Small Bites For the Big Game #4: Edible Snack Bowl

Everyone's had this moment at a Super Bowl party. There you are, watching the big game from your favorite spot on the couch, parked next to a bowl of fantastic dip. Maybe it's onion dip. Maybe it's guacamole. Maybe it's queso dip with chorizo. Whatever the dip, inevitably this sad moment comes: you go to scoop and – GASP! – the bowl is empty. There's no more dip. The day is ruined.

Okay, I'm exaggerating. Maybe the day isn't ruined. But if you're smart you'll prevent your game day guests from experiencing such a snack letdown by trying this recipe for an edible bowl. That's right, an EDIBLE BOWL. Now, not only will your guests never hit the bottom of the figurative snack bowl, you can literally watch the Super Bowl and eat it, too.

Photo courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

Here's how you make this wonder of a snack bowl:
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 8 cups snack mix (such as Chex Mix or Asian rice cracker mix)
  • Cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Beat the egg whites and 2 tablespoons water in a large bowl with a mixer until slightly stiff peaks form. Add the snack mix and toss until evenly coated.

Generously coat a 3-quart ovenproof bowl with cooking spray and place the snack mix in it. Crumple a large sheet of foil and mold into a bowl shape about one-third the size of the 3-quart bowl. Coat the outside of the foil bowl with cooking spray and press into the snack mix to make a well in the middle, forming the snack mix into a bowl shape.

Place the bowl with the foil in the oven and bake until the snack mix sets, 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly, 5 minutes. Carefully remove the foil. Cool 30 more minutes, invert the edible bowl onto a plate and cool completely.

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