4) Traditional doesn't mean boring and simple doesn't mean bland. Sabina's Chicken Wing dip is easy and quick but is also creative and guests will notice the effort. Some of the best recipes are the ones that take ten minutes to make. One year, I spent over two hours on a spinach dip. I made the pita chip recipe that I used here as an afterthought to go along. People ate up the pita chips with a can of French onion dip from the store. Think tasty, not fancy.
5) Have fun with it. The fun thing this year is that both teams are red, white and blue. These means that if your ambitious, all your decorations and snacks can be applicable for both fans. You would be surprised (or maybe not) that if it was the Packers instead of the Giants, the Patriots fans wouldn't eat anything green and the Green Bay fans would stay away from your American flag-themed fruit platter.
Chicken Wing Dip
Submitted by: Sabina Kendall, Kitchen Manager, Morris's Grill, Skaneateles
One 12 oz. Package softened cream cheese
2 cups diced chicken breast
Frank's Red Hot sauce to taste
1 small bottle chunky blue cheese dressing
1 large package shredded Monterey jack/cheddar cheese mix
1 large bag tortilla chips (recommended: Doritos Scoops)
1 disposable pie plate
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
First, spread the softened cream cheese in the pie plate until even. Cook chicken breast and allow to cool then dice into really small pieces. After the chicken has cooled, mix with Frank's Red Hot until all chicken pieces are moistened. Put this mixture on top of the cream cheese. For the third layer, dump a small bottle (12 oz.) of chunky blue cheese dressing on the chicken. Cover the whole thing with the shredded cheese. Put in the oven until all the cheese is bubbly (approx. 45 minutes).