5 Must-Have Super Bowl Party Recipes

The first month of 2017 is already gone!!  We could talk about already forgotten resolutions or getting ready for Valentine’s day…. BUT it’s almost Super Bowl weekend, and that’s a great excuse for whipping up some of our game day faves!

Even if your team isn’t going to the big game (ours definitely isn’t this year…) it’s still a national holiday of sorts.  No matter what your game day plan, FOOD normally plays a big part in the football watching experience.  Hunter and Mama are here to help!  Here’s a little round up of some of our tried and true snacks, sure to be crowd favorites no matter where you’re watching the big game.

  1. Our super-delicious, fresh guacamole.

Chips and dip are football staples, and guac has to be one of our favorites in the dip category.  Bonus: if you’re still sticking to a clean eating resolution, this guacamole recipe will be a hit at the party AND something you can still eat! Full recipe HERE.

2. Speaking of dips… We’re still dreaming of the AMAZING bacon dip from our New Year’s Eve celebration, and this seems like the perfect excuse for some bacon-y goodness.

This is such a simple recipe, and a perfect game day treat.  Just trust us, you’re about to be the most popular person at the party. Click HERE for the recipe.

3. Get out your slow cooker for this next one… we’re making meatballs! Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs, to be exact.

This recipe has been my go-to party contribution for years, and it never disappoints.  Just make sure to make extra, they go really fast!  Full recipe HERE.

4. Next, a game day idea if you’re looking for a little more than just a snack… Our Gameday Pizza and Wings!

Classic combo, delicious results… just takes a bit more kitchen time than the others.  I’m recommending this idea if you’re hosting a small Super Bowl party yourself, or just staying home to tune in with the family.  Full recipe for wings and 2 kinds of pizza is HERE.

5. Finally, if you’re looking to be the MVP of whatever party you’re attending… I have 3 words for you: S’mores. Poke. Cake.

Seriously, just think about it… everybody brings an appetizer. A bag of chips, a grocery store cheese tray. But bringing something for dessert?  That’s above and beyond! And the best part is, this recipe is SO EASY! But it’s also SO GOOD that people will leave the party saying… The game was okay, but that cake!!! (Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but you get the idea!) Recipe HERE.

There you have it… all you need for game day glory! Make one idea, or all five… but I promise you won’t be disappointed!  Have a happy Super Bowl Sunday, I know we will!

Enjoy!

Love,

Hunter and Mama

Heavenly S’mores Poke Cake

Cale often makes fun of me for my sweet tooth, but I swear to you that I was just born this way! Must be my sweet personality!

In any case, it is definitely the reason for my love of baking.  I really enjoy creating decadent treats, especially for those I love.  This s’mores poke cake was originally made to celebrate my grandma’s birthday.  She happens to be a big fan of marshmallow, so every time I think of a dessert for her, I think of something marshmallow-y.  Hunter was under the weather on the day we were supposed to take our cake to the celebration, so we made a new one for the next family gathering… and boy, was it a hit!

I love poke cakes.  They are easy, relatively quick, and ultimately really impressive and over-the-top delicious.  If you’ve never made a poke cake, the concept is essentially to take something pretty good (a boxed cake mix) and turn it into something spectacular by doctoring it up a bit.

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For this one, we started with a chocolate cake. Follow the box directions to make a 9 x 13 cake. Once it’s completely cool, it’s time to poke your holes. I normally just use a fork to poke holes across the entire surface of the cake. However, because the marshmallow creme doesn’t sink in to the smaller holes as well, I followed up by poking some larger holes throughout with the handle end of a wooden spoon.  This allows the marshmallow goodness to really get into the cake.

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After the holes are poked, it’s time to start adding all the extras. First, I poured one can of sweetened condensed milk over the surface of the cake and spread it around until it was all soaked in.

Then, I got my marshmallow creme ready to go. I split my jar of marshmallow creme into two equal parts. Since we’re putting this in the microwave, warming it in 2 parts will keep it from overflowing and making a sticky mess all over your microwave! Put the first half of your marshmallow creme into a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 30 seconds, or until it’s a pourable consistency. Stir and spread this over half of your cake, making sure to get it into the larger poked holes. You’ll need to work quickly as the creme will get more difficult to spread as it cools. Repeat this process with the remaining marshmallow creme, making sure the entire cake gets smothered in marshmallow goodness!

Let the marshmallow fluff cool before adding the rest of the toppings. Otherwise, the whipped topping can melt and the final product just doesn’t look as pretty.

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Once cooled, cover the cake with one thawed container of whipped topping. You can absolutely make your own whipped cream if you prefer, I have before and it turned out great! But this is meant to be an easy recipe post, so we’re keeping it simple with the store bought stuff today!

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After the whipped topping, it’s time for our s’mores toppings! These include 3-4 crushed graham cracker squares, one cup of mini marshmallows, and one cup of milk chocolate chips.

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As you can see, this was Hunter’s favorite part… He stole his first ever marshmallow and kept trying to come back for more!

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Your cake is all ready to go! Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. In the highly unlikely event of leftovers, the cake will keep pretty well in the fridge for about 3 days.

Heavenly S’mores Poke Cake

1 Boxed Chocolate Cake Mix (prepared according to package directions)

1 Can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Container (7 oz) Marshmallow Creme

1 Container Whipped Topping

3-4 Graham Cracker Squares, Crushed

1 Cup Mini Marshmallows

1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips

Mix the boxed cake mix according to package directions and pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Follow box instructions for baking temperature and time.

Allow the cake to cool completely. Poke holes with a fork across the entire surface of the cake. Poke larger holes throughout by using the handle end of a wooden spoon.

Pour can of sweetened condensed milk over the cake, spreading to cover completely.

Heat half of the marshmallow creme in a microwave safe container for about 30 seconds. Stir and quickly spread over half of the cake. Repeat with the second half of the creme, making sure to cover the entire cake.

Allow the marshmallow creme to cool, then cover with the whipped topping.

Finally, sprinkle the crushed graham cracker, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Hope you enjoy!

Love,

Hunter and Mama