Are you ready for some football?  The Super Bowl is right around the corn and I’m sure you’re busy getting ready to host a party or determine what you are going to bring to someone else’s party.  It’s always fun to plan food that’s themed for a special event and try to make something unique.

When I host an event, I like to have a variety of snacks to choose from; something warm, something hearty, grab-and-go type snacks, and at least one dessert item.  This year for the Super Bowl, we are providing the following food options to our guests:

 

The Buffalo Chicken Dip is available from the deli at your local Festival Foods.  You can always order online ahead of time to guarantee availability.  It has the perfect amount of spice, a creamy filling, and tons of shredded chicken.  It pairs really well with tortilla chips or fresh sliced baguette.  All you have to do is heat and serve – super simple for a party!

If Buffalo Chicken Dip isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other dips and sides available through the deli – Bacon Chive Dip, Brie Dip, Macaroni & Cheese, Pulled Pork, Chicken Wings, etc.  So many options!  You could have a Baked Potato bar with all the fixings, taco bar with sides, BBQ buffet with pulled pork or chicken sandwiches and sides, a variety of boneless chicken wings, etc.

Fresh Popped Popcorn from Lauri’s Pop-Corner is also available at your local Festival Foods in a variety of flavors and sizes.  Choose from Caramel, Kettle, Classic, Sunnypop, Double Cheddar, and mixed flavors.  The popcorn is made fresh and available in small or large bags, or bowls, making it an easy snack to open and set out for guests without having to do any work.

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls are a quick and easy appetizer that are very customizable and a great finger food.  I like to use pepperoni and turkey pepperoni, but you could use sausage, veggies, bacon, etc.  Add whatever ingredients you and/or your guests will enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees and lightly spraying 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.  Lightly dust the countertop with flour and roll out each pizza crust.  Store-bought pizza crust from the refrigerator section works well!  Feel free to make homemade dough if you prefer but I like the simplicity of store-bought dough.

Season each crust with garlic salt and Italian seasoning.  Add as much or as little as you want!

Then, sprinkle each crust with shredded mozzarella cheese and add the toppings of your choice.  I used regular pepperoni on one pizza crust and turkey pepperoni on the other pizza crust.

You now want to roll the dough into a log shape.  Start with the short end and use your hands to guide the dough.  Pinch the edge to hold the dough together once you are done rolling the dough into the log shape.

Slice the dough into 1-inch pieces and place on the prepared baking sheets.  Leave a little space between each pizza roll as the dough will rise and expand slightly while cooking.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.  Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.  I like to use traditional pizza sauce for dipping, but Ranch dressing is another great option!

The recipe can be found here.

Mini Loaded Potato Skins are a bite-sized treat.  Super yummy and loaded with delicious toppings 🙂  These take a bit of time to make but they are sooooo worth it!  And the recipe makes quite a few so you should have plenty for your party.

The recipe can be found here.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Wash and dry the potatoes and place them in an even layer on the baking sheet.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.  Remove the potatoes from the oven and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.  You want to be able to handle the potatoes without burning yourself.  You will be putting the potatoes back in the oven so don’t worry about them cooling too much as they will heat back up again.

I like to cook the bacon at the same time as the potatoes in the oven, but you can cook the bacon on the stovetop if you prefer.  To bake the bacon, place the strips of bacon on a baking sheet and place in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, check the bacon to see how crisp it is.  If it’s cooked to your liking, remove from the oven to cool.  If you want crispier bacon, continue baking in 5-minute increments until the desired crispness is reached.  Then remove from the oven to cool.  Once cool, chop the bacon and set aside.

Slice each potato in half lengthwise and place on the baking sheet, with the inside of the potato facing up.  I like to use The Little Potato Company Fingerling Potatoes because they tend to be a little longer and great for loaded potatoes, but you can use your favorite bite-sized potato if you prefer.

Mix the olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.  Brush over the top of each potato.  You don’t need a lot – a little goes a long way!  Bake the potatoes for an additional 10 minutes to crisp up a bit.  Remove the potatoes from the oven and turn the oven to broil.

Sprinkle the potatoes with shredded cheddar cheese and place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish and top with crumbled bacon and sliced green onion.  Serve immediately with sour cream on the side as a dipping sauce.

The recipe can be found here.

Ranch Snack Mix is an amazing mixture of some of your favorite snacks, combined together with a wonderful buttery-Ranch coating.  This snack mix disappears FAST!  It’s SO good!  And it’s customizable – add more of this, less of that, etc.

The recipe can be found here.

In a small bowl, mix tougher both packets of Ranch seasoning along with the entire bottle of popcorn oil (yes, the entire bottle).  It seems like a lot, but you will have quite a bit of snack mix to coat.

Add all the crackers to a very large mixing bowl and toss to combine.  If you don’t have a large mixing bowl (like super jumbo size) you can add the crackers to a 2-gallon sized Ziploc bag.

Pour the ranch mixture over the crackers and toss to completely coat (or seal the Ziploc bag and shake to coat).  If you are using the large mixing bowl, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the fridge or make sure the Ziploc bag is sealed and place in the fridge.  You want to refrigerate the mix for a few hours to help the oil solidify.

After a few hours, remove the mix from the fridge and serve.  Your guests will go wild for this snack!

Store the leftovers in an airtight container on the counter.  It does not need to be stored in the fridge once the oil has set.

The recipe can be found here.

Last but not least is my favorite meal of the day and the only meal that matters… also known as dessert 🙂  Festival Foods has a great variety of desserts available.  You can choose from cupcakes in a football shaped tray, cookies or cookie cake, a football shaped cake, etc.

The frosting colors typically represent the teams playing so you can choose the perfect dessert for your Super Bowl party.  Each package usually has a combination of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.

Store-bought desserts are my go-to for a Super Bowl party.  The work is already done, both teams are represented, it’s a festive theme, and the variety is perfect to fit the needs of your guests.  Stop by your local Festival Foods to see the selection!

Which team are you rooting for?  Don’t forget the football themed plates and napkins!  Go Team!

Happy Cooking!

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