It's Super Bowl Time! These Are the Best Snacks to Serve on Game Day
Whatever jersey you're wearing for the Super Bowl this year, you're going to need food to sustain you through the exhilarating triumph or the agonizing defeat. We're here for those of you who never miss any game, those of you who never miss a Super Bowl, and, of course, those of you who simply show up for the snacks.
This mega gallery of appetizer and snack recipes can be divided into a few basic categories. We start with Pigs in Blankets, and that's because everyone loves and expects them. If you're hosting, you want to be sure to serve fan favorites that will fuel the party, and the bite-sized hot dogs pictured here certainly fit the bill. The only thing that might make you forgo the classic version this year is our newest recipe for Pull-Apart Pigs in Blankets, which is as genius as it is delicious.
Equally important for game day entertaining are nachos. They're a crowd pleaser whether you go with a traditional recipes or something a little more unexpected. Kettle chips make a delicious replacement for the usual tortillas and blue cheese, but you could also opt for individual nacho stacks or serve them team-style. If you decide to take the latter route, we suggest our Spicy Sausage, Bean, and Cheese Nachos.
And then there are the dips, there must be dips! Will they be creamy or shall you serve a classic guacamole, hummus (or a fabulous hybrid of the two)? Maybe an Eight Layer Dip is what's needed or will you opt for something novel in the dip department? Which ever you choose, do serve a dip or two at your Super Bowl party.
And now Super Bowl party would be complete without buffalo wings—you didn't think we forgot about them, did you? Traditional iterations are sure to fly off the plate, but if you want a change from the classic, try our Tequila-Lime Chicken Drumsticks. They have the flavors of a margarita but the booze cooks off making them a suitable for your entire guest list.
No matter how you're watching the Super Bowl, we all know that this game is all about the appetizers, and you're guaranteed to score big with these recipes—so much so that we think it's you who will be named MVP!
The MVP of appetizers, wow the crowd with homemade mozzarella sticks. They can be breaded and frozen for up to two months in advance, so you're not rushing to the finish line before the party starts.
Pull-Apart Pigs in a Blanket
Score big at your game day party by giving this crowd-favorite appetizer an all-star arrangement. Instead of baking the pigs individually, they're arranged in a springform pan for fun, pull-apart action that everyone can get in on.
Caramelized Mustard-Marmalade Wings
Ensure that your queso stays ooey-gooey all night long by making it in a slow cooker. Cornstarch helps to bind pepper Jack and American cheese together, and a combination of chopped red onion, sliced jalapeños, and chopped cilantro are game-winning toppings everyone will love.
Kettle Chip Nachos
Easy Waffle Chips
These salty snacks are always in Martha's starting lineup—in fact, they're one of her all-time favorite potato recipes.
Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Doused in a buttermilk-beer batter, dusted with cayenne, and finished with a spritz of lemon, these homemade onion rings are all we need for game day—or any day, really.
Labneh Dip with Caramelized Onions and Fennel
Lighten up onion dip with labneh, a Middle Eastern yogurt cheese. Caramelized onions and fennel add a depth of flavor that you just can't find in store-bought dips.
Chorizo, Parsnip, and Olive Bites
Test Kitchen's Favorite Buffalo Wings
Our favorite buffalo wings are coated in cornstarch and fried twice before being tossed in a buttery hot sauce. Serve them with the traditional accompaniments—homemade blue cheese dressing, plus carrots and celery sticks—and watch them go fast.
Fried Macaroni-and-Cheese Bites
Your favorite player is headed straight to the end zone, and you can't help but leap to your feet! But what about that plate of macaroni and cheese that was on your lap seconds ago? To avoid a macaroni mess, try this bite-size fried mac and cheese option instead.
The utility player or jack-of-all-trades, popcorn can play several positions with ease. Whether you go sweet, salty, savory, or sophisticated, popcorn always delivers.
White Pizza with Pickled Onions and Peppers
The unbeatable combination of soppressata, pickled onions and peppers, fresh parsley, and three kinds of cheese—ricotta, Monterey Jack, and Parmesan—means this pizza is destined to become a new fan favorite. Cut into small slices for a delicious game-day snack.
A two-ingredient wonder! These hearty appetizers pack a ton of flavor into a bite-size package.
With eight layers' worth of winners—refried beans, sour cream, cheddar cheese, green chiles, tomatoes, avocado, romaine lettuce, and scallions—this dip is the undisputed champion!
Tequila-Lime Chicken Drumsticks
Pair tequila and lime with honey for a power-packed marinade that pulls double duty. Once the drumsticks are done soaking, the marinade is reduced into a delectable glaze on the stove top.
Lina Kulchinsky's Soft Pretzels
Make these yeasted pretzels in advance, and all you have to do on game day is warm them up and set out mustard and cornichons.
Spicy Deviled Eggs
For a twist that matches the heat on the field, try spiking classic deviled eggs with roasted red peppers, Dijon mustard, and hot sauce.
Why not combine two crowd favorites into one sensational dip? This will be the first to go at your Super Bowl party, we guarantee.
Loaded Sweet-Potato Skins
Ready to hit the skins? These sweet potato versions are loaded with winning ingredients, including bacon, sour cream, and buttermilk.
Spicy Sausage, Bean, and Cheese Nachos
You'll get extra points for creativity when you pass around this nacho masterpiece packed with spicy sausage, creamy beans, vinegary pickled jalapeños, and enough melted cheese to keep all your guests happy.
Spinach Dip 2.0
While they huddle around this creamy spinach dip, guests won't even realize it's a healthier take on a classic recipe— it's that good!
Spicy Grilled Shrimp
We're willing to bet that these Thai-inspired seafood skewers will be gobbled up by halftime.
Keep your eye on the ball—the sausage-cheddar ball, that is. These bite-size delights might distract you from the game, but they're totally worth it.
Loaded Potato Bites
Topped with sour cream, scallions, bacon, and cheddar, this finger food is just plain irresistible. Peewee potatoes are boiled, smashed, and roasted until crispy and golden—they're like mini loaded baked potatoes.
Buffalo-Style Celery Sticks
Red-Pepper and Walnut Dip with Pomegranate
If your goal is to impress, this unique dip will do the trick. Unexpected ingredients—including sweet dates, roasted red peppers, toasted walnuts, and jewel-like pomegranate seeds—come together to create a knockout appetizer.
Want to avoid interference at the snack table? Instead of making one big, shareable nacho plate, offer guests their own individual servings on game day.
Warm Marinated Olives
Looking for an easy warm-up snack? You only need 15 minutes to flavor these olives with a mix of fragrant spices and herbs.
What's a Super Bowl party without the guacamole? Consider this quick dish the wide receiver of all guacamole recipes. It requires minimal ingredients and effort but still hits all the right notes.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are definitely not a Super Bowl staple, but we think they should be. Spiced with cayenne and cumin then roasted, they take on the texture of nuts. Don't be surprised if these become a crowd favorite.
It's time to up your Super Bowl appetizer game. These fiery jalapeños, with their cheesy filling, will score major points at the snack table.