The last time I had a real vested interest in the super bowl was the early 90’s when the Bills started their four year run in the Super Bowl. Sadly, none of those years resulted in a Super Bowl win but they were fun seasons, nonetheless. What a great team, too with Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith…… good memories. Its hard to get real excited about the big game after four hard years, but I have always been happy to make some good food for the day. Well, this year our Carolina Panthers made it into the Super Bowl!!!! While the Panthers aren’t my first team (and Jim is a Redskins fan), we will always root for them since they are our home team down here in North Carolina. There is definitely some excitement in North Carolina for this Sunday!
To me, the Super Bowl (and football in general) has its own food group. Definitely heartier appetizers, lots of meat and stuff that could probably float somewhere between appetizer and dinner. Think chicken wings, nachos or these yummy Sweet Bacon Pork Shots! I have talked about them before and they are one of my daughter Ella’s favorites. They have a nice sweet smoky taste and they get nice and crispy on the outside and the kielbasa stays juicy on the inside. If you are looking for some football food that will get oooh’s and aaahh’s from hungry fans give these a try!
If an overload of pork isn’t your thing, here are some other ideas for the menu on game day!
I will be making these Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings from Steamy Kitchen on Sunday along side my Buffalo Chicken Wings. While Buffalo style will always be my favorite, its fun to have a different flavor or two. These wings are the best I have ever had and the mix of garlic and parm is such an awesome combo!
For a treat that is a on the healthier side, but definitely a crowd pleaser, give this Avocado Pico de Gallo a try. This takes your usual pico up a few notches with the addition of the avocado. Very pretty, too!
Do you love the Salsa they serve in Mexican Restaurants? Whenever I make the Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant Style Salsa I’m always asked for the recipe. Well, here it is and it is sooo easy, too!
These Tailgate Toasts from Plain Chicken are a recipe that we used to make quite a bit, but I haven’t made in forever – sadly! They are soo good and easy to put together, too! Perfect football food in my opinion.
For another fresh idea that everyone will love (even your carnivores), try making these Thai Fresh Summer Rolls. You can make or buy a Peanut Dipping Sauce to go with them – so good! These take a little bit of work but they are so worth it and just like the ones in a restaurant.
Of course you need something sweet to finish off these appetizers, so if you have never tried Sopailla Cheesecake Pie you have to make these! They are so easy because they use refrigerated crescent rolls but they are soooo good.
If you have some favorite Super Bowl snacks we would love to hear about them in the comments below. Enjoy the big game (and the food) on Sunday and GOOOO Panthers!!!!!
- 1 pound bacon - cut in half
- 2 packages kielbasa - cut into 1 inch pieces
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- dash of cayenne pepper - optional
- toothpicks to secure bacon
- Sweet Hot Mustard for dipping
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and place a baking rack on top. Spray the baking rack with cooking spray.
- Wrap each piece of kielbasa with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Leave a little space on the top so you can fill in with some extra sugar mixture.
- Combine the sugar, chili powder and optional cayenne pepper. Roll each piece in the mixture and sprinkle a little bit extra on top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes and ensure that the bacon is nice and crispy. Let cool slightly before devouring.
- We served these with some Trader Joe's Sweet Hot Mustard for dipping - but they are really good all by themselves, too.
Recipe from: The Cutting Edge of Ordinary