Game Day Grub

The Super Bowl is a great excuse for a party, and rest assured that no matter what the score is, who is (or isn't) in the half-time show, and whether the commercials hold up to the pre-game hype, the food will be great!

  • 01 of 08
    Buffalo Chicken Wings
    Buffalo Chicken Wings. Getty Images

    This is a baked version of the famed Buffalo chicken wings invented by the owners of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY. It's a little healthier than its deep-fried counterpart, but every bit delicious - and in honor of the original dish, be sure to serve these spicy wings with the blue cheese dip and celery sticks.

    Most of us think of Buffalo wings as bar or Super Bowl food, but with their accompaniment of celery sticks and creamy blue-cheese dressing, they also make a pretty-good casual meal....MORE These wings are hot, but if you like them incendiary, pass extra hot sauce around.

  • 02 of 08
    Guacamole
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    Say "adios" to store-bought guacamole. This is the real thing, and it's super easy to make. The secret to making great guacamole is using good avocados.

  • 03 of 08
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    John Mitzewich

    In my opinion, just any time is a good time to eat chili, but it does seem that during winter or at a Super Bowl party might be the best. This recipe cooks up into a real crowd-pleaser, and the addition of orange zest and juice imparts a fresh lively flavor.

  • 04 of 08

    These nachos, laden with black beans, corn, tomatoes, scallions, olives and cheese, are big on flavor but are not heavy. Be sure to serve these nachos right away so they are crisp and hot. This recipe can be increased to serve any number of hungry people as an appetizer. Serve with a side of Great Guacamole and some Jalapeño Poppers.

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  • 05 of 08
    Deep-Fried Jalapeno Poppers
    Deep-Fried Jalapeno Poppers. Diana Rattray

    This jalapeño popper recipe features fresh jalapeños stuffed with a spicy cream cheese mixture, rolled in seasoned panko crumbs, and baked until crispy and golden. They are as easy to make as they are to pop in your mouth, and are always make a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

  • 06 of 08
    Garlicky Marinated Mushrooms
    Garlicky Marinated Mushrooms. Flickr c Stinedesign

    Warning: These marinated mushrooms are addictive. It's impossible to eat just one, but it's easy to make a double or triple batch of them. Serve the mushrooms in a bowl with toothpicks, or as part of an antipasto platter.
     

  • 07 of 08
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    By using green salsa, you can have an authentic tasting chili verde without the slicing and dicing! This incredibly delicious pork stew is a southwestern classic, and is wonderful served over rice.

  • 08 of 08
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    Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    You can't go wrong with these tasty meatballs. They are delicious served over egg noodles or mashed potatoes, or another great way to enjoy them is as sliders. Best of all, you can make the meatballs ahead, then just pop them into the slow-cooker with the gravy in the morning for a super-easy meal for one of those busy weeknights. Nothing is better than walking into the house to the smell of dinner simmering away. Plus, this recipe makes great party fare—just double the recipe and make the...MORE meatballs slightly smaller.