NEW YORK (MainStreet) – One of the best things about a Super Bowl party is the food.
“From the spinach dip to pizza bagels, game food can not be beat,” said Dana Marie Skrocki in a recent Voices of MainStreet post. “I love drinking beer and munching on wings.”
But all that food has to come from somewhere, and if you’ve been asked to bring some chow to the party, you have to walk a fine line between looking like you made no effort and putting in too much effort.
On the one hand, you don’t want to spend a lot of time and money slaving over a batch of chili and then have to deal with transporting a full slow cooker to your friend’s place, dragging the cord behind you.
On the other hand, if you walk in with a bag of chips and some store-bought salsa, you’ll be derided as cheap and lazy. The key is to find something that looks like it took a lot of effort, but was actually fairly easy – and cheap – to put together.
Here, then, are a few recipes that you can whip up in less than an hour and for less than $10.
This one doesn’t include any actual fudge, but it does feature my favorite salsa, Mrs. Renfro’s Green Salsa. Plus, it’s a whole lot easier (and cheaper) than a full-blown bean dip. From the Mrs. Renfro site:
• 1 lb. grated cheddar cheese
• 1/4 jar (4 oz.) Mrs. Renfro's Green Salsa
• 3 eggs, well beaten
Instructions: Spread half of the cheese on an 11 x 9 or 11 x 7 baking dish. Combine eggs and salsa and spread onto the cheese. Put the remaining cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Cut into 1" squares. Serve on tortilla chips.
Price: A jar of Mrs. Renfro’s retails for around $3.49, and cheddar starts at $5.99/lb. on FreshDirect. A dozen eggs will run you about $2.49 (unless you’re going organic and cage-free), so the egg portion of this recipe is around 60 cents.