With millions of viewers planning to watch the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, there’s one pressing matter that’s paramount in the week following #DeflateGate—snacks. No matter which team you’ve bet your money on, these snack ideas are menu-making game changers whether you’re watching the game with a few friends or hosting a Super Bowl party for the masses.
While peanuts and pistachios are tried-and-true game day snacks, smoked bourbon paprika nuts are a bolder choice. Perfectly pairing the elements of savory and sweet with just a kick of spice, these popable munchies will disappear by the handful.
Thinking of heartier fare options? Go with traditional cold weather favorites chili and cornbread—but with a handheld twist. Chili cornbread cups provide an easy prep, easy serve option that’s not only filling, but satisfying too.
Speaking of hearty, sliders have been a mainstay at tailgates and sports parties for years now. If pulled pork’s your thing, treat your guests to pork that’s been slow simmered in onion, chipotle spices and Dr. Pepper (yes, the soft drink with the catchy ‘70s jingle) for an appetizer that just might bring a tear to their eyes…in a good way. To counteract the kick, add a sweet and tangy barbeque sauce and serve on King’s Hawaiian rolls for a dash of sweetness.
Corn chips rarely come to mind when someone says the word “cookies,” but you might want to give this next one a serious chance, especially if you find yourself short on prep time Sunday with cheering (or jeering) mouths to feed. Pair peanut butter, corn chips and a few other basic ingredients together in a baking pan, drizzle with chocolate sauce and you’re done. Once these cool, simply break them apart and enjoy.
Let’s face it: Casseroles aren’t typical Super Bowl party hits. Meet Crack Potatoes. Consider it the “un-casserole”. Combining hash browns, shredded cheese, ranch dip and bacon, this quick dish is a certified fan favorite that can feed 5 to 25, depending on the size of your watch party crowd.
Think tacos and cupcakes don’t go together? Think again. This option gives you and your guests the best of both worlds in the palm of your hands, literally. With the foundation of a taco baked into the compact size of a cupcake, all that’s left to do is add the toppings. To make things easier, cut up tomatoes, onions and other taco toppings of your choice so that they can just be spooned on. The icing on these ‘cakes? Add sour cream, guacamole or your choice of salsa to finish them off…if they’re still around by halftime.
Even though the Eagles won’t be hitting the gridiron on Sunday, you can still enjoy a city favorite in their honor. Philly cheesesteak egg rolls give you the taste of savory sirloin, onion, green pepper and provolone all wrapped up in egg roll glory. If you want to go the extra mile, add some au jus on the side for dipping during commercial breaks.
One of game day’s real MVPs? Bacon. Going the savory-sweet route, bacon-wrapped sweet potato bites are a great pick to please guests. Cured in maple syrup, butter and chipotle spices (for those who like it spicy), these one-bite appetizers won’t stay on the skewers for long.
Continuing the unofficial celebration of the wonder known as bacon, this next snack is so good, it’s practically candy. Super easy to prep and make, it’s a far-from-foul addition to your Super Bowl party menu. If the crunch doesn’t keep them coming back, the hint of vanilla definitely will…even into overtime. Bottom line, it’s a win-win.
Traditionally, anything served on a hoagie roll is fair game to serve at a football party. The good news is that this still holds true. The better news is that doing so just got a little easier…and a little cleaner. Taking the decadent goodness of a traditional meatball sub and putting it on a stick so you can still do your own end zone dance? Nothing short of epic. Keep the marinara on the side of your plate rather than the side of your mouth and save the napkins for serious spills…or tears, depending on which team earns the trophy.