Hot Super Bowl Recipes to Make With Your Kids

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chicken pot pie

Including kids in the cooking can encourage them to try new foods, like chicken pot pie. Credit: Patti Green

Planning a Super Bowl party this year? Let the kids get involved with planning and preparing the menu and teach them important lessons about the origins of food all at the same time.

Patti Green, founder of Ginger Kids and author of "Ginger Kids Cookbook -- Kitchen Basics," has great memories of cooking with her family when she was growing up. That's what inspired her to start her business, which brings cooking workshops to schools and private homes with the goal of bringing families together and teaching kids about how food gets from field to table.

Kids today, Green says, often don't realize that the pre-washed, pre-cut lettuce in a plastic bag that you get from the supermarket actually came from a farm. "I think a lot of kids don't have an association of where foods come from," says the Buffalo, N.Y., cooking expert. "I had a class in one private home, and the child asked me why I was using flour in the cookies. He said, 'This is not how my mother makes it.'"

Green recalls that when she asked the boy how his mother made cookies, he replied that she "got a log" from the grocery store. "I asked him where bread came from, and he said, 'from a bag."
That's precisely why Green believes kids belong in the kitchen. "We need to get them back to the basics," she says. While kids in the kitchen can generate a pretty fierce mess, Green asserts that a little clean-up is a small price to pay for the dividends such an activity will yield, both in terms of your relationship and their willingness to try new foods.

Ted Mendez is the corporate executive chef of Barton G., the Miami based event production, catering and restaurant company that will produce and cater National Football League events associated with the Super Bowl. He agrees with Green, and says that parents should "gently teach the clean-as-you go" philosophy.

"[That's] the way chefs operate, [because] we have to," he says. "But be patient, don't expect immediate results. Again, it's about getting kids interested in the activity and why they're doing it. You don't want the cleaning part to seem like a chore."

Just what can kids and parents make together? Well, there's nothing more fun than finger food. Planning a party offers ample opportunity to teach kids how to navigate the kitchen. Green suggests recipes like meatballs on a stick, homemade tortillas, individual chicken pot pies, or football-shaped sugar cookies as the perfect snacks for any family-oriented Super Bowl party.

"Have the kids make the meatballs, and then let them put them on the sticks like a lolly pop," she says. "They are also great on a sub roll or even on their own."

Other great snacks to make with little helpers include Buffalo-style wings, healthy dips based on yogurt or white beans, and homemade sweet-potato chips roasted in the oven. But don't forget to keep the kiddies in the kitchen even after the party is over.

"Designating one day a week or month as a cooking day brings families closer together," Green says. "People just have to make the time. It is a life skill, and there is instant gratification!"

Patti Green's Chicken Pot Pies

Individual Chicken Pot Pies
Serves 4 - 6

1 store bought roasted chicken, skin, meat removed from bones (about 3 - 4 cups)
½ pound wild mushrooms, rinsed
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
5 tablespoons butter
2 carrots, rinsed, peeled and sliced
4 stalks celery, rinsed and sliced
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
¼ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
3 tablespoons flour
1 package of prepared frozen pie dough
Cooking spray
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

STEP ONE:
1. In large bowl add chicken and stock
2. Slowly stir in flour and stir until mixture thickens slightly
3. Add rest of ingredients and mix thoroughly

STEP TWO:
1. Lightly spray ramekins with cooking spray
2. Add chicken mixture to ramekins
3. Cover each ramekin with pie dough (cut into the shape to fully cover baking dishes)
4. Crimp edges (add pastry design appliqués)
5. Brush with egg white
6. Place in oven and bake for 30 - 40 minutes

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