Super Bowl Sunday is easily one of my top 5 favorite days of the year. Depending on the teams involved and how the game plays out it can be even higher. With the Patriots involved this year the outcome for me is pretty simple: it's going to be either the best or worst day of my year. There is no in-between.
Whether you're a diehard football fan or don't know what a first down is, you're probably going watch the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is more than just football, it's one of the biggest party days of the year. I don't mean the fun party where you're shoved in the basement of a rental house like cattle drinking burnettes. I mean the type of party where there definitely is booze but food and football are the two main things bringing people together. Millions of people across the world gather together in groups to watch the big game and feast. The Super Bowl is a can't miss pop culture event. Between the game, the halftime show, and the commercials you don't want to be the person at work or school the next day who didn't see what happened. Everybody watches. I don't trust people who don't. Not watching the Super Bowl is such a try hard move, I feel like the only reason to not watch is just so you can say you didn't watch. Whatever hipsters.
The great thing about a Super Bowl party is that if you don't care about the game there's probably a bunch of great gameday food at the party for you to enjoy. You can spend your time mingling with some great snacks while everybody else is enjoying the big game.
Now it's 2017, you can have whatever you want at your Super Bowl party. I'm not gonna tell you how to live. We are in America after all. But if you ARE having a gathering and don't have some of the staples of Super Bowl food people are going to be get pissed. You wouldn't have a 4th of July Cookout without hot dogs.
If you want to be healthy on the biggest pig out day of the year go for it, but for the rest of the people around there are some staples of Super Bowl Sunday that have to be there. Nobody wants your vegan springrolls in the 3rd quarter of the big game. These are the most important dishes you can have at your party. They might not be the best but it's a good baseline of what to include for the big game. Again feel free to have whatever else you want, but these (IMO) are what the people want the most. This is the foundation to build your Super Bowl Party food house around.
Chips and Guac
Showing my range from the start yet again. Bravo to me.
TBH I don't even like guacamole. It reminds me of baby shit. I just can't stomach it.
Unlike most foods I don't like I have actually tried guac. I think it's gross. It's not for me. I can't do it. But I'm a man of the people. Just because I don't like it, doesn't mean that people don't go crazy for it. Over 8 million pounds of guac were consumed last year on Super Bowl Sunday.
Guacamole went from relative unknown to one of the most popular dishes in this country seemingly overnight. I do remember a time in life where guacamole wasn't one of the most popular treats in the game. Comedians like Daniel Tosh and Gary Gulman have ranted about the rise of guacamole. But the days of it being relatively unknown are long gone. I was about to say dips but I don't even know if that's what it is? Is it a spread? Is it technically a condiment? Whatever it is considered people lose their shit for guacamole and seemingly cannot get enough. If you don't have any chips and guac at your Super Bowl party I guarantee you someone will complain. When the day comes where I am a full grown adult (have my own place and can host events) I will make sure there is guac for the people even though I find it repulsive. Just the kind of guy I am.
Gotta have some guac at your Super Bowl party.
Cheese, Crackers and Meats Platter
These platters are the forgotten staple of Super Bowl Party foods. Nobody dreams about a muenster brick of cheese with a pepperoni a top a wheat thin. But guess what, people eat it and they're always there. Nobody ever dreams about being a janitor either, but it's a very important job that society needs.
You may not realize it but these platters are vital to the party. They're boring and get overlooked but they still stand the test of time. People still buy them. What else would people needlessly snack on before the other stuff is done cooking? If you are at a party where there are dads over 40, believe me you're gonna need some of this.
They say pizza is like sex where even it's bad it's still pretty good.
You definitely don't want pizza to be like the main staple of your Super Bowl party. Pizza while great isn't special in the sense that people have it all the time. It's one of the most popular foods in the country. The Super Bowl is sort of reserved for snacks and treats that aren't every day, just like the Super Bowl.
But at the same time nobody is ever going to complain if someone shows up with a few pies for the group. You could bring a pizza to Thanksgiving and it would still get eaten. Pizza is love. It goes great with football and friendship. Gotta have some sort of pizza dish at your party.
I was trying to find a picture on google for like 5 minutes. I guess technically they're referred to as Stromboli's. I was thinking more along the lines of "party calzone loaves" and couldn't get exactly what I was looking for.
Regardless, at nearly every football party I've ever been to there has been these things. There's usually a ham and cheese, pepperoni and cheese, sometimes a chicken parm. I'm cool with any and all of them. Definitely a mom move to make one of these and I mean that in a good way. Maybe the only 20 sometime parties won't have these. But they should. Older people know whats good with these. Whatever you want to call them, if they're at your Super Bowl party they will get eaten.
Wings and football go way back like car seats. A true must have at any Super Bowl Party. There's a million different varieties and flavors. With all the possibilities it very hard to screw up. You get some buffalo and BBQ wings at the party and things will go just fine. Over a billion chicken wings are eaten every Super Sunday. You can't go wrong with wings and football.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip is simply the best football treat in the game right now. A Super Bowl party without Buffalo Chicken Dip might as well be a Super Bowl Party without a TV.
The beautiful thing about buffalo chicken dip is it's versatility. You can have it really cheesy. You could be a savage and make it cheese-less. You can do with blu cheese based. You can go ranch based. You can use wicked spicy buffalo sauce, or make it mild and soft. The possibilities are endless and all delicious. Thinking about having Buffalo Chicken Dip Sunday gets me so excited that I feel like I should make some this week just to practice and get the recipe down.
If I could only have one food at a football party I'm picking Buffalo Chicken Dip 100 out of 100 times.
Quick story time to end the blog. 5 years ago for Super Bowl XLVI (Pats Giants II) I made a buffalo chicken dip for a party at my friends house. Huge party, almost all Patriot fans. When they lost I was not happy. After the final Hail Mary attempt by the Pats fell to the ground I stood up, grabbed the rest of my dip, left without saying goodbye to anymore, screamed fuck at the top of my lungs like the kid in Little Miss Sunshine, drove home and cried.
So even though Buffalo Chicken Dip has some bad memories for me it is still the best dish you can have at a Super Bowl party. Win or lose it's fucking delicious.
So that's my list of must have important Super Bowl party foods. What do you think? Did I leave anything good off my list? Disagree with anything? Make sure to praise or talk shit in the comments below.
Again do whatever you want, if you take a look at me you may be like "yeahhhh that's the last guy I want to take food advice from" but at the same time you may be like "that's exactly who I want to take it from". Regardless of what you do Super Sunday as long as the Pats win I don't care what the spread of food is.