Nosh: Goodies for Sunday’s Super Bowl

Hosting a Super Bowl party on Sunday? Relax, there’s no need to go all gourmet in order to throw a super party. Save time and money with these quick and easy ideas.

That’s cheesy. It’s tough to go wrong with cream cheese. For a creamy snack minus the stirring, place a brick of light cream cheese on a plate, top with a bottle of berry sauce and serve with crackers. Or top with fresh salsa and serve with tortilla chips.

Bowl ‘em over. Hollow out sourdough rolls (or any rolls with a hard crust) to use as edible bowls and have guests serve themselves from crockpots filled with chili and clam chowder. You can also use these bowls to hold toppings, like oyster crackers, scallions, cheese and light sour cream (or plain yogurt). Use the leftover bread for dipping.

Hot diggity dog. Make hot dogs the main event at your Super Bowl party. For a unique flavor, boil them in beer and set up a condiment bar with favorite toppings. Cut calories and fat with turkey dogs or chicken sausages.

Eat your veggies. Fill celery ribs, hollowed cherry tomatoes, mushrooms or large pasta shells with tuna or chicken salad.

One potato, two. Make potatoes a finger food without the deep fryer. Steam a bag of baby red potatoes. Once cool, cut in half and scoop out centers, leaving 1/4 inch of potato in the skin. Fill the potato “boats” with nonfat sour cream, salsa, chicken or ground beef, broccoli and bacon bits.

S’mores, please. Make the kids happy—combine 3 cups air-popped popcorn, 1 cup Golden Grahams, 1 cup mini marshmallows, 1/2 cup M&Ms and 1/2 cup raisins for an easy, inexpensive snack mix.

One more quick tip—make ice ahead of time to avoid a last-minute trip. Also, ask guests to bring their favorite drinks while you supply iced tea and water. It’ll save you both time and money.