Easy Super Bowl Snack Ideas & WCCO TV Segment!


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Easy Super Bowl Snack Ideas

This morning I had the opportunity to share some great Super Bowl snack ideas on the early morning news at WCCO. It was an absolute blast, just as I had expected, and we had a ton of fun. I think it helped that it’s Friday and everything is just a little more fun on Fridays!

Hubby and I woke up at 4am to get to the studio by 5:45am. I half sleep-walked through getting things packed up and ready to go, and prayed that I remembered everything! As he hauled all the ingredients and dishes into the studio, I prepped it all as I got mic’ed up and set to go on air. It was so much fun (for me, more or less for him… lol!)

As the segment neared, I got to meet Jamie Yuccas, a reporter/journalist for WCCO, and she asked if she could get a picture that was truly “Real Housewives” style. Here’s what came from that, and I seriously chuckle every time that I look at it:

Jamie Yuccas Sarah Carlson Real Housewives
Image from Jamie Yuccas on Instagram

She was seriously so funny, they all were, and we had a blast demo-ing the Super Bowl snack recipes. Now if you missed the TV segment, you missed out on a lot of goofs and mess-making, but you can still catch it here:

WCCO Segment

We even snuck a snacking candid after all was said and done, hubby is such a great photographer!

WCCO Super Bowl Snack Ideas

Alright, so as promised, I will share with you these delicious recipes that you seen in the segment. And trust me, they are delicious – especially the nachos, those were my personal favorite as you can see!

Here we go!

Easy Super Bowl Snack Ideas

Let’s start with the easiest (and healthiest) snack recipe… a delicious variation of your everyday popcorn.

Gouda Popcorn Recipe
Gouda Popcorn Recipe

Gouda Popcorn


  • 4-5 cups of Plain popcorn
  • ½ cup of finely grated Parrano® (gouda) cheese
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp Seasoning Salt
  • Dash of pepper


While your popcorn is popping, mix together all other ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Once your popcorn is finished, stir in your mixture until completely mixed. I especially enjoy this popcorn if you can add in your mixture when the popcorn is still hot so it can melt the cheese a little bit. Yum!

Cheese stuffed mini bell peppers
Cheese stuffed mini bell peppers

Cheese Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers


  • 10 small peppers (can be small sweet bell, jalepeno, etc.)
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 6 oz. shredded Parrano® cheese
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tsp chopped chives
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by washing your peppers and pat dry. Then you can either cut off the tops to pipe from the top or you can slice them sideways (as I did) and remove all the seeds.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all other ingredients with a hand mixer until thoroughly combined. Then place your mixture in a piping bag (or I used a Ziploc bag and cut the corner off).
  3. Pipe your cheese filling into each pepper and voila! You’ve got a delicious and super easy snack.
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Buffalo Chicken Nachos


  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups warm milk
  • 1 cup shredded Parrano® cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded chicken
  • 1 tbsp minced chives

Don’t forget an awesome football platter for your nachos! Check out this one from Amazon (click to view):

  1. Over medium heat, heat butter in a saucepan until melted. Stir in diced onion and cook until transparent.
  2. Stir in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until it is light brown.
  3. Slowly stir in warm milk, mixing until thickened and smooth.
  4. Bring to a simmer (don’t boil) and cook until mixture thickens and heavily coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  5. Reduce to very low heat and add Parrano® Cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, and hot sauce.  Stir until well blended and cheese mixture is completely melted.
  6. Arrange tortilla chips on plate and cover with shredded chicken, then warm cheese sauce.
  7. Garnish with chives and serve!


I hope you enjoy these snacks, and have a great Super Bowl Sunday!


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