Score Big and Kick it up a Notch

Hello my Foodie Friends!  Super Bowl Sunday is still a couple of weeks away. However, it is never too early to begin your party prep.  Over the years I have attended and hosted many Super Bowl house parties.  As I reflect on the number of Super Bowl’s I have watched, I have to admit there have been a lot that were over before half time. If the game is bad then the party better be great! The first Super Bowl party I hosted was with my best friend and roommate Fred in our first bachelor pad apartment. We invited at least 15 young ladies and informed all our male friends that we were going to have an epic party! Fred and I made a Super Bowl Feast fit for 100 with the little wieners wrapped in a blanket, pulled pork, Ziti just to name a few and we used lots of spices and rubs to kick it up! As the guests started to arrive we noticed that there were no males walking in only females!  The party was going well with all our great food and rocking music playing over he turned down TV. As I looked across the room at Fred we both smiled a knowing smile that our male friends thought our party would be lame! Now we had to entertain 15 young ladies who stayed for the whole game and after.  Who played in the game?  I don’t remember! I love all the hype that accompanies this annual event.  We now have time-honored tradition of commercials featuring croaking frogs slinging beer, singing cowboys slinging beer, battling beer bottles slinging beer and little kids magically starting a car by using the “force”. I won't even mention half time wardrobe malfunctions, lip-syncing superstars and reunions of some great '70's rock bands.

To make your Super Bowl Sunday feasting easy and super, try these cheesy, lightly spicy, crunchy morsels. 

 Cheesy Corn Pudding Bites


·                8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

·                1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese

·                1 large egg

·                1/2 cup frozen corn kernels

·                48 scoop - shaped tortilla chip - I use Tostitos Scoops

·                Chopped chives or cilantro, for sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 350°. 

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, egg and corn.

Fill tortilla cups and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden and bubbly. 

Garnish with cilantro and/or chives. Serve warm from the oven.

You can prep at least one baking sheet ahead so you can pop them in the oven when it's time for a refill. These fly off the platter and when served at parties, they are, by far, the most popular appetizer. 

This recipe doubles and triples easily, just buy plenty of Tostitos and be aware that there will be broken scoops in each bag. The cheese mixture can be made ahead, but because it contains raw egg, I do not recommend making more the night before you plan to serve.

Good Luck with your parties and oh to this day our male friends still do not believe anyone came to our party!

Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen!”

Take Care, 
The Saratoga Chef