Super Bowl XLVIII is almost upon us. If you’re not a Seahawks or Broncos fan, that means you’re spending your time focusing on one thing — Super Bowl food. I’m not a huge football fan, but I am a huge food fan (if you haven’t already guessed). That means this Sunday gives me yet another reason to create and consume mounds of delectable goodies.
I was attempting to finalize this weekend’s menu when I found myself scrolling through some of my own Cooking On Empty recipes. To my surprise, I have a lot a dishes that would be perfect for an easy, cheap, and delicious Super Bowl party. To make it easier, I’ve complied them all in one place.
Here are the top five Cooking On Empty dishes for the perfect Super Bowl party.
Who says beer is the only beverage to pair with football? I say sangria should be the sports unofficial beverage. It’s got the aesthetic appeal of Peyton Manning but packs the punch of Kam Chancellor. Also, if you wanted to get really festive, why not fill your sangria with oranges and blue berries if you’re a Broncos fan or Kiwis and blue berries if you’re rooting for the Seahawks? It’s the perfect recipe for tipsy team spirit.
It’s not a Super Bowl party without something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Brooke from Brooke Eats Sweets lent me this recipe and it’s a perfect, bite-sized, salty-sweet snack. If you’re really trying to up morale, dip them in blue candy melts and cover them with orange or green sprinkles. The team spirit will be out of this world.
No Super Bowl party is complete without a cheesy and saucy pizza. But if you want to avoid the deliver time and cut the cost, try making personal quesadilla pizzas. Set up a pizza making station with any and every topping you have in your fridge. Then grill them off to order. That way everyone gets the pizza of their dreams and you don’t have to order 15 pies.
Wings are the quintessential dish of any successful Super Bowl party. The problem is that a tray of 50 wings can cost upwards of $35, and each mini wing only boasts two bites of meat. If you want to impress a batch of wing-loving fans, why not served baked buffalo drumsticks? Each drumstick quadruples the meat and cuts the high takeout prices. Just serve with ranch, blue cheese, and celery and you’re ready to go.
The right dips can make or break your Super Bowl party, so don’t mess around with jarred salsa or canned queso. Instead, make your own award-winning beer cheese dip. It pairs perfectly with soft pretzels, crackers, and veggies, and humbly combines the two most heavenly ingredients known to man — cheese and beer. Better yet, all you have to do is place all the ingredients in a food processor and serve. What could be easier?
It’s time to do the Super Bowl right and make some delicious, cheap, and simple dishes sure to please any crowd. What other food items are Super Bowl staples? Any recipes I should add to my list? Leave a comment and let me know!