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