My husband and I watch professional football all year, but when our team doesn’t make the BIG GAME, let alone the playoffs, we stop watching. That is until it is time for the Super Bowl. We don’t care about the outcome of the game if we have nothing invested, but instead, watch because it is tradition. The tradition mostly means staying home, playing Superbowl squares, grabbing some drinks, and finding some yummy and easy to make family-friendly recipes. We don’t do the same thing every year, but instead, we try to mix it up with some different recipes. Here are a few recipes that are in the running for this year’s recipe(s) of choice:
DIY pizzas– This is a family favorite of mine and better yet, it doesn’t need a recipe. Grab some individual crusts, sauce, and toppings and go to town. We love doing this because each pizza can have a different topping and be catered to what each person wants (for me that topping is black olives, the more the better!). You can get these ingredients anywhere, but my family likes to get them at Sofo’s Italian Market. They carry normal crust, as well as other types like cauliflower and broccoli/cheese for those trying to be healthy or sensitive to gluten.
Guacamole– Guacamole and chips are the perfect snacks for munching during the Super Bowl. I like this recipe in particular because it has all the ingredients you need as required, and everything else listed as optional. I love this because not everyone likes the same things (my husband makes the guac at our house, and knows NEVER to add onions, although so many people love them). This particular recipe also discusses how to pick the best avocado for guac which is super helpful if it’s not something you make often. Personally, if we make homemade guac, we eat some alone with tortilla chips as an appetizer, and then either have nachos or tacos as a main dish and add it in. I’m not listing this as my healthy super bowl option; even though it’s relatively healthy, until you add all the extras, like my favorite, queso fresco cheese!
Link to Recipe: https://www.theendlessmeal.com/easy-guacamole-recipe/
Potato Skins– There really is no more perfect time for potato skins then when watching football. I was looking online for a recipe specifically for them and came across these. They sound delicious, but more importantly, they sound super easy. Throw some potatoes in a crockpot (or an instant pot, but I haven’t purchased this popular appliance yet myself) and dress them up a few hours later with canned chili, cheese, etc. After that, you throw them in the oven for a few minutes to complete the process. This particular recipe is for chili cheese potato skins, but you could really do anything based on what your family and friends prefer (similar to pizzas you can even customize for each person).
Link to Recipe: https://www.gogogogourmet.com/chili-cheese-potato-skins/
Ham and Cheese Sliders– This is a particularly good recipe for a party. I’ve been to a few parties where these are served and everybody raves about them, and the hostess is thrilled because they are SO simple to make. Just get ham, cheese, Hawaiian rolls, and a few other miscellaneous ingredients, throw them in the oven, and you have an easy main dish/appetizer to serve.
Link to Recipe: https://www.averiecooks.com/ham-cheese-sliders/
Wings– You can’t write an article about Super Bowl recipes without mentioning wings because they are synonymous with one another. I know buffalo wings are probably the most popular, however here is a recipe that might be a bit more family-friendly, especially if you have a family member or friend that can’t handle too much spiciness like me (hello heartburn!). This particular recipe is for honey bbq which is always a crowd-pleaser.
Link to Recipe: https://tasty.co/recipe/honey-bbq-chicken-wings
Hummus– Finally, I wanted to include something that was on the healthy end of the spectrum, because not everybody chooses to indulge in junk food for the big game (Although for some of the recipes I mentioned you can definitely modify them to make them healthier if you so choose). This is one of our personal family’s favorite recipes and something that we make all year long. Store-bought hummus is fine, but once you make your own it is hard to go back. Get some pita or naan and veggies, and you have a healthy and delicious game-day snack! Tip: we’ve made this hummus and taken the time to unpeel the chickpeas, and we’ve left them on. The dip tastes good either way, so if you are running short on time, skip that step!
Link to Recipe: (https://www.inspiredtaste.net/15938/easy-and-smooth-hummus-recipe/)
Hopefully, this list has given you some game day inspiration, but if not, I will totally not judge you for ordering pizza, because you can’t go wrong with that!