The Super Bowl. It isn’t just a dazzling display of athleticism and sportsmanship. It isn’t just one of the most-watched televised events in the world. It’s also the perfect excuse to throw a party on a Sunday, and to consume more calories in a single afternoon than you did all week. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest food consumption day in the United States, right after Thanksgiving.
Of course, you could just order pizza, which would be the obvious thing to do — we even take bets on how much pizza will be sold on Sunday — but why not blow some minds this year at your Bowl-watching party, and serve up some home-cooked snacks that will take your Super Bowl party to the next level. We’ve collected ten of our favorite recipes, and don’t worry, they’re all super easy to make, so while you’re sweating out the Super Bowl point spread, you can multitask in the kitchen.
Really Good Oven-Fried Buffalo Wings
According to the National Chicken Council, which is a thing, Americans eat 1.33 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl. Why rock the boat? Make your own, and yeah, maybe you’ll be just another number to the National Chicken Council, but you’ll be a hero to your friends. These wings taste like deep-fried Buffalo goodness, but because they’re baked, they are essentially a health food. Here’s the full recipe.
Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs
If you don’t own a slow cooker, you’re missing out on a lot of very easy and very delicious ways to eat many, many things. So, step one, get a slow cooker. Step two, make these meatballs. Step three, sit back and enjoy the accolades bestowed upon you by your party guests. Also, the utensil is a toothpick, so your Super Bowl party just became the classiest event of the year. The recipe is right here.
Spicy Touchdown Chili
Remember that slow cooker you just bought? You could use it for this chili. Or, you can just use a regular pot. That’s how easy it is to make this chili recipe. It just takes time, so make sure you get up early enough to get it prepped and on the stove. The key to any great chili is how long it simmers, because those flavors just get richer the longer they hang out together in the pot over some low heat. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could even make some super easy cornbread to go along with it.
Easy Oven Pulled Pork
If you have a kitchen and opposable thumbs, you should know how to make pulled pork. It should be a standard recipe in your repertoire, because everyone loves it, and it has so many delectable uses. Most importantly, it’s extremely easy to make. Put it on buns to make sandwiches. Toss some on your fully loaded nacho platter. Serve it alongside some queso with tortilla chips. Throw it in your grilled cheese. Grab a couple tortillas and make a pulled pork quesadilla. The sky is the limit here, friend. Here’s the recipe.
Beer-Battered Cheese Curds
You could probably just put out an old mop bucket filled with plain cheese curds at your party and people would devour them, but this is the Super Bowl. It’s special. And you’re a good host. So why not elevate those cheese curds to a new level, and fry them up, battered with your favorite brew? The recipe is here, you’ll just need to multiply it based on how many people you’re having over. Assume each person will consume between 4 and 200 cheese curds.
Anyone who says they don’t like macaroni and cheese is a filthy liar, and they shouldn’t be at your Super Bowl party. This recipe is ultra-easy to make, and with the addition of panko bread crumbs, is a true crowd pleaser. Here’s another Super Bowl snack hack for homemade mac — use it as a topping on hot dogs. You’re welcome.
Boursin and Gruyère Spinach and Artichoke Gratin Dip
Sure it SOUNDS fancy, but really, its just a cheese and artichoke dip. It is illegal to throw a Super Bowl party and not serve some kind of cheese-based dip, and this one is my personal favorite. You should probably double down on that recipe and make sure you have plenty of dipper options, including sliced baguette and an assortment of crackers.
Bacon and Shallot Potato Salad
It’s important to remain health-conscious, even on game day, so be sure to serve up a fresh and delicious salad to compliment all that meat and fried cheese. This one is chock full of nutritious potatoes and heart-smart bacon. Ok, fine. It’s not that healthy. But it’s super tasty and still counts as a salad course, in our opinion. Get that recipe here.
Grilled Bacon Cheddar Hasselback Garlic Bread
This bad boy will last about 2.5 seconds on the table as soon as you set it down, so consider having a back-up ready to go. Preparing these sourdough loaves is so easy and the result is SO impressive, that you’ll be making one of them for every party you ever throw from this day forth. And the best part is, you can dip this bread into just about every other recipe on this list. Here’s the recipe for this perfect food item.
Dark Chocolate Salted Bourbon Brownies
You have to have something sweet to serve at your Super Bowl jam, to counter all the salt and fat your guests have been absorbing for the last several hours. Don’t be one of those monsters who thinks a fruit platter counts as dessert! Make a REAL dessert. You can’t go wrong whipping up a batch of these bourbon brownies.