As the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots face off in the Super Bowl next Sunday, the big question on everyone’s mind will be: “What’s to eat?” If you are a game host/hostess, here are three pointers and some food suggestions to help you enjoy both the game and your guests.
1. Keep it simple. Stick with finger foods placed within reach of your Super Bowl guests.
2. Keep it easy. . . on yourself, that is. Serve foods you can make ahead.
3. Keep it comin’. Don’t put out everything at once.
What’s better to kick off the national scrimmage in the family rooms across the nation than a super bowl of Popcorn—a good nibble food for anxious fans, as well as weight watchers. Skinny Pop Popcorn is tender and tasty (I’ve never found a hard kernel of corn in a bag!). What’s more, it boasts only 39 calories a cup and is all natural, cholesterol free, non-gluten, and non-GMO. For a sweet, fun treat order M&Ms with your team logo on the candy.
Football finger food shouldn’t be fussy or flimsy. For such occasions, Martha suggests a meaty, two-ingredient recipe Pigs in a Blanket—those little wieners in a flaky crust served with a tangy dip. Or, even easier, try a few interesting mustards on the side.
After the recent brouhaha over the size and pressure of footballs used in the game, meatballs are a must. Cranberry Meatballs are incredibly delicious and easy if you use the pre-made ones from Costco and plop them in a sauce. Or make a batch of your favorite meatballs or try David Lebovitz’s toney recipe shown below. Just be sure the balls are all regulation size and shape : )
And then there’s the old standard: Chicken Wings. The pigskin-chicken wing bond developed when bars, serving the cheaper poultry pieces during ball games, noticed the salty, tangy wings caused beer sales to soar. A tradition was born. During the 2015 game, the National Chicken Council predicts fans will gnaw on 2.5 billion chicken wings, most of them dipped in Ranch dressing or barbecue sauce.
Hummus with pita wedges and Guacamole with chips are very popular now and a lot healthier than traditional dips. Since we’re trying to keep this event simple, you might want to buy hummus at the supermarket or at a place that makes their own like Al-Tarboush Deli in the Loop. I stick with Martha on this one: make your own guacamole with fresh, ripe avocados. Its the best.
Make-ahead cookies and bars are easy to serve. Go with the favorites here: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Brownies. The Amateur Gourmet repeats an Internet favorite, a brownie made with unsweetened cocoa powder and entitles it the Best Brownie of Your Life. It’s a claim you might want to check out.
If you’re feeling crafty, try watermelon carving. See video instructions here. If you don’t have a sharp knife, just slip chunks of fruit onto skewers.
Those are my tips. Let’s hear from you, if you have some easy, breezy Super Bowl favorites to share.