Don’t fumble and let your guests down! Follow this ultimate guide made with you in mind. Here are the best Super Bowl appetizers EVER!
For many, the Super Bowl is like the Holy Grail of football. For others it’s just an excuse to be home with family and friends, while nibbling on some tasty food, and anxiously awaiting the halftime show.
Doesn’t matter if you’re team football, or team halftime show, game day is just around the corner. And that means it’s time to start planning your Super Bowl menu.
The best part? No need for silverware! After all, guests will designate one hand to hold their [insert beer of choice], and the other they’ll need to gesture as they scream at the TV!
This leaves you with one choice: finger food. Chips, dips, wings, pizza, ribs. Just don’t forget to stock up on napkins to keep your sofa stain free.
We travelled far and wide, climbed the hills and mountains of the Internet to bring you the best of the best. La crème de la crème! This is our award winning selection of the top 5 Super Bowl appetizers for a successful evening!
#5 – Stuffed Mushrooms
All your good ol’ pals are coming over for the big game, and you want to keep their little tummies satisfied. So what if you didn’t go to culinary school. Don’t fear! Here’s a quick solution that’ll convince your friends you’re the next Jamie Oliver.
They’ll be popping cheese stuffed mushrooms (and we’re not talking about the psychedelic ones…) all night long! They’ll be talking about this scrumptious treat for Super Bowls to come. Remember that stuffed mushrooms is a one-size fits all appetizer. Carnivores and omnivores alike can coexist in peaceful harmony during your Super Bowl party, leaving you to enjoy yourself.
The best part about it: simple, fast and easy to make!
The combination of cream cheese with the unique flavor of the parmesan mixed with chopped mushroom stems will blow your mind!
12 whole fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel.
- Carefully break off stems. Chop stems extremely fine, discarding tough end of stems.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add garlic and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet.
- Fry until any moisture has disappeared, taking care not to burn garlic. Set aside to cool.
- When garlic and mushroom mixture is no longer hot, stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Mixture should be very thick.
- Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing.
- Arrange the mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps.
# 4 Jalapeno Bites
It’s that time of the year again and you’re looking for appetizer ideas?
Try these spicy little bites. There’s no faster way to get the party started! Everyone will be chugging down their beer to cool themselves off.
Two birds with one stone. Check!
Cream cheese and jalapenos sprinkled with parmesan, all covered up in crispy panko breadcrumbs!
Just remember to wear disposable gloves while seeding the jalapenos; they will burn! You laugh now, but the second you touch your eyes, you’ll miss the game!
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
8 ounces grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons chopped jalapeno peppers
2 large egg yolks
2 cups dry panko breadcrumbs
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine the cream cheese, Parmesan, jalapeño peppers and egg yolks in a bowl and mix to form a paste.
- Shape a 1/2 tablespoonful at a time into 1/4-inch rounds and roll in the bread crumbs.\Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm.
# 3 Tater Tots
Who can resist fried potatoes? Eat one and the next thing you know you’ve gobbled them all up!
But what happens when the fried potatoes are actually homemade? Piping hot, with a fluffy interior encrusted in a crispy golden layer, we’re actually talking about tater tots.
We went there.
Tater tots are irresistible to even the most experienced dieters. Luckily, the Super Bowl is a free day pass to eat whatever you want, so no reason to hold back!
Start making these delicious bites of happiness but remember to share your tots!
Canola oil, for frying
4 russet potatoes, peeled
1 1/2 tablespoons salt, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1. In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough canola oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 375 degrees F.
2. Finely shred potatoes on a fine box grater.
3. Season the potatoes with 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
4. Put the potatoes into a kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess liquid.
5. Put the potatoes into a medium-sized bowl along with the egg and mix well.
6. Add the flour and stir to combine. Stir in the cayenne, smoked paprika garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste. The mixture should be workable but dry.
7. Form the potatoes into balls or tots and fry, in batches, until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.
8. Remove from fryer and drain on a paper towel lined tray.
9. Immediately season with salt and pepper, to taste.
10. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.
#2 – Buffalo Chicken Wings
No wings, no party!
According to the National Chicken Council’s Wing Report, (yes it’s real – we didn’t just make it up) last year 1.25 billion wings were consumed on game day, which is about 20 million more wings than during last year’s Super Bowl XLVII.
To put this into perspective, it’s as if in all 32 NFL full stadiums, each spectator would eat 572 wings. And we won’t even bother counting the chickens…
There’s an infinite amount of ways to prepare your chicken wings. But nothing comes close to the taste of fried chicken wings. So, here’s our recipe for delicious crispy Buffalo chicken wings.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 pounds chicken wings, split at the joint, wingtips removed and discarded
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup hot sauce, or to taste
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 1 large or 2 small rimmed baking sheets with foil.
2. Whisk together the flour, cayenne and salt in a large bowl.
3. Heat 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F.
6. Working in 3 batches, dredge the wings in the flour mixture and fry until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes per batch.
7. Transfer the wings with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate. (Make sure the oil returns to the proper temperature before frying each batch.)
8. Combine the butter, hot sauce and lemon juice in a large bowl.
9. Toss the fried wings in the hot sauce mixture; transfer the wings and sauce to the prepared baking sheet(s).
10. Bake, flipping the wings occasionally, until they are crispy and have absorbed most of the sauce, about 35 minutes.
#1 Guacamole dip with Nachos
Did you know that in some languages Guacamole and Super Bowl mean the same thing? No? Good, because we didn’t either.
Guacamole and football go hand in hand. After all, no Super Bowl is complete without munching on a bowl of chips dipped into smooth, delicious homemade Guacamole.
It’s no surprise then that the amount of avocados consumed in connection with this single event has increased dramatically in the past 14 years. Last year, 104.2 million pounds of fresh avocados were consumed – mostly as guacamole – on game weekend. Avocado consumption has increased tremendously from a whopping 8 million pounds in 2000, which roughly translates into 1202.5% increase!
So what are you waiting for? Grab your avocados before everyone else, and start crushing! Faster! We said faster!
3 avocados – peeled, pitted, and mashed
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup diced onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
- In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt.
- Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic.
- Stir in cayenne pepper.
- Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately.
- Chicken wings have become a staple food of Super Bowl parties.