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Share your favorite frugal football food!

Posted January 29, 2013


I am doing a noon news segment on Super Bowl Snacks On a Budget on Thursday and wondered what frugal football-watching foods you like to make!

Please share and your snack idea may even end up on the air.

One of my favorites party foods is Spicy Chicken Dip.  I am actually bringing it to the Super Bowl party we will be at on Sunday.  I'll post the recipe as soon as I find it.



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  • Oxymoron02 Jan 31, 2013

    I hate waste (and when it comes to junk food, if it doesn't get consumed the day of, chances are it'll go stale and get tossed before we get to finish it), but running out of munchies is so NOT cool, so I like making my own tortilla chips. I buy the raw tortillas (not yet graduated to making those myself yet) and deep fry them as needed. Raw tortillas freeze beautifully, so if they don't get eaten, they still don't go to waste AND there's hot and fresh chips coming all day. They're really inexpensive to make. Topped with some of the cheap shredded cheese from FL last week, some free salsa, with Wholly Guac and sour cream on the side, and we've got nachos.

    Since I'll already have the fry oil hot, I'll probably deep fry a couple of things. My daughter has the most awesome recipe for deep fried pickle chips (pickles were free after coupon a few months back). Homemade chicken strips, cut from chicken breast at home, are cheap and easy.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 30, 2013

    Thanks again to everyone for your suggestions!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 30, 2013

    acwatson, here's how I make the roll-ups:

    Take a flour tortilla (larger buritto size) and spread a layer of cream cheese on it (I use light chive and onion or light plain cream cheese). Make sure you spread the cream cheese all the way out to the ends so it stays together once it is rolled up.

    Then use about a spoonful of chopped black olives and spread around tortilla. I sometimes also use chopped canned mushrooms or chopped canned green chilis (not spicy).

    Then roll up the tortilla tightly to make a tube. Then cut 1/2 slices off the tube (like you would with the tubes of cookie dough). Stack in a container and refrigerate for an hour or so to firm up. Serve with a side of salsa for dipping. So tasty! My kids love them (without the green chilis). I usually use about 6 to 8 tortillas and 1 to 1.5 containers of 8 oz cream cheese when I am making these for a party.

    Here's the basic recipe and photo:


  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Jan 30, 2013

    Of course just make a pot of chili and give my husband a bag of fritos and he's happy

    Too funny!!! Mine will be getting the Cheez-its (and beer)!

    I see someone else has turkey in mind! Love your ideas! I had thought about a turkey salad similar to what you described. I plan on using the leftovers for fajitas, stir fry, Jamaican j erk 'sloppy joes' (for lack of a better word)!

  • newsnut Jan 30, 2013

    Onion meatballs these can be made in the crock pot
    Fill crock pot with the following:
    a bag of frozen cooked meatballs 3 lb bag works well
    1 envelope of lipton dry onion soup mix
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 jar beef gravy (10oz)
    3 Tbsp. water you can add some pepper if desired cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours

    Of course just make a pot of chili and give my husband a bag of fritos and he's happy

  • scoutmomof2 Jan 30, 2013

    Almost forgot, chocolate covered strawberries (white and milk chocolate) and apple slices with the Marzetti caramel dip. The kids love both!

  • acwatson1982 Jan 30, 2013

    Can I get a detailed recipe of the mexican rollups. It sounds delicious.

  • cathy5445 Jan 30, 2013

    Our favorite is 'pigs in a blanket'...1 pkg of lit'l smokies...#1.99 last Sat. w/.55 coupon & 2 cns of crescent rolls(I use 1 can...on sale w/coupon). Roll out & slice crescent dough & wrap each smokie . Bake as directed. Serve w/free spicy mustard. So quick, easy & cheap!

  • Gator Girll Jan 30, 2013

    Our favorite frugal snack is the cheese dip with velveeta cheese mixed with a jar of salsa and melted in the microwave. Can't get much easier or less expensive.

  • newsnut Jan 30, 2013

    I've been thinking of some simple dishes to make with this turkey here are a few of my ideas: shredded turkey enchiladas/tacos, stuffed baked potatoes with turkey and broccoli, baked turkey casserole with veggies, and turkey salad (made like chicken salad) use turkey, dried cranberries, celery, green onions, and pecans to add a twist flavor