Not only is it a delicious snack but pierogies are a famous Pittsburgh tradition. According to about.com, Pittsburgh consumes 11 times more pierogies than any other city in the nation, and the city is so fond of the dish that the Pittsburgh Pirates hold a pierogi race at the bottom of the fifth inning during every home game. So, it's pretty safe to assume they've mastered the filled-pasta treat.
Traditional pierogies are potato-filled but these days, you're just as likely to find cheese-filled and even plum- and cheese-filled alternatives. Try your hand at this local tradition with this recipe from allrecipes.com.
But experts Katz and Ayoob gave these deep-fried starch and cheese bites a 1. To boost their score, use whole-grain pasta and stuff them with potato, onion, mushrooms and spinach, Katz said. Fry them in olive oil and they could even reach a 7. But Ayoob warned that these should be a special Super Bowl treat and not a habit.
No Super Bowl celebration is complete without at least one dip. This Hot Rueben Dip is sure to do the trick, unless you're a cardiologist, that is. The gooey dish is the best parts of the Rueben sandwich without the bread. It's corned beef, cheese and cream cheese melted together and it's sure to please all football fans. Click here to check out the recipe.
Katz gave this dip a 1, but Ayoob said he could go as high as 3 if the portion size is limited. Use it to dip veggies or even apple slices.
"No need for chips for dipping; there's plenty of salt in the dip," Ayoob said.
If you're looking for a delicious fried snack for your Super Bowl celebration, this is the right snack for you. The blog Doesn't TaZte Like Chicken created an approachable recipe for fried shrimp and cheese balls. This gooey and cheesy snack has just the right combination of a crunchy fried outer layer and a smooth, rich inner filling. Click here to check out the recipe.
Shrimp are a good source of omega-3 fat and protein, Katz said. But there are healthier ways to eat shrimp than breaded and deep-fried with cheese. Katz gave them a 4, but Ayoob said 2, adding that two balls is more than enough.
Paula Deen's bacon cheeseburger meatloaf is missing nothing. It's made with bacon, cheddar cheese, ground chuck and mayonnaise and topped with freshly fried onion rings. So, if you're looking for a dish that will keep you going the whole day, look no further. Click here for the recipe.
Katz and Ayoob gave this a 1.
"I love Paula Deen as a personality and an entertainer, but she has said publicly, 'I'm your cook, I'm not your nurse,'" Ayoob said. "Adding bacon and mayonnaise to fatty ground beef puts this dish in the category of "once a year" food."
The Super Bowl might be a fast-paced game but eating while watching it should be slow.
"If you want a good snack for the Super Bowl, try having nuts in the shell on the table," Ayoob said. "Pistachios are a favorite because they're healthy and you have to shell them one-by-one, so you get calories at about the right speed."
Almonds in the shell are another good bet for preventing Super Bowl snack overload. Grapes, clementines or tangerines, and meatless chili loaded with beans (a manly vegetable) are other simple snacks that score 10 out of 10, Ayoob said.