Looking for some high-class snacks to round out your Super Bowl party menu? Here are 10 recipes your guests will adore.
- Spicy almonds. Caramelize almonds in sugar, then add a little heat with cumin and cayenne, and you’ve got a perfectly addictive party snack. Recipe: Spicy almonds
- Spinach balls. These tasty morsels make a great finger food for game day. Bake the balls in advance, freeze them, then put them (frozen) into the oven on game day. Recipe: Spinach balls
- Baked goat cheese dip. In this ultra-sophisticated warm dip, creamy goat cheese gets topped with sweet caramelized onions and dried figs soaked in sherry. Recipe: Baked goat cheese dip with caramelized onions and figs
- Jarlsberg bacon puffs. They look like mini muffins, but they taste more like gougeres (French cheese puffs). Be prepared to make multiple batches – these disappear quickly. Recipe: Jarlsberg bacon puffs
- Garlic knots. Little bready twists bathed in butter, olive oil and fresh chopped garlic. ‘Nuff said. Recipe: Garlic knots
- Steak sandwiches with truffle butter. Slices of baguette topped with truffle butter and thinly sliced filet mignon. A little luxury goes a long way. Recipe: Steak sandwiches with truffle butter
- White bean dip with pesto. Serve this bright green dip with cut-up vegetables as an alternative to hummus. It’s packed with flavor and pretty healthy, too. Recipe: White bean dip with pesto
- Classic guacamole. Never mind that this recipe was created by an eight-year-old. It’s one of the purest, simplest, most classic version of guacamole you’ll find. You’ll never go back to the loaded versions. Recipe: Classic guacamole
- Bacon and cheese quesadillas. Make a stack (you can bake them in the oven for big crowds), cut them into triangles, and serve with the guacamole above. Recipe: Bacon and cheese quesadillas
- Smoked salmon toasts. Nothing says elegance like smoked salmon, especially when it’s laid over herbed goat cheese and topped with threads of lemon zest. Recipe: Smoked salmon toasts with herbed goat cheese
Don’t want to cook? Put together a big antipasto plate with Italian cured and smoked meats, wedges or slices of good cheese, an array of olives, roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and some good crusty bread. One great source: Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica (1517 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica 90401, 310-395-8279). Call in your order in advance and they’ll have it waiting when you get there – a great idea, because their deli counter is usually more backed up than the 405 freeway.