Whatever you decide, remember that all of these recipes can be made in advance, and all should be able to be eaten with just one hand (or one spoon or fork). You don't want your guests struggling to cut food while they're watching the game. After all, they'll need one hand free for cheering at all times.
Super Bowl Chili Menu
Chili is the star of this party. Be sure to have chili toppings on hand, too, like sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onions and sliced fresh jalapeno peppers.
- Beef Chili Recipe - Two kinds of meat and two kinds of beans give this chili many layers of flavor. Since it's a party, go all out and splurge on some good-quality gourmet sausage. There are so many available in local supermarkets these days, you should have no trouble finding a good one.
- Cornbread - If you're used to traditional Southern cornbread recipes, this one is a bit different. It's sweeter and cake-like, more like a quick bread. And it pairs beautifully with spicy foods, like chili.
- Broccoli Slaw with Cashews - You can find packaged broccoli slaw in the refrigerated section of your local supermarket, typically near the packaged cabbages. This recipe is enhanced with buttery cashews, sweetened dried cranberries and walnuts in a sweet and creamy dressing.
- Fruit Salad with Vanilla Pudding - Although this seems like a summer salad, you can make it with any seasonal fruits you like. Serve as a side dish or dessert.
- Andes Mint Chocolate Brownies - A simple brownie mix gets doctored up with Andes candies and white chocolate chips, making the perfect dessert for your Super Bowl party.
Super Bowl Snack PartyWant a menu with lighter fare? No problem. These snacks are hearty enough to keep your guests going straight through the fourth quarter.
- 7 Layer Dip Recipe - This Mexican flavored dip has adorned many a Super Bowl party cocktail table, and it deserves a place at yours. Use homemade salsa and guacamole to make it more special.
- Crab Dip Recipe - This creamy crab dip is positively addictive. If you can't find Old Bay seasoning, substitute your favorite seafood seasoning. But really, Old Bay is worth seeking out.
- Beef and Cheese Nachos - Is it really a Super Bowl party if you don't have nachos? This version is a family favorite. Yes, these nachos need to be made at the last minute, but they are so worth it.
- Party Mix Recipe - When the score is tied, nervous football fans will want something crunchy to munch on to break the tension. This sweet and spicy party mix is just the thing.
- Chocolate Football Rice Krispie Treats - These football-shaped treats are fun to make with the kids. Let them make the laces on the footballs with white gel icing.
- Peanut Butter Blossoms - The combination of soft peanut butter cookies and chocolate kisses is a winning one. Everyone at the party will gravitate toward these cookies.
Healthy Super Bowl PartyIt is surprisingly easy to serve healthy fare at a game day party. These recipes are a terrific start, and you don't even have to let your guests know. The only thing they'll notice is how good the food tastes.
- Guacamole Recipe - Guacamole used to get a bad rap for being high in fat, but it is high in heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat. The trick is to eat it without going overboard on the chips. Serve a combination of chips - blue corn tortilla chips, baked tortilla chips, pita chips and regular tortilla chips with this dip.
- Baked Chicken Wings Recipe - The sweet Asian flavor of these wings appeals to everyone, but unlike most chicken wings, this recipe is baked, not fried.
- Vegetarian Chili Recipe - Prepared salsa gives this chili a head start on cooking and a lot of great flavor. Corn adds heartiness and a pop of color to this recipe.
- Black Bean Mango Salad with Wild Rice - This salad is chock full of vitamins, protein, fiber and minerals. But most importantly, it's easy to make in advance and tastes great.
- Low Fat Brownies - This uber easy recipe starts with a regular brownie mix, but the secret ingredients add so much moisture and flavor to this recipe you'll never believe these brownies are low in fat. Hint: Pureed blueberries.
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