French Dip Sliders
The thought of everyone walking around with little cups of au jus, poised to spill all over your home, would eliminate French dip sandwiches from most Super Bowl menus. This recipe cleverly bakes the flavor of au jus into the sandwich. Your couch will survive this party.
Bite-Sized Loaded Baked Potatoes
People want to sample a little of everything at a Super Bowl party, so full-sized loaded potato skins may be a bit much. This recipe gives people their loaded potato fill without getting too full.
This blogger features a brilliant hack for quickly cleaning your mushrooms before stuffing them: Fill your salad spinner with water and mushrooms, give them a whirl, drain the water, then spin them again. To draw out the remaining water, let the mushrooms dry on some paper towels while you prepare the delicious crab filling.
Though you can make the cornmeal-based batter a little ahead of time for these dogs, this is a dish to cook right before you serve them so they’ll be crispy on the outside and light on the inside.
Pull Apart Pepperoni Pizza Bread
On Super Bowl Sunday, waiting for pizza delivery can take forever. Save yourself the pain of waiting until the fourth quarter to receive your pie and get your pepperoni fill with this cheesy bread.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
This is the dish you want to plan a day or two ahead because the key to a great pulled pork is brining the meat for at least 12 hours (if not more). Then, get the pork in the oven well before kickoff so it can cook low and slow until it’s so tender you can pull it apart with a fork. Serve it with your favorite sauce and coleslaw.
Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings
During last year’s Super Bowl, Americans ate 1.3 billion chicken wings, so if you’re throwing a party, you’d better stock up. However, not everyone has a deep fryer at the ready, so this recipe takes the classic dish out of the hot oil and puts it into the oven.
Football Whoopie Pies
No need for special oval molds or cutters for these football-shaped desserts. Scoop the batter onto parchment or silpat, then use a butter knife or toothpick to turn the circle oblong. Frost the top, and you’ve got a football confection for way less than store-bought. Remember, laces out.
Loaded Chicken Enchilada Nachos
Packed with shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and pico de gallo, these nachos are practically a whole meal in and of themselves. If you’re short on time, buy a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket and shred that instead of making your own from scratch.
Slow Cooker Ranch Chex Mix
An easy crowd-pleaser is made even easier with this variation of the classic Chex mix that all comes together in your slow cooker. This is great for munching before kickoff.
Mushroom, Garlic, and Parmesan Flatbread
At Trader Joe’s you can buy pre-made pizza dough for just $1 that will be nearly as good as what you can make at home, with the benefit of taking way less time. What you shouldn’t skimp on is using a good pizza stone to cook these flatbreads. The stone will get much hotter than a sheet pan, giving you restaurant-style crust at home.
Chicken and Waffle Sliders
These savory waffles aren’t your normal brunch fare. They’re packed with pickled jalapenos, red pepper, rosemary, and onions, providing a flavorful accompaniment to the crispy fried chicken.