Super Bowls are typically not really my thing, although I haven’t missed watching one for as long as I can remember, but this year is different. Our Atlanta Falcons are playing the New England Patriots and you can feel the electricity, excitement, and hopefulness all throughout this city. And even outside the city too. I was in Orlando, FL for a work trip earlier this week, and ran into several men and women in the Magic Kingdom with Falcon’s T-shirts and jerseys on, and I said “Go Falcons!” in passing and one man stopped, turned around, and hollered back at me, “Rise up!”
Hoping we do just that.
But, no Super Bowl experience would be complete without some delicious food for those all-important Super Bowl parties. So, whether you are still sticking to your 2017 health goals and wanting to stay on track this weekend, or you are going for the full touchdown and serving up some guilty favorites, I have you covered on every angle.
Here are a few of my favorite football-themed foods that travel well, can be served at varying temperatures, feed a crowd, and ones that will keep your guests coming back for more at every quarter break… and even in between too!
I am a firm believer in the simple fact that no football party or tailgate is complete without some type of chip n dip combo. I crave chips n dip almost constantly. I can kill a bag of tortilla chips and a small bowl of salsa without even thinking.
Maybe not something to brag about?!?
Here are a few of my favorite dips for the dippers of your choice!
Who can beat a classic 5 minute fire-roasted salsa? All the ingredients are piled into a food processor or blender, whirled away, and then topped off with a fresh sprinkling of cilantro for extra flourish. Can’t beat it!
I have shared this Hot Corn Dip recipe before, but I think it certainly warrants a second look. Every time I serve it, people just go crazy! Beware… it is highly addictive!
7 Layer Dips typically show up on a Super Bowl game day spread for a reason. They are easy. They are delicious. They are crowd-pleasers. My motto, when it comes to game day food, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
This version is slightly updated and uses fresh(er) ingredients than some other recipes. It’s chunky, bright, colorful, and really delicious.
And then, this one is a little nontraditional, but my cousin made this last year as an appetizer for a family gathering and it was smash hit! It is Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips and it was fresh, cool, and the perfect amount of sweet. A perfect compliment to all the spicy and savory on the table.
Now, moving on to other things… we need some protein, don’t you think? And absolutely nothing says football season quite like buffalo chicken wings.
When September rolls around, I literally start craving that family buffalo, spicy flavor.
For the traditionalists, these Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings are a bit lighter than their fried friends, and full of spicy flavor!
And, for those non-traditionalists, always trying new things, check out these Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels for easy, bite size party food.
Aren’t those cute?
Something salty and crunchy is always what I enjoy snacking on while I am watching the big game, and I think snack mixes are just perfect.
This Parmesan Ranch Cheez-It Snack Mix “bakes” right in your slow-cooker! Full of nuts, crackers, and pretzels, there is sure to be something for everyone in this mix.
And for a sweet n salty, no bake version? Look no further than this Best Sweet n Salty Snack Mix.
Finally, let’s round out the menu with something sweet.
Love, love, love classic apple dips. Always one of my favorite party foods! And this is a 5 Minute Salted Caramel version that is just perfect when you are in a time crunch. You might even already have all the necessary ingredients right in your pantry and fridge!
I love a good bar cookie. You can make a big pan of them, don’t have to individually scoop out little mounds of dough, and it is a simple one-time baking process. And these Absolute Best Blondies as vetted by America’s Test Kitchen is sure to be the perfect hit to everyone’s sweet tooth. Chocked full of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and roasted pecans, they are a perfect way to celebrate each touchdown.
So, there you have it! Some inspiration for your game day table. I think you are really going to love these.
Hope you all have the most fun at your Super Bowl parties reveling in every gasp-worthy catch and thrilling offensive run. Sure to be an exciting game.
And… Go Falcons! Rise Up!