If you think the Super Bowl is less than super, listen up. If you don’t like football, you shouldn’t have to suffer through watching the game just for the cheesy dips and chicken wings. Instead, host an anti-Super Bowl party with your like-minded friends, gathering ’round the TV for a binge-watch of Friday Night Lights, an endless stream of the Puppy Bowl, or a slew of romantic comedies.
Below, we’ve paired some alternative viewing options and the best food to serve at your anti-Super Bowl shindig.
Pawsitively Adorable Puppy Bowl Food
Make everything miniature for a fun Puppy Bowl party. Watch dogs run around and try to fetch footballs while you snack on tiny cupcakes with strawberry glaze, pigs in blankets or mini meatball sandwiches.
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Gearing up for game-day parties can have a few hurdles, but don’t let them stress you out. Before you sit down and cheer on your favorite team, practice the second-best part of football season: eating. Even though the traditional fare is some of the messiest — aka saucy Buffalo chicken wings — with a few easy tips and tricks, you can keep your eyes on the game and make your stomach happy at the same time.
Dan Pashman is dishing up food hacks on the on-air special You’re Eating It Wrong, Friday, Oct. 23 at 9:30pm ET, but we have a sneak peek at some of his game-day advice. Find out how you’re eating wings, burgers and chips and guac wrong below so your party can be a total touchdown.
Unless you use a fork to spear your wings, you’re still going to get sauce on your hands — there’s no way around it. But by getting most of the meat off in one bite — like with competitive eating champ Crazy Legs’ “The Bone Splitter” method — you can eat a lot in one fell swoop and then get back to the game. Check out our favorite chicken wing recipes to try out this new hack.
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Beer and football go together like Clydesdales and puppies, but what is the right drink if you prefer stemware to steins?
Bryan Jones, executive chef of St. Francis Winery in Sonoma, spends a lot of time thinking about wine-and-food pairings. Jones runs the winery’s dining program, which means that he essentially is the opposite of a sommelier, cooking up just the right dish to pair with the estate’s classic California wines, like peppery Zinfandel (It’s meatloaf with a tomato-garlic-chile ketchup, if you were curious).
So we picked his brain to figure out what he’d serve at a Super Bowl party.
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Whether your team is playing in the Super Bowl or you’re just there for the food, the real star of the day is blue cheese. Whether it’s gorgonzola, Roquefort or stilton, stinky and creamy blue cheese has you covered for all of your party needs. And when the party’s over? There are recipes for that hunk of leftover blue cheese as well.
- I’ll start you off with some buffalo wings: Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce and Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Aioli, Buffalo Chicken Lollipop Wings with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dip and Bobby’s Buffalo Chicken Sliders.
- And if you wanted those wings without the Buffalo sauce? You know I’ve got you covered: Hot Wings with Blue Cheese Yogurt Sauce, Spicy Chicken Wings and Chicken Wings with Red Hot Honey Glaze and Blue Cheese Celery Dipping Sauce.
- Nigella Lawson’s Universally Useful Blue Cheese Dressing is a great tool to have in your arsenal. What’s better to add to wings or dress up a weeknight salad?
- There a time and place for a classic grilled cheese, and then there’s always time for Great Hill Blue Grilled Cheese, filled with prune jam, fresh pear slices and blue cheese on cranberry walnut bread. It’s all cooked in clarified butter, which is easy to make: heat a stick of butter over low heat until the solids float to the top. Spoon off those solids and you should be left with clarified butter, which has a higher smoke point than the stick of butter you started out with.
- Sweet, savory and on a stick, Date and Blue Cheese Stuffed Meatballs (pictured above) will be a hit at your next party.
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Patsy Grimaldi has been making pizza in New York for more than 70 years, and he’s been a traditional slice folder for just as long. Dan Pashman thinks there are better ways to get pizza from your plate into your belly, so he took to Patsy’s newest restaurant in Brooklyn to see how his unconventional techniques fare with Patsy (begrudgingly) and his diners (enthusiastically).
Watch it all go down on Dan Pashman’s new web-original series You’re Eating it Wrong:
Both comforting and game-day friendly, hand-held sliders make the perfect party food. Pick your favorite stuffing, be it meatballs, chicken or even tuna, and let the crowds go wild.
1. Garlicky Meatball Sliders (pictured above)
This ground beef and bacon meatball gets garlic flavor in two forms: from chopped, lightly pungent cloves baked into the meatballs, and also from sweet, earthy roasted garlic that’s incorporated into a creamy spread.
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Besides that whole football thing, the Super Bowl is all about advertisements. It’s the one day of the year we don’t get annoyed when forced to watch commercials, instead letting them stampede over us like a team of Clydesdales. Through the years there have been some amazing food-related ads premiering during the Super Bowl. After all, we gotta eat. Here is a list of the best ones.
14 Best Super Bowl Food Commercials
Super Bowl Sunday is so close you can almost taste the requisite pigs in a blanket, so in the spirit of football-related snacks everywhere, we bring you this glorious guacamole gridiron. Multi-layered and spiked with taco seasoning, the speedy dip recipe includes instructions for producing pigskin-shaped chips, made from baked flour tortillas. Keep your party guests in the dipping game by piping sour cream yard-line markings over the guacamole layer, then get straight to the most important spectator sport of all: ranking the best game-time commercials this season.
For more delicious dips to pair with your game-day chips, try some of Cooking Channel’s savory selections below:
Whether you’ve got money riding on the office pool or you’re just tuning in for Katy Perry, the Super Bowl is — let’s admit it — a national holiday. It’s the one day a year that we are all united in entertainment and brought together by the power of nachos.
While you may be staring a veritable melted-cheese bonanza in the face (find all manner of Super Bowl party foods here), don’t forget to hydrate! It’s a long day, so keep plenty of water on hand for yourself and guests, and leave room for cocktails. Below are some of our beverage recipes to match your Super Bowl moods and to tackle that thirst.
I’m So Pumped
Okay, so you’re pumped. You’re wearing a [insert sportball team name] jersey and have gotten up early to watch all the red carpet coverage, or whatever they do before Super Bowls. Sweet. Good for you. Get this morning kicked off right by slipping into your lucky sweatpants and mixing up some brunchy drinks that will get the party officially started. Such as:
The Beefy Tomato (pictured above)
A beef jerky-infused whole-blended-tomato Bloody Maria. It would be a serious fumble to pass this one up.
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So the big game is finally upon us, and you, like many other people in this country of football (the American kind, that is), are out to watch it in style — on television, in the comfort of your favorite bar or living room. And as everyone knows, it’s not just about gathering around a flat screen with a couple of brewskis to make the game more exciting, it’s also about the snacks that are served and consumed, in a great American tradition on par with Thanksgiving.
Let’s say that, for whatever reason, you’ve found yourself playing last-minute host for a Super Bowl party, and you don’t have time to do a big supermarket run. Have no fear. All you need to do is hit your closest gas station convenience store — where we bought all the ingredients for these Super Bowl snack recipes, which are as tasty as they are convenient. Just be sure to make a lot of them; they might be gone before the first commercial break.
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Erik Trinidad is a food and travel writer, and the author of the cookbook parody Fancy Fast Food: Ironic Recipes with No Bun Intended, based off his popular food humor blog.