It’s a few days away, and I can feel the excitement building. There’s a buzz in the air, number 12 jerseys abound, and all the schools are gearing up for spirit day. For a loyal Foxboro native like myself, this can only mean one thing: Time to get cooking!
Oh right, and there’s a game of some sort happening.
I jest. I am as excited as the next person (or at least as excited as SOME person) that our beloved boys in blue have made it all the way to the Super Bowl yet again, but I’ll admit that what I really get excited about is the food.
So today I’ve got a roundup of some great recipes. Regardless of whether your typical party fare could land you a spread in Bon Appétit Magazine or if you tend more toward the “Pinterest fail” side of things, I’ve got you covered with game-day hosting ideas anyone can pull off.
Why not start your guests off with one of the following Boston-inspired cocktails?
• 1/2 part light rum
• 1/2 part congnac or brandy
• 1/2 part lime juice
• 1/2 part triple sec
• 3 parts cranberry juice
• 2 parts vodka
• lime garnish
• 1 1/2 parts gin
• 1 1/2 parts apricot brandy
• 1/4 part grenadine
• juice of 1/2 lemon
And along with drinks, a bowl of this on the coffee table when your guests arrive should set the scene nicely.
The coin toss
Now that the drinks have been flowing and the game’s about to start, it’s time to break out some appetizers — maybe some Gronk-a-mole (I know, I’m sorry) and chips?
Other fun apps include this easy cheese platter:
And this guacamole football field is a slightly less corny way to plate up your chips:
For some less themed, but always-crowd-pleasing options, there’s everyone’s favorite slow-cooker meatballs. A similar slow-cooker hit I’ve been making recently is this kielbasa. Make a lot, because it goes fast!
Now’s the time to break out some heavier fare — pizza, wings, chili. Everyone has their favorite recipes, but if you’re looking for a little inspiration, here are a few ideas.
These sliders from the Pioneer Woman are awesome and good for a crowd. Seriously. If you don’t make these for the Super Bowl, do yourself a favor and make them sometime soon.
On the off chance that you’d like to add something that has at least an iota of nutritional value to your menu, this Italian sub-inspired salad from Smitten Kitchen is extraordinarily good.
If your guests still have room, you can have a lot of fun with super simple football-themed desserts. Bonus! Older kids could probably help with some of these.
These football brownies are quick and easy. (I’ve made these plenty of times and I do not own a football-shaped cookie cutter — you can just cut them by hand.)
Adorable chocolate-covered strawberries:
These would take a bit more work but are seriously impressive:
For those of you looking to really up your game, you would certainly wow your guests with a snack stadium. This is *much* more of a project and may not be for the faint of heart, but it will definitely land you in the hosting hall of fame: