Big Game Grub: 4 Easy Recipes for Super Bowl Party Appetizers

It’s been a long season with many surprises and great moments. Here in Colorado, we said goodbye to Tim Tebow and welcomed Peyton Manning to the Denver Broncos, and boy did he impress in his first season, taking us all the way to the playoffs and making us dream of the Super Bowl! Too bad those pesky Baltimore Ravens just had to get in the way.

Anyway, Super Bowl XLVII is just 4 days away, and if you’re throwing a party and inviting friends over, that means it’s time to start planning ideas for appetizers and snacks for Game Day. Just like last year, you can always count on us to share recipes recipes for the Big Game that are full of flavor and easy to make. Whether you go with finger food, tacos, a casserole or good ol’ mashed taters, these 4 recipes are sure to score a touchdown with your guests. Enjoy!

Potato Dippers with Sauces

Grilled Potato Dippers with a Trio of Sauces

These ain’t any regular old potato wedges. What truly makes these special are three dipping sauces packed with so much flavor, taking just one bite is like being sacked with deliciousness. All three sauces: red pepper basil, caramelized onion and chive, and avocado cilantro use fat-free Greek yogurt and can be chilled in the fridge for up to 24 hours before the game.

Potato Tacos

Chili Lime Potato Tacos

These chili lime potato tacos will be a big hit with all of your guests! You can make them with chicken and salsa verde, turkey and red chili, keep them vegetarian with soy chorizo and veggies, or even make them gluten free! The chili and lime flavors taste truly authentic and with all four recipes at less than 250 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving, you won’t blitz your guests with calories.

Beef and Potato Tamale Casserole

Beef and Potato Tamale Casserole

This is a fun Mexican-style recipe that’s easy to make and a proven crowd pleaser. It’s also a time-saver, since you can make it in your microwave. Along with tomatoes, potatoes, beef and cheese, you can use corn tortillas or flavored corn chips. Best of all, just like with a taco, you can add your favorite toppings like hot sauce, guacamole, sour cream or plain yogurt, green onion or salsa.

Chipotle Mashed Potatoes

Chipotle Mashed Potatoes

You’ve never seen mashed potatoes quite like these. With so many flavors including monterey jack cheese, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and fresh cilantro, you’ll never look at mashed potatoes the same way after taking your first bite. For guests that have love mashed potatoes but think they’ve seen it all, this will be a welcome spicy surprise.
Are you making other potato appetizers and snacks for the Big Game? Let us know in the comments!


Tailgating with Potatoes: Fall Football Party Snacks


Whether your team is pro, college or the local high school, if you’re a serious football fan and you’re going to the big game, you’ll probably spend a few pre- and post-game hours whooping it up in the parking lot. Yup. We’re talking tailgate parties.

Each year, between 20 and 50 million Americans pull up a lawn chair and join the fun. And that number is on the rise. But perhaps even more surprising: we recently learned that 30% of these serious fans never even take a seat in the stadium. They’re there for the camaraderie. And, of course, the amazing cooking. We know we never leave hungry.

As a salute to tailgaters everywhere, here are three great potato recipes to work into your rotation. Whether you’re a total rookie or the local all-star in the fender fare game, there’s something here for you, and many more great ideas in the recipe section of our website. Go Team!

Baked Potato Bar

If you plan to grill, smoke or otherwise prepare your main dish right outside the stadium, serving a make-ahead side dish can help ensure you actually have time to enjoy the party, too. A baked potato bar is great idea that puts the prep work ahead of game day.

Pre-game prep: plan out your toppings. Chili with sour cream, green onions, hot sauce, tomatoes, cheese. Go more upscale with caviar and crème fraiche (try that with new potatoes!). Or cheese, broccoli and bacon.  The idea is to let your guests customize their spud.

On the day of, either make a batch of PotatOHs right in the microwave and store them, wrapped in foil, in a small cooler (obviously, not with ice!).  Or, if you’re going to be grilling anyway, you can put foil wrapped potatoes over the coals, where they take about 30-45 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Another great pre-prep idea, buffalo chicken potato skins are a perfect blend of two game food favorites. Make this dish the day before, and put you potatoes into a disposable foil pan. Then, you can cook them before the game and pack them to go. Or, better yet, cook them on the grill in the pan. Bring extra buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing and celery sticks.

Cookout Potatoes

This recipe for grill top au gratins is also a prepare the day before, cook when you get there idea. This would be great with Italian sausage, flank steak or ham. It also transports very easily and you don’t have to worry about the ingredients spoiling in the car if there’s more game-day traffic than you imagined.

Touchdown! Potato Recipes for the Big Game

Having friends and family over for the big game on Sunday and need some ideas for appetizers and snacks? We’ve got you covered. These delicious potato recipes are full of flavor and will keep your guests happy without blitzing them with calories. Put these in the game and go for the big win!

Cheesy Potato Skins

We often take the ultra-low-fat potato and fry it into nutritional oblivion, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A low-fat makeover of everyone’s favorite football party spud snack, these cheesy potato skins keep things light and are full of flavor, thanks to healthy portions of paprika and parmessan cheese. Add some cayenne pepper and these skins will pack a little kick that sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Great as an appetizer or side.

Baked Potato Nachos

With black beans, green chiles tomatoes, olives, onions and shredded cheese, these colorful and delicious spud-infused nachos pack a lot of flavor without the extra calories. Eat them just like that, or add salsa, guacamole and sour cream for extra flavor. Either way, you can’t go wrong! Just be careful when you put them out — your guests might rush before you’re ready and you’ll have to give offenders a 5-yard penalty.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

This twist on buffalo chicken wings lets you get your spicy on without the extra fat and calories. Start with potatoes and replace the fried wings with shredded chicken breast. Top them off with fresh tomatoes and onions. Filled with protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, B6, folate, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium, and a good source of thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, and copper.

Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes

Cook Express Bake PotatOHs in the microwave and top them off with sharp cheddar and broccoli for a quick and easy crowd-pleasing favorite. Add a bit of salt for extra taste, and some cayenne pepper for a little kick. Serve them up with a mixed green salad with chive dressing and make it a meal!