Aside from the commercials and Tom Brady, the best part of the Super Bowl is definitely the food. While the nachos, wings and buffalo chicken dips are all fantastic staples, eating them year after year on game day can get a bit stale. In honor of the Patriots this Sunday, take to the kitchen and impress your party guests with these 15 snackable recipes from local Boston food bloggers. From polenta flatbread pizza and Greek meatballs to chocolate-covered bacon, these foodies know how to keep your guests full and happy through every touchdown.
Jen at Beantown Baker offers up her Cheesy Mushroom Pull Apart Bread with provolone, green onions and, of course, butter. “Be warned, it’s quite addictive,” she writes. Top it off with Jen’s White Chocolate Frito Popcorn, a combo of sweet and salty goodness.
Because you should eat your alcohol as well as drink it, Jon at Beantown Eats recommends these Homemade Bourbon Buffalo Wings; a spin on the old staple. They take a bit of preparation, so make sure to leave yourself enough time before the game to whip these bad boys up.
Katie Barszcz from The Small Boston Kitchen recommends two dishes for “a little change up from the norm.” First, her Queso Fundito with Roasted Poblano Puree is a gooey, warm dip with a spicy kick. She also recommends skipping the pizza for Oven Roasted Tomatoes on Polenta “Flatbread” baked with oven roasted tomatoes, cheese and shredded meats. “Total game changer!” says Katie. Sure sounds like it.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal of Fork It Over, Boston! promises her Tomato and Goat Cheese Wonton Cups with Balsamic Glaze are “ridiculously easy and ridiculously customizable.” Pop in the oven for a total of 10 minutes, and you’re on your way to a super classy Super Bowl app.
Michelle Zippelli from Just Add Cheese offers her spin on Taco Dip, which, of course, has plenty of cheese! She also suggests this Hot & Spicy Garlic Shrimp recipe from Rachael Ray, which literally takes 10 quick minutes to throw together. Love it.
A Boston Food Diary’s Fiona Coxe suggests Roasted Veggie Hoagies on Homemade Foccacia, saying, “Isn’t there something about clinging on to a sandwich with both hands as your team defends its position and tension is high, and then tearing off a bite with your teeth- a feeling just as animalistic as a great tackle on the field- right?” Right. Also, Chocolate Covered Bacon – no explanation necessary.
David Santori of Frenchie & the Yankee suggests skipping the Bud Light for a more delicious Super Bowl drink – Red Sangria. Prepare it on Saturday and let it soak in the fridge so that the flavors are in full force by kickoff. David also recommends making these Homemade Nutella Baci, which are essentially hazelnut and chocolate kisses. What’s not to love?
And last but certainly not least, Meghan Malloy of Travel, Wine, and Dine offers a meaty trio of recipes to ensure your arms stay as beefy as Gronk’s: Slow Cooked Pork with Ginger Beer BBQ Sauce, Greek Meatballs with Spicy Yogurt Sauce and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms.
There you have it, folks! Enjoy eating your way to a Pats victory on Sunday!