While I am far from a devoted football fan, I always kind of look forward to the Super Bowl as a fun excuse to get together with friends, eat like a boy and tune in for the commercials/halftime shows/betting/wardrobe malfunctions. It’s been a beloved tradition the last couple of years for us to host a wild and wintery Sunday night of trivia games (even for those of us who have no idea what’s going on in the game), make-your-own-pizzas and cash prizes. And while, sadly, we will not be putting on a repeat performance this year (hoping to get back on track for 2015!) it doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in a Super Bowl treat or two, right? And with game day just around the corner, it’s time to get our snack game in order, people! Here are just a few of my faves to kick off (see what I did there?) a fantastic Super Bowl fiesta…
An easy, bite-sized option to get the party started (and veggie friendly!)
Take the usual guacamole dip up a notch this year with my punchy pomegranate kick; dip classic tortilla chips and/or veggie sticks.
Anything on a stick is party-friendly in my book. These antipasto kabobs hit most of the major food groups and can be made ahead of time for ease of entertaining on game day.
Whip up a big batch of these and place them about the room in place of a salty nut mix.
Pulled chicken in a buffalo sauce just makes sense with football, am I right? Bonus! This is three recipes in one – pick your favorite!
Classic, filling, and (despite their name) surprisingly elegant when you do them the Martha Stewart way…
Football and beer are kind of a power couple, but a Shandy is a fun afternoon alternative if you want to cut back on alcohol consumption or you just enjoy a refreshing pop of citrus (who doesn’t really…)
BUTTERED POPCORN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
The ultimate dessert indulgence. Why just make plain old chocolate chip cookies when you can make Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies?
CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY FOOTBALLS
I actually did make these one year (they did not stick around long enough to capture my own photo) and they were a huge hit – people really appreciate the adorability [ed. note: I thought I made this word up but shockingly, I didn’t!] of the mini footballness (ok, that I did make up).
To spice up your cocktails, Shandies, or sparkling water for your designated drivers, a few trays of sassy ice are the perfect touch!
Go, team, go!