Are you throwing your first Super Bowl party? Are you looking to impress with a solid spread, some unique dishes and a main course that will turn more heads than a wardrobe malfunction at halftime?
Then come no further, folks, for I've rounded up all the recipes you need.
Sure, you could always just cut up some veggies, order a few run-of-the-mill wings, put out some cold cuts, pretzels and chips and buy a dip or two. Nobody will be mad at that. Or, you could make a splash and really concoct some unique and memorable dishes, finger foods and dips yourself.
Below, we'll journey down the latter road.
Tim's World Famous Salsa and Nachos Extravaganza
Yes, that's right folks, I'm about to share with you the top secret recipe for my salsa. It's incredibly easy to make, pretty healthy and really delicious. Get ready for some freaking fireworks in your mouth.
Also, it's made to taste, so there is plenty of room to experiment with the ingredients. I'll provide an outline below, but you should tweak depending on the quantity you want to make and the taste of the crowd you'll be serving to.
- 10 tomatoes
- three to four peppers (preferably yellow, orange and red)
- one onion
- three to four cloves of garlic (to taste)
- cilantro (to taste)
- jalapeno or habanero peppers (to taste, though generally three to four jalapenos or one to two habaneros is fine)
- three avocados (it can be hard to find ripe avocados this time of year depending on where you live, but don't worry if they aren't super ripe since the vinegar in the recipe will soften them somewhat)
- white vinegar (to taste)
- olive oil (to taste)
- lime juice (to taste)
After mixing the ingredients in a large bowl, let the salsa sit for an hour. The above will make a big batch, plenty for that Super Bowl party you are throwing.
Yes, I know, this isn't exactly a precise recipe, but I'm a sportswriter, not a chef. This is just a simple way to make your own salsa that leaves you plenty of room for your own interpretations. The personal touches are what make it famous! (Or something like that.)
I like to make this accompanied by some nachos, which I whip up by putting tortilla chips on a baking sheet and layering black beans, chicken and copious amounts of cheese on top. Once that's cooked, I add the salsa and have myself a nachos grande feast.
And always remember—if you get the nachos stuck together, that's one nacho.
Recipes Around the Web
Of course, if you want the guidance of actual professionals who, you know, cook for a living, there are some great options out there on the Internet. Let's run down a few of your options.
- The Food Network posted a list of 50 Super Bowl recipes, covering dips, spreads, snack mixes, shrimp cocktails, sliders and more. This is a great starting place if you want to center your Super Bowl feast around finger foods and snacks, which is always a safe route to go.
- Over at Forbes, Vanna Le had several New York City chefs plan an entire menu for your Super Bowl party.
- Parade listed six bacon-wrapped recipes you could make because, let's be honest, bacon is pretty much the best thing ever. Ever!
- Grant Butler of OregonLive.com passed along 12 recipes for chili, always a staple at Super Bowl parties (you have to click on each recipe individually at that link). Nothing goes better with a cold, outdoor Super Bowl than a warm cup of chili.
- Over at Fox News, they rounded up 12 recipes for different types of chicken wings. And yes, you need to have wings at your party. It's just a tradition. Also, fun fact—did you know Americans are expected to eat 1.25 billion chicken wings on Sunday?
- Want to do some mac and cheese? About.com has 22 different ways you can prepare that delicious, cheesy staple.
- Or, if you are going the barbecue route for your Super Bowl party—and why wouldn't you?—About.com has 10 excellent options for you to slobber all over. Bring extra napkins.
- Finally, what good Super Bowl party is complete without a little booze? Beer is always acceptable, but you'll impress your guests if you can bust out some tasty cocktails as well. Mashable shared these beer-infused cocktails, while Serious Eats has 17 cocktails for you to consider.
Or, you could always go all Epic Meal Time on your Super Bowl party.