You may not be able to have the big super bowl party like usual, but there is one festivity that you can still enjoy, the snacks. Whether or not your team wins, you'll be sure to score it big in the kitchen with these delicious recipes from Chef Jamie Daskalis, Owner of Johnny D's Waffles and Benedicts.
I got to try two of Chef Jamie's Super Bowl recipes on a recent segment of Living Local Carolina: Buffalo Chicken Mac-n-Cheese and Mexican Sweet Potatoes. Not only are the recipes great for game day, but they make easy dinner entrees if you're looking to try something new.
Buffalo Chicken Mac-n-Cheese
Chef Jamie's Buffalo Mac-n-Cheese is a fun twist on a traditional recipe. With shell pasta to hold all of the flavorful ingredients, this hearty dish is sure to be a hit. If buffalo isn't really your style, she provides a BBQ substitute that is equally as delicious.
Serves about 8-10 people
- Chicken Thighs, 6-8 pieces boneless, skinless
- All Purpose Seasoning, as needed
- Oregano, dry, as needed
- Water, 1 1/2 cup
- Whole Milk, 2 cups
- Buffalo Wing Sauce, 1 1/2 cups
- All Purpose Seasoning, 1/2 - 1 teaspoon
- Egg, Large, 2
- Black Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
- Italian Blend Shredded Cheese, 3 1/2 cups
- Ranch Dressing, as needed
- Pasta, medium shells, 4 cups
- In a large 9 x 12 oven safe baking pan, place the chicken thighs into the pan and top with a good amount of all-purpose seasoning and oregano, then pour 1 1/2 cup of water over the chicken and cover with aluminum foil. Place in a 375-degree oven and bake until the chicken reaches 165 degrees, about 30 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, transfer the chicken to a cutting board and chop to small pieces, trimming the access fat that did not cook off. Set aside unit pasta is ready. Leave the oven on! Rinse this pan out and set aside to use again.
- In a small sauce pot, bring 6 cups water and 1 tablespoon kosher salt to a boil and then add the pasta. Cook for about 8 minutes until the pasta is a little soft but not mushy. Strain immediately and place in the oven safe baking pan. Then top with the cooked chopped chicken.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the milk, wing sauce, all-purpose seasoning, egg, black pepper, then pour into the pan with the chicken and pasta. Carefully stir to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Sprinkle cheese (reserving 1 cup) evenly over the pasta and gently give it a little stir to mix the cheese in.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven, carefully stir the mac -n- cheese and spread the last cup of cheese over the top.
- Place back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes uncovered. Once the dish is ready, allow to rest for 5-10 minutes on the counter, serve with ranch dressing.
- I recommend purchasing Making It Delicious All-Purpose Seasoning from MakingItDelicious.com or picking up a bottle from any Johnny D’s Waffles location.
- This dish can be prepared the day before. Reheat covered in a 350-degree oven until bubbling throughout, about 20 minutes or so, stirring once about half way through.
- Swap out the buffalo wing sauce for bbq sauce to make a BBQ Chicken Mac n Cheese.
- I prefer to use Sweet Baby Rays Buffalo Wing Sauce as a ready made sauce
Mexican Sweet Potatoes
With weight loss being a popular new year's resolution for many people, finding a healthy Super Bowl snack can be tricky. Chef Jamie's Mexican Sweet Potatoes fills that traditional game-day chip and dip craving without all the calories; plus, the sweet potato's flavor really compliments the saltiness of the corn salsa and avocado crema.
Sweet Potato, halved, 8 each
Sweet & Spicy Seasoning, as needed
Avocado oil, as needed
Corn Salsa Ingredients
Corn, frozen, 1 1/2 cup
Black Beans, strained and rinsed, 1/2 -1 cup
Red Pepper, chopped small, 1 cup
Tomato, chopped small, 1 cup
Red onion, chopped small, 1/4 cup
Jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped, 1/2 each
Juice of lime, 1 each
Garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon
Kosher salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Avocado Crema Ingredients
Avocado, 2 medium
Sour cream, 1 cup
Juice of Lime, 1
Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Prepare the sweet potatoes by slicing in half long ways and setting them on an oven safe sheet pan, inside facing up. Drizzle with avocado oil and sprinkle with Sweet & Spicy Seasoning. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until fork tender.
- Prepare your Corn and Black Bean Salsa: Prepare all your vegetables and add them to a medium-large bowl. Add the rinsed black beans, the seasoning and lime juice. Taste and adjust as needed, adding more lime juice or seasoning.
- Prepare you Avocado Crema: In a small bowl, mash the avocado until its relatively smooth, some lumps is fine.
- Then add the sour cream, lime juice and salt and pepper. Stir, taste and adjust more seasoning as desired.
- Once the sweet potatoes are roasted, lay them on a platter. Top each piece with a generous amount of salsa and a dollop of avocado crema. Top with fresh cracked pepper if desired. Serve the potatoes warm.
- Sweet & Spicy Seasoning is available at MakingItDelicious.com or any Johnny D’s Waffles location.
- Substitute the Sweet & Spicy Seasoning with kosher salt, black pepper and a little thyme.
- For more portions without using more potatoes, slice the potatoes in 1/2-inch rings instead of halved.
- This will shorten your backing time, however, so keep that in mind when roasted the potatoes. Also, if using this method, I recommend lightly spraying the sheet pan with a little oil prior to baking.
- Any leftover corn salsa can be used as a dip, mixed with avocado for a quick corn and black bean guacamole, used on chicken, steak or shrimp tacos.
- Swap the lime juice out throughout the recipe for lemon juice if desired.