If you are hosting a party to watch the Superbowl, you know how important getting good Super Bowl party food is. You want snacks that everyone will enjoy without you having to spend a ton of time in the kitchen or spend a fortune on catered goods. And while people usually aren't worried about their diets during the game, it's good to have some healthy Superbowl food as well.
Start by looking over your guest list. Do they have any medical needs or special preferences? Someone might have a gluten allergy, another friend might be on a low carb diet, and someone else might be a vegetarian. While you don't have to make sure that your guests can eat all of the food that you serve, you'll want to make sure that everyone has at least one thing that they can eat. If you aren't sure if you can accommodate them, ask them to bring some food when they come. If you want to avoid singling someone out, declare that your party is a potluck and get everyone to bring something to your party. It will save you money and you'll know that everyone has something that they like.
Super Bowl Party Drinks
You'll want to have a lot of different drinks available, especially if there will be kids at the gathering. Beer is a standard during football games, but if you do serve alcohol at your party make sure that none of your guests drive home drunk.
Stock up on a variety of soft drinks. Stores often have specials on sodas, so stock up when you see good deals. You don't want to be running to the convenience store during the game because you ran out of drinks. You'll also want to offer coffee and maybe tea. If there are kids, be sure that you have water, juice, or milk that you can offer in addition to the soft drinks. Cans usually cost more than two liters, but since they are more convenient they may be worth the extra price. Have plenty of plastic cups ready, and have markers so that people will remember which drink is theirs.
One thing you don't want to do is dirty every dish in your house. Therefore it is important to think of dishes that don't need silverware when you are planning your Superbowl foods. Some people like to just have snacking at their parties. If you are like this, include plenty of chips and dips for people to snack on throughout the party. Set up a smorgasbord so your guests can help themselves to a variety of food.
If you want to have more of a meal, consider going with subs. While you can buy one premade from the store, it is cheaper to buy some bread, meats, cheeses, and veggies and let guests make their own. Whatever is leftover can be your lunch for the next week.
Pizza is another popular option for Superbowl parties, but you have to plan ahead if you are going to do this. It is one of the busiest days of the year for pizza places, so if you are going to go this route get the pizza delivered early in the day and then heat it in the oven when everyone is ready to eat. Or you can buy a frozen crust and toppings and prepare it it on your own.
Another well-loved Superbowl party food is chicken wings, or buffalo wings. If you order these from a store, expect a bit of a wait since this is just as popular as pizza on game day. You may want to make your own at home. Potato skins are another good idea and they are fairly easy to make at home.
Healthy Superbowl Food
You'll want to offer some healthy Superbowl food to your guests. The easiest way to offer healthy Super Bowl food is to have a veggie platter. You can pick one up at the store or save money by making your own at home. A veggie platter should include things such as carrots, celery, mushrooms, radishes, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Be sure to have several different vegetables since everyone has their favorites. You can also include both green olives and black olives on this platter.
You'll want to include a dip to go with the veggies. One healthy dip is hummus. You can buy this at the grocery store or make your own if prefer cooking. Hummus is also good with chips, pitas, or bread. You can spread it on a sandwich in place of mayo to make it healthier.
You may also want to offer a fruit plate next to the veggie plate. While this isn't as traditional as a veggie platter, a lot of guests like fruit. It's especially good to offer if there will be kids at the party. Include things such as apples, bananas, and grapes.
When you are making your list of Super Bowl party foods, you probably noticed how almost everything is savory. To remedy this, consider offering some desserts at your gathering. Because you don't want to use all of your clean dishes, stick with desserts that can be eaten by hand. Whip up some cookies or bars for your guests. Muffins and cupcakes are also popular.
No matter what you serve to your guests at your Super Bowl party, you want to make sure that you are prepared. Stock up on napkins, paper cups, and toothpicks beforehand. If you need to keep food warm, a crockpot is the perfect choice. If you don't have one, find out if a friend has one you can borrow. If you have a lot of food to keep warm, consider using more than one crockpot.
You'll want to be spending most of your time watching the game and not stuck in the kitchen, so do most of the preparations beforehand. Vegetables can be cut up the night before and will stay fresh if you keep them in the fridge soaked in water. Do your grocery shopping a day or two before the game so you won't be fighting a crowd. This is especially true if you are planning on picking up prepared food at the grocery store to serve your guests. While stores will make extra to accommodate the larger demand, they still may run out.
The right foods can make your Super Bowl Sunday a success, whether you are watching it on a 60 inch screen or if you are planning to watch the Superbowl live online.