Touchdown! Simple, Savory Super Bowl Snacks
January 31, 2013
Bum-bum-buh-bum-buhhh! It’s Super Bowl time once again! And just like every year, millions of viewers will gather around the flat screen like it’s a trash can fire and watch feverishly like it’s a trash can fire filled with fireworks. Super Bowl Sunday is also the second largest food-eating day of the year, right behind Thanksgiving, and, if you haven’t noticed by now, we love food-related anything. Whether you cheer and taunt your rivals with every small victory or spew obscenities unrepeatable here at every call or play, there’s no doubt everyone will at least share a desire to eat junk and repent later. So let’s foster some team spirit in the sharing of tasty, savory game day appetizers and heartburn medications and let’s make some end zone edibles!
First Quarter: The Snack Bowl
Just like before any game, a little warm-up is required, so let’s begin with some snacks to engage that appetite a little. Let’s shoot for a first down with Spicy-Sweet Pretzel Mix! Seven or more ingredients isn’t needed for it to be called “party” mix; all you need is some pretzels, almonds, a little butter, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar.
Waste no time: follow this snack bowl up with another awesome play, Spicy Maple Cashew Popcorn! Similar to the pretzel mix, this popcorn bowl uses a spicy-sweet combination with ground red pepper, sugar, and maple syrup. Perfect as a snacker before the real game begins! And hey, do us a favor: ditch those cheesy plastic football-shaped bowls. Everyone already knows it’s a Super Bowl Party, so try a Beer Bites Snack Bowl to bring home more of a pub or sports bar feel.
Second Quarter: The Chips and Dip Bowl
Just like in football, every play needs to be followed up with another one stronger than the first. Keep the momentum going with a pairing of Chili Lime Tortilla Chips and fresh Guacamole. Baked, cut corn tortillas get a bath of lime juice and chili powder for a crispy, generally guilt-free treat that just would not be complete without a chunky mix of avocado, tomatoes, garlic, and onion. Add a little cayenne pepper to encourage more brew-drinking and hence more random dances after touchdowns.
Then go for the extra point with an additional bowl brimmed with Avocado, Tomato, and Mango Salsa: all three join forces with jalapeño, onion, lime juice, and cilantro for a juicy, sweet, tangy complement to your homemade chips.
Just like the cracking of a running back’s bones, these Spicy Pita Chips will have every jaw crunchin’ and munchin’ away! Pita breads gets tackled by za’tar, a Middle Eastern spice that also works well for your meats, veggies, and accompanying hummus!
Give your mouth a break from eating and use it to laugh at those ridiculous commercials (or drool over Beyoncé’s performance!) You might also cleanse that mouth after all that salt, sweetness, and vulgar language with a fresh beer from a Hopped Up Glass or a Hopside Down Glass.
Take a break from all the chips and dip. Serve some antioxidant rich snacks packed with vitamins and proteins like some tasty edamame, savory olives, or healthy deviled eggs. Hey, even the cheerleaders need to eat, right?
Okay, enough behaving. Now that you’ve had your daily dose of veggies, get ready for the main courses because we’re bringin’ out the big guns!
Third Quarter: The Chicken Wing Bowl
Maybe a more apt title would be “The Chicken Wing Plate”, but hey, we’re all about consistency here. The game of the year is almost over, but your taste buds are not quittin’ now! Caribbean Chicken Wings sack your mouth with a habanero, cayenne pepper, some ginger, and a whole slew of other players. Sure, there’s a lot of different ingredients here, but victory comes to those who fight for it, and if you want flavor-packed, finger-lickin’ wings, you gotta go all out. Pair with the Mango Salsa from above for a coolness with every bite!
If you and your teammates can handle more heat (and you’re up for some grilling), try Firecracker Chicken Wings from big taste mogul Guy Fieri. Honey, ginger, chili-garlic sauce, soy sauce, and Sriracha sauce give a kick that every face-painted football freak will cheer for!
Fourth Quarter: The Chili Bowl
Loosen up the belt buckle because you’ve got one last quarter to give it your all! Nothing says game day like a chili bowl, and nothing says a chili bowl like Fusion Chili, a Tex-Mex style chili with Italian sausage, ground beef, ancho chiles, and a whole lotta onion. (Psst… the recipe also calls for red wine and honey! Who would have guessed!)
If there’s perhaps a chance you’re actually looking to watch what you eat (really? You waited til the last quarter?), try a super-tasty bowl of Terrific Turkey Chili. Bell peppers, coriander, red pepper flakes, and zucchini simmer in beef broth, salsa, and tomatoes for a hearty ending to hopefully a successful win for your team!
Ahh, now that all bellies are stuffed, throats are achey, and spirits are still high, your guests will provide that much-deserved appreciation that only comes in the form of a good Tebowing in your honor. Good luck on those office pools, enjoy your Super Bowl party, and may the best team win!