Super Bowl 2016 Must Haves

Super bowl is a special time in my family, and has been since the beginning of time. It’s a day where we wake up and go to church; lingering after church on this day is strictly forbidden and highly frowned upon. We then come home and change out of church clothes faster than the speed of light. Seats are determined on a seniority status, meaning if you are an adult you get to lounge out full body on the couch, and if you are a child you likely are automatically downgraded to the floor. It’s just the luck of the draw. I don’t make the rules, I just enforce them.



I don’t know about you, but in my house doing a full on decorations for the super bowl isn’t necessary. I’ve been watching super bowls every single year since I can remember and what I do know is that the guys don’t care about the decorations. They don’t care at all. If you like to decorate for a good party (and who doesn’t!?) I’m not saying don’t go out there and give it all you’ve got (because I really believe great decorations help set the tone)….I’m just saying it may not be as appreciated as you want and no one is going to cry if you don’t have a football garland with tissue paper pom poms hanging from every crevice of your home. Perhaps just wearing the team jersey or maybe a flag outside representing what team they are going for (or in  our case the team we feel forced to go for since our “team” didn’t make it to the super bowl this year),  and a sign inside that lets people know what territory they are stepping into…other than that the super bowl is all about the food. I can’t imagine watching the super bowl without also eating super bowl appropriate food.

I like food in fancy or mini dishes. I like eating appetizers with adorable mini forks and spoons and cute paper straws. I love food that is plated prettily…where it’s almost too pretty to eat. The super bowl is not the place for any of that. There are no mini dishes with mini foods or cute paper straws that coordinate with the napkins. The super bowl is about game food. Nothing mini about it, the more the merrier seems to be the motto. Food is made and eaten in what feels like in bulk.  I’m sure Costco meets their sales quota for the entire year based on this day alone. Below are my top favorite Super bowl food must case you didn’t know, now you know:

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    1. Nachos:

Aint no party like a super bowl party with nachos. Maybe your nachos include the basics of life like: Rotel, Tillamock cheddar cheese, olives, jalapenos, beans, a dollop of sour cream and salsa. Or maybe  it’s a bit more intense with corn and meat and all kinds of deliciousness.

tastefully frugal buffalo


    2. Wings:

Hot and spicy or sweet and tangy, unless you are vetegerain or vegan these are a must. If you can’t make them, order them. If you don’t have them you can expect a mutiny to take place. Don’t say you haven’t been warned. It doesn’t matter if you like them with the bone in, or boneless like the picture above from Tastefully Frugal; what does matter is that you will be shunned if you do not have them.

ninth and co chips and salsa


   3. Chips and Salsa:

A staple in anyone’s home on Super Bowl Sunday. If you go to a super bowl party and this is not served — get out immediately! You are in the wrong place. If you are hosting the Super Bowl and chips and salsa are not on the menu, get out before they kick you out.



   4. Chili:

This is more of a personal favorite, but I seriously think chili should be served at all occasions when possibly and twice on Super bowl Sundays.



   5. Layered dip.

Go with a 6 layer (7 if you’re feeling lucky) dip and you will be the talk of town for years to come.



   6. Queso dip:

Because Queso dip can take any party from “just okay” to “freaking awesome” with just one bite. The recipe for the delicious Queso above can be found on A Sparkle of Genius.


      Half Time Dash:

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Something sweet. I call this the half time dash. This is the time usually where food starts to take a turn from the mad dash of chips and dips of all sorts, to something more wholesome and sweeter, like a dessert. Ice cream, cookies, like these ones from The Happy Scraps, or cake would all fit the bill for this one, you could even serve baklava and I’m sure no one would blink an eye…like they would if you tried to serve a healthy option for the super bowl. There are 365 days this year…you can eat healthy for 364 of those days, give this one to the Super Bowl.

When it comes to serving the main dish for the Super Bowl no one is looking for a fancy over complicated meal for Super Bowl…it will go under appreciated anyway. Save that for another day, like the day after the super bowl. Instead stick with the basics: Hot Dogs and Burgers. No need to reinvent the wheel…but you can definitely spruce it up.

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