To be honest, I don't care much for the Super Bowl. I just don't get pro football. Come on, I went to (the real) Carolina. I'd rather watch the NCAA basketball tournament (and have the same outcome as in 2005 and 2009...). But I can get behind any sporting event that calls for food and/or entertaining.
We only had a couple of friends over, but that's more than enough to make this wifey-to-be happy. I just love an excuse to set up a spread for a group of people - pretty sure "food" is my love language. I like to cook for my family and friends.
So we had:
Ruffles and French onion dip
Hummus with carrots and red, orange and yellow peppers
A nacho bar, with chips, queso, pintos, black beans, taco meat, olives, scallions, jalapenos, etc.
And my piece de resistance, chicken and waffles.
Thank you, Pinterest. Quartered Eggos and sliced crispy chicken tenders....add a little honey or Thai sweet chili sauce, and you're in business. B ate one while waiting on our guests to arrive, and it was all I could do to keep him from eating all the rest before they even got here. I did succeed, and once they got here they quickly echoed what he said: they were goooooood.
And our guests brought crack-like dip with sliced apples, and "slutty brownies." For the uninitiated, those involve a layer of cookie dough, an Oreo, then a layer of brownie batter, then baked. Holy sugar coma, Batman...can we talk about how good these were? We have the best friends ever (although the "slutty" part would probably have been more appropriate had Beyonce been doing the Super Bowl halftime show this year instead of Bruno Mars). ANYway. I had my first wedding dress fitting on Saturday...so much for not gaining or losing any weight until my second fitting (and, you know, the actual wedding!). Eek!
So the brownies definitely won the "Super Bowl Food Award," but the chicken and waffles came in a good, strong second. And for the main course/savory part, they definitely were first.
Sorry to be giving you the recipe AFTER the Super Bowl, but you know it'll be March Madness soon. Then, in addition to my chicken and waffles, I can drag out all my UNC serving platters and bowls. WIN.
Easy chicken and waffles
Eggo homestyle waffles (or Eggo minis if you can find them - we couldn't)
Frozen breaded chicken nuggets or breasts (we used the breasts and just cut them up)
Honey, syrup, or other dipping sauce
Bake chicken. Toast waffles. Layer.
Put on sauce.