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Game Day Hors d’oeuvres

by Chef Wards

Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, game night, or dinner with friends, hors d’oeuvres always steal the show. What your guests love is the opportunity to sample and pick as they please. They get to try a variety of small bites without committing to a full portion of any one thing. It’s like ordering five mini entrees off the menu instead of just one.

As the host, this is your chance to really showcase your cooking style. But it can be difficult to find great recipes. It may even seem simpler to go for a tub of dip or a frozen pizza. I hear you, but I can also help you. Check out these easy, elegant hors d’oeuvre recipes you can create without overwhelm – meaning more time for the game and less time in the kitchen!

Easy Super Bowl Hors d’oeuvres

Manchego Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon: Split open the dates and fill with cheese. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon and skewer individually to hold them together. Place dates on a baking sheet with space in between each so the bacon can crisp up. Bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes. Hint: Cook the bacon to the texture you would enjoy at breakfast.

Wedge of Brie w/ Cherry Preserves: Rest a wedge of brie on a cheese board or platter. Top with good-quality cherry preserves or serve cherries alongside the cheese in a ramekin. Enjoy with crostini. You can also warm the cheese and cherries on a greased baking sheet for about 10 minutes in a 350° F before serving.

Fancy Wonton Nachos w/ Pickled Onions: Fry wonton wrappers in hot oil for 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate, season with salt, and let cool. (Alternatively, replace wonton wrappers with tortilla chips.) Spread onto an oven-safe serving dish. Top with refried beans and Oaxaca or mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350° F just to melt the cheese. Add pickled onions and serve.
For homemade Pickled Onions: Thinly slice 1 sweet onion and transfer to a 1-pint deli container. Fill the container with enough red-wine vinegar to submerge the onions. Add ½-1 tsp. of sugar, if desired. Let sit overnight.

Super Bowl Party Packages

Want to serve great food without ALL the work that goes into it? The Austin Artisan is here to help! Party packages have been put together for your convenience, but as always, customization is available and encouraged. Contact us today to get your Super Bowl started right!

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