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.
This tart, cooling dip is a classic for good reason—it’s a perfect match for fiery Buffalo wings.
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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.
Sour cream and fines herbes make a great sauce for cooling down a spicy snack like our fried cucumbers.
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Creamy cottage cheese combines with watercress, lemon, chive, and parsley to make a bright dip for raw vegetables or chips.
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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
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.
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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.
A flavorful batter infused with honey, paprika, and lager beer is the secret to these crunchy onion rings.
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A staple of Junior League cookbooks, these miniature ham sandwiches are doused in a tangy butter-poppyseed sauce and then baked in the oven.
Our favorite recipe for this classic dip showcases onions three ways: fried, roasted, and fresh.
In this recipe from Columbus, Ohio’s Cap City Diner, potato chips are topped with alfredo sauce, blue cheese, and chives.
Creamy and bright-tasting, lemon parmesan dip makes for an excellent accompaniment to a chip or crudité platter.
Bite-size and buttery, cumin and cayenne-spiced pecans glazed in dark brown sugar are the perfect smoky, spicy-sweet snack.
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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
by Cheryl and Bill Jamison (Harvard Common Press, 1993). Texas Home Cooking
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Sour Cream Nachos
Here is a simple but tasty snack of melted cheese, beans, and tortilla chips.
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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.
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Tangy mango chutney cuts the richness of this cheesy, bacon-topped, cheddar-flecked dip.
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These juicy, beefy smoked sausages can be served sliced on an appetizer platter accompanied by plenty of mustard.
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Grilled Bratwurst with Shoestring Gremolata Fries
Garlic and lemon coated fries are the perfect accompaniment to a hearty bratwurst.
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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.
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Hot Onion Souffle
A warm and fluffy dip that is quick and easy to make.
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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
With both serrano chiles and jalapeños, the dip has a bright spiciness that cuts through the richness of two cheeses. The tangy sour cream added at the end brings it over the top.
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Spinach and Artichoke Dip
We like to use thawed, frozen artichoke hearts in this creamy, classic dip.
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Crispy breading encases gooey melted mozzarella cheese in this classic appetizer.
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The powers of mayonnaise and melted parmesan combine to make this oven-baked dip extra creamy.
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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.
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Using simple ingredients is the key to this Mexican favorite.
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