Our All-Time Best Super Bowl Recipes
Everybody's favorite sporting event of the year means one thing, and one thing only: FOOD! From wings and dips to chili and brownies, there's no shortage of irresistibly indulgent apps, dinners, and desserts to serve while you watch The Big Game. Here are our hands-down favorite recipes to get you in the Super Bowl spirit—whether you're watching the game or not.
It’s certainly not the first pasta-pizza partnership we’ve tried, but we dare say—Lasagna Pizza might just be the best.
Red Pepper Miso Wings
Skip the cream cheese and pepper jelly appetizer and use the red pepper jelly for something new. These sticky, yet crispy chicken wings take full advantage of the red pepper jelly flavor. The result is a hot, sweet, savory sauce with a vibrant color. Add scallions and fresh basil for an impressive festive-looking dish that is just asking to be taken to a holiday potluck.
Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Onion Dip
Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Onion Dip Recipe
Up the veggie presence in your next party spread with this cheesy, savory, so-snackable Roasted Cauliflower and Onion Dip. Inspired by a favorite Trader Joe’s frozen appetizer, this vegetarian dip is easy to make, but delivers big on flavor.
Butternut Queso Fundido
Butternut Queso Fundido Recipe
If you prefer, you can roast a halved, seeded butternut squash at 350° for 45 minutes or until soft. Scoop 10 ounces of flesh, and use in place of the puree.
Loaded Chorizo Nachos
When we say loaded, we mean it. These nachos require a fork for scooping up all the tasty fillings. Building on a foil-lined pan means instant cleanup: Bring the pan right to the table after broiling, and discard the foil after dinner.
This sensational spud riff on nachos is an homage to party food lovers everywhere. Loaded with toppings and drizzled with a hot cheese dip, these totchos are ready to rock and roll right onto your plate. This dish has all of the goodness of trashy, delicious bar nachos but are made with tater tots for a warm comfort food addition. Fresh jalapeno slices and cool avocado round out this dish, leaving the end impression and flavor as simply drool-inducing.
Homemade Chicken Fingers
Homemade Chicken Fingers Recipe
Sorry, drive-through: This version of the kid favorite is better than yours. Get your kids involved in making this recipe, making sure to use the right measuring cup (the one intended for dry ingredients) and a blunt table or butter knife to level off the ingredients (even for smaller teaspoon and tablespoon-sized amounts).
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Loaded Baked Potato Dip Recipe
Take your love of baked potatoes and move it from the side dish spread to the appetizer buffet. Serve with waffle fries baked extra-crispy for dippers.
Bacon-Goat Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
Bacon-Goat Cheese Jalapeño Poppers Recipe
Salty bacon, rich goat cheese, savory-sweet jelly, and roasted jalapeño--it takes teamwork to make the dream work. If you already have the grill going, these dreamy little bites are equally easy to cook outdoors.
Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas
Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas Recipe
Dry your chickpeas as thoroughly as possible before cooking to ensure a satisfyingly crisp result. If you're planning to pack these flavor-coated, fiber-filled poppers as a to-go snack, be sure to allow them to cool completely on a flat surface first.
Pigs in an Everything Blanket with Cream Cheese Dip
Pigs in an Everything Blanket with Cream Cheese Dip Recipe
Two finger food favorites collide as pigs in a blanket get an everything bagel makeover. Rather than the traditional canned biscuit or croissant dough, the "blanket" of this playful appetizer is made with fresh pizza dough that is first boiled, brushed with egg wash, and rolled in an "everything" seasoning blend (poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, and coarse salt) before being baked. Using a yeasted dough and this double cooking method is what gives these tailgate-ready bites their bagel personality. Serve them up with a tangy cream cheese dip for a party-perfect snack platter.
Parmesan cheese helps hold the ingredients together. You can also serve this versatile recipe with crackers over a block of cream cheese or toss leftovers in a Caesar salad.
Maple Chicken Wings
Enjoy these Maple Chicken Wings for a tailgate party or any get-together. The pefect balance of sweet and heat will keep the crowds coming back for more.
Cheesy Sausage Balls
To make ahead, cover and refrigerate unbaked sausage balls up to 24 hours; or place in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag and freeze unbaked balls up to 1 month. Bake frozen sausage balls at 375° for 22 to 25 minutes or until done.
Miso-Caramel-Tamari Popcorn Mix
Miso-Caramel-Tamari Popcorn Mix Recipe
A slightly thicker caramel and the addition of whole roasted almonds turn traditional caramel popcorn into gift-worthy popcorn mix. We use less sugar in the glaze and cut the sweetness with mild white miso (fermented soybean paste) and tamari (a richer, wheat-free soy sauce) for a salty-savory note that makes the snack incredibly addictive.
Pimiento Cheese with Bacon
Pimiento Cheese with Bacon Recipe
Take homemade pimiento cheese to the next level by mixing in cooked, crumbled bacon. Serve with bread, crackers, or chips, or spoon into celery ribs.
Fried Chicken Wings
Alex soaks chicken twice in the egg-milk mixture and double-dredges in the highly seasoned flour for a superior crust.
Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili
Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili Recipe
Chipotle chiles add a kick, but sweet potatoes balance the heat. Adjust the spice in this homey chili by increasing or decreasing the amount of chipotle to suit your taste. Buy the large dried lima beans if you can find them. They really look amazing and also give the chili a decidedly Southern accent.
This classic red chili has chunks of stew meat and ground beef along with tomatoes, red beans, and spices. Fire-roasted tomatoes add a note of smokiness to the mix. If you can't find fire-roasted, use plain tomatoes and add a pinch of smoked paprika.
Add this tasty chili dish to your winter month meal plans. It’s loaded with fiery flavors and served hot off the slow cooker. Serve over couscous with lime wedges and sprinkle with cilantro.
Nashville Hot Chicken Dip
Nashville Hot Chicken Dip Recipe
This sweet, spicy, and super creamy dip is a riff off of "Nashville Hot Chicken," a type of fried chicken that is local to Nashville, Tennessee. Serve with chicken wings.
Sweet Pea and Avocado Dip with Baked Pita Chips
Sweet Pea and Avocado Dip with Baked Pita Chips Recipe
Incorporating green peas into this tasty summer snack not only reduces the amount of fat, but also adds sweetness and further brightens the green color.
Get your greens on in the most delicious way. This hearty, nutrient-rich dip calls for cream cheese, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and plenty of frozen chopped greens.
Bacon and Cheddar Sliders
Bacon and Cheddar Sliders Recipe
Classic burger toppings are all here on these Bacon and Cheddar Sliders. Toasting buns on the grill gives these little burgers a delightful crunch.
Parm-Style Chicken Sliders
Parm-Style Chicken Sliders Recipe
These Italian-style sliders put a summery spin on Chicken Parmesan.
Bloody Mary Burgers
Inspired by the classic cocktail, these bold-flavored burgers make a fantastic brunch entrée. For an extra umami kick, whisk 1 to 2 teaspoons vodka into the sauce.
Sheet Pan Swedish Meatballs
Sheet Pan Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Pork adds richness, but you can use all beef if you prefer. If you won't be using the rest of the meatballs soon, freeze them in a ziplock bag for up to 2 months; thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve this dish with mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts for an easy dinner, use on top of Banh Mi Bowls, or stuff them into pitas for a Greek-style sandwich.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Skip the boxed stuff and opt for this hearty, creamy, oh-so-satisfying homemade macaroni and cheese. The adults and kids alike are sure to love it.
Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos Recipe
From the Kitchen of Julie Hutson, Callahan, Florida. "This is surprisingly yummy to have such simple ingredients."
Magic Cookie Bars
These are also known as seven-layer or Hello Dolly bars. They take 30 minutes of hands-on prep and call for just eight ingredients, making them the perfect dessert for taking, well, just about anywhere!
Football Cake Pops
Score points with football fans with these game-winning cake pops.
Chunky Chocolate Brownies
Chunky Chocolate Brownies Recipe
Chocolate chunks make these brownies fudgy; decrease baking time to 23 minutes to make them extra gooey.
The Ultimate Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie
The Ultimate Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe
Everybody needs a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe, and this is the one that you can rely on, time after time. Topped with flaky sea salt and bursting with bittersweet chocolate chunks, this sweet treat is not for the faint of heart. By baking them at a high temperature for a short burst of time, the exterior boasts a crisp texture and golden-brown color, while the inside remains melty, chewy and warm as ever. For the ultimate sweet deal, top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or drink it alongside a tall glass of milk.
Caramel-Mocha-Sea Salt Cupcakes
Caramel-Mocha-Sea Salt Cupcakes Recipe
This cupcake is a combination of salty and sweet blended with mocha and is one of the most requested flavors at Dreamcakes Bakery in Birmingham, AL.
Mississippi Mud Cupcakes
Mississippi Mud Cupcakes Recipe
Here's a cupcake version of the classic Southern chocolate sheetcake that's filled with marshmallows and chopped pecans and topped with a rich chocolate frosting.
Rocky Road Popcorn Balls
Rocky Road Popcorn Balls Recipe
Guess what? This is a whole-grain dessert. To keep the stickiness at bay, wear latex gloves coated with cooking spray as you shape the popcorn balls.
Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Recipe
These ooey-gooey and peanut buttery-y football-shaped brownies are the perfect dessert for your Super Bowl night.
This decadent chocolate sheet cake is a prime choice for a Kentucky Derby viewing party—or any party, for that matter. The richness of this moist, buttermilk chocolate cake is intensified by utilizing the molasses notes of brown sugar (in addition to granulated sugar) and adding a generous sprinkling of chocolate chips in the batter. And then, you top the cake with an insanely delicious bourbon buttercream, candied walnuts, and a chocolate drizzle. Yeah, it's some kind of wonderful.
Chocolate Marble Sheet Cake
Chocolate Marble Sheet Cake Recipe
Swirl chocolate and yellow cake batter together in this marble sheet cake recipe and top with a rich mocha frosting.
Crunchy-Chewy Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Crunchy-Chewy Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe
This has been my go-to "house" cookie for years--when I tell the kids I'm making cookies, it's these guys, made with no-frills, good ol' whole-wheat flour. The good news is that they work with other flours, too. They're wonderfully crisp around the edges and chewy in the middle; that soft center comes from using all brown sugar (no granulated) and a drizzle of honey.
Malted Toffee Brownies
Malted milk powder and toffee bits take ordinary homemade brownies from ordinary to extraordinary.
Everything Bagel Cheese Ball
Everything Bagel Cheese Ball Recipe
The mega-flavor of an everything bagel can be rolled into a savory, satisfying cheese ball that your guests are sure to love. Prep the cheese ball in advance and roll it in everything spice blend just before your friends arrive for an easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Layered Buffalo Chicken Dip
Layered Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
This buffalo chicken dip is a completely homemade labor of love, and your guests will fall head over heels for this incredible appetizer. This dip offers the complete buffalo chicken experience all in one dish and combines layers of different ingredients and flavors along with a unique scratch-made carrot ranch dressing. There is a crunch, a richness, and a level of spice all mixed together in this wow-worthy dip that make it the perfect contribution to any party or tailgate. This dish delivers intense flavor and an all-inclusive and truly delicious buffalo chicken experience.
Peanut Butter and Pretzel Brownies
Peanut Butter and Pretzel Brownies Recipe
Irresistibly nutty and salty, these peanut butter pretzel brownies are for the die-hard chocolate lover in everyone's lives. Incorporating Reese's candies, crushed pretzel bits, and a heaping spoonful of creamy peanut butter, these rich, decadent squares are perfect for you next potluck dessert party, special occasion, or late night craving. For an added bonus, go ahead and eat them warm out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream.
Instant Pot Gumbo
Gumbo is traditionally a time- and labor-intensive dish, but our Instant Pot recipe delivers full-on flavor in just one hour.
Buffalo Beef Dip
Why make the same old Buffalo chicken dip when you could incorporate beef? Beef is naturally richer and more savory, so its no surprise how delicious it is when paired with the iconic heat of Buffalo sauce. Serve this perfect twist on a crowd-pleasing favorite while watching the Big Game. Our bet is that you never go back to the bird. Be sure to look for packaged, pulled beef without sauce (since you will be adding your own). Alternatively, you can always use leftover smoked, shredded beef from your favorite BBQ restaurant.
Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip
Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip Recipe
What's good about it: Sweet potatoes are naturally silky textured yet low in fat. They're also a great source of beta-carotene and fiber. Serve with baby bok choy, separated into leaves.
This creamy and dreamy queso dip is something that even the greatest non-vegans will appreciate. This queso is made with a blended puree of nutty and earthy cashews which lend a hearty flavor to this "cheese." The cashews are soaked for a few hours in water until they soften, and from there get blended up to make a rich and creamy base to this flavorful queso. With spices added in like cayenne pepper and cumin, this dip is the perfect flavorful addition to the appetizer table.
Chorizo Deviled Eggs
Ryan Pollnow, the chef at the San Francisco Spanish restaurant Aatxe ("Ah-chay"), always has hard-cooked eggs on his tapas menu. This version--with its smoky, creamy filling and crunchy topping of fried chorizo sausage--is especially delicious.
Ham and Cheddar Potato Skins
Ham and Cheddar Potato Skins Recipe
We took this traditionally high-fat nibble and gave it a CarbLovers makeover. Using smaller potatoes keeps these bites portion-controlled. Check our other CarbLovers potato recipes.
Lasagna Dip With Pasta Chips
Lasagna Dip With Pasta Chips Recipe
Olive Garden got this one right, folks—lasagna in dip form is all kinds of wonderful, especially served with freshly fried, crisp pasta chips. Trust us, this meaty, cheesy appetizer will be a welcome addition to any party.
French Onion Pot Pie
It turns out that you can improve French onion soup. Just add a pie crust and shredded beef. It’s savory, yet wonderfully sweet caramelized onions and calvados add the perfect note of rich balance. Of course, the Gruyere-bread topping remains one of the best parts of the whole experience.
Spicy Chorizo Monkey Bread
Spicy Chorizo Monkey Bread Recipe
Slightly spicy, cheesy and rich, this savory twist on monkey bread is tender on the inside and crispy on top. Fresh chorizo can be found at the grocery store or Mexican market, and the drippings are a perfect binding agent in the bread.
Skillet PB&J Monkey Bread
Skillet PB&J Monkey Bread Recipe
Ooey gooey peanut butter and jelly goodness! Kids and adults alike will go nuts for this sweet and decadent treat, which gets its chewy, light-as-air feeling from store-bought pizza dough.
French Onion Soup Bites
French Onion Soup Bites Recipe
Easy to assemble and perfectly portable, these French Onion Soup bites are the perfect addition to any holiday party spread. They’re like your favorite Trader Joe’s freezer aisle find, but tastier.
The Ultimate S'mores Cookie
The Ultimate S'mores Cookie Recipe
These cookies taste just like a s'more, no campfire required. The graham crackers really come through in the cookie, while the melty chocolate melds with toasted marshmallow during the baking process.