The Ultimate Super Bowl Party Menu
The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and it’s a great excuse to throw a party and cook an extravagant spread of delicious food. That diet you’ve been on all of January? It’s time to reward yourself by indulging in some good old-fashioned game day eats. The ultimate menu is inspired by childhood classics—pizza, pigs in a blanket, and cupcakes—with a potent pitcher drink to kick things up a notch. It consists of something for everyone, from vegan banh mi sliders to carnitas nachos, so grab your phone and start texting: You’ve got a Super Bowl party to plan! Whether you make all of these dishes or just whip up one, you won’t be disappointed by this mouth-watering menu.
Buffalo chicken dip is always a crowd-pleaser. Set a piping hot baking dish of this addictive, cheesy, creamy appetizer out in front of your guests and watch as it disappears in minutes. What makes this variation lighter? Greek yogurt, of course!
When I was growing up, I ate a lot of cheese–stuffed hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls. This recipe mimics my childhood favorite but makes it a little more grown up by adding the everything-bagel seasoning. Plate on a football–shaped wooden cutting board.
If you’ve never had pizza dip, you’ve got to give this incredibly scrumptious recipe a try. It takes all the components of pizza—tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and veggies—and combines them into a dip. When baked, everything oozes together, and the resulting cheesy, melty dip tastes just like pizza. Yum! Serve with garlic-rubbed crostini.
You can’t celebrate the Super Bowl without nachos! This staple sports-bar snack becomes an interactive appetizer when you let guests assemble their own nachos. If you don’t have time (or energy) to make the carnitas and fixings, order them from your favorite Mexican restaurant.
Stock up on beer and wine, then serve one classic cocktail in pitcher form. The margarita, when made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is always a winner. Cheers!
During halftime, set out the more substantial main course items. First up? Cajun chicken pitas with cabbage and creamy lime-mayo dressing. Instead of using full-sized pitas, use mini pitas; that way, guests can have one of these and a few of the other dishes, too.
Bet you won’t be able to eat just one of these lamb sliders! Make the tomato jam in the next few days and you won’t have to worry about it come game day.
Brown rice and kidney beans are the base for these vegetarian burger patties. Shredded carrots, broccoli, freshly chopped ginger, and cilantro ensure that the patties are super flavorful. To make these bean and veggie sliders vegan, use Vegenaise instead of mayo in the chili aioli. Place the toppings in chalkboard ramekins and let guests assemble their own banh mi burgers.
During the fourth quarter of what will hopefully be a thrilling game, set out dessert. Chocolate cupcakes with football-inspired frosting? Yes, please!
Why have just one dessert when you could have two? These chocolaty pretzel and peanut cookie bars are sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy all at the same time! They can be made three days in advance, so bake and assemble on Thursday.
What's on the menu for your Super Bowl Sunday festivities?