Art & Life

Super Bowl parties await this weekend

The Super Bowl is just a few days away, will you root for the Los Angeles Rams? Or will you root for the Cincinnati Bengals? Let’s be real, most of us are only at the football watch party because we want to hang out with our friends who like football and have some unhealthy food.

For many, Monday will be hard. Maybe their team lost and they ate too much. Maybe the day before the game was stressful because they didn’t know what to make for snacks. So, here are a few suggestions.

Bacon Candy

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 14 ounce package Lit’l Smokies
  • 1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start with a 1 pound package of bacon. I like using a thinner cut bacon, because it’s easier to wrap.

Slice each strip of bacon into three pieces. You can easily stack several pieces and use a knife or scissors to slice them up.

Wrap each piece of bacon around a single smoky and secure with a toothpick. Place on a foil lined baking sheet, and repeat until the entire package of Lit’l Smokies is wrapped.

Smother the bacon wrapped smokies with brown sugar.

Bake until the bacon is cooked and crispy, about 30-45 minutes

French Dip Sliders

  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs, plus 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper 12 slider buns, halved
  • 1 lb. thinly sliced deli roast beef
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add onion and thyme sprigs and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 15 minutes. Discard thyme.

Place bottom halves of slider buns on a large baking sheet and top with roast beef, provolone cheese, caramelized onions and slider bun tops.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter and brush on top of buns.

Sprinkle with garlic powder, coarse salt, and parsley and bake until cheese is melty and sliders are warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make Au jus: Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter to same skillet and melt over medium heat.

Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute, then add beef broth, Worcestershire and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Simmer until slightly reduced, 10 minutes.

Serve sliders with Au jus for dipping.

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