap in a 1/4 slice of American cheese. Take a small piece of biscuit dough and wrap it around the cheese, leaving the ends of the wiener hanging out a bit. Put as many of these as you can fit on a cookie sheet, leaving at least an inch between them and place in the oven at 350 degrees for roughly 10-15 minutes or until the biscuit is golden brown. That’s it! No need for ketchup.

These simple recipes should be enough to please any crowd. Even if you’re a bad cook, just try your best and people will at least appreciate your effort. Good luck superfans!

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