The Superbowl is one of my favorite Sundays of the year.
Don't get me wrong- the game means nothing to me. I will root for the underdog every time because I don't follow the sport. I do love the commercials but even more than that I love the food and the camaraderie of hanging out with my friends, some who are into football and others who are there for the commercials/fun/halftime or anything other than the game at hand.
So I figured now would be a great time to share with you some of my favorite foods for game day.
Ideas for the Superbowl Snack Feast
1. Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Sausage
This recipe has my mouth watering already. My family loves kielbasa and will eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Even better that so many of the Superbowl party foods are crockpot friendly. To see more about this one though, head over to Kimberly's blog post at A Night Owl.
2. White Queso Dip
When we lived in Tennessee, we would always purchase queso dip. When we moved to Texas, yellow queso is more their way here. Needless to say, we don't purchase queso from any of the Mexican restaurants nearby.
Jamielyn over at I Heart Naptime has this recipe available and I will be making it soon so we can have our favorite kind of queso dip. Good news is, if you're a yellow queso dipper, she has a recipe for that style as well.
3. Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Dip French Bread
To me, it seems almost necessary to have buffalo chicken somewhere on the menu. Jen from Carlsbad Cravings came up with this recipe idea and I love it. I like it because there is bread involved- being able to cut it up and eat it as finger food makes it easier on everyone. Again one of those advantages of this particular event, finger foods are as much of a winner as the winning team is!
4. Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
I may or may not have a mix of this in our cabinet right now. My daughter begged for it and I gave in but she hasn't wanted to make it yet.
These finger foods created by Maria and Josh over at Two Peas & Their Pod is pretty good, but it's even better with the dip I am going to tell you about next.
5. Beer Cheese
I love the taste of beer cheese. Mind you I don't drink a whole lot but this tastes delicious. It's got cheese dip with a bit of the twang from the beer.
The authors over at The Merrythought had a specific beer in mind when they wrote this and I would be adaptable enough to pick any beer of choice.
6. Bacon Wrapped Smokies
Crazy Jamie over at Tasty Kitchen came up with this recipe that has gotten a four and a half star rating.
I know it's good because I had it as a child and made it as an adult who teaches culinary. It's sweet and smoky which is a pretty good combination together with chips, dip, soda (or whatever your drink of choice is) and something sweet.
If you're going for a finger foods kind of event, purchase toothpicks for these babies, it makes them easier to get a hold of and less messy for yours and your guests' fingers.
7. Football Cake Pops
How cute are these footballs made by Mary over at Home is Where the Boat is? And they are easier to make than traditional cake pops because she used pound cake and a cookie cutter to make the proper shape. Poking them with the fork and placing them in the melted chocolate is nice because you don't have to take them out of the forks when you are finished.
8. Cilantro Lime Dip
Cilantro and Lime have quickly become some of my favorite foods since we moved to Texas a few years ago. They make the food taste more authentic in my opinion. I love street tacos and this dip from Kristin over at Dizzy Busy and Hungry is a great reminder of that.
My only recommendation is to purchase or make your own homemade tortilla chips with this one.
9. Spicy Cheese Balls
Who doesn't love the gooeyness of a cheese stick? Well, this recipe adds in spice too from the chili powder. Naturally then this would be perfect for the Super Bowl.
I have found that I like deep frying in an actual deep fryer versus a pan. Either way though, this recipe from Petro over at Easy Peasy Creative is a perfect treat for you and your guests!
10. Copy Cat Chili's Fries
If you have never had Chili's loaded fries, I recommend you get some the next time you are in town. For a while a few years ago, we ate them regularly and then one night my husband decided to have a date night at home and we made a bunch of snack food as if we were having the Super Bowl in June, for dinner.
We used a recipe similar to this, though we opted for seasoned fries and not steak fries. This is the perfect dish if you are looking for something with not as much meat on it!
Pizza is also a requirement for the super bowl, especially if you have a crowd and everyone wants a little bit of something or something different. Here are two great recipes for those of you who want to make your own pizza for the party:
A. Ultimate Meat-Lover's Pizza
There is five different types of meat on this recipe created by Stephanie over at I Am a Food Blog and it looks just as delicious as Pizza Hut or any of the other pizza restaurants out there. I am sure they will appreciate you making this one yourself!
B. Hawaiian Pizza
You all already know how much I love Sally from Sally's Baking Addiction and her food as well. Plus, there is just something about Hawaiian Pizza that makes me happy. The hint of sweetness from the pineapples is perfection on a pizza. Enjoy!
12. Ooey Gooey S'mores Brownies
I have a confession to make. I bought a kitchen torch a few weeks ago, and I have been making an easier version of this ever since. Not that this recipe is hard, mine just takes about three minutes, whereas this recipe was created by Shadi over at Unicorns in the Kitchen takes thirty.
I love S'mores and feel it is a year-round type of food. Baking these S'mores brownies in the winter time is perfect proof of that. Make it a day or two ahead and you are set to go for the show.
13. The Best Spinach and Artichoke Dip
The first time I had spinach artichoke dip was at Applebees and I was instantly drawn to this dip. It goes well with so many different types of dipping items, including Hawaiian bread and pretzels! Giving your guests options for dipping sauce and what they want to use for the dip means you have a happy crowd all the way around.
The author over at Striped Spatula notes that her friends are disappointed when she hosts events and doesn't have this dip at the party. Make sure to bring some to your next event!
14. Mini Taco Tortilla Cups
If you have someone who is health concious, this would be the recipe for them. It has some carbohydrates but very few compared to the amount of vegetables inside the tacos.
Want something sweet? Tanya, the author of the recipe over at Lemons for Lulu, recommends adding some cinnamon and sugar to the tortilla and subbing the vegetables for fruit.
15. Extra Cheesy Sausage Balls
These babies make me smile because I started making them when my soon-to-be teenager was a little over a year old. She ate them like they were going out of style.
Likewise, the friends and family you have over for your shindig will gobble them up as well. They are everything taboo- cheesy, full of pork meat, and it even has some carbohydrates in it.
Oh well, life's short. Enjoy the game by heading over to Keeping Life Sane.
16. Chicken and Buttermilk Mini Waffles
Fried Chicken and waffles go perfectly together. Add a crisp, tart green apple and some local honey to that and you are set to go for a delicious addition to the event- no matter if it's the Superbowl or something else.
This full recipe, along with the equipment needed to make it, can be viewed at Woman's Day.
17. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dip
Cream cheese, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, and brown sugar, among other ingredients. This recipe sounds so good. With graham cracker for dipping sticks, it's sure to be a sweet tooth hit.
The full recipe was given to Leigh Ann over at Your Homebased Mom to share with her audience.
18. Ranch Snack Mix
Who doesn't love a savory snack mix? Hopefully, you get people who like everything in it and don't go picking through to get what they want… not that I know anyone who ever does that.
To find the recipe, head over to Marybeth's post over at My Fearless Kitchen.
19. Individual Seven-Layer Dip
My mother made this when I was growing up for events. It looks beautiful and tastes just as good.
This would be a great alternative with the fresh tortilla chips for those who don't want the dip from up above. This recipe comes from Christy over at The Girl Who Ate Everything.
20. Smoked Gouda-Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers
Jalapeno Poppers were on the date night menu when we had loaded french fries a couple of years back. This side dish has meat, lots of cheese, and is able to be picked up by hand. For this game, we have a winner!
To see the full details, check out Sunny Anderson's post on Food Network.
21. Barbeque Chicken Nachos
This is a good one if you are looking to make something not dippable but still just as delicious. Although I didn't grow up on barbeque, I swear by it as an adult.
Plus this one is super easy to make, with cheese, barbeque sauce, and rotisserie chicken. To see the full recipe, head over to Real Simple.
22. Chips Done Four Ways
I already recommended getting and/or making your own tortilla chips but if you have never had homemade potato chips, you are in for a treat.
I purchased a mandoline a few years back and make homemade potato chips, though I opt for some milder flavors than Serious Eats gets into in their post. Check them out for some unique flavors that will have your guests admiring your chef abilities!
23. Pimento Cheese Quesadillas
If you have never had a pimento cheese sandwich, I am certain you are not from the south. At least in Tennessee, this is a staple item. I even had a teacher in high school tell us he'd give us an A on a test if one of us brought this in for our party. We happily obliged.
Food & Wine turns this traditional sandwhich into a quesadilla, grilling it and getting it on the platter in under fifteen mintues so you can spend more time with your guests. Enjoy!
24. Conclusion: A Foodie's Football Stadium
I think this is a great way to wrap up this post. You have several different dips, several different items to use as dipping sticks and this is how you do it in a way that is fun and cute. Surprisingly, this design was created using cereal boxes.
To see it in more details, check out Tiffany's post over at Coffee, Love, Travel.
I hope you came up with some great ideas to either take to a Superbowl event or present at your own. And I hope the team you are rooting for wins!