In my opinion, it’s not Super Bowl Sunday unless there’s a table groaning under the weight of as many cheese-laden and bacon-flecked dishes as possible. This game day, start things off right with a tray of warm bacon-wrapped potato bites. These one-bite wonders are only to be made if there’s a crowd to help prevent you from eating them all. Follow them up with double-garlicky garlic bread, spicy jalapeño hummus, meatball sliders, or maybe a round of pretzel bites — these are the nibbles that will see us through all the fumbles, bad calls, and missed field goals that are sure to come.
Since the Super Bowl will dependably last into the evening, I like to have a few warm dishes that can be brought out during the commercials. Cheesy Chicken & Mozzarella Sliders are nice for something a little more substantive, plus you can make the meatballs ahead and freeze them until game day. You also can’t go wrong with Double-Garlic & Herb Garlic Bread and Baked Bacon & Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers. So good.
Looking for a dish to take to a friend’s house? I’ve found that deviled eggs are always welcome, and our recipe for Smoky Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt is one of my favorites. That Roasted Jalapeño and Lime Hummus also tends to be a potluck star — its combination of flavors is a surprise at first, but the bowl is always empty by the end of the party.
Have plans for the Super Bowl? What are you making?
I haven’t always been a fan of football. Coming from a home in which the female population is dominant (even the family dog is a girl; my poor dad is greatly outnumbered), football never had a chance. It wasn’t until I started dating and spending time with a sports guy and SportsCenter was always on in the background that I gave football any notice at all.
With no choice but to watch the games, I came to realize — I actually liked the sport! I liked the athleticism of the players as they made unbelievable throws and catches. I liked the crunching sound of one man hitting another in an effort to block a pass. I liked the pace of the game, the roar of the crowd, the excitement of a touchdown. And best of all, I liked — no, loved — the food!
Just as much as the SuperBowl is a celebration of the game, the game is a celebration of food. All season long, viewers across the country pack up their coolers and break out the grill for tailgating galore. It is more than wings and burgers and steaks. People take pride in the food they prepare for game day. And when it comes time for the Big Game, fans pull out all the stops.
Though I am not a fan of either team (we’ll get ‘em next year, Giants) and I can’t decide which team to root for, I know my Super Bowl party guests will likely be favoring one team over another and the room will soon be divided. I decided to play up that rivalry by making a dish from each team’s home stadium. What better way to cheer on a team than by eating their food!? So I did a little research and here is what I found.
For the Seattle Seahawks fans, CenturyLink Field rolled out “The Beast” Burger in honor of their running back Marshawn Lynch. A burger piled high with two beef patties, two pieces of bacon, cheddar cheese, a few slices of ham, onion rings, lettuce, tomato, and red onion with a side of fries, and Marshawn’s favorite, a bag of skittles. Make your own version with this Jalapeno Cheeseburger with Bacon and Grilled Onions recipe and put a bowl of Skittles on the table.
For those who don’t care which team wins and are more interested in the commercials than the game, here are some Football Brownies to get you in the spirit!
Super Bowl parties are so fun to plan! The food is the most exciting, absolutely positively must have finger food at a game day party. Here are our top 10 all time favorite game day bite size recipes.
They are certain to wow your party guests and most of them can be made ahead and reheated. Total score!
With love from our Simple Kitchen to yours.
Jalapeño Popper Cheesy Pretzel Bombs (pictured above) are a soft and chewy pretzel poppers stuffed with ooey gooey cheese, crispy bacon and spicy jalapeños. This scrumptious recipe is like nothing you have ever eaten before.
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Bite Size Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Puffs in 30 Minutes are just like your favorite pizza in bite size! Can’t get much more fun than that. Perfect for a game day or any day. They freeze perfectly. Spritz them with water and either microwave them until heated or defrost and pop them in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes.
Outrageously Cheesy Stuffed Pretzel Bombs are the perfect bite size appetizer to impress your guests. Pretzel bites are loaded with cheddar cheese and baked to perfection. All of this comes together in under an hour. I could live on these little beauties. Pretzels oozing with ooey gooey cheese. I get goosebumps just thinking about them.
Jalapeño Popper Meatballs are incredibly moist flavorful and even better than the infamous appetizer. If your kids love southwestern flavors they will devour these. Lightened up with turkey they are sure to be moms favorite too. Perfect make ahead meal. Freeze, defrost and reheat.
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Hooter’s Copycat Fried Pickles A southern favorite; fried pickles are crisp and tangy. Crunchy dill pickles are dipped in a moist tangy mixture and dredged in a perfectly seasoned coating. Pickles are deep fried to a golden brown. Now you can enjoy your favorite fried pickles at home with our simple recipe that is ready in a snap!
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Chicken Parmesan Sliders are sweet dinner rolls toasted with garlic butter and topped with Parmesan cheese. Slices of pan fried chicken, marinara sauce and piles of mozzarella cheese on top this picture perfect slider. It is heavenly and party ready!
Try severing a few different dips with chips, crackers, and a variety of sliced vegetables.
The Super Bowl is almost here—and that means game time snacks are soon to be in high demand. What treats will you make this Super Bowl? Chicken wings, sliders, and pigs in a blanket are great appetizers, but a party isn’t a party without the dip. Try severing a few different dips with chips, crackers, and a variety of sliced vegetables. From festive guacamole to hot wing dip, these recipes are sure to please everyone during the big game.[related]
Christine Ma from Cherry on my Sundae shared with us her recipe for caramelized onion, bacon, and gruyere cheese dip. She recommends spreading this on toasted baguette slices. Ma is a member of the Culinary Content Network.
Marjory Pilley of The Dinner Mom shared with us her recipe for white bean dip with rosemary and garlic. This healthy and hearty dip is perfect with vegetables or crackers.
The winner this week is Jess Novak, the Drinks Editor at The Daily Meal. Jess made a cheese and artichoke dip packed full of superfoods like baby kale, chard, and spinach. This dip will be on our menu for the big game!
All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.
Delicately battered onion rings can be made at home without fuss; seltzer is the secret ingredient. A spider — a wide and shallow wire skimmer — is the best tool for removing onion rings and fried parsley from the hot oil; if you don’t have one, use a big slotted spoon.
Recipe:Onion Rings – Photo Credit: Courtesy of Martha Stewart
Pigs in a Blanket
Caramelized onions and hot dogs are finger-food ready when wrapped in rich butter pastry.
Celebrate the end of football season with our fully loaded skins. They weigh in at just 120 calories per serving versus the classic’s 350, and have one-fifth the saturated fat. Our secret: lighter ingredients (reduced-fat sour cream, Pecorino cheese) that packs a lot of flavor. Touchdown!
Sink your teeth into these spicy chicken breast tenders instead of the traditional, skin-on buffalo wings. We’ve dramatically cut the saturated fat and sodium in this party favorite. Our lower-fat spicy blue cheese dip has a generous amount of cayenne pepper for fans of hot wings — omit the cayenne if you’re serving this to a less spicy crowd.
Meatballs coated in marinara sauce, smothered with cheese, and sandwiched in brioche rolls are a party-perfect nibble. For tender meatballs, combine the ingredients gently and don’t pack the meat too tightly.
Hungry guests will fill up on these easier-than-ever barbecue pork sandwiches, a twist on the classic Southern pulled pork sandwich. The secret to this flavorful pork tenderloin lies in basting the meat with a 5-minute bbq sauce.
1-1/3 cup ginger ale
2 envelopes plain gelatin
2/3 cup Fireball whisky
Few drops red food coloring
for the fireball buttercream:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp Fireball whisky
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
for the fireball jello shots:
Lightly spray mold with non-stick spray and wipe excess off with a paper towel.
Pour the ginger ale into a medium saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to soak for 2-3 minutes, then begin to heat on low, stirring constantly until gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).
Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the whisky and a few drops of red food coloring. Pour into molds and chill for several hours, or until set.
for the fireball buttercream:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Reduce the speed and add the whisky, powdered sugar, and salt. Increase the speed back to medium-high and mix until creamy and smooth. Transfer frosting to a piping bag and decorate each jello shot with a swirl, adding sprinkles if desired. Store jello shots in the fridge until ready to serve.
Buttercream recipe adapted from The Dollop Book of Frosting