1.20.2011

Super Bowl Snacks I


I thought I'd spend the next couple posts on game day snacks. I've found some gems on other blogs I've been wanting to tell you about (in case you missed them), another oldie but goodie and one I found in Donna Hay magazine. I think you'll like all of them. Let's start this week with the two I discovered on other blogs.


When you're asked to bring an appetizer to someone's house to watch the game or if you're hosting your own party, what could be better than pizza? Better yet, in mouthful size. No mess, no fuss. Easy to take on the road too. They sure aren't
 healthy veggie type appetizers, but this is a killer recipe and they're always a smash hit at my house. Cathy from Noble Pig posted them a while back. I tried them out on my son right after I read her post. He practically inhaled them. These will be gone in a flash so make plenty.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

From Noble Pig


 Ingredients:

3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 ounces pepperoni, cut into small cubes (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; whisk in the milk and egg.  Stir in the mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.

Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups.  Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through, then stir in 1 Tablespoon basil.  Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 Tablespoon basil.  Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. Makes 24 mini puffs.
                                                    


For the second Super Bowl snack, I'll turn to Wanda from The Teacher Cooks. She posted these a few weeks ago. Wowza! I like that you can choose your own sausage: hot, sweet, spicy or mixed. And you can add even more heat by using some hot sauce.


Sausage and Cheese Balls

From The Teacher Cooks


Ingredients: 
1 lb. sausage, your choice  ( allow it to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes)

12 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
3 cups Bisquick
1/2 teaspoon red pepper or hot sauce , optional

Method: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix finely grated cheese, sausage, and 1/2 cup of the Bisquick with a wooden spoon. (I had much better luck using my hands.)  This takes patience.  As the Bisquick is worked in with the sausage and cheese, add the rest 1/2 cup at a time until it is finally all worked in.
Roll about a tablespoon or so in the palm of your hand.   
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 20 minutes. 
Makes about 3 dozen sausage and cheese balls.

66 comments:

  1. Are you still enjoying your Donna Hay subscription?

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  2. Dear Barbara I love your snacks alwaya look awesome and delicious! gloria

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  3. Lovely snacks! I love both, mmmhhh...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. What a lovely way to have one's pizza on game day or any other day.

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  5. I remember when I used to live in America I once went to a superbowl party with my boyfriend. I hate football, and found it soooooooooo boring, except for the food. I know I'd have a field day munching on these beauties.
    *kisses* HH

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  6. Barbara, these made me instantly hungry.

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  7. These look delicious. I think I'll give those savory puffs a trial run for this Sunday's game. I'm still working on the menu for the BIG game.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  8. I am keeping both these recipes at hand. Super Bowl is coming up as well as a couple of pot luck gatherings. These are perfect for taking along.

    Velva

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  9. Especially the first one, the pizza puffs just spoke to my heart.

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  10. Those snacks are perfect!!!We don't have to wait for the super bowl party :)

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  11. Yum, my favorite kind of food! I'll select a savory little snack over a cookie any day of the week. Both recipes look perfect for game day.

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  12. Both these snacks would be great for Super Bowl or book club :D lol!

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  13. Babs -- you are incredible. a machine. that's my new nickname for you, "machine." post after post. great picture thrown into pic-in-pic revealing your steps and process. the Machine is an institution (or, maybe you should be in one?).

    anyhoo ... I've attempted three of your recipes over the last 18 mos. or so. this will be four. can't believe the superbowl is almost here.

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  14. Your Superbowl eats look delicious, Barbara! Especially the pizza puffs...I think I could throw caution to the wind and gobble half the batch in one sitting! (Small foods = less calories, right? ;) )

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  15. Those pizza puffs look so great and so perfect for a party. I have to try those!

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  16. omg..those pizza puffs just make me salivate!! Great picture too.

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  17. Oh, Barbara, these are like an illustrated definition of the word 'addictive'. I'm not a Superbowl fan, but I would go to a Superbowl party just for these :)

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  18. Barbara, those pizza puffs are adorable and I bet they're addictive too.

    Speaking of addictive, so are the sausage & cheese balls. I've been making them for years and people can't get enough of them.
    Sam

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  19. I love appetizers but rarely have a chance to make them. Especially if they involve salty cured meats. Oh pepperoni puffs. How I need thee.

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  20. Yum on both fronts, if only there were no such thing as calories! ha

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  21. i remember making something similar to your sausage and cheese balls MANY moons ago - and i remember just how good they are!! can't wait to see what else you're going to share!

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  22. Those look great. It's never too early to plan a Superbowl menu!

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  23. oh my goodness, i'm not even a sports fan, but i would happily watch the game for snacks like these!

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  24. Barbara thank you for these recipes. It's fun to be able to serve something that hasn't been over done and everyone isn't accustomed to seeing @ parties. Both look great besides sounds yummy. If a man loves them, then there you go! Hope all is well in Florida Barbara? Now..let game day begin!

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  25. I am especially obsessed with appetizers (something about not needed a plate, or a fork, or a napkin...hmmm) and I think both of these look amazing! I'm throwing a baby shower the day before the Superbowl so I might not be in a cooking mood two days in a row, but hey, there's nothing that says I can't make these for the baby shower! :)

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  26. I am salivating, Barbara. Pepperoni & cheese in muffins! That going to kill all of us. haha.... Bookmarked both lovely recipes. Thanks again for sharing. Hope you're enjoying your day.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  27. I am not a sports person (save the derby) but who doesn't love bite-size lovelies like these... wonderful recipes full of great flavors... boy your kitchen must smell like heaven before a game.. how do you keep the audience from rushing the oven??!?!?!

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  28. GREAT choices Barbara. I wouldn't even know where to begin. I must get in Super Bowl mode, soon!

    Thanks for sharing...

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  29. Oh, I would definitely be devouring these and forget the game entirely! :)

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  30. I have a hard time making it through an entire game without other outlets but these would be a wonderful diversion :)

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  31. Delicious snacks! Perfect for the big game days!

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  32. Yum! My crowd would love those pizza puffs especially.

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  33. Amazing!

    I had forgotten about the cheese and sausage balls, they are yummy and easy!!

    Come and join in my Gorgeous Giveaway from Blydesign!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  34. Barbara these snacks look perfect for munching on, in front of the TV, whilst watching sports.
    We don't watch "superbowl" of course but I'm going to file the recipes away ready for when my sister and her family come over to Normandy in a couple of months time.
    I think my nephews, not to mention their Dad & Uncle, will inhale them too!

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  35. I think I'd love to attend a superbowl party if only for the food! :P

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  36. Oh Barbara fantastic recipes!!! I make sausage cheese balls as my grandmother always did when we were young and pepperoni wheels..but I love this pepperoni recipe and am going to make it!! My guys are going to happy with your great recipe...I can't wait until Sunday for the big game. I LOVE sports but football is not my favorite, however I love having the game on and a house full of friends and family with lots of food
    Thanks for the great recipes!!
    xx
    Bunny
    we had a snow and ice storm last night and my family will all be home today so I might give the pepperoni recipe a try today. I love being snowed in and baking all day with the fire going...its cozy
    Have a wonderful weekend.....I also love being on warm sunny beaches!!!

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  37. I love savory snacks. But, as an italian, I would rename those "pizza" puffs as pepperoni muffin puffs :)

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  38. Those pizza puffs sound amazing, I"ve been meaning to try them! I love how simple the sausage balls are, my kids could make them! Next appetizer party maybe! :-)

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  39. and here i sit eating my oatmeal. this is killing me lol

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  40. Mmmmm these sound so delicious Barbara!!!!

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  41. What perfect snacks for gane day. Thoise puffs are especially appealing. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  42. ouch! painfully hungry for these Pizza Puffs!!!I agree with one of teh other commenters on football parties. I cannot understand the sport but greatly appreciate the snacks :)

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  43. These are scrumptious little bites, perfect for a party!

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  44. Meat and cheese balls...oh sweet wounded wuffles.

    When is the superbowl?

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  45. Two great recipes Barbara. Think I'll make those pizza puffs for a get together. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. These would be addicting no matter what was on the tube. Seriously, just put a platter out and they'd be inhaled at my house. ;)

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  47. OMG Sausage balls... pepperoni! I am booking a flight now! Plus I could use a break from Chicago winter.

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  48. those sausage balls are pretty much my go-to nosh for any event, even if it's a celebration of being alive on a tuesday night. :)

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  49. I want to be at your house for the game if these are the snacks you are serving! I would love to sample those pizza puffs, they must have been delicious!
    Dennis

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  50. Great party ideas! I just love individual portion snack food especially with sausage and pepperoni!

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  51. Is it Super Bowl time already? I don't watch but cannot believe how time flies.

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  52. The best things about Super Bowl: commercials and the snacks. These would make great after school snacks, too!

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  53. Both of these nibbles sound good. My kids would love the pizza bites- and so would I!

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  54. These are two great bite-sized appetizers. The pizza puffs are so gourmet and fun. I see why your son inhaled them.

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  55. hi barbara
    tell me who are the two teams for hte sbowl final match? when and where is it ?
    pierre

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  56. What fun those pizza puffs are. They look so delectable and artistic and are quite easy to make. Bravo! I am definitely stealing this gem of a recipe. I have made the sausage balls for years and years. Men seem to go crazy over them... but, you must have a really good, and somewhat fatty sausage for them to be at the top of their game. They can be real duds, too, with the wrong sausage... but, I learned the hard way!
    Thanks for the inspiration, Barb!
    Valerie

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  57. These are perfect little gems for any spots game!!!! Looks delish Barbara!

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  58. Forget about superbowl...just pass the snacks..yum!

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  59. These are good anytime snacks Barbara! I especially like the pizza puffs!

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  60. Now I will have to try those pizza puffs. I have seen the recipe but have never make them. Yours look so good! Thanks for using my Sausage Balls. I am making a batch of them tonight to freeze. I love them.

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  61. the herbed polenta looks so dang good. My type of snacks for sure.

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  62. These are two great selections...especially since cheese figures promenently in both recipes ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  63. terrific snacks---Iove the pepperoni pizza puffs, and I about fell outta my chair seeing the sausage balls! I hadn't thought of them in a long time, and yes they are super-retro and Yes they are really really good!!

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  64. Im glad u chose to spend time with all the super snacks , they are better than the games :-)
    I agree, make plently coz these will be gone in less than a flash!
    Love and hugs for a wonderful day!

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  65. Im glad u chose to spend time with all the super snacks , they are better than the games :-)
    I agree, make plently coz these will be gone in less than a flash!
    Love and hugs for a wonderful day!

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  66. oh this is excellent...my steelers are in the super bowl...and we will be making some of these to celebrate!

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