Anyone can make chili, a dessert or dip. But not everyone ads booze to their cooking to add that extra special something appropriate for a day like Super Bowl Sunday. (Is it me or is it ridiculous I probably shouldn’t use that phrase) So the Happy Hour Vitamins test kitchen has a few boozy big game recipes or tweaks you can add to recipes you have to add that extra flavorful kick.
Beer Cheese Dip
You can never ever go wrong with cheese; you can even dip veggies in it for a sort of healthy snack.
2 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Flour
8 oz Beer, room temp
1 tsp Spicy or Brown Mustard
8 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, it will be much better with fresh grated cheese
Salt & Pepper
In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together butter and flour. Gradually add the beer, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Stir in the mustard and grated cheese. Season with salt & pepper, as needed. Garnish with paprika or scallions to add some extra color and flavor. Serve a variety of veggies, pretzels, crackers or breads to give your guest some options to try out.
You will need: Brats, Beer & Onion
Boil bratwurst links in a saucepan filled with beer and sliced onion. Cook fully, about 15-20 minutes. Remove brats from the pan and grill over medium-high heat about 5 minutes on each side. Serve in warm buns with mustard.
Spice up your Chili
Chili is a cookout staple. Everyone has their special recipes or techniques. We just want you to consider adding ginger ale, beer, red wine, whiskey or dark rum. And don’t forget about bacon, it can never hurt any dish. For the whiskey or rum you only need a few ounces to enhance the flavor, plus it is always good to brag that you have booze in your cooking.
Here is a boozy, bacon chili recipe we tried
1 lb bacon, crisped – 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat reserved
2 cups finely chopped onions
3/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
3-1/2 Tablespoons chili powder
1-1/2 Tablespoons ground cumin
1 Tablespoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
2 bay leaves
2 pounds ground beef
1 can (1 lb. 12 oz.) imported plum tomatoes, undrained
3/4 cup beer
1/3 cup dry red wine
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup dark rum or whiskey
2 cans (16 ounces each) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- In a large heavy pan or Dutch oven, crisp bacon. Remove bacon from pan and save for sprinkling on top of finished chili. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings from the pan. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of bacon fat until rippling. Add onions, saute until just softened, 2-3 minutes. Add green peppers and garlic; saute until peppers are just softened, 2-3 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, dry mustard, hot red pepper flakes, curry powder, rosemary, and bay leaves, stirring to combine. Add ground beef; saute, stirring to break up any lumps, until meat loses all traces of red, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, ginger ale, wine, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper; heat over medium heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, about 45 minutes.
- Add ketchup and rum to pan; continue to simmer about 15 minutes. Stir in beans; remove from heat. Let chili cool, then refrigerate for 2-3 days to blend flavors. Remove bay leaves before serving. Top with a dollop of sour cream and crisped and crumbled bacon. Makes 8-10 servings.
You have to have some desserts. This is an overnight recipe, the longer they marinate the better.
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
20 chocolate wafer cookies (about half a 9-ounce box)
1/2 cup (about 15) finely chopped pitted dried plums (a.k.a prunes)
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup bourbon or1/3 to 1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup colored decorating sugars or more finely ground wafer cookies, for garnish
Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on medium for 1 minute. Stir and repeat until the chocolate melts, about 3 minutes in all, depending on the power of your microwave. Alternatively, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl on the pan (without touching the water). Stir occasionally until melted and smooth.
Process the cookies in a food processor until finely ground. (You should have about 1 1/2 cups ground cookies.) Alternatively, put the cookies inside a heavy resealable plastic bag and crush by moving a rolling pin over the cookies.
Stir the cookie crumbs, dried plums, confectioners’ sugar, bourbon and condensed milk into the chocolate until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate the mixture until firm enough to roll into balls, about 45 minutes.
Scoop a tablespoon or so of the mixture at a time into a small ball with a cookie or small ice cream scoop and set onto a baking sheet or large plate. Roll each portion by hand into a smooth ball.
Store the booze balls in an airtight container at room temperature for a day to allow the flavors to come together. Store the balls in the refrigerator for a week or freeze for up to 1 month. Roll in decorating sugars or wafer crumbs and serve.
Basically just make a milk shake like you normally do. Just substitute booze for milk. Think Baileys, Rumchata, Eggnog liqueur, Pumpkin cream liqueur, Godiva liqueur or a combination of liqueurs. I typically serve these as shots for a tasty treat. A full glass can be a bit overwhelming.
Happy Hour Vitamins
As always make sure you have plenty of Happy Hour Vitamins at your party. It is estimated 4.4 million people will show up to work late on Monday after the super bowl. Another 1.5 million will not show up for work. On top of all those people think about how many people show up and get half as much done as the normally would. That totals up to a super amount of lost productivity.
We you are in luck, Happy Hour Vitamins is just what your Super Bowl Party needs. Take one pack of Happy Hour Vitamins when you start drinking and take another pack when the game ends. The special proprietary blend will prepare your body for the vitamin depletion and toxins from alcohol. Monday morning will work out just fine for you then.
Enjoy the Game & Never drink and drive