By Heidi Glaus
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - We are only days from Super Bowl Sunday, one of the biggest party days of the year.
Of course you can't have a party without good food, so Chef Melissa Dodd-Ruesing joined First @ 4 with some easy, yet delicious ideas.
Since the big game is in New Orleans so there's a cajun, creole theme.
Click the video player above to learn how to make some delicious football food with a twist, or use the recipes below.
Recipe for Raven Crab Cakes:
1 lb. crab claw meat
2 T. fresh cilantro
2 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 t. ground thyme
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 T. mayo
2 green onions finely chopped
Mix all ingredients except crab and panko. Work in 1 cup of panko, then finish with crab meat. Use 1/4 measuring cup to scoop out mixture and make patty. Cover both sides of patties with remainder of 1 cup panko bread crumbs. Fry in olive oil at medium heat until browned and crispy.
1 medium ripe avocado
2 T. mayo
1/2 cup Chef Mel's HOT Gourmet Salsa
Smash avocado, add mayo and salsa and blend well. Serve with crab cakes.
San Francisco Treat Red Beans & Rice:
1 box Rice-A-Roni
2 6-8 oz links Andouille Sausage
2 cans dark red kidney beans
3 green onions chipped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 jar Chef Mel's MEDIUM Gourmet Salsa
1 T. Cajun spice
Cook the rice per instructions. Slice sausage in 1/4 inch pieces and brown. Remove sausage, brown onions and celery in sausage drippings. Add sausage, green onions and celery to rice. Add dark red kidney beans (drained). Add ChefMel's HOT Gourmet Salsa and cajun spice. Stir well and serve.
To learn more about Chef Mel or get her easy chili recipe, visit her website.