5 Cincinnati-Themed Snack Ideas for Celebrating the Super Bowl at Home

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Photo: skylinechili.com
Skyline Chili dip

While we won’t see any Cincinnati Bengals running around on the Super Bowl LV field, you can bring tastes of Cincinnati to your (pod-only, masked, safely distanced, COVID-era) watch party with these Cincinnati-inspired big-game snacks.


Skyline Chili Dip

It’s a Cincinnati staple. Layers of cream cheese, (and onions and mustard, if you’re feeling wild), chili and a heavy helping of shredded cheddar cheese make this a salty, savory, scoopable masterpiece. 

Ingredients:

  • 12-ounce package cream cheese
  • 15-ounce can of Skyline (or your favorite Cincinnati-style chili)
  • 12-ounce package of shredded cheddar
  • Mustard and onion, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Spread layer of cream cheese in 9” x 13” pan
  3. Microwave can of chili for two minutes
  4. Pour heated chili over layer of cream cheese
  5. Bake for 10 minutes
  6. Remove and cover with shredded cheese
  7. Let cool for five minutes and then dig in

Hanky Panky with Glier’s Goetta

It’s not a Cincinnati celebration without goetta! Load up slices of pumpernickel with cheesy goetta for a portable party snack with very little prep time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. hot goetta
  • 1 lb. hamburger meat
  • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese
  • ½ tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • Rye or Pumpernickel bread

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Brown goetta and hamburger meat in skillet and drain.
  3. Add Velveeta cheese, garlic powder, oregano and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Stir in milk until desired consistency is achieved
  5. Spread cheese-meat mixture on bread slices and bake for 5 minutes until sides of bread are toasted and cheese is bubbling.
  6. Cool and enjoy.

Big Boy Pizza

To bring Frisch’s to your Super Bowl party, make this pizza version of their classic Big Boy sandwich. By swapping Frisch’s Tartar sauce for pizza sauce and topping it with cheesy ground beef, you transform a regular pizza into a Cincinnati special.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pre-made pizza crust or homemade crust
  • 1 9-oz. jar of Frisch’s Tartar Sauce (original or spicy)
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • Shredded lettuce as desired
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or American cheese
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Bake your pizza crust according to the directions on the package, removing it from the oven when it’s browned, but not done
  3. Brown ½ pound ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and drain
  4. Spread a 9 ounce jar of Frisch’s Tartar Sauce (use the Spicy Tartar Sauce if you’re feeling frisky)
  5. Top the layer of tartar sauce with the ground beef
  6. Sprinkle ½ cup of shredded cheddar or American cheese over the entire pizza
  7. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes
  8. Top with shredded lettuce if desired

Montgomery Inn Barbecue Chicken Sliders

Put a Cincinnati spin on barbecue chicken sliders by using Montgomery Inn barbecue sauce. The smoked gouda brings a depth of flavor, while the cilantro provides a hint of freshness to this fan-favorite dish.

Ingredients:

  • 12 slider buns
  • 4 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1 cup Montgomery Inn barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated smoked gouda
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Ground pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  2. Line parchment paper on a 9” x 13” baking dish and spray with cooking spray
  3. Split buns and place the bottom in the baking dish
  4. Combine chicken with half of the barbecue sauce. Spoon chicken onto each bottom bun and top with the leftover half of sauce
  5. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella, smoked gouda, red onions and half of the chopped cilantro over the chicken. Grind some fresh cracked black pepper on top, if desired
  6. Add the top buns, cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 15 minutes
  7. In the meantime, melt butter and add the remaining chopped cilantro
  8. Remove the foil, brush the tops of the buns with the cilantro butter, and return to the oven, uncovered, for 10 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the cheese is gooey.

Pizza Bagel Bites with LaRosa’s Pizza Sauce

There’s no party food more classic than a good ole’ pepperoni pizza. But when you want to save some room for other snack options, a bite-sized ‘za is a perfect solution. Throw some LaRosa’s pizza sauce on it and you’ve got yourself a Queen City spin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen plain bagels, split
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped toppings (pepperonis, ham, veggies, etc.) as desired

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line parchment paper on baking sheet, split mini bagels in half and place
  3. Spread an even layer of LaRosa’s pizza sauce on each bagel
  4. Top with shredded mozzarella
  5. Finish with your favorite pizza toppings
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted

BONUS:

Graeter’s Ice Cream Sundae Bar

You can’t get any more Cincinnati than Graeter’s Ice Cream!

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing party dessert that’s already ready to go, look no further than your neighborhood Graeter’s. Graeter’s catering offers a sundae service that provides your choice of ice cream flavors and includes a few of their signature toppings like whipped cream, pecans and cherries. You can pick which ice cream flavors you prefer and they come pre-scooped along with extra cups, spoons and serving utensils.

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