Super Bowl Sunday rivals Thanksgiving as the one day a year to throw caution to the wind and eat and enjoy. While the menus are distinctively different, both include feasting ’til you’re about to pop and watching football! Cheesy nachos, wings, creamy dips, and appetizers galore are the real MVPs of the unofficial food holiday. The only turkey found on Super Bowl Sunday is slow-cooked in chili or for tacos. It’s the mound of chicken wings that usually reigns supreme on Super Bowl Sunday.
Calling all chicken wing lovers, I have some good news and, well, unfortunate news to share. First, the good: Unlike 2021, there’s no widespread wing shortage. The sad news: Wing prices are still very high, driven by gameday demand, labor shortages, and more. According to USDA data cited by the National Chicken Council (NCC) in its 2022 Wing Report, wholesale prices are down, but retail wing prices are up about 30 cents per pound compared with last year. If you’re determined to have wings on your menu, go ahead and put in your order today for local takeout, or accept that you’ll be paying more at the grocery store. Or you could always opt out of wings and give my oven-fried chicken recipe a try to enjoy a less expensive, more nutritious option.
Aside from the highly anticipated halftime show and commercials, food is the life of the party on game day, and fans want to graze and gab instead of sitting down for a meal. Think buffet-style or grab-n-go for an easy-to-serve setup if you’re hosting. Potluck works perfect for parties, just assign each guest a food category: bite-sized appetizers, dip, miniature main course, or dessert. A little pre-game planning will keep the menu varied and plentiful.
While we continue to navigate entertaining at home during a global pandemic, you can keep guests safe with minor changes. Minimize shared food utensils by adding toothpicks to appetizers, pre-serve dips in to-go cups, offer individually bagged chips and assemble sliders, hotdogs, or burgers ahead of time. If you have guests with food allergies or sensitivities, help them out by using sticky notes or decorative labels to identify menu items.
Classic football foods include chili, ribs, hamburgers, wings, chips, and cheese dips. This year, give rookie recipes a starting position on your table—kick off the party with bacon-wrapped Brussel sprouts and creamy blue-cheese onion dip. Go for the goal with walking tacos and air-fried corn on the cob. Keep dessert simple with crowd favorites like individual ice cream cups, brownie bites, and chocolate chip cookies. And don’t forget a Mississippi-made King Cake!
Most of the millions tuned into Super Bowl Sunday care less about the game and more about the fellowship and food enjoyed. That means all of us can win with good food at our Super Bowl celebration!
- 1 pound lean meat
- 1 taco packet (or 2 Tbsps homemade taco seasoning)
- Individual sized Frito chips
- Favorite taco toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, pico, salsa etc.
Prepare meat as directed on a taco packet. On game day, place prepared taco meat into a slow cooker and turn on warm. Allow guests to build their tacos with individual sized chips bags, and taco toppings. The chip bags can be their serving container.
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
- 6 frozen corn on the cobs
- Salt & pepper
- Place your frozen corn on the cob into the air fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes at 360F.
- After 12 minutes, remove the corn. Place a layer of tin foil into your air fryer basket and then sit your cooked corn on the cob on it. Season your corn with salt and pepper and add some butter to each corn cob.
- Cook for an additional 3 minutes at 400F.
- After 3 minutes, roll your corn in the butter that has dropped down into the tin foil.
- If not done enough. Cook for another 3 minutes, all air fryers are different.
Blue Cheese Onion Dip
- 16 oz. Sour Cream
- 1 packet Onion Soup Mix
- 1/4 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt (or mayo)
- 4 oz. Blue Cheese crumbled
- ½ tsp Dry Dill Weed
- 1 tsp Dry Parsley Flakes
- Mix all ingredients together and let chill.
- Serve with assorted veggies and/or chips for dipping.
Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
- 8 Slices of Bacon
- 16 Brussels Sprouts
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Trim, wash and pat dry Brussels sprouts. Cut bacon slices in half.
- Line a baking sheet in tin foil.
- Wrap bacon around Brussels sprouts and secure with a toothpick. Place on a baking sheet. Salt & Pepper to taste.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes until bacon reaches desired crispness.