You know how they say not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Here’s something else I discovered, don’t blog about food when you’re hungry either. I’m currently fighting the urge to eat everything in this apartment, including a bag of croutons.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I watch the Super Bowl for 4 reasons, and 4 reasons only: the commercials (duh), the puppy bowl is already over by that point, the halftime show and the snick-snacks. After carbs, snacks are probably my all-time favorite food group. So, as my husband gets excited about the actual game, I involve myself by planning our game-time menu. (Warning, I’m not suggesting that all these football snacks be made at one time. This is purely snacking inspiration.) Enjoy!
These are definitely the start of the show. And I really can’t take any credit, because my husband will be the one to slow cook the pork shoulder for 6-8 hours. The great thing about this recipe, after giving the meat a nice rub, you just pop it into a crockpot and then try to wait patiently. Then, my husband “pulls” the pork, sauces the meat and piles it onto slider buns or Hawaiian rolls. We like to top our sliders with slaw (broccoli slaw adds an extra crunch) and pickle chips. You really can’t beat it. This recipe from Williams-Sonoma sounds right up our alley.
Be totally honest, did you just try to lick your screen? Don’t worry, it stays between us. I completely understand, because as soon as I saw this picture of these crispy oven buffalo fries from How Sweet It Is, I literally drooled. This looks like a dangerous but delicious combination—crispy oven potato wedges topped with buffalo sauce, blue cheese, cheddar, cilantro and chives. Yum.
If you’re not big on pork, but are still looking for a meaty entree-like snack, chili is the way to go. Depending on preference, you can make it with brisket, chicken, ground beef or turkey. Then use your chili to top potato skins, nachos, hot dogs, french fries, etc. Or, make these delicious Walking Tacos with chili served over Fritos, and topped with cheese, sour cream, lettuce and tomato. If you’re hosting a party, a baked potato bar, or walking taco bar are great, fun and easy ways to serve your guests. Chin Deep has a how-to here.
What’s a Super Bowl party without chips and dip? And although the options for this game-time go-to are endless, this light and fresh black bean and corn salsa is one of my favorites. It couldn’t be easier to make either. I use a can of black beans, rinsed, a can of Green Giant Mexicorn, a diced tomato, cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper. It’s best if you let it sit in the fridge for a while before you serve it. This version from The Roasted Root adds onion and avocado into the mix.
My husband is a huge fan of wings. Also, we’ve discovered that we make a great wing-eating team: he likes the flat wings (not sure if that’s the technical name) and I prefer the drumettes. Reason 986 why I married him. These wings from Give Recipe are baked with a secret ingredient that makes them crispy right out of your oven. Add some sauce, a side of blue cheese and a few celery sticks (for garnish, obviously) and you have a snack made in football food heaven.
What’s that? A glimpse of veggies among all the meat and cheese!?! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, that veggie is nestled alongside bacon and drizzled with a creamy dressing. However it is a cool break from all the other Super Bowl snacks. I love a great wedge salad and how fun is it to put a salad on a stick? This is a fun appetizer idea if you’re hosting a group this weekend. If not, why not make a side salad to go with the sliders and the wings? You can find the recipe at All Recipes.
I haven’t had potato skins in for-ev-er. But after coming across this loaded sweet potato skins recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, my craving is strong! This looks like a delicious twist on traditional potato skins. The combination of salty cheese and bacon and sweet potato really pushes these over the edge in my book. A little dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt would be a perfect topping.
Ok, last one. I apologize in advance…
But, really, how can you talk about Super Bowl snacks and not mention nachos? These are a work of tortilla chip art. This dish from The Baker Mama is definitely fit for a Super Bowl Sunday crowd. And, since these nachos are carefully spread out over a sheet pan, each and every bite is full of toppings, so there’s no threat of one snacker taking the nacho nucleus (as my family refers to it)—and be honest, you know exactly what I mean.
Happy Super Bowl snacking, friends!
See you next Friday! xx, Devon