January 30, 2009

Super "Bowl" Snacks for the Big Game

Serve these tasty big-bowl snacks at your Superbowl party this weekend:


Peach and Berry Trifle Recipe
from Bon Appetite via Epicurious.com

Ingredients
  • 4 peaches, halved, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch pieces or thinly sliced
  • 2 1-pint baskets strawberries, halved or quartered (if large)
  • 2 1/2-pint baskets raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chilled whipping cream
  • 48 purchased sponge-cake-type ladyfingers
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Additional whole strawberries (optional)

Preparation

Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl and toss to blend; let stand 10 minutes. Beat chilled cream in another large bowl until stiff peaks form.

Arrange 16 ladyfingers in 10- to 12-cup glass bowl or trifle dish to cover bottom. Spread with 1/3 cup raspberry jam. Top with 2 cups fruit mixture, then 2 cups whipped cream. Repeat layering 2 more times with ladyfingers, raspberry jam, fruit mixture and cream. Garnish with whole strawberries, if desired.

Refrigerate trifle at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours before serving.


Easy Microwave Snack Mix
from SouthernLiving magazine via MyRecipes.com

Ingredients
  • 2 (1-oz.) envelopes Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups crisp oatmeal cereal squares
  • 3 cups corn-and-rice cereal
  • 3 cups crisp wheat cereal squares
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces

Preparation

1. Whisk together Ranch dressing mix and 1/2 cup vegetable oil in a large microwave-safe glass bowl. Stir in oatmeal cereal squares and next 3 ingredients.

2. Microwave mixture at HIGH 2 minutes, and stir well. Microwave at HIGH 2 more minutes, and stir well. Spread mixture in a single layer on wax paper, and let cool 30 minutes. Add cherries and candy pieces. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Quaker Essentials Oatmeal Squares for crisp oatmeal cereal squares, Crispix for corn-and-rice cereal, and Wheat Chex for wheat cereal squares.

Asian Party Mix
from Cooking Light magazine via MyRecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crispy corn cereal squares (such as Corn Chex)
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal squares (such as Rice Chex)
  • 2 cups sesame rice crackers, broken
  • 1 cup tiny fat-free pretzel twists
  • 3/4 cup wasabi peas
  • 1/4 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

Preheat oven to 200°.

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, tossing gently to coat. Spread the mixture onto a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 200° for 45 minutes. Cool completely before serving.