I can’t claim to be a hardcore football fan, but I’m sure a fan of football food! My husband was a fan of both, so every year for Super Bowl I’d spend a couple of days whipping up some of his Game Day Favorites and getting the house ready for our annual party. If you’ve watched many Super Bowls you know the majority of them are blowouts early on, and by halftime the attention shifts from football to food.
Football Food Recipes
If you’re throwing a Super Bowl Party of your own, or just want to feed your sports fans, here are a few of our favorite football food recipes that will ensure you score a culinary touchdown. (And with that, I’m out of sports references.)
1. Muffaletta Sandwich
This big sandwich serves 6 to 8 people, and can be made ahead. Your football fans will love the combination of salty, savory olive spread with a variety of meats and cheeses in the Muffaletta Sandwich. Don’t worry if you have leftovers (though you probably won’t) — the sandwich is even better the next day and makes a great lunch, too!
2. Roast Beef Sandwich Spread
With all the food you’ll be eating on Game Day, why not move your Sunday roast to Saturday then turn the leftovers into a hearty Roast Beef Sandwich Spread. Add slabs of red onion and tomato along with fresh lettuce and serve it on a multigrain bread.
3. Bacon Cheddar Garlic Crackers
Yes, you CAN make crackers at home! These Bacon Cheddar Garlic Crackers go fast, so you might want to double the recipe. They’re so flavor-packed you don’t even need to serve them with cheese.
4. Nachos with Homemade Cheese Sauce
The great thing about making nachos at home: you can add any toppings you want! Ground beef or chicken are great, of course, but so is shrimp or crab! Sprinkle on chopped scallions, black olives, diced red onion and tomatoes, then layer on this homemade cheese sauce for restaurant-quality food in front of your TV.
5. Authentic Guacamole
What goes well with nachos? Guacamole! Don’t even think about using the store-bought stuff, though. Authentic guacamole is easy to make and with avocados on sale right now you can make enough to please everyone.
6. Homemade Pita Chips
You don’t have to make pita bread from scratch to make homemade pita chips, but it’s easy enough to do! Even with store-bought pita, all you need is some oil and spices to make delicious, crispy pita chips that will score you fans of your own! (Ooops, I said I was out of sports puns, didn’t I?)
7. Homemade Hummus
What goes well with pita chips? Homemade hummus, of course! As you’ve probably noticed, Football Foods are pretty low in fiber but hummus is a great way to sneak it in. Serve with carrot and celery sticks for the health-conscious, too.
8. Stuffed Potato Skins
You love them at the restaurant, and now you can enjoy them at home. These loaded stuffed potato skins are chock full of cheese, bacon, and scallions all topped with sour cream. You won’t believe how fast these disappear!
9. Tex-Mex Cornbread for a Crowd
One of my all-time favorite party foods, this Tex-Mex Cornbread for a Crowd contains just the right amount of jalapeno to tackle the shredded cheese and bacon studded throughout the cornbread. (Uh-oh, I can’t stop making the sports references. Foul!) It freezes wonderfully, so if your party is on the smaller side the extras in the freezer will give you something to look forward to.
10. Pimiento Cheese
It’s not a party at our house without Homemade Pimento Cheese. This isn’t that neon orange, fake-flavored stuff in a plastic tub that you get at the store. If you haven’t had real pimento cheese (or pimiento cheese for you Northerners), give this recipe a try! It’s fantastic with crackers or celery sticks, and it makes an amazing grilled cheese sandwich, too!