So the big game is this Sunday: the first cold weather Super Bowl played in an open air stadium. Last week’s forecast called for snow this weekend; now they’re saying it’ll be in the 40s, and everyone’s thrilled about that. I’m telling you, 40 is the new 60 now, at least when it comes to Northeast temperatures.
Most fans are focused on the game and nothing else. Which is understandable. For me though, it’s
all mostly about the food. Call it an occupational hazard. Since gluttony loves company, I went through our TK Blog archives and chose my 14 favorite game day recipes for Super Bowl 2014. It’s a difficult job, I know. But for you, I’ll do anything.
These are in no particular order, except perhaps the random order in which I’d like to devour them all. Let’s start!
Citrus Spicy Wings with Cilantro Dipping Sauce. Because … wings. Football. Of course.
Spicy Buffalo Chicken Cannoli. It’s still Buffalo chicken, without the mess. So you can jump up from the couch without hurling hot sauce in someone’s eye.
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings. For those who want all the flavor of Buffalo chicken in a healthier, vegetarian form.
Cheddar Tailgating Bread. Healthy schmealthy.
Ham and Cheese Potato Skins. Add some egg, green peppers, and onions and call them Denver Potato Skins. (Go Broncos!) Or go wild and make Bacon and Blue Cheeseburger Potato Skins instead. But don’t tell your cardiologist I suggested that.
Smoked Salmon Dip. Because Seattle needs to be represented, too. (Go Seahawks!)
Cheese Crisps. Crispy, cheesy, spicy little circles of deliciousness. So simple and irresistible.
Beer-Battered Fried Pickles. Speaking of irresistible, make sure you make an extra batch or three of these.
Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches. For maximum impact with minimum effort, let the slow cooker do all the work for you.
Cracker Pizza. Another quick and easy game day treat. No messing with pizza dough!
Jalapeno Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms. So many favorite flavors in one bite. Watch these disappear as quickly as you can shout, “Omaha!”
Layered Mediterranean Dip. Filling yet fresh and packed with flavor, this creative take on the Mexican layer dip will wow your guests. Want to impress them even more? Whip up this Bakery Style Rosemary Flatbread to go with it.
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp. Light in calories but loaded with flavor and spice.
Artichoke Feta Garlic Bread. Just look at that. How can anyone say no to that?
I am now officially hungry and I wish it were Sunday already. Then I can curl up on the couch underneath 2 blankets and enjoy the game from the comfort and warmth of my home. And no one will see me eating too many stuffed mushrooms and cheese crisps. And wings. Of course.
Do you have any favorite game day recipes? Share them with us!
Have a great weekend, enjoy the game, and stay warm, everyone!