Planning a super bowl party? Millions of homes across America will be hosting super bowl parties this season, mine included. Part of planning a great party is to offer great food, but this is not your typical Sunday afternoon cocktail party, so what do you serve?
The goal is to create a simple menu, one that offers enough heartiness to counter-act the effects of the beer, tastes amazing and that can be prepared ahead of time, so you can enjoy the game with your guests.
Set a buffet table in the room with easy to eat finger foods for your guests to enjoy throughout the game. Balance your buffet with spicy, salty, sweet and refreshing options for a touchdown with your guests.
Add these 5 appetizers to your play book:
Garlic Buffalo Wings (prep: 20 min, cook 20 min, serves 6)
- · Vegetable oil for frying
- · 1 cup all-purpose flour
- · 2 tablespoons paprika
- · 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- · 3 pounds chicken wings, split at joints, tips removed
- · ½ cup Franks RedHot sauce
- · 1 stick butter, unsalted
Heat oil to 375 degrees. Combine flour, paprika and garlic powder in shallow bowl. Dredge wings in flour mixture until well coated, shaking off any excess. Fry wings in batches approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown and thoroughly heated.
Combine hot sauce, butter and honey in medium pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. Continue to cook for 10 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken. Reserve ¼ of the sauce for dipping. Toss cooked wings in remaining sauce and serve.
Football Cheeseball (prep: 10 min, serves 8-12)
- · 2 8-oz packages of cream cheese, softened
- · 1 small white onion, diced
- · 3 green onions, diced
- · 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- · 1 package budding roast beef thin slices, chopped
- · 1 cup pecans, chopped
- · 2 tablespoons pimento strips
Combine cream cheese, chopped beef, white and green onions and Worcestershire sauce in large bowl. Mix well. Shape into football form and place on large serving plate. Coat evenly with chopped pecans. Use the pimento strips to create the football lacing on top.
Salad on a Stick (prep: 10 min, serves 4)
Trick your guests into eating healthy with cool salad on stick appetizers.
- · 4 long wooden skewers
- · Head of iceberg lettuce
- · Carrot, thinly sliced
- · Cucumber, thinly sliced
- · Cherry tomatoes
Cut lettuce into 2-inch chunks. Thread carrots, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes onto skewers in an alternate order. Place in plastic storage bags and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Place a ranch dipping sauce on the table.
Italian Baked Sandwich (prep: 10 min, Cook 10 min, serves 6-8)
These tasty sandwiches are a hit anytime of the year, and they are ideal for impressing your super bowl party guests.
- · 2 cans refrigerated French bread
- · 4 cloves garlic, minced
- · Olive oil
- · ¼ pound hard salami, thin sliced
- · ¼ pound ham, thin sliced
- · ¼ pound turkey, thin sliced
- · ¼ pound pepperoni slices
- · 1 green bell pepper, cut into long strips
- · 1 large white onion, sliced
- · ¼ pound Swiss cheese, thin sliced
- · ¼ cup Italian dressing
Remove bread from cans and pinch edges together to form a circle loaf. Rub bread generously with olive oil and minced garlic. Bake as directed on package.
Remove from oven and cut bread in half from the center and place top half aside. Coat bottom half of loaf with Italian dressing.
Build your sandwich with onions, green bell peppers, ham, turkey, salami, pepperoni slices and Swiss cheese. Return top half to sandwich and place in oven until cheese melts. Pre-cut sections for guests before serving.
Touchdown Brownies (prep: 10 min, cook: 10 min, serves 6-8)
This recipe can be made from a store-bought box, from your favorite brownie recipe, or even created from an already baked tray of brownies.
Once brownies are completely cool, cut them into football shapes. An easy trick for this is to use a metal biscuit cutter, just bend it into the shape you need, it bends right back when you’re done.
Coat brownies with chocolate icing, then use white icing to create the laces.