Seems like we just finish the holidays and are settling in with our New Year's resolutions, then along comes Super Bowl Sunday. A day filled with parties, get-togethers, food and beverages. Not everyone is a football fan or a fan of one of the two teams playing, so many prefer to watch only the commercials or spend their time around the kitchen island sampling the food.
It seems in years past that Super Bowl Sunday’s menu was layered with chips, dips and fried foods. Today’s Super Bowl parties seem to take on a different slant. Everything from grilled pork belly sliders to sriracha hummus is now on the menu during the big game. At Bellisari’s we want you to be able to “watch the commercials” and enjoy yourself by not having to spend the entire party in the kitchen. To help with that, we created products and the recipes to go with them so you can feel good about your menu. Here are a few of our party-friendly “Gourmet Convenience” ideas that are sure to please the masses.
BLUE CHEESE, HONEY AND SHALLOT BURGER FLATBREAD
1 ready-made flatbread
½ jar of Bellisari’s Blue Cheese, Honey and Shallot Spread
½ lb. ground beef, cooked through
4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
½ onion, caramelized
8 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
4 Tbsp. butter, divided for caramelizing mushrooms and onions
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook the ground beef (drain and then set aside), then cook the bacon (drain, set aside and chop), caramelize onion in 2 tbsp. butter (then set aside), and then caramelize mushrooms with remaining 2 tbsp. butter.
Spread the ½ jar of Bellisari’s Blue Cheese, Honey and Shallot Spread on the flatbread then top with ground beef, bacon, mushrooms, and onions. Top with mozzarella cheese.
Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Remove and let rest about 3-4 minutes before slicing.
BARISTA CHICKEN DIP
3 cups diced cooked rotisserie chicken
2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 jar Bellisari's Barista Sauce
¾ cup shredded pepper jack cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Combine chicken, cream cheese, 1 cup of Bellisari's Barista Sauce and ½ cup of the shredded pepper jack cheese in a large bowl. Transfer chicken mixture into a 9-inch round baking dish and sprinkle with ¼ cup of pepper jack cheese.
Bake until lightly browned, 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.
CHICKEN ARTICHOKE BACON BITES
1 ¼ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in 1" cubes
1 lb. bacon
1 jar Bellisari’s Barista Sauce
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut bacon slices and artichokes into halves. Wrap each chicken cube and artichoke with bacon and secure with a wooden pick. Brush with Bellisari’s Barista Sauce. Coat pan with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Serve with more sauce. Enjoy!