Thursday, January 26, 2012

Superior Superbowl Party Snacks

In case you need a little inspiration to gear up for Super Bowl Sunday, this video of the building of a snack food  football stadium might do the trick! 

Since most of us won't be undertaking a massive snack-filled construction project like the one above, let's come back down to earth and talk real food. I'm a strong believer that the best football "grazing" food can be eaten with one hand and in a few bites (maybe a napkin). If you're going to host a pot-luck style viewing party, be sure to ask your guests what they plan to bring so you don't end up with 3 renditions of the same dip and 4 fried chicken platters.

Start out by sending an invitation or e-vite to your friends. Paperless Post and Pingg are both great resources for unique designs like these below. Depending on the design and the number of invites you're going to send - some designs are free and others cost a nominal amount:

Source: via Anne on Pinterest

Now let's turn our attention back to the real star of the party: snack food!
Source: via Anne on Pinterest

Chicken wings are a football staple, and recently I've noticed that wings have been showing up in dip form at parties. Buffalo chicken wing dips like this and that are super simple to make and absolutely delicious. Some people prefer ranch dressing instead of blue cheese dressing in their dip. Regardless of the recipe you decide upon, serve this dip warm with Fritos, crackers and celery.

Next up, you have to treat your guests to a delicious creamy dip. I recently came across this copycat recipe of Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip/Dressing. It is tasty with tortilla chips or flax chips from Trader Joe's, as well as carrots, broccoli, celery etc. This dip has a great kick to it, but it's fresh-tasting and light at the same time.

And the party wouldn't be complete without dessert, so why not make some football-themed cupcakes?