Super Bowl Party
We are ordering ribs and fried chicken as the main meals. I'm making buffalo wings, fried fish, and shrimp as appetizers.
Need help on dips for potato, corn, and tortilla chips. Oh nobody in the group likes the 7 layer dip.
Salsa and sour cream is a pretty standard dip. Anything to spice that up?
Never made salsa before either.
Instead of the wings, you could make Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip...pretty spicy and no bones & messy fingers for your guests...goes well with sturdy corn chip dippers OR celery sticks. I think I posted the recipe here a while ago before the "home cooking" board was offered. I'll repost if you'd like.
Here's my uncles hot dip recipe. I love it.
8 oz package cream cheese
1 cup mayo
garlic cloves to taste (2-3)
Tbls worstershire sauce
half dozen or so jalapenos
Blend the hell out of it.
If you like it real hot, either add more peppers or make it a day or 2 ahead of time. The longer it sits, the hotter it gets.
Here's a link to a classic tomato/serrano chili salsa from Rick Bayless. The riper the tomatoes you can find, the better the salsa will be. At this time of year you might even be better off substituting good canned tomatoes instead of the fresh, as that would be better than mealy tomatoes. The texture would be slightly different, but still good.
I always make a artichoke dip. Take a can of artichokes, about 1/2 cup of mayo and 1/2 cup of parmesean cheese (maybe closer to 3/4 cup of each)and mix in blender, making sure to leave some chunks of artichoke. Put in dish and bake at about 350F until slightly brown on top and bubbling. You can also add spinach (I use frozen to make it easier). It's delicious and everyone always loves it.
For potato and corn chips: onion dip. Mix sour cream w/ caramelized onions, S&P. In a pinch, sour cream w/ onion soup mix is surprisingly good.
For tortilla chips: guacamole, of course. My guac has avocadoes, little bit of finely-diced red onion, tiny bit of diced tomato (canned diced ok), minced garlic, cumin, cilantro, S&P, and fresh lime juice.
Not sure if you want brand suggestions for chips, but w/ these dips, I would go w/ Cape Cod potato chips, Trader Joe's corn chips and blue corn tortilla chips (salted).
If you want detailed recipes or more ideas for this type of entertaining, go to Barefoot Contessa's (Ina Garten) recipes on Food Network site.
re: Carb Lover
Since this is the Home Cooking board, I didn't need tips about brand names for chips or would it be the correct board. But Trader Joe's corn chips are awesome. When I go shopping for the party I will stock up with Trader Joes corn chips. But never been a fan of Cape Cod chips. I think Costco and the big bags of Ruffles will be fine.
Your guacamole recipe sounds boring. It's basically the same recipe I use minus the cumin. Anything that will spice up the dips.
Oh well, boring to you is classic to me. Many people don't eat fresh, homemade guac on a regular basis, so I find that they'll devour that more quickly than some sort of "creative" concoction.
When I cook or make a party spread, I always have color and presentation in mind and think that blue tortilla chips w/ green guac would look and taste great alongside your other fare. You may think otherwise...