The Big Game is only days away, and I’m putting together my favorite finger foods to serve at my party. These are easy, crowd-pleasing party foods that will have everybody cheering and screaming for more. Here’s what I’m serving: Pigs in a Pretzel Blanket, Super Roast Beef Sliders, Mini Pizza Appetizers, Frosted Brownie Bites, and Baked Cake Donuts. Try one, two, or all of them for your party!
Pigs in Pretzel Blankets
adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
24 Lil Smoky weiners
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1 cup (8 ounces) very warm water
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoons baking soda
3 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer add the yeast, sugar, and warm water together and allow to sit for five minutes. Add in the salt and flour and knead until you have a soft, smooth dough that is slightly sticky to the touch. Knead the dough, by hand or machine, for an additional 5 minutes. The goal is to get a really soft dough that isn’t overly sticky. Lightly flour the dough and place it in a plastic bag. Close the bag, leaving room for the dough to expand to double the size, and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 500°F. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and divide it into 24 equal pieces. Allow the pieces to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes. While the dough is resting, combine the 1/2 cup warm water and the baking soda, and place it in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Make sure the baking soda is thoroughly dissolved.
Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope (about six inches long), and wrap it around one of the hot dog weiners, pinching the ends into themselves to hold firm. Next, immerse each one in the baking soda wash (this will give the pretzels a nice, golden-brown color), and place them on the baking sheets. Sprinkle them lightly with coarse, kosher, or pretzel salt. Allow them to rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until they’re golden brown. Remove from the oven, and brush them thoroughly with the melted butter. Serve with ketchup and mustard.
Super Roast Beef Sliders
adapted from No Biggie
24 dinner rolls
Deli-sliced roast beef
24 slices sharp cheddar or swiss cheese
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
Slice dinner rolls and stuff with slices of roast beef and cheese. Place snugly in a baking dish. (I use two 9 x 13 baking dishes.) Melt butter, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, pepper, mustard, and seeds in a microwave-safe dish. Stir and then drizzle or brush evenly over all the rolls. Cover dishes with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Serve with horseradish sauce.
My Mini Pizza Appetizers are so fun and simple to make. You could even have guests create their own.
Party guests will love these Frosted Brownie Bites. They are perfect party fare!
My Baked Cake Donut recipe is the long standing favorite on this blog. Probably because these are absolutely delicious, and completely perfect for your party.
If you don’t have time in the kitchen, no need to worry. There’s plenty of great party fare available to order online. Check out my favorite Big Cookie Cake (frosted with your team’s colors) and the best party-ready basket, filled with cookies and brownies.