The Super Bowl is around the corner! This means my house will be booming with cheers and jeers, plenty of beer, lucky jerseys…and of course FOOD! (funny side note; when I met my husband, he told me he wasn’t one of those guys who sat around watching football all the time. Cut to a year later. Lucky San Diego Chargers jersey: ON. Football on every channel possible: ON. Remote control: IN HAND AT ALL TIMES TO TOGGLE BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN STATIONS. I guess it’s only fair, I pretended to love working out when I met him…cut to a year later: I hadn’t seen a pair of workout shoes for months and I hadn’t even tried looking. Years later now this is always a good source of humor… especially during football season) Football is such a great excuse to eat fried food, cheesy appetizers, creamy dips and all the yummy food I try to stay away from most of the year! I love the game day classics but I wanted to find some good ways to update my faves. Hot wings. Pizza. Potato Skins. DIP!! Yum, yum, yum and YUM!!
Here is a table I just put together for a television segment on Super Bowl decor and food- the table is filled with awesome game day ideas:
My Buffalo Chicken Lollipops with Blue Cheese Fondue are CRAZY good, I might just have to make these for all occasions, not just football. I’m sure I can find some appropriate moments that could include these delicious bites of crispy, juicy, spicy goodness. The blue cheese fondue is MILD, which I like- and it takes the bite off the spiciness of the buffalo sauce.
Most every football party I’ve been to has included pizza…I really wanted to try something different here but still get my cheesy, zesty pepperoni fix. I thought arancini would be the perfect answer- the crispy outside of these little risotto balls hold the cheesy goodness of the pizza inside! I made two versions of pizza arancini…of course we need “The Works” and then I tried a simpler version, Sausage and Caramelized Cipollini Onion. Chipollinis are sweet and caramelize quite nicely, making for a sweet and savory combo with sausage and cheese.
Here is my “The Works” Pizza Arancini (YUM!):
Check out my “Ultimate Guys’” dessert: Maple Bacon Mini Football Cakes…sounds crazy but it’s delicious!! They really taste like maple pancakes with bacon (and of course a little chocolate thrown in there! trust me- the flavors work!).
Who doesn’t love a good spinach artichoke dip? And potato skins? I combine the two here for this delicious game-day treat! Spinach and Artichoke Potato Skins:
Mini Clam Chowder Bites are a great way to celebrate San Francisco by making one of their signature dishes into a mini appetizer bite. These are fun and easy!
These Grilled Mini Reubens are my mom’s recipe, they are bursting with flavor! They’re crispy, cheesy and delicious- the sauce is the perfect dip, what a great sandwich!
I always like to include something from the two teams’ cities and also the hosting city for my Super Bowl parties…this year it’s in New Orleans so I made Creole Grilled Shrimp Bloody Marys…spicy and delicious!
The Baltimore Ravens are headed to New Orleans so I made up football party sized Maryland cakes for my Crab Cake Lollipops with Lemongrass Aioli…
Here they are on my game day table:
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