Now I’m not a big fan of the Super Bowl or football or sports in general, but I am a big fan of food. And I’m also a big fan of theme parties. I don’t have the inclination to sit through a Super Bowl myself, so this post is more of an imaginary exercise. This is what I would serve IF I threw a Super Bowl party. May you benefit from my odd mix of productivity and laziness.
My goal for this menu was to be a little different from your typical Bowl party without being totally wackadoo. I saw an infographic that said Americans eat the following on Super Bowl Sunday:
- 100 million pounds of chicken wings
- 43.2 million pounds of tortilla chips
- 45.8 million pounds of potato chips
- 13.2 million pounds of pretzels
- 4.4 million pizzas
- 71.4 million pounds of avocados
- 111 million gallons of beer
So basically all that kind of grossed me out. And I think in general, variety is the spice of life. So my metric for a successful menu was that I would come up with something that absolutely used none of these things, but would still satisfy my brother.
- Mini Barbecue Meatball Sliders. This recipe feature BBQ meatballs served on a roll. Simple and delicious. I would add a spoonful of slaw to each one. I’d also double the recipe. 12 is so few when there’s just one meatball on there.
- Taco Cups. These are excellent because you can customize them with whatever fillings you like. Just not guacamole, that’s the rule.
- Spinach, Bacon & Onion Dip with crostini. Bacon… yum.
- Minty Pea Dip with carrots or other dipping veggies. To satisfy your guests’ craving for something green.
- Roasted Eggplant Dip with pita. Yum!
- Rosemary Cashews. Delicious, handy little snack. And cashews are good for your brain!
- Chili Lime Cashews. For a bit more kick. (Btw, one pound of cashews equals about 3 cups, so these two recipes should yield fairly equal amounts. Also, the other recipes here call for light brown sugar, and this is the only one that says dark brown sugar. So I would just forget the distinction and use whatever I have on hand.)
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip. I’m going to have to go make this now.
- Outrageous Chocolate Cookies. Because you always need something chocolate on the table.
- I give up. What’s a Super Bowl party without beer?
It’s your lucky day! I already wrote up a shopping list for you. It’s organized into two sections: ingredients you probably already have and ingredients who probably need to buy. Double check your fridge and pantry before you head to the store!
Download the Super Bowl Shopping List here.
If this doesn’t seem quite festive enough, you could always scrap this whole menu and make a Super Bowl Stadium instead. (I highly suggest googling “Super Bowl Stadium” and spending some time looking through the image results.)
- A Healthy Super Bowl Menu (thedailymeal.com)
- 11 Super Bowl Party Essentials (thedailymeal.com)
- Super Bowl Recipes: Best Food You Can Serve at Your Giants vs. Patriots Party (bleacherreport.com)