I’m having a hard time deciding whether the football game or the football food is more important when it comes to this weekend’s Superbowl game. I enjoy watching football, both college and professional, but hate to admit a game usually holds my attention until half time. Perhaps if I was more knowledgeable about the rules and strategies I would be able to watch for longer. Usually I find myself distracted by something on my phone (looking at you Instagram!) or get the craving to hop into the kitchen and bake. I don’t know what it is about football games, but they make me want to bake!
Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to make when you are entertaining for a big football game. Below are some recipes from the blog that would be perfect for feeding a football watching crowd. I categorized the dishes to help organize them; too many good recipes to choose from (narrowed it down to my favorite 20)! I hope one of these makes it onto your game day table; if it does I would love to hear about it!
This is a party crowd pleaser for any occasion! Warm spinach artichoke dip is infinitely better than the cold version; so warm and cheesy. I like to serve it with whole grain crackers and fresh veggies.
This is the lighter side of football food; homemade herb infused Greek yogurt and veggies are perfect for dipping. Greek yogurt dips seem to be all the rage these days, but making your own is super simple and eliminates excess sodium and sugar.
I love sweet and savory combinations, and this dip has it all. It’s also healthy; you’ve got fruit, veggies, protein from the black beans, and lots of fresh flavor. Serve with blue corn tortilla chips for a special touch, or tortilla scoop chips for more dip to chip ratio!
OMG, these are addictive! Spicy and crunchy on the outside while staying soft and tender on the inside…appetizer perfection!
Holy moly are these good. Thinly shaved ham, swiss cheese, and tangy dijon mustard are rolled into buttery, flaky store bought crescent dough to create three-bite appetizer goodness. This recipe is easy to double or triple if you are feeding a crowd.
Nachos are the quintessential football snack. Messy, cheesy, spicy; what is there not to love?! Layer your nachos or spread them onto a large baking sheet for one gigantic layer. Top them with diced avocado, tomatoes, green onions, olives, sour cream; whatever floats your boat! You cannot go wrong with nachos. (Can easily be vegetarian if you eliminate the ground beef.)
A total classic. Chili and football are simply made for each other. Plus, slow cooker = no work in my book.
Try this warm, hearty, slightly spicy soup as an alternative to the classic chili. Kale increases the nutrient content and white beans add creaminess and fiber to create a comforting soup you’ll feel good about eating!
This chicken salad is one of my favorites; the mayo is drastically cut by substituting low-fat Greek yogurt and then mixed with tender chicken, grapes, celery, and nuts. Use multigrain or spinach tortillas for a fun twist on the original. A big batch of chicken salad can easily feed a crowd and vegetable chips are a colorful addition to serve on the side.
Pita sandwiches are lots of fun! Set up a protein, in this case grilled chicken, and bowls of toppings then allow you guests to build their perfect pita sandwich. So colorful and fresh! This is a football snack that will fill you up without weighing you down.
If it is warm where you live (it is certainly not warm here in MI) fire up the grill to cook the chicken. If you live in the land of freezing cold and snow you can use the oven. Either way, juicy chicken is hard to resist.
Make a burrito bowl bar for a crowd; set out the rice, chicken, and beans plus a variety of toppings. Your guests can pick their favorite ingredients to make a personalized burrito bowl. I’ve made ’em a hundred times and still crave them, yum!
One of my favorite culinary inventions; you can’t go wrong with layers of corn tortillas, beans, veggies, cheese and homemade enchilada sauce. Serve with mashed avocado and tortilla chips for scooping up the extra filling!
The ultimate football pizza! Use your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce and pizza crust to make preparing this pizza even easier. BBQ chicken pizza also happens to be the perfect compliment to a nice cold beer.
A complete meal in a casserole; a satisfying combination of brown rice, beef, lots of vegetables, and creamy, cheese sauce to hold it all together. One casserole will feed a crowd; the perfect dish to bring to a football party pot-luck!
They are just as decadent as the name suggests. I love adding coffee to chocolate because it deepens the flavor of the chocolate and accentuates the luscious flavor of the brownies. A little goes a loooong way with these babies, trust me.
Gotta have something sweet to finish off the football snacks. Cookie bars are incredibly easy to make and can be sliced into 12 or 16 slices, depending how sweet you are feeling that day. I like how cookie bars stay thick and chewy in the center compared to making individual cookies which tend to have crispy edges. Plus, peanut butter + chocolate is a dreamy combination.
M&M cookies remind me of being a kid but are, honestly, irresistible at any age. Make individual cookies or turn them into cookie bars!
If you have a mini-muffin tin and five minutes you can make these cookies. Store bought cookie dough is cut, baked, and stuffed with peanut butter cups. Try eating just one…I have yet to manage it.
I suppose we can call this a “healthier” cookie because, well, oatmeal. This chewy, sweet, and tender cookie is sure to hit the spot on game day.
Hope this gives you some ideas when planning your Super Bowl menu; enjoy!