Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Combine in a small saucepan:
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, seeds reserved
For whatever reason, Super Bowl is when most of us get reaquainted with the fine art of multi-hour, free-form snacking. Chili, wings, dips, canapes, crudites, sandwiches, nuts... anything is welcome on the communal coffee table so long as it agrees with beer and requires minimal attention to consume. I suppose the strong flavors we crave is our way of compensating for this high level of distraction, a way for each bite to register amidst the anticipation, the cheering, the booing.
We are happy to lavish attention on perhaps the least-used type of recipe for home cooks: party-friendly appetizers that pack bold flavors. Here are some of our tongue-slappingly delicious favorites (click on an image for the recipe):
Looking for something a little classier?
Perhaps you're convinced that no one will be satiated by snacks? Some heartier crowd-friendly fare might be in order:
This spicy and flavorful substiute for Buffalo Chicken will warm you up (grill not required).
Loaded with flavor, packed with seasonal vegetables, finger-friendly, crowd-friendly, hearty, and healthy? Why not.