4 Coffee Appetizers for Super Bowl Sunday
The Super Bowl is the most important game of the season, and as a result, the food needs to be on point. When creating the perfect menu for the event, think finger foods, and be sure to offer your guests a variety of sweet and savory treats. Kick it up a notch by incorporating their favorite drink - coffee - into the appetizers. Everyone's energy is sure to be sustained throughout the game with these java-infused snacks.
1. Coffee Covered Nuts
Who needs beer nuts when you can have coffee nuts? Prepare this quick snack for all of the hungry viewers who need something to munch on to contain their nerves.
- 1 container of mixed nuts
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- 3 teaspoons espresso powder
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Heat up maple syrup either in the microwave or on top of the stove so it becomes a liquid, and mix in the espresso powder so it dissolves into the mixture. Pour the container of nuts onto the cookie sheet and brush the glaze over the nuts. Bake for 15 minutes, and periodically check on them and stir the nuts around. Allow them to cool for a while before placing them in the freezer so the glaze hardens. Break into pieces and place in a bowl for all to enjoy!
2. Sweet Bacon
Toss around some pig skin of your own with this easy bacon recipe. The end result is a sweet twist on a morning classic. Your guests will love snacking on it while watching the game!
- 1 pack of bacon
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups coffee grinds
Preheat oven to 300 degrees and lay bacon on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of coffee grinds over the raw bacon, and place in oven. Cook until sizzling, then take out and flip over each piece of bacon. Cover the fresh side with the remaining sugar and coffee, and place back in oven until crispy. Allow the meat to cool, and then individually roll up the pieces, sliding a toothpick through each one to allow for easy handling.
3. Espresso Dip
Chips and salsa are classic staples of a Super Bowl party, and espresso dip and tea cookies are their sweet distant relatives. Try this recipe for those with a sweet tooth.
- 1 batch brewed espresso
- 1 container whipped topping
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 plate of plain cookies and mixed fruit for dipping
Brew a batch of espresso using the Mr. Coffee® Pump Espresso Maker and let the drink cool down to room temperature. Mix together whipped topping, sugar and cocoa, and slowly pour as much of the espresso as desired. Store in the fridge and serve chilled with snacks for dipping.
4. Coffee Bean Dip
Football-loving foodies will appreciate the unique taste of this special bean dip that infuses a variety of spices and coffee. Serve it with a bowl of tortilla chips and plenty of water - it's a little on the hot side.
- 3 cups cooked black beans
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups brewed coffee
- 1 lime
In a food processor, combine beans, onion and pepper. Blend until they're chopped and mixed together. Pour into bowl and add olive oil, water and coffee, and squeeze the juice from the lime. Stir together until completely mixed, and serve in a large bowl with tortilla chips, celery, carrots and any other vegetable that you'd like to use for dipping.