Super Bowl XLVIII is almost upon us. If you’re not a Seahawks or Broncos fan, that means you’re spending your time focusing on one thing — Super Bowl food. I’m not a huge football fan, but I am a huge food fan (if you haven’t already guessed). That means this Sunday gives me yet another reason to create and consume mounds of delectable goodies.
I was attempting to finalize this weekend’s menu when I found myself scrolling through some of my own Cooking On Empty recipes. To my surprise, I have a lot a dishes that would be perfect for an easy, cheap, and delicious Super Bowl party. To make it easier, I’ve complied them all in one place.
Here are the top five Cooking On Empty dishes for the perfect Super Bowl party.
5. Super Bowl Sunday White Sangria
Everyone loves pizza and everyone loves quesadillas. These two truths inspired my most recent culinary creation – the quesadilla pizza!
My roommate had left over pizza toppings from a recent pizza making extravaganza (there’s not better way to explain it, so I’ll leave it at that). I had whole wheat tortillas left from my Distrito inspired fish tacos, so I decided to combine the two to make a quick, no purchase necessary dinner.
Here’s all you need.
Quesadilla Pizza Ingredients: (Serves 2)
- 4 whole wheat tortillas
- 1 can pizza sauce
- 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
For a basic pizza stop there. If you want to be adventurous add:
- 1/4 cup chopped broccoli
- 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
- 1/4 cup black olives
College students love eating out. We’re all broke, but that doesn’t stop us from throwing down $25 on an entree from the new gastropub down the road. It’s a way to socialize and eat something not made from a galley kitchen, but it’s killing our bottom line.
My pockets are particularly light at the moment and it doesn’t help that my house it surrounded by amazing Italian restaurants. The temptation to spend is overwhelming, so I’ve come up with some tricks on how to eat restaurant quality Italian food, without paying the restaurant price.
Don’t Skimp on the Sauce
The main difference between college kitchen Italian food and restaurant quality Italian food is the sauce. Good Italian restaurants hand make their sauces daily. They simmer vats of tomatoes and spices for hours,which is why their sauce tastes so good. When I make Italian food, I just pour jarred tomato sauce over pasta and call it a day. Jarred tomato sauces are great because they’re cheap and easy, but they don’t compare in flavor to homemade sauces.
Want to know how to work around the system? Buy pasta sauce from your favorite Italian restaurant. Most Italian places sell their sauces by the pint. They cost around $2, which is the same price as jarred sauce, but are a million times better tasting. All you have to do is cook a box of pasta, throw on the sauce, and you’ll have the same restaurant dish for a quarter of the price.