Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving when it comes to indulgent eating — and most of it is easy-to-make finger foods. Winning recipes from Good Housekeeping include several iterations of nachos including vegetarian black bean and barbecue beef; queso, French onion, guacamole and Buffalo chicken dips; a variety of pizzas and flatbreads; tacos, wings, “slider” sandwiches and more. While recipes such as quinoa quesadillas might be considered healthy, be forewarned: Many will have guests reaching for the antacids at halftime.
Super Bowl LIII kicks off on Sunday, pitting the New England Patriots against the Los Angeles Rams. No matter which team you root for, the Super Bowl is no longer just about the game — there are brand-new, multimillion-dollar ads and a star-studded halftime show to watch, plus snacks. If you’re hosting the festivities this year and don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen, check out the easy game-day recipes at Buzzfeed and Real Simple. Even the most rabid fans attending your party aren’t going to argue with nachos, guacamole, meatball sliders and five-alarm chili.
Planning a Super Bowl party is relatively simple: All you need are snacks, beverages and a TV. But you can really score with guests if you take your decorating to the next level with simple do-it-yourself projects such as AstroTurf table coverings and pennants. Or you can download a range of printable decorations and accessories such as Super Bowl bingo cards, game time silhouettes, snack containers and cupcake toppers to really turn your space into sports central. It’s a great way to get in the spirit at a fraction of the cost of store-bought decorations.
Did you know that football isn’t even the top draw on Super Bowl Sunday? Electronic invitation service Evite says that 48 percent of people look forward to seeing the new $5 million-per-half-minute ads the most, and 36 percent just want to indulge in party food; the game itself comes in third at 28 percent. In other words, the best game plan for a successful, stress-free party may be to avoid muting the commercial breaks and ask guests to contribute a snack or beverage so that there are plenty of Super Bowl essentials such as wings, nachos, chili and pizza to go around.
It isn’t a Super Bowl party without snacks! You can field a range of simple-but-satisfying selections such as meatball sliders, spinach dip and quesadillas, or opt for a gourmand’s gridiron of cauliflower “wings,” tailgate tots, cheeseburger egg rolls and beer cheese dip. Whatever you serve, make sure you have plenty of ice on hand — Americans are expected to again consume more than 300 million gallons of beer on game day—enough to supply Niagara Falls for some seven minutes.