Your Super Bowl Party Food Playbook

The Super Bowl is this Sunday and while your team might not have made the cut, there are still commercials to watch and parties to be had.   Super Bowl ranks 3rd in busiest grocery holidays behind only Thanksgiving and the 4th of July so obviously people take their party food seriously.  We reached out to some foodie friends around the area to find some of their favorite foods to entertain with and the results are sure to please at any party.

The Every Couple prides themselves on  recipes do-able for the 'every' person.  And one thing likely to be at every party this year is the football necessity- wings!  They're sharing their sweet and spicy wing sauce recipes that can double as a great crock pot sauce for meatballs.

Sweet & Spicy Wing Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Frank's Hot Sauce

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon sale

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a saucepan over medium heat, mix everything together until well combined.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 8-10 minutes.  Allow the sauce to cool before tossing on cooked wings.  If using for meatballs, simply throw all of your ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Mini Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

You can never go wrong with hot dogs and Chicago Style Hot Dogs are an even better idea.  This recipe from The Tipsy Housewife the perfect bite sized version of the signature Chicago dog, but a whole lot easier to snack on.  Find the full recipe HERE.

 

Quick Guacamole

We asked our Instagram viewers for their essential Super Bowl food and theoverwhelming response – – Chips & Dip ! This guacamole recipe from Elena of Savor Paradise is quick, easy and  the perfect dip to all the chips.

  • 5 ripe avocados

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon of cilantro flakes

  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon of oregano

  • 1 tablespoon of half a lime juice

  • Mash the avocado’s with a fork. Add seasonings and lime juice. Continue mashing with a fork or spoon until desired consistency

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

If the classic deviled egg recipe is too holiday for you, kick them up a notch with  these jalapeno deviled eggs. A little spice and packed with flavor, these will be your new favorite way to make the classic. Follow Savor Paradise’s step by step instructions HERE.

The Gourmet Goddess is always one to ask for advice when it comes to entertaining.  From her immaculate cheeseboards to dinner party tips she’s earned her title in every right.  When it came to football food she was quick to offer her recipe for

Caramelized Onion Dip

  • 2 large yellow onions

  • 2 large cloves garlic

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flake

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 cup good mayonnaise

Cut the onions in half, peel skin, and then slice them into 1/8-inch-thick slices. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.)

With the back of your knife, quickly press on the garlic to lightly crush and break skin.   Remove skin and roughly chop.

Heat the butter and oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, red pepper flake, salt, and pepper and sauté for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes, until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool.

Place the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add almost all the onions (reserve about 1/4 cup) and mix well. Taste for seasonings.

Transfer to bowl, add reserved onions in the center, serve at room temperature with your favorite thick cut potato chip.

The Ultimate Snack Tray

House of Rufus in Chesterton said their favorite party food is a snack tray.  They love the variety and being able to mix and match flavors on a whim. Here are their tips for picking the ULTIMATE snack tray items:

  • Start with a variety of cheeses.  A soft or spreadable option like a brie or goat cheese.  A firm option like a parmesan or manchego and then one super plain Jane like a cheddar or havarti.

  • Add in a salted nut mix for necessary texture and seasoning contrast.

  • Throw on some brined items- olives, pickles, onions, artichokes, take your pick!

  • Fruits & vegetables!  Apple, pea pods, berries, oranges, tomatoes, pomegranate, etc.  There are really no wrong answers in this category, but contrasting colors are more visually appealing. Don’t underestimate dried fruits here either- dates, apricots, figs, jams or preserves.

  • Protein – To satisfy the carnivorous I suggest a cured option like prosciutto, a peppery soppressata, a hot smoked fish or something mild like roasted chicken or turkey.

  • Lastly #CARBS –  Again here, have fun with this.  It is a party after all! Pick a seeded cracker, pita chips, a crusty baguette (ours are particularly good) or some crispy breadsticks.  Just try to steer away from buttery or salted crackers to avoid overpowering the flavors of the snacks themselves.