If you’re like me, you spend most of the Super Bowl trying to understand what on Earth is going on. Who should I beg for again? Why didn’t he just pass the football? Why is my friend hogging the chips and guac?
A Super Bowl party is a perfect excuse to have friends over and rally around something that either is really exciting for you, or you know virtually nothing about. Luckily, with good food, you can swing a gathering of die-hard fans with people just waiting for the commercials. And you’ll need some snacks to celebrate the classic tradition, especially with Rihanna’s Super Bowl performance slated to rock everyone’s world.
Your guests may have no idea who played, but they’ll remember who hosted. Without further ado, here are some last minute Super Bowl snacks that will take your party to the next level.
- Spiced Pita Chips & Hummus
Pita chips might be one of the most underrated snack foods, well, ever. And they’re a snack that can also be elevated. Try your hand at spiced pita chips using za’atar, garlic, and paprika. Pair your chips with hummus, or add a layered mediterranean dip to the table for a delicious snack that can only be well received — unlike a football.
- Bacon-Wrapped Dates With Goat Cheese & Jalapeño
A staple of dinner parties in the ‘70s, this sweet and savory appetizer never really went out of style. Fill your dates with goat cheese (or blue cheese or ricotta), wrap them in crispy bacon, and add a honey glaze, jalapeño, and/or pepper flakes for an extra kick. With a treat like this, there might not be enough to go around.
- Coconut Shrimp With Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
Coconut shrimp seems decadent, but it’s surprisingly easy. A breaded shrimp with a coconut and lime finish means this will be the real game day winner. But the real secret is the sauce. You can buy a sweet chili dipping sauce at the store, or you can whip it up yourself. You can also pair it with wontons or calamari.
- Cauliflower Buffalo Wings With Blue Cheese
Hot take: This might be better than original chicken wings. Offer up this vegetarian alternative to the classic buffalo wings by tossing crispy cauliflower in a spicy buffalo sauce. Add a blue cheese sauce on the side as the perfect dip, and put some carrots or other veggies on the platter for a crunchy side.
- Strawberry Shortcake Bites
Everyone loves to celebrate with cake. But in the event your preferred team does lose, you might want some sweetness to soften the blow. These strawberry shortcake bites will be a big hit — just buy angel food cake shells, fresh strawberries, and whip cream to build fast and easy desserts for your guests.