I can't contribute team spirit, or excitment about the big game. I can't contribute football knowledge, or intelligently discuss what's happening on the screen in front of me. Actually, I have to force myself to stay awake because I don't like football. (I know it's a cardinal sin to confess this since I'm a born and bred Central Ohioan, but I'll take my chances ; ) )
What I can contribute is Superbowl worthy food. I do love to cook.
For this evening's main event, I'm bringing Buffalo Chicken Dip (always a favorite), Black Bean and Corn Salsa (delicious and healthy), and these little cuties:
Whoopie Pies (shaped like footballs)
I think they turned out pretty cute and hopefully they put people in the game day spirit :)
1 box devil's food chocolate cake
1 small box instant chocolate pudding
1. Prepare cake mix according to box instructions, except use only 3/4 cup of water instead of what the box suggests.
2. Mix on medium speed for about 2 mins until everything is well combined.
3. Add in instant pudding and mix to combine.
4. Drop small mounds onto a silicone lined baking sheet (I used a cookie scoop)
*5. Before I put these in the oven, I used the back of a wet spoon to try to shape the balls into more of an oval to look like footballs.
6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool and decorate and fill as you like. (Note: traditional whoopie pies are fillied with a marshmallow-y filling, which Mark complained about, so I ended up filling them with a traditional vanilla frosting, and using some of the icing to pipe out on the tops to draw laces)
8. I like my whoopie pies chilled, so after they are filled, pop them into the fridge for a bit to chill down.
*adapted from AllRecipes.com