There are two secrets to serving a successful Super Bowl spread. First, prepare casual, crowd-pleasing foods that are easy to eat. (Forget the fancy stuff. Football calls for casual snacks that pair well with beer and paper napkins! Or elevate the everyday by offering a fancy riff on game-day grub; we tell you how below.) Second is to make sure the foods can be prepared in advance so you don’t miss a single play while working in the kitchen. (We’ve listed just such selections below.) Pair them with plenty of self-serve beverages, including non-alcoholic options, and you’ve got a winning spread on your hands.
Chips and Dip:
Who cares if it’s unoriginal? Chips and dips are the foundation of any football party because people LOVE them. Whether you go with potato chips and classic French onion dip, tortilla chips and guacamole or a seven-layer dip, or something more contemporary like Terra chips and hummus, make sure you’ve got plenty to go around, because as you know, once you start, you really can’t stop. Want to serve the ultimate high and low? Go for potato chips topped with a dollop of creme fraiche and caviar.
Another party classic, these finger-tinting, fire-breathing bites of crisp and juicy deliciousness are beyond irresistible. Whether you make your own, pick up a bucket from a local spot, or order what’s considered the best in the nation from us, you’re bound to please palates with a heaping pile of wings and a requisite side of celery sticks and blue cheese dressing.
Ribs, pulled pork, brisket–they’re all mouthwatering additions to your football party buffet. Not only classic grill grub, they’re easily made in advance and taste great hot or room temperature. Add buns and condiments for pulled pork or brisket and you’ve got a make-your-own sandwich station!
Who doesn’t love meatballs? Whether made with turkey, beef, or even pork, they are a hearty addition that can be served solo or with an awesome sauce with toothpicks. Or offer the irresistible–meatball sandwiches on soft rolls with melted mozzarella.
Serve ‘em whole with buns or offer them sliced, sautéed, and accompanied by toothpicks and a delicious array of mustards for dipping. Trust us: there’s no such thing as too many sausages!
It always feels like a treat to grab a shrimp by its tail, dip it into spicy cocktail sauce, and throw it into your mouth! Serve it simply, or elevate the everyday by serving shrimp, cut into bite-size pieces, layered with cocktail sauce, shredded iceberg lettuce, and diced avocado in individual glasses. Serve it with a cocktail fork
An inexpensive indulgence, potato skins are fantastic when filled with standbys like cheddar cheese, bacon bits, chives, and a dollop of sour cream. But you can also create your own more contemporary fillings, such as sautéed mushrooms, gruyere, and pancetta or spinach, cream cheese, and bacon. Whatever the case, when filled in advance and popped into the oven right before guests arrive, potato skins easily become an awesome hot appetizer.
Salad, Slaw, or Crudités:
While not everyone looks for respite from hearty Game Day grub, it’s always a good idea to include something green, leafy, and vegetarian on your buffet table. A simple tossed salad will do, or, if serving barbecue, slaw makes an excellent partner. Crudités, or simple sliced vegetables such as celery, carrots, bell peppers, and cauliflower and broccoli florets with a centerpiece dip, are another healthy offering.
Want to make your Super Bowl spread delicious and effortless? Order the nation’s best Game Day favorites from us, reheat them, and get the party started!