What are some easy Super Bowl recipes that can be made ahead of time?

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Answered by: Lauren, An Expert in the Best Holiday and Party Recipes Category
The Super Bowl is an event in which the host should not be missing the game (or the commercials) because she is preparing and cooking food. Instead, make some or all of these easy Super Bowl recipes that can be made the day before or the morning of the big game. All of these recipes use less than five ingredients and some use the slow-cooker for super simple make-ahead dishes. Also, since no one wants to sit down to a four-course meal during a Super Bowl party, all of these easy Super Bowl recipes are perfect for grab and go eating.

For an easy appetizer using the slow-cooker, make sweet and spicy meatballs using a bag of pre-made frozen mini turkey or beef meatballs. Simply place the frozen meatballs in the slow-cooker and add in a jar of grape jelly and a 12-ounce bottle of any barbecue sauce. Cook the meatballs in the slow-cooker for four hours on high. The end result is mini meatballs coated in a sweet and spicy sauce.

Since the meatballs are prepared and cooked in the slow-cooker, during the party, leave the slow-cooker on the keep warm setting and have guests serve themselves by leaving toothpicks next to the slow-cooker.

Another easy appetizer for a Super Bowl party is mini crescent dogs made from pre-made crescent roll dough and mini hot dogs or sausages. Cut each crescent roll wedge into three pieces (the pieces do not have to be equal size) and roll each piece around a mini hot dog. Place the rolled up dogs onto a cookie sheet, making sure the tail end is on the bottom. Cook the hot dogs in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until the crescent rolls have puffed up and are slightly browned. Keep an eye on them because the bottoms can get dark fast.

Serve the mini hot dogs with a honey mustard sauce for dipping. To make ahead, prepare the mini hot dogs and leave them in the refrigerator until guests have arrived. Then, place them in the oven and serve them right after cooking.

No Super Bowl party is complete without a dip or two and dips are some of the easiest recipes to make ahead for a party. One dip that goes over well at a Super Bowl party is guacamole served with tortilla chips. Guacamole is easy enough to make at home by combining some chopped avocado, chopped onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. Add tomatoes or jalapenos for an extra flavor. If the guacamole is made ahead, make sure to put plastic wrap directly on the top of the dip to prevent browning.

A second easy make-ahead dip is spinach dip served with bread cubes and vegetables. Simply mix together sour cream, mayonnaise, vegetable dip mix, and cooked or fresh spinach. For an extra touch, buy a loaf of rye bread, cut out the middle and use it to serve the dip in. Then, cut up the middle of the bread for dippers. Spinach dip is the perfect make-ahead dip because it actually tastes better if given time to sit in the refrigerator.

For the most successful Super Bowl party, try out these easy recipes that can be prepared ahead of time so everyone, including the host, can enjoy themselves.

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