Sunday is one of the biggest days of the year: Super Bowl 50!
We know you're excited for the big game, but are you excited about having to prepare all those tedious dishes for your party guests?
Let's give you a few new plays on the Top 10 Super Bowl Snacks, Main Dishes, and tired (but favorite) Super Bowl Recipes that will earn you the extra point among your friends and family!
Salsa is delicious - there's no doubt about it. And the best part about it, is that it's quick and easy: there's not much more to it than tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic. But what if you wanted to try something a little more bold?
Try this Instead: Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa
"Juicy watermelon replaces tomatoes in this salsa that's simultaneously cool and spicy hot."
There's no referees or coin toss necessary to determine that cheese is amazing. But unfortunately it isn't without it's drawbacks. Queso's one of those really simple and easy to make party dishes that can go from an amazing, hot, cheesy dip to crusty, cold, plastic-y garbage in a matter of minutes. So if you want to kick your Big Game Queso up a notch (and combine another game day favorite that we'll cover later!):
Try This Instead: Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip
"For more 'buffalo' flavor, serve dip with blue cheese crumbles. Leftover shredded chicken may be used in place of canned chicken."
Rounding out the holy-trinity of Super Bowl Dips, Guacamole. Bowl+Guac=a super simple and refreshing Super Bowl snack dip, so let's find a way to make your guacamole rival the pageantry of the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Try This Instead: Super Bowl Sunday Guacamole Football Field
"Surround the field with tortilla chips. Additionally you can add small tomatoes to the field to represent the football players!"
Running low on snacks and time? Pretzels are hardly a Hail-Mary when it comes to Super Bowl Food. How's this for simple: open bag, pour in bowl, repeat when empty. Crunchy, salty, easy to grab handfuls of and great with just about any kind of dips, pretzels are an obvious choice. But we're going to give you something you can do with pretzels that requires just a little more time but gives your Super Bowl guests a much bigger payoff.
Try This Instead: Jan's Pretzel Dogs
"Perfect for Super Bowl parties or the weekend tailgate! Delicious!"
Burgers can go either way when it comes to time spent prepping for Super Bowl Parties. They also run the risk of being messy and sloppy, leaving you a nervous wreck about handing one of these delicious entrees over to some of your more...excitable game watchers. Scaling down can cut back on the mess and the time but how can you grill up tiny versions of these Big Game Staples while making sure to leave the great flavor.
Try This Instead: Mini-Burgers on Waffle Fries
"These would be great for a party, either served in a bazillion different condiment combinations OR served as a mini ‘burger bar’ set up."
It's nigh impossible to ruin nachos. In fact, you're almost given extra points the more creative you are when piling your masterpiece mountain high with meat, cheese, and chips.
So if you're stumped on what your game day nachos should consist of, take a look at The Ultimate Nacho Generator:
Try This Instead: Epicurious' Ultimate Nacho Generator
4. Seven-Layer Dip
Time to get down to the X's and O's: when it comes to Super Bowl food, dips are enormously popular. The only problem with Seven-Layer Dip, however, once all your Game day Step up your game with this version of a classic:
Try This Instead: Individual Seven-Layer Dips
"These Individual Seven-Layer Dips are individually portioned dips perfect for parties and get togethers. No double dipping here!"
Pizza is pizza. It's a sacred right of passage, it's a food cult, it's cheese, it's bread, it's near perfection...So when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, do you want to dazzle your teammates with your confident culinary kitchen skills or are you the master of the perfect Pizza Delivery Deals? Whichever you choose, there's no such thing as bad pizza.
Try This Instead: More Pizza.
Chili's a great choice for Super Bowl Snacks simply for the versatility. Is it a soup? Is it a stew? Is it a dip? All of the above! But if you don't want to have to pay extra insurance on all the potential (non-super) bowl breakages, here's something a little different for your game day offering.
Try This Instead: Sunny's Game Day Chili
And we're down to the goal line with the Number One Super Bowl Food:
You knew it was coming. Let's face facts, there's simply nothing better to bring to the field on game day than Buffalo Wings. There's an adage that comes with preparing the perfect buffalo wing: The Simpler, The Better (some might argue it's The Hotter, The Better) - so doing something different for Super Bowl Chicken Wing Recipes can prove a bit touchy. So why do something different at all? Here's a delicious, mildly hot, buffalo wing recipe for game day.
Try This Instead: Restaurant Style Buffalo Chicken Wings
So there you have it.
For Super Bowl 2016, we've set you up with the most important plays to make sure that your Super Bowl Snacks and entrees will hit the end zone every single time - and keep your guests coming back every year!