We don't know a ton about sports here (we at least know that they're called uniforms and not outfits!), but we know plenty about food. And that includes appetizers. When it comes to a great party for the big game, a table filled with mouth-watering apps that are easy to snack on between drives is your best play. Take a quick timeout to scroll through these winning 17 recipes that'll be VIP in your Super Bowl game-day spread.
- Chorizo Nachos with White Queso Sauce: These highbrow nachos are a serious upgrade from your traditional bar snack fare. They are easy to make in big batches and can serve as a party snack or a perfect snow day treat.
- Beer & Cheddar Dip: This recipe came to life as a riff on beer cheese soup, stovetop mac and cheese, and nacho sauce. It's a perfect storm of cheddar goodness, and will be a staple of your Super Bowl parties for years to come.
- Loaded Baked Potato Dip with Homemade Chips: This is no dainty recipe. It has all the comfort food staples rolled into one: sour cream, cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, and ranch. The question is not whether it will be devoured, but how quickly it will vanish.
- How To Make Pull-Apart Cheese Bread: This looker of an appetizer was just meant for big groups. Place it in the center of your spread and watch while your friends get the biggest kick out of ripping away at the loaf to reveal individual bites of cheesy goodness.
- Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers with Basil Oil: Admittedly, you might expect to find these at an al fresco dinner party, not a game-day celebration, but having a caprese skewer on the buffet is the perfect balance to all the other rich foods. It's still indulgent, but the fresh tang from the tomatoes will be a welcome flavor.
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- Spicy Meat-Filled Phyllo Cigars: It may take a bit of time to perfect your rolling skills, but these chorizo- and parsley-filled phyllo rolls are destined to be a hit with your guests. Plus, you can make any filling combination you choose.
- How To Make Buffalo Chicken Wings in the Oven: Sure, making Buffalo wings in the oven is healthier than frying them, but the real reason this method wins is that you can make a big batch all at once without a giant mess. Serve them with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks and everybody's happy.
- Beef Tenderloin Sliders with Horseradish Sauce: If you really want to treat your guests to a stellar spread, beef tenderloin sliders are the way to go. Make the tenderloin in advance so you can slice and assemble on Super Bowl Sunday. We promise yours will be the party everyone is still talking about come Monday.
- Baked Bacon & Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers: Jalapeño poppers are pretty much a given at any sport-centric party, and the Super Bowl is no exception. But deep-frying them can be messy and intimidating, which is why this baked version is a no-brainer. Also, they're wrapped in bacon, so there's that.
- Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce: Isn't everything better when wrapped in bacon? These potato bites are a bit like inside-out potato skins, and they will be a surefire hit at any party.
- Italian Sub Dip with Homemade Focaccia: While you could invest in one of those six-foot subs for your party, this dip is a whole lot more unique, and maybe even more fun. Inspired by a classic Italian sub, it's a mix of capicola, Genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, and tomato that's tossed with a vinaigrette and best served scooped onto toasted bread.
- Cheesy Chicken & Mozzarella Meatball Sliders: What puts these sliders over the top is the little surprise they hold inside. Nestled in the middle is a cube of mozzarella cheese that melts when the meatballs are cooked. Take that first bite and you're greeted by gooey, melty, slightly messy cheese — can it get much better?
Got the Munchies?
How To Make Soft Pretzels: Soft pretzels are another Super Bowl staple, but we guarantee homemade will trump stadium or bar snacks when it comes to this recipe. If you're intimidated by the twisting, consider making pretzel bites instead.
- How To Make Pizza Poppers: It wouldn't be a Super Bowl party without pizza bites, now would it? Once you learn just how easy it is to make these treats, you'll never opt for the ones from the freezer case again.
- Beer-Battered Onion Rings: Onion rings may seem complicated, but they're actually simple to make. These extra-light, extra-crispy ones are best served with ranch dressing for dipping and dunking.
- Kitchen Sink Super Bowl Bars: We couldn't end this list without a few desserts. After all, that's one of the best parts about any party. And these kitchen sink bars are the perfect treat. Not only do they help clear out your pantry, but they will also satisfy every sweet-salty craving you could possibly have.
- Churro Balls with Warm Chocolate Dipping Sauce: Finally, homemade churros — because if there was ever a reason to deep-fry your dessert, the Super Bowl is it. Tossed in cinnamon-sugar and served with dark chocolate dipping sauce, these treats are sure to leave a lasting impression, regardless of who wins or loses.