Statistically speaking, your favorite team probably didn’t make the Super Bowl this season, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on watching the big game. Football parties are arguably the best part of the season – especially when it comes to Super Bowl snacks.
Football snacks usually don’t stray very far from chips and dip, but the big game party is a true occasion, and deserves to be treated as such. To steal a bit of the show, you need Super Bowl snack ideas that stand out from the standard fare.
You may not have time to bake a football-shaped culinary masterpiece, and that’s okay. Easy super bowl snacks can still be a fan favorite with the right creative twists.
Call an Audible on your chips
The typical game day party scene includes a coffee table topped with bowls of salty, deep fried snacks and savory dips. However, as sacrilegious as it may sound, there is more to life than corn chips and queso.
Look for alternatives, such as multigrain crisps, that still provide that satisfying crunch while delivering on a different flavor profile. Someone else will bring the bag of Lays, but you can leave the old favorites to the less adventurous.
Sweet and salty treats like these are a big hit right now, especially when paired with the right spread. Bring a couple options, from a fruity and sweet apple butter to a good cheese spread, and you’ll have yourself a mighty football snack.
Wings win championships
Buffalo wings are an essential part of any football party, but even the best Super Bowl snacks are not above a little creativity. For starters, why stop at plain old buffalo sauce?
Wings are extremely versatile and not very difficult to prepare for a small party. Subbing in some barbecue sauce or even teriyaki sauce in lieu of traditional hot wings is an easy way to mix it up without too much effort
Or, if you’re feeling particularly bold, a homemade sriracha glaze can put a unique spin. Just heat up equal parts honey and sriracha sauce in a small pan with butter and a splash of soy sauce until you reach the right consistency, then coat the wings like you would with any other bottled sauce.
Guacamole for the gridiron
Avocados are allegedly the reason that millennials can’t buy houses, but the fruit is popular for good reason. Homemade guacamole can be a real game changer, as well as an incredibly easy Super Bowl snack.
Start out with two avocados and the juice of one lime – depending on the size of the party – and mash them in a large bowl with a fork. Then chop up some tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeños, and a red onion, with the amount based entirely on the desired texture and taste for your friend group.
In addition, mince one clove of garlic and brown it in a pan with olive oil (although garlic powder will suffice in a pinch). You’ll then mix all of these ingredients into the bowl, along with salt, black pepper, and cayenne (or hot sauce) to taste. I personally avoid cilantro, but this is often included as well if you have some available.
If you have other super snack ideas to bring along to this year’s big game get together, be sure to leave them in the comments below.