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Super Bowl Food Ideas?

I am no football fan, but I somehow got roped into hosting some friends on Super Bowl Sunday. Was not thinking about doing a full dinner - probably just some heavy apps. Does anyone have any ideas or recipes that they want to share? Thanks in advance!

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  1. The Buffalo Chicken Dip that has been posted here and on other site is a big hit for Super Bowl parties and easier and less messy than Buffalo Wings. I do highly recommend Fritos Scoops to serve with it.

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      2nd this rec. Everyone loves this dip. I actually recommend it with tostitos scoops instead, as well as celery and carrot sticks for dipping.

      1. re: Janet from Richmond

        ok, read the recipe for this dip.... Is it really that good??? I have to bring a dish to a Super Bowl party.

        PS, if it IS that good... plan on baking it on-site?

        1. re: janetms383

          It's really greasy and heavy, not everyone goes wild for it. Probably better for a younger crowd.

      2. Deep dish pizza
        Chicago-style hot dogs.


        Tenderloin sandwich

        1. By no means, new, innovative or gourmet, but the most popular finger food at my parties is always Pigs in a Blanket. They go in seconds!

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          1. re: valerie

            It's funny how classic PIA are, and how no matter when they come out; people just eat them up!

          2. Along with various other snacks, we have fondues on Super Bowl Sunday. Usually a couple of different cheese fondues and a chocolate one. So, so good and easy, too.
            This year I may add to the table the potato recipe Candy just posted.

            Love scrapple's idea to go with the food from the cities involved.

            Around here we're rooting for Da Bears! Maybe I should add some beefs and saahsauges to the menu. Would go well wit da beerss.

            1. I like finger type foods.

              BBQ Ribs with jerk rub
              Guacomole Dip & Chips
              Steak Wraps with chimichurri sauce
              Crab Legs
              Italian Beef or Sausage
              Buffalo wings
              meat and cheese tray

              Even though I am a lifetime chicago area resident I am rooting for the Colts

              1. I hosted a superbowl party last year and made chili (served with corn bread) and turkey meatballs (served with a marniara sauce)...and all were a bit hit.

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                1. re: Obessed

                  I also did chili last year(turkey) and served it with bacon cornbread. Went over really well.

                2. I agree about the Buffalo Chicken. Delicious. I think it was posted as Bonnies Chicken. I am from the Boston area, so amything I eat will be washed down with tears, as my Pats are not ther, But, be that as it may, I usually include stuffed mushrooms, pizza, cut into bite sized pieces, a few dips( we love spinach artichoke). Last year I made some coconut shrimp, whiich everybody loved. Still looking for a great plum sauce to serrve with it.

                  WE also like what we call "summer nachos", as they require no cooking. On a large plate, layer some sour cream. Top with chopped scallions, peppers, cilantro, jalaponos and salsa. Topo that with shredded montery jack cheese. Serve with chips on the side. This is a great dish, becaause you can tailor it to your liking- adding or leaving out ingredients as you like.

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                  1. re: macca

                    Yes, it's Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip, that's the name. Is the search function working? If not, I'll post the recipe.

                  2. Well I too was "roped" and I think I'll do a repeat of an idea that I did a few years ago.

                    I'll make a huge pot of red chili with beans and another one with white chili. I'll serve, Casper hotdogs from Costco (crunchy skins) Italian sausage, Chicken Sausages, Italian Sausages, and Louisiana Hots. Serve it with tons of condiments, relish, onions, hot sauces, tomatoes, cheeses, pickled jalapenos and whatever else seems to work.

                    I'll also have a few salads, pasta, tossed green and coleslaw.

                    I'll ask everyone to bring a favorite imported 6 pack of beer to share and exchange for people to try. Put a piece of butcher paper out for comments on the beer tastings.

                    I think this is easier than appetizers, I did those for Christmas and it was challenging to prepare for a large group. Even with 2 refrigerators, and two ovens. My head was in and out of the oven that night!

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                    1. re: chef chicklet

                      Chef Chicklet...what exactly is white chili? I'm intrigued.

                      1. re: icey

                        Basically, it's a white bean soup. Using ground turkey, green chilies, etc., and since I always stray from the original recipe called "White Chili", I pretty much keep adding to the pot what I like.
                        I do have an actual recipe however, and I'd be happy to share it. I actually have made it and then took it from there.
                        Here I am two years later, and I'm doing Super Bowl again. One of these days I'm just going to have to fess up, I actually enjoy doing this event (but aI still must groan)!

                    2. Jerk Rubbed Chicken Wings cooked on my Big Green Egg Smoker Grill served w/blue cheese dressing.

                      Picadillo (Mexican spiced ground beef), pinto beans, & Guacamole topped nachos with melted cheese and pickled sliced jalapeno's

                      Guacamole with crumbled Anejo cheese sprinkled on top served with tortilla chips.

                      Roasted Veggies with balsamic vinegar, EVOO, salt, and pepper

                      Green Pork Chili or Beer Beans served over white rice

                      Taco Station with Mexican spiced ground beef or sliced smoked chipotle chicken strips for the fillings, plus all the trimmings.

                      Italian sausage from Bari Foods or Alpine Foods in Chicago and/or German Bratwurst from Paulina Meat Market in Chicago.

                      1. You could do a baked potato bar, with some chili, cheese, veggies, gravy, etc.

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                        1. re: piccola

                          OOH- I like this idea. I usually have drop ins for Sunday dinner every week, and am always looking for ideas to easily feed a crowd. This Sunday I think I will roast a few chickens, and have a baked potato bar. I also have some purple, orange and white cauliflower. Will have to find something interesting to do with that! Thanks.

                          1. re: macca

                            No prob. You can bake a couple sweet potatoes too, if your friends are fans.

                            1. re: piccola

                              Love sweet potatoes. But the ones I have at home are really large ( I think I have three). Maybe I will have a baked potato bar with white potatoes, and then bake the weet potatoes. I like to then add S/P, butter and the tiniest bit of maple syrup. Then I like to use the immersion blender. Looks like baby food, but they are really good this way. May keep everyone happy this way. I prefer the swett potatoes.

                              1. re: macca

                                I love baked sweet potatoes filled with savory options....black bean salsa, goat cheese or feta cheese, etc. So you could still have them baked, depending on what your available toppings are.

                                1. re: cackalackie

                                  That does sound good. But the sweet potatoes I have are really big- more conducive to mashing or blending than being served in individual portions. But I like the idea of a ban salsa.

                                  1. re: cackalackie

                                    That's what I do, too. My favourite toppings so far are daal and saag paneer.

                                2. re: piccola

                                  Sweet potatoes make great french fries. My favorite

                            2. We used to host a superbowl chilifest every year. We would make 2 or 3 different chilis, and then invite 2 or 3 other people to contribute a chili. We always had a great range of chilis, and needed very few other dishes because everyone filled up trying the different chilis. Just keep the cornbread coming out of the oven!

                              1. I'm so glad this thread is here! I'm definitely doing wings, or my guests (who love my wings) would revolt, though I'm thinking of making them a little earlier in the day and leaving them in a warmish oven in the sauce to keep warm, any ideas on whether this would work? I've also been thinking about doing pigs in a blanket, because I love them...last year I did a Muffeletta and then cut it into wedges, and everyone loved it. Any idea for a good warm cheesy dip that uses real cheese?

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                                1. re: JasmineG

                                  I always do my wings earlier in the day and kep them in a warn oven...it works great!


                                2. I am a big fan of Alton Brown's Spinach Artichoke Dip, I made it over the holidays and it went quickly.


                                  1. I always take a warm crab dip to football parties and it iusually is a big hit. I don't really have a recipe. Mix cream cheese, a little mayo, a little white cheddar, some white wine if you have it handy or lemon juice, some old bay, texas pete, chooped scallions and a pound of good crab meat. Bake in the oven until warm and bubbly. I like to serve it with the big fritos.
                                    Also I make fancy pigs in a blanket with different sausages rolled in puff pastry and they always immediately disappear. The good thing about them is you can assemble them earlier and just bake when ready.

                                    1. Jumbo shrimp,and make the coctail sauce a little more spicy.huge hit on new years.Down fall $$$ pricey.Everyone seems to be doing taco type dips these days.Have had some real good ones at some parties.Can't help w/ recipie sorry.My buddy Larry's favorite and is seen at every gathering"burbon weenies".Little smokies or mini hot dogs, bbq sauce,grape jelly,and booze.Don't know amounts of each,heat in crock pot.It's a winner even if your team loses.

                                      1. It's so terribly trite, but the most popular food I serve at parties (and would be GREAT for the Super Bowl) are my Devilled Eggs! The secret is to use ungodly amounts of Best Foods (aka, Hellman's) mayo and whip the hardboiled yolks with the mayo and fresh cracked pepper using a handheld or stand mixer until the consistency is so smooth, you could mistake it for frosting! Then, I pipe it into the hard-boiled egg white halves using a ziplock bag with the corner cut off. Top with paprika (and fresh chopped green onions or chives!) and enjoy!

                                        For a twist, forego the paprika and chives, and instead add lots of curry powder to the yolks while they're being whipped, then top the finished eggs with drunken raisins that have been plumped in brandy!

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                                        1. re: Miss Kitty

                                          Love dried mustard in deviled eggs. Alway have to make deviled eggs for family gatherings, as all of my brothers are crazy about them.

                                        2. One of the big hits at my annual Super Bowl Party is Seven Layer Dip. Somehow Mexican food and football seem to go hand-in-hand (I think it's a Colorado thing).
                                          Take a Pyrex rectangular casserole dish and layer the following items in the following order (this can be changed up as per your personal taste):
                                          Refried beans (not heated)
                                          Sour Cream
                                          Shredded Cheddar
                                          Chopped Lettuce
                                          Chopped Black Olives

                                          Serve with a big bowl of thick tortilla chips.


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                                          1. re: empecot

                                            I make this using bean dip instead of beans, and I mix some taco seasoning into the sour cream layer. Also...if I can find good tomatoes...I top with chopped tomato and omit the salsa. Or fresh avocado instead of guac. I am asked to make this constantly. Be careful if you make it, you might be stuck making this every time you ask what you can bring somewhere.

                                            1. re: Rizza

                                              I make one similar to yours. And yes - I am stuck making it all the time! I top with tomatoes, black olive slices and chopped scallions. No salsa, no lettuce

                                          2. I love to make a huge pot of New England Clam Chowder- it is usually gone well before 1/2 time show.

                                            1. How about a variety of sandwiches cut into quarters or other manageable pieces? 2 favorites...really good thinly sliced roast beef with rosemary mayo (soak some finely chopped rosemary in a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, then mix with good mayo); egg salad with pesto.

                                              1. Any other foods particular to Indianapolis that could be served? Competing dishes from each city seems like a great idea...

                                                1. Pigs in the blanket are a mainstay st Jfood's Super Bowl. And not the frozen stuff. To keep it simple I do not make the dough. I make half with frozen puff pastry and the other half with Corn dough in the refrigerator section. I buy both Hebrew National and Boars Head mini dogs. Make them in the morning and into the spare fridge covered with wrap. Into the oven 350-400 for about 30 minutes. I have a slew of different mustards available.

                                                  Another touch this year since the Bears are there are the following web site:


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                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                    How do you do the ones with the corn dough? Do you mean cornbread dough, or is there something else?

                                                  2. I always serve the same Super Bowl menu every year, and there would be a rebellion at our house if I ever changed it! *Super Bowl Salad* is super yummy and easy. Slice up two or three large bunches of ripe bananas into a large bowl. Add a half a bag or so of shredded coconut, a couple of cups of chopped walnuts, two or three boxes of drained frozen strawberries and a carton of extra-rich frozen whipped topping (to which I add a drop or two of red food coloring, which produces a lovely, pink-colored salad). I always dress the top of the salad with a few extra berries, some nuts and coconut. Had this at a Nevada casino's private New Year's party for high rollers some 25-plus years ago and have been serving it ever since. It is simply delicious, non-filling and very colorful.

                                                    The day before the party, I also buy about five pounds of chicken wings and slice off the wing tips and divide the other two wing sections to make two pieces from each wing. Then the night before the game, I do the following:

                                                    In a large bowl, mix low-sodium soy sauce with some ground ginger, garlic granules, some sugar (or Splenda) and a splash of dry, white wine. Pour the teriyaki mixture into a large oven-proof bag and add the chicken wings. Seal the bag, place it in a large baking pan and store it all in the refrigerator overnight. Turn the bag over occasionally as the chicken marinates. About an hour and a half before serving time, pop the wings (bag, teriyaki sauce and all) into a 350-degree pre-heated oven and bake one hour and fifteen minutes. Super easy and very little cleanup! Everything else I serve is finger-food....the usual veggies and dips, crusty breads, cheeses and cheese spreads, olives, etc.

                                                    1. This is really not healthy but I sweat it gets eaten so fast that you can't keep the crockpot full.

                                                      you take about 4 blocks of cream cheese, and 4 cans of chili- no beans, and let it simmer. Use tortilla chips to dip into it. It is really tasty but not the most healthy dip. Super easy though.

                                                      1. I posted this before but its easy and good. Half jalepenos lengthwise, scoop out seeds, fill with shredded cheddar and cream cheese, wrap in bacon, 350 til crisp.

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                                                        1. re: Carmelizedbunions

                                                          Carmelized, I finally got around to making your jalepeno app for a New Year's Eve party tonight... you weren't kidding, they disappear FAST! The only prob I had in making them was in getting the cream cheese into the jalepenos without knocking out all of the cheddar. Next time will put in creamed cheese first, then the cheddar sprinkled on top of it. (I also let it get to room temp, think it would've been easier if it were cold and hard as it stuck to my fingers, pulled the jalepenos around, and like I said, scattered the cheddar.)

                                                          I let them cook at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes, my bacon wasn't very fatty, so they weren't getting crisp. So I put them on a higher rack and broiled them for a few minutes. People loved them, and one friend wants to make them for a champagne tasting event he is planning; he says the champagne will "cut through" the smoky heat of the jalepenos. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

                                                          1. re: ideabaker

                                                            I love jalapeno poppers but they can be a bit of work (since they do go fast). Here's a solution I've used before and it is AMAZING! Add some bacon to this and you have an easier version of Carmelized app ;-)

                                                            Jalapeño Popper Dip

                                                            2- 8 ounce packages cream cheese, room temp
                                                            1 cup mayonnaise
                                                            1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
                                                            1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
                                                            1- 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
                                                            1- 4 ounce can sliced jalapeños- double if you like heat

                                                            1 cup panko bread crumbs
                                                            1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
                                                            1/2 stick butter, melted

                                                            In a food processor add the first 6 ingredients and process until smooth. You do not need to drain either can of peppers. Spread the dip into a greased 2 quart casserole. In a bowl mix bread crumbs and the other 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Pour melted butter over top crumb mixture and mix well. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the dip and bake in a 375° oven for about 20 minutes. You want the top to get browned and the dip to be heated through and bubble gently on the edges. Do not over heat this dish or the mayonnaise with separate and you will have a grease puddle in your dip. Serve with Buttery crackers or a sliced French baguette. Serves 8-10.

                                                            1. re: ideabaker

                                                              Awesome, I like the champagne Idea, If he hasn't already finished the event I recommend a dry rose sparkler which pairs nicely w cured meat or a sweet sparkler like the red Bracchetto d' Acqui from Piedmont. Glad you enjoyed.

                                                          2. Can you use something other then a crockpot for that dip? Def. making those jalepenos! :)

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                                                            1. re: gastronomy

                                                              I made that dip for NYE on the stovetop in a heavy saucepan on low, low heat. Added a splash of milk to loosen it up a bit, and some chopped jalepenos for a bit more spice. Then transferred it to a 3 cup fondue server (with candle warmer underneath). Disappeared so quickly that I made it again yesterday for a gathering, using those new Tostito Multigrain Chips for dipping. Again, gone like lightning! The dip, and jalepeno (baked) poppers will absolutely star in the next Superbowl gathering!

                                                            2. We are a much more "artsy" than "sporty" bunch, but never miss the opportunity for a themed meal! :)

                                                              In honour of Superbowl, we make guacamole, oven nachos, jalapeno cornbread, Hell's Kitchen chili, smoked pork ribs with a southern rub and a wet sauce (my FIL smokes them for hours - heaven!), and baked beans. Though, we may have to try the Buffalo Chicken dip and stuffed jalapenos, too, this year...they sound killer!

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                                                              1. re: AmandaEd

                                                                I would love if you could you post your oven nachos recipe???

                                                              2. I took this from a fellow poster but felt it needed repeating, such a great idea

                                                                Last year I made mini bacon cheeseburgers. I used fresh ground chuck, slab bacon, grated Cabot habanero cheddar cheese and put them in sliced potato dinner rolls spread with a thin layer of ranch dressing mixed with a little Frank's Red Hot. The patties were about the size of a silver dollar and maybe 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. I made roughly two dozen and they were gone 10 minutes after I pulled them from the grill.

                                                                This year I am thinking about adding some grilled onions and thinly sliced dill pickle

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                                                                1. re: Jimbosox04

                                                                  Baby burgers,sooo good.... I dont know if this is the same bread but we used hawaiian bread rolls, they are fluffy little sqaures perfect for this.

                                                                2. Stuffed Breads are quick & easy!
                                                                  Roll out your pizza dough and fill with meat, cheese, fried eggplant, roasted veggies, deli meats, fold length wise, seal edges and bake until golden brown.

                                                                  Let 'em rest on the counter a few mins, slice & serve.

                                                                  1. I've been having Super Bowl parties since the 70's. Through experience, I've learned what goes and what doesn't. I keep the pickies down to a minimum because I have so much food, they don't seem to go. Yes, the chicken wing dip goes well at my parties, but not superbowl. I have made Italian fried chicken (bit hit) baked beans (big hit)) sausage and peppers (goes over BIG) Macaroni salad, pasta salad and slaw all go over big. Picked eggs (big hit) Kobassi (big hit) soup or chilli (big hit) Sloppy Joes or pulled pork are big hits. One year I replaced the fried chicken with hot dogs (made in advance and kept in an electric fry pan to keep warm) and made a bunch of different go-alongs.. ie sauerkraut, weiner sauce. That went over big too. I always do some sort of wing recipe. BBQ wings go over the best (people are too critical of Buffalo hot wings at a party. If I have a pickie, I usually have Nacho's with taco seasoned hamburg/hot peppers/cheddar cheese/olives and salsa and sour cream.... that goes over big. TV's everywhere are a must! Good luck. ps I hate football, but really get into throwing the Superbowl party!

                                                                    1. I always like the idea of incorporating some food from the teams that will be playing. The problem is we don't know who will playing yet. However, Tampa Bay is the host city so you can incorporate some TB food ? From what I know TB has 3 influences :
                                                                      1) Cuban 2) down home southern country cooking (grits, collard greens ;not party food)
                                                                      and 3) fresh seafood. (gulf of mexico).
                                                                      I don't know what you can make of that.

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                                                                      1. re: rochfood

                                                                        mmmm....cuban sandwiches....mmmmmmmmmmm......

                                                                      2. You gotta have a nice spicy chuncky chilli

                                                                          1. The Barefoot Contessa onion dip is so good - you will never use lipton's again.

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                                                                            1. re: michele cindy

                                                                              thats what im makin michele cindy!! it's awesome.

                                                                              Along with sweet N sour meatballs

                                                                              artichoke/spinach dip
                                                                              pulled pork sandwiches
                                                                              and possibly paula deens chicken bacon wrap thingies

                                                                              1. re: drewb123

                                                                                What are the Paula Deens Chicken thingies?

                                                                              2. re: michele cindy

                                                                                is this the right ina garten onion dip?

                                                                                I am planning a healthy(ish) SB

                                                                                Black Bean Chili
                                                                                Chipotle Hummus (blend chipotles in adobo into hummus, so good!
                                                                                Baked yam and parsnip fries
                                                                                Carrot salad

                                                                                1. re: yamalam

                                                                                  I make my sweet potatoes fries toss with olives oil, salt and pepper, cumin and chili powder. Been doing that for 20 years plus. We had sweet potatoes in the garden, I've been making them before they became popular, lol.

                                                                                  1. re: yamalam

                                                                                    Yes - that's it - it is the opposite of healthy! But it is so good and rich!

                                                                                    1. re: michele cindy

                                                                                      Darn, I was hoping I had the wrong one:) I love celery with onion dip, alas it would take a roomful of celery to even out that dip.

                                                                                      Re: sweet potato fries- they are so good, cheap and addictive! And I've cut back to just 2-3 T of olive oil for a whole batch, so def healthy. Until you dip them in that onion dip!

                                                                                      1. re: yamalam

                                                                                        We won't tell anyone about the dip!

                                                                                  1. I make my black bean chili and then make mini bread bowls. Yes ... just small dinner rolls. Cut off a slice from the top and lightly scoop out some of the bread, bake for 10 minute to lightly brown Stuff with chili. Great fun food.

                                                                                    Also my stuffed bread. I use a baguette, hollow it out a little. Lightly toast and then stuff. I use many different stuffings.

                                                                                    Fresh mozzarella, tomato, olive oil, and fresh basil
                                                                                    Pesto, thin sliced onions and parmesan
                                                                                    Carmelized onions and mushrooms with gruyere

                                                                                    The options are endless. After stuffing the bread, top with the other piece and wWrap the bread in foil. Bake 20 minutes on 350.

                                                                                    I like Sliders. I make turkey and bacon sliders with a chipolte sauce and pepperjack cheese

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                                                                                    1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                                      Kchurchill5-I keep seeing your recipes and food suggestions and they are AWESOME... really cool, innovative stuff. Where do you get your inspiration?

                                                                                      1. re: jlileck

                                                                                        Good question? Wish I could answer. I just think I things I enjoying eating and things I grew up with. Thanks, I love sharing. I have an email if you ever want to talk further, kchurchill5@comcast.net. Love to share recipes. I broke my ankle so laid up and on way way more than usual. But still on a nights. Bore and raised in northern MI so like venisen, duck, also true comfort food, but fun stuff too. A little bit of everything for me. Meatloaf and mashed taters ... heaven. And then butternut fried ravioli with a orange sauce I posted the other day. All good.

                                                                                        Keep in touch. and thx

                                                                                    2. I'm making a double batch of stir fried edamame with a garlic chile sauce (recipe on the site below). They disappear quickly and are still pretty healthy. We're also going to have a spicy buffalo chili and potato skins.