We look forward to the Super Bowl every year—probably more for the food than the football. From spicy wings to nachos to unexpected treats like fried cucumbers with sour cream dipping sauce, these are our favorite homemade game day bites.


Blue Cheese Dip

This tart, cooling dip is a classic for good reason—it’s a perfect match for fiery Buffalo wings. Get the recipe for Blue Cheese Dip »

Devils on Horseback

In this version of the classic hors d’oeuvre, oysters are cooked with garlic and wine, then set “astride” toasted garlic bread slices and sprinkled with bacon.

Fried Cucumbers with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Sour cream and fines herbes make a great sauce for cooling down a spicy snack like our fried cucumbers. Get the recipe for Fried Cucumbers with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce »

Creamy Watercress Dip

Creamy cottage cheese combines with watercress, lemon, chive, and parsley to make a bright dip for raw vegetables or chips. Get the recipe for Creamy Watercress Dip »
These are the Buffalo-resident’s Buffalo wings: True to the original 1964 recipe, wings are fried in peanut oil and then tossed in a mixture of melted margarine and fiery hot sauce. Serve them up with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks to complete the classic dish.

Homemade Jalapeño Poppers

Homemade Jalapeño Poppers

Hearts of Palm Fries with Chipotle Mayo

These addictive fries, served at Yerba Buena restaurant on New York City’s Lower East Side, can be made with fresh hearts of palm for a crispier texture. See the recipe for Hearts of Palm Fries with Chipotle Mayo »

Roasted Carrot and White Bean Dip

Carrots are roasted with rosemary and garlic until tender and slightly caramelized before being puréed with cannelini beans and coriander to make a vibrant, sweet, and earthy dip for raw veggies or pita chips.

Beer-Battered Onion Rings

A flavorful batter infused with honey, paprika, and lager beer is the secret to these crunchy onion rings. Get the recipe for Beer-Battered Onion Rings »

Football Sandwiches

A staple of Junior League cookbooks, these miniature ham sandwiches are doused in a tangy butter-poppyseed sauce and then baked in the oven.

Homemade French Onion Dip

Our favorite recipe for this classic dip showcases onions three ways: fried, roasted, and fresh.

Ohio Nachos

In this recipe from Columbus, Ohio’s Cap City Diner, potato chips are topped with alfredo sauce, blue cheese, and chives.

Lemon Parmesan Dip

Creamy and bright-tasting, lemon parmesan dip makes for an excellent accompaniment to a chip or crudité platter.

Spiced Pecans

Bite-size and buttery, cumin and cayenne-spiced pecans glazed in dark brown sugar are the perfect smoky, spicy-sweet snack. Get the recipe for Spiced Pecans »

Korean Fried Chicken

Double-frying chicken wings gives them a delicate, crackly crust that is the hallmark of this popular Korean specialty, made famous in this country at the Los Angeles restaurant Kyochon.

Deviled Eggs with Pickled Jalapeños

This recipe, packed with spice and tempered by sour cream, is based on one in Texas Home Cooking by Cheryl and Bill Jamison (Harvard Common Press, 1993). See the recipe for Deviled Eggs with Pickled Jalapeños »

Sour Cream Nachos

Here is a simple but tasty snack of melted cheese, beans, and tortilla chips. See the recipe for Sour Cream Nachos »

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds

At the Red Cat in New York City, these are a popular choice on the bar menu.

Maytag Blue Cheese Dip

The perfect companion for buffalo wings or a vegetable platter. See Recipe For Maytag Blue Cheese Dip »

Cream Cheese Dip With Chutney

Tangy mango chutney cuts the richness of this cheesy, bacon-topped, cheddar-flecked dip. Get the recipe for Cream Cheese Dip With Chutney »

Homemade Kielbasa

These juicy, beefy smoked sausages can be served sliced on an appetizer platter accompanied by plenty of mustard. See the recipe for Homemade Kielbasa »

Grilled Bratwurst with Shoestring Gremolata Fries

Garlic and lemon coated fries are the perfect accompaniment to a hearty bratwurst. See the Recipe for Grilled Bratwurst with Shoestring Gremolata Fries

Lao Tomato Dip

Penn Hongthong, the author of Simple Laotian Cooking (Hippocrene, 2003), taught us that charring the vegetables for this dip is the secret to its smoky flavor.

Pulled Pork Barbecue

Classic pulled pork served on rolls makes a great addition to any Super Bowl spread; this recipe, which incorporates Coca Cola, hails from Alabama. See the recipe for Pulled Pork Barbecue »

Hot Onion Souffle

A warm and fluffy dip that is quick and easy to make. See the recipe for Hot Onion Souffle »

Korean Fried Chicken

Double-frying is the secret to achieving the delicate, crackly crust that is the hallmark of this popular Korean specialty. Soy sauce, gojujang (Korean chile paste), and honey work in tandem for a sweet-sour-salty-spicy-perfect wing.

Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

We like to use thawed, frozen artichoke hearts in this creamy, classic dip. See the recipe for Spinach Artichoke Dip »

Artichoke Dip

The powers of mayonnaise and melted parmesan combine to make this oven-baked dip extra creamy. See the recipe for Artichoke Dip »

Bacon-and-Cheese Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are easy to prepare and make for an eye-catching presentation. This charming rendition was inspired by a bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich; in this form, it may be more elegant but it’s just as delicious. See the recipe for Bacon-and-Cheese Deviled Eggs »


Using simple ingredients is the key to this Mexican favorite. See the recipe for Guacamole »