By Lorie Ham
The 2022 Super Bowl is almost here. It will be taking place on February 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, and will be televised on NBC and available to stream live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App. Super Bowl LVI will be the 56th Super Bowl and the 52nd modern-era National Football League championship.
For many, this is one of the biggest events of the year, and part of the fun is the food, whether it is the food they purchase at the stadium or what they make at home. Some of the traditional foods are nachos, hotdogs, chicken wings, BBQ ribs, and chips and dip. On the Today Show website, you can find a list of 50 traditional Super Bowl foods, along with links to recipes!
In case you are looking for something new to try this year, we reached out to some of our favorite mystery writers who write what are called “food cozies” to see what they are fixing for their Super Bowl parties this year, and they graciously provided some fun recipes for you to try!
Author Ellie Alexander makes a Super Bowl Bundt Cake. You can find even more recipes by this author in her Bakeshop Mystery Series.
Super Bowl Bundt Cake
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp. honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
2 cups yellow cornmeal
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter. Add to mixing bowl with eggs, buttermilk, sugar, and honey. Whisk together until smooth, then add in dry ingredients—salt, baking powder, flour, and cornmeal. Mix until a thick batter forms. Pour batter into a well-greased bundt pan. Bake for 34-40 minutes or until bundt is golden brown. Remove from oven. Allow bundt to rest for 5-10 minutes, then invert onto a plate. Serve with your favorite dip in the center.
Mystery author Ellen Byron has a recipe in her book Fatal Cajun Festival, her fifth Cajun Country Mystery that is another perfect snack for your Super Bowl watching.
“When I worked as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart, I learned that red potatoes can be used as the basis for great appetizers,” shares Ellen. “All you need to do is cut them in half, slice a thin slice from the bottom of each half so it sits flat on a tray, scoop a hole from the inside of the potato, and fill it with the filling of your choice.
“This method inspired me to create a recipe called Crawtatoes. Since crawfish are seasonal, you can easily substitute shrimp for this recipe and make Shrimp-tatoes instead. Or fill those potatoes with the dip of your choice. They’re filling and tasty!”
8 cooked small red potatoes, cut in half and trimmed on the bottom so they sit flat
2 cups cooked, chopped shrimp
½ cup light mayonnaise
2 tbsp. Creole or stone-ground mustard
1 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning
1 minced garlic clove
¼ cup sweet relish
In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, mustard, seasoning, garlic, and relish together. Add the crawfish or shrimp and stir well to combine. Gently spoon out a hole in each potato so each one becomes a small bowl. Fill the holes with a small spoonful of the seafood mixture. Top with a dab of sweet relish. Serve immediately.
Mystery author Kim Davis writes the Cupcake Catering Mystery Series and has a recipe for Herbed Artichoke White Bean Dip that is perfect for that big bag of chips you will devour during the game. She also shares many other recipes on KimDavisAuthor.com.
Herbed Artichoke White Bean Dip
1 (15-ounce) can artichokes, water-packed
1 (15-ounce) can white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 clove fresh minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
Fresh parsley for garnish
Drain the artichokes, then coarsely chop and place in a food processor. Add the white beans, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, thyme, oregano, and basil to the food processor and process until smooth. Season with freshly ground white pepper and salt if desired.
Place dip in a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, if desired drizzle extra olive oil over the surface and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve with pita chips and crudités.
What will you be snacking on this year for your Super Bowl party? Feel free to share your favorite snacks with us on our Facebook Page and let us know if you try any of these and how they turned out! Happy Super Bowl eating!