This Sunday, Americans will pack away 30 million pounds of snacks as they attend Super Bowl soirees. This astonishing estimate can be broken down into 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn and 2.5 million pounds of nuts, according to the Calorie Control Council.
While these Super Bowl staples have certainly earned their place at the table, there's always room for something new. Here are four savory suggestions.
Taste and Tell's Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos: Deborah from Taste and Tell has some pretty awesome Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos. What's a football spread without taquitos? I love that these crunchy, gooey taquitos are baked and not fried. I'm pretty sure there will be enough calories to go around with other food items, and these still bring loads of flavor while reducing the fried food overload on game day.
Green Chile Pork Tamales from Barbara Bakes: Barbara from Barbara Bakes always has such great recipes, and this one for Green Chile Pork Tamales sounds wonderful. There's just something about Mexican food that always seems comforting, isn't there? You just can't go wrong with laying out delicious, juicy pork anything.
Hot Artichoke-Parmesan Dip by Mountain Mama Cooks: I'm so excited to make this artichoke dip from Mountain Mama Cooks. I'm a huge believer that every party must have some kind of dip. OK, maybe it isn't vital, but in my book it only makes the party better. This one screams "Devour me!" like no other with the addition of Monterey Jack cheese. Cheese, like dip, is always a welcome addition.
Sweet Basil's DP Chili: Everyone needs a little something that can simmer on the stove while the guests arrive but will wow the crowd once it's time to eat. This twist on a classic comes from the kitchen of yours truly and uses two items that likely already have a place at your party: Dr. Pepper and chocolate. It's got a little kick and tons of flavor and is hearty enough for all of your wannabe football players.
Carrian Cheney is the face behind Sweet Basil, a food blog about getting families back into the kitchen together. She can be found at www.ohsweetbasil.com, [email protected] and on twitter @ohsweetbasil