There is no greater television event than the Super Bowl. It has sports, incredible musical performances…even the commercials are exciting. Such a fantastic television spectacle calls for a party, no matter what team you root for. And once the kegs are tapped and the beer is flowing, you need some hearty dishes to keep everyone’s stomachs full. However, I know first hand that Sunday morning is meant for sleeping in, not being in the kitchen. That’s why I found the best Super Bowl recipes that can be made on Saturday and still be game-day ready when Sunday night rolls around.
Italian Style Meatballs
Meatballs are the perfect Sunday supper appetizer. They are hearty, delicious, wholesome and oh so easy to make. You can prepare them up to a week in advance, store them in the freezer and just drop them in a slow cooker the morning of – so simple!
- 2 pounds of ground beef
- 3/4 cup of Italian style bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2-3 large jars of marinara sauce
The Game Plan:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
- Mix all of the ingredients until completely combined.
- Grease a large baking sheet.
- Use your hands to roll out bite-sized meatballs and place them on the baking sheet. Since they do not expand when baked, feel free to place them close together.
- Bake the meatballs for about 30 minutes, until they are brown throughout.
- Place the cooked meatballs into a large pot.
- Fill the saucepan with marinara sauce until all of the meatballs are covered. If eating immediately, let the marinara sauce come to a simmer. If storing the meatballs, scoop them into storage containers and keep them in the freezer.
Heath Bar Trifle
This dish is perfect for the big game, because it is truly the Super Bowl of sweets. Rich, devil’s food cake combined with creamy pudding, decadent whip cream and crunchy heath bar pieces will make you feel like you’ve scored.
- 1 box of Devil’s Food Cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
- 2 boxes of chocolate pudding
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 pints of whipping cream
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 8 HEATH bars, crushed
The Game Plan:
- Prepare the devil’s food cake according to the directions on the box. Make sure to separate the batter into two 8-inch round pans.
- Prepare the pudding according to the directions on the box.
- Place the whipping cream into a stand mixer (you can also use a hand mixer). Starting with the speed on low add the vanilla and sugar. Increase the speed to high. Whip the cream until it has stiff peaks.
- In a trifle bowl, layer one sheet of cake, half of the pudding, half of the whip cream and a hefty handful or HEATH bar crumble. Repeat this step.
- Store your trifle in the fridge until it is ready to be served.
- Enjoy the creamy, chocolatey, crunchy deliciousness!
Simple Sour Cream and Onion Dip
There is nothing more classic for a Super Bowl party than chips and dip, and this combo really takes the take. Not only is it unbelievably simple and quick to make, it will surely be gone long before half-time – it is just that good.
The Game Plan:
- Sift the onion soup through a strainer to remove any pieces of onion.
- Combine the sifted powder with the container of sour cream.
- Cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Serve with chips and enjoy the savory, creamy goodness!
What are your favorite make-ahead, game-day eats?