The Super Bowl is one of the biggest football holidays of the year, and it’s also one of the biggest food holidays. There are no rules: Nachos, wings, foot-long subs, and endless chips and dip are all allowed on this holy day. Take pleasure in this respite from healthy choices and host a celebration with all your favorites. Check out these tried-and-true Super Bowl recipes for a winning selection of party snacks.
Header image and recipe for Easy Potato Skins from CHOW
1. Pizza Pull-Apart Bread
Pull-apart pizza bread combines so many good things in one delicious package. Mozzarella, provolone, and pepperoni slices are nestled into a sourdough boule, and once put in the oven, the whole thing becomes a cheesy pull-apart snack that’s easy to share. Try dipping the cheesy bread in ranch or marinara sauce the same way you’d dip breadsticks.
Photo and recipe from Boring Pittsburgh
2. Warm and Creamy Bacon Dip
Bacon dip is a meat lover’s dream come true. This dip is good cold, but it's absolutely amazing when served warm. There isn’t anything that wouldn’t taste good after scooping it in this dip filled with cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, chopped scallions, and chopped-up bacon.
Photo and recipe from Unsophisticook
3. Super Nachos
Rachael Ray’s super nachos are made with two varieties of corn chips and baked in the oven. You can toss in any fresh herbs you have on hand and substitute different types of cheese. The beef and beans topping (with a full pound of sirloin) packs enough protein to make this a great game day entrée.
Photo and recipe from Food Network
4. Mini Pigs in a Blanket
Premade dough (like a can of crescent rolls) really speeds up the process when you’re trying to make a game day plate of cocktail weenies. Forget ketchup and mustard and make a more interesting dipping sauce: For starters, take some mayonnaise and Sriracha and mix together for an easy sauce that packs a punch.
Photo and recipe from The 2 Seasons
5. Buffalo Chicken Wings
A Super Bowl party isn’t complete without a great plate of chicken wings. These sticky wings with hot sauce are amazing dipped in a bowl of blue cheese dressing. The dressing recipe here includes eight ounces of blue cheese, mayonnaise, buttermilk, and spices—try adding some cayenne for an extra kick.
Photo and recipe from A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis
6. 47-Layer Dip
To paraphrase Buzzfeed’s Rachel Sanders, "7-Layer Dip is for babies." This ultimate 47-layer dip is crazy: chorizo, ground beef, dill pickles, red cabbage, jalapeños, Kraft mac 'n' cheese—the list is endless. The Super Bowl is probably one of the few days of the year that you can justify attempting this crazy feat.
Photo and recipe from BuzzFeed
7. Cheddar and Horseradish Spread
This tangy spread is begging for some Ritz Crackers. Grated cheddar, a little white wine, sour cream, paprika, and horseradish come together to make a spicy and creamy dip that is also outstanding when smeared on a crusty baguette. Make at least a double batch and don’t be ashamed to try it with potato chips.
Photo and recipe from Bon Appétit
8. Smoked Bacon Beer Nuts
Who knew that nuts simmered in beer would be so delicious? This recipe involves simmering dry-roasted peanuts in beer until they’re caramelized with brown sugar, and then tossing the nuts with four strips of thick-cut bacon. Mixed together, this is a bar snack you can’t refuse for your football-lover’s spread.
Photo and recipe from BeerChow.com
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.