Jan 2014
Josie Bungert

Super Bowl Week: Dips, dips for all!

If you know me at all, you know that I love to bake and cook, and often do so as a big stress reliever. Well, nothing would be more stressful to me than having to plan and host a Super Bowl party, let alone provide some snappy snacks for all in attendance. I’ve heard rumor that there’s such a thing as a Super Bowl Snack Stadium, with a bunch of snacks of different calibers, weight and health value. I’ve also heard of people having full meals of hand made wings and burgers for their Super Bowl bash. Well, I’ll be honest, if I’m having people over and am also responsible for the food, you can bet your bottom dollar it is going to be super(bowl) simple. So, here are three super(bowl) spectacular dip recipes that are easy to tote along in a crock pot or to whip up before your party starts.

First, the easiest of easy: Queso Dip. Queso dip, in my opinion, is the master of party dips. The only ingredients you need are a block of Velveeta cheese and either a can of chili with beans or a can of tomatoes. The chili variety and the tomato variety are the best options for queso dip, and both are equally simple.

– Cube 2/3 of the Velveeta block

– Put Velveeta in bowl

– Open can of chili or tomatoes

– Pour said can of ingredients into the same bowl

– Place that same bowl in the microwave for 5 minutes

The best thing about queso dip is that you can change it up to your liking. If you take it out of the microwave and it’s not cheesy enough, you just add more cheese and microwave again. Repeat this process until it is cheesey enough/you are out of cheese. Serve with tortilla chips, or eat by the spoonful (the latter is my personal favorite way to eat it).


The second dip that everyone at your party will be sure to love as much as the Super Bowl commercials is this spinach dip*. Allrecipies.com is my go to for many recipes, and this one seems easy peezy spinach squeezy. It is also called “Best Spinach Dip Ever,” so how could you go wrong?** Your ingredients:

– 1 cup mayonnaise

– 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream

– 1 (1.8 ounce) package dry leek soup mix

– 1 (4 ounce) can water chestnuts

– ½ (10 ounce) package of frozen spinach (or fresh)

After you chop/drain what needs to be chopped or drained, put all in a bowl and mix. Chill for 6 hours, or over night. If you’re me, you know you won’t do this overnight, so make sure to chill before your party and you will be good to go. Eat with sourdough bread or (my favorite) King’s Hawaiian bread.

*I have yet to try this recipe, so I am relying on you to try it and let me know how it is. I really do love allrecipes.com, though, so I have no doubt that unless you seriously mess it up that it will be delicious.

**If something goes wrong, read here to educate yourself on good and bad store bought spinach dips, and then go buy one.
Finally, the dip to give these other ones a run for their money, Buffalo Chicken Dip. Part of the reason is that there is more preparation involved, but if the other two are way too easy/not unique enough for you, this dip is for you! My good friend makes a variation of this recipe, and I have literally eaten it for meals before, it is that good and that filling. Your ingredients:

– 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, cubed

– 1-1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken

– 2 stalks of celery, chopped

– ½ cup ranch dressing

– ½ cup Buffalo wing sauce

All you do is grab those measured out ingredients, pop them in a microwave bowl, and microwave for 5 minutes, stopping to stir around 3 minutes in. Or, to be extra prepared, put it in a 9X13 cake pan and bake until top is crispy and the dip bubbles (this is the way my friend makes it and it’s to die for!) Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

Obviously, these are just three from a long list of dips out there, but I think each one brings something unique to the table. Hopefully one of these dips catches your eye and makes your Super Bowl party simply superb(owl)!

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