It’s the Big Game. The one we wait all year for. The SUPER BOWL!
And while we all love the game and wait to watch all those commercials, the thing that makes the day so super special is all the FOOD!
Am I right or am I right? Right?
And for the big game I’ve decided to do a roundup. To go back and take a look at all the recipes I’ve posted and bring a few faves back to the foreground. So, here’s a list of some sure fire winners – tasty treats that are sure to make your Super Bowl spread a standout.
Apps & Snacks
Gotta have shrimp. Is that odd? Not around here. Any reader here knows that my wife is all about the shrimp. So for the big day I’m gonna make either this tangy BBQ Butter Shrimp or this Black Pepper Shrimp accented with a good squeeze of lime. Of course to start you gotta have some good Guacamole and maybe a thick, creamy, homemade Blue Cheese Dressing/Dip which will play double duty all night as a decadent chip dip and a cooling wing man.
And speaking of wings – no Super Bowl soiree worth its salt is complete without wings. Here we’ve got a choice of some truly amazing Honey Sriracha Wings and if your smoker isn’t buried in snow, deceptively simple Smoked Chicken Wings. To round things out I’m thinking a huge plate of Nachos (which, oddly, it seems I’ve never made for the site) and some deviled eggs. Now, should I go creative cooky with these Kimchi Deviled Eggs or classically cool with these crowd pleasing Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon?
Sandwiches & Sliders
Now slide me a slider! Is the slider the greatest invention in the history of the sandwich or what? Take all your best sandwiches and shrink ’em down so instead of filling up on one or two you can bust your belly with five or six. Oh, the choices…
I might start with this superior Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder Bahn Mi Slider with its fatty, porky goodness topped with a traditional, sweet and tangy Asian flavored veggie slaw. It’s truly amazing. No? Then maybe we’ll take our mouth down south for a little slow smoked Pulled Pork Slider with the classic combo of bbq sauce and creamy cole slaw. And how’s about some baby burgers for the big game? I really like these Caramelized Onion and Pepper Jack Sliders and these Chipotle Cheddar and Balsamic Onion beauties I like to call the Company Burger. And let’s not forget our good slider friends Meatball Parm and his vegetarian cousin Portobello Burger Caprese.
Aaaah… pizza! Now you talkin’ my language. They say year after year the Super Bowl is the number one day for pizza delivery. And with Domino’s looking to sell upwards of 900k pizzas in just a few hours you might have to wait quite a while for delivery. So why not make it yourself?
Of course there’s pepperoni, but really, where’s the challenge in that? I’d go with this take on BBQ Chicken Pizza topped with tangy bbq sauce, grilled chicken, red onions and banana peppers. Or maybe keep the buffalo wing theme going strong with this Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese Pizza topped with real Maytag Blue Cheese. Wanna blow their minds? Whisper these words – Cheeseburger Pizza. That’s right. We cracked the code to the cheeseburger pizza and the results are nothing short of revolutionary. And if you want to do something really different try this Mushroom Goat Cheese & Truffle Pizza or this Spanish Breakfast Pizza topped with spicy chorizo and golden egg yolks.
The Best of the Rest
I think the above covers most of the classic Super Bowl hits so here I present to you the best of the rest. Like chili! Who doesn’t get excited about a big, piping hot bowl of chili? I know I do and two of my favorites are this Chocolate Spiked Chili and this Green Chicken Chili. And as long as you’re making some chili why not some tacos? I love these Shrimp Tacos with Pico de Gallo & Chipotle Cream (btw- the Pico de Gallo makes a great dip on its own). Not feeling Mexican? Maybe we’ll go to Italy and make a big ole pan full of delicious Baked Ziti or Lasagna, bubbling with tomato sauce and topped with tons and tons of melted cheese. You know those are always a hit at any party. You know it. Go on. Just admit it…
And finally, last but most certainly not least, there’s barbecue. Why not make some Barbecue Chicken Thighs or some ribs – Smoked St. Louis Style or Oven Roasted Baby Backs – and pair ’em with a family size bowl of My Favorite Cole Slaw? Sounds like a plan to me.