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Much like the halftime shows and commercials, not all Super Bowl Party themes are created equal. Fortunately for Super Bowl 2019, there is already a built-in option that neatly converges the sports element with an appealing culinary angle. You need not wait for the opponents to be determined. It’s not worth trying to figure out the particular alchemy of some New Orleans/New England or Los Angeles/Kansas City fusion cuisine anyway. (Clam Chowder Po’ Boys? Avocado Toast meets Gooey Butter Cake?) You can start planning your menu before they ever get around to officially announcing that Maroon 5 will actually play the halftime show this year. (And don’t even think about what an all-maroon menu might consist of.)

No. For simplicity, relevance, and legitimate flavor appeal, look to this year’s host city, Atlanta, for menu inspiration. Here are seven dishes (touchdown!) that honor the city’s culinary traditions to grace your buffet with southern charm, bless your heart!

Pimento Cheese

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If you only serve one thing at your Atlanta-inspired party, make it pimento cheese. Actually, if you plan to serve only one thing for all parties the rest of your life, I’d make a case for this. Its combination of creamy, spicy, and tangy come together for the big win just like offense, defense, and special teams. Serve it with crackers, veggies, or on grilled sandwiches. Or with a giant spoon. Get our Pimento Cheese recipe.

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Spiced Candied Pecans

Spiced Candied Pecans

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The first step in this recipe is actually making sure you’re pronouncing it correctly, otherwise this sweet and spicy table snack won’t turn out with the correct drawl. Yankees, take note. It’s PEE-cans, not puh-CAHNS. But no matter how you say it, these delightful bites are easy to make loads of, which is good since round one isn’t likely to make it past the first commercial break. Get our Spiced Candied Pecans recipe.

Fried Chicken Biscuits

Fried. Chicken. Biscuits. I don’t suppose I even need to call a time-out for any of these concepts individually, and these parts come together for a sum that will make you the stuff of party legend. Bring them out at halftime for your friends who are doubtlessly in need of serious sustenance from bravely screaming at the TV. Get our Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches recipe.

Peach, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salsa

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Georgia’s state fruit isn’t only about the pies and cobblers. Here they meet up with another Georgia staple—sweet Vidalia onions—for a bright and savory condiment that I surely wouldn’t mind putting on a tortilla chip, or on the biscuit sandwich described above. Get our Peach, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salsa recipe.

Collard Greens with Dumplings

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Whoever invented the phrase “stick to your ribs” must have specifically had plump, doughy dumplings in mind. In which case, these little numbers will be just the insulation needed when your guests start body-checking and chest-bumping each other in celebration. Get our Collard Greens with Dumplings recipe.

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Smoky BBQ Baked Wings

Smoky Rubbed Chicken Wings with Honey, Bourbon, and Molasses Sauce

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Atlanta’s ‘cue joints such as Bone Lick and Fox Bros. are known for giving Buffalo a run for its money with their smoky and sultry wing preparations. If you’re the lucky owner of a device that lets you make smoked meats at home, then by all means throw some wings in there. If not, this recipe with a touch of smoked paprika adds a little Southern barbecue perfume to the air whether you are hosting a gathering in Dallas or Detroit. Get the Smoky BBQ Baked Wings recipe.

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Coca-Cola (in a Long Island Iced Tea)

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Put the “super” in the (punch) bowl. Yes, this is a recipe for Long Island Iced Tea. But since Coca Cola, the ingredient that gives this potion its requisite tea-like appearance is from Atlanta, there’s just about no reason not to christen it Atlanta Iced Tea for the occasion. Throw some peach nectar in if you want to go for the extra point. Get our Long Island Iced Tea recipe.

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