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Top Ten Superbowl Snack Foods

Even if you don’t really follow football closely or at all – everyone celebrates the Superbowl. There is fun for everyone, like new and amusing commercials, over the top pre-game and half time shows, and an excuse to have a party, eat and drink too much.

The foods that are most famously associated with this event are admittedly geared more towards men and carnivorous choices but, you can find a vegetable or legume on the list too. Some items on the list can be made as unhealthily or healthful as you like by the ingredients you use.

Most would agree that the Superbowl is all about food, friends and fun!

Okay, Here is my list of the top ten Superbowl foods:

10. Chips, Dips, Salsa and Nuts

This is a huge umbrella of general “snack food” or ” junk food”. Beer nuts or any kind of nuts are nearly a pre-requisite for a Football party anyway. There are some really fantastic appetizers that are now nearly synonymous with Football. For example: Nachos – whether you just pour some melted cheese on them or go all out with salsa, guacamole, jalapenos, black olives, refried beans and spiced ground meat – these are always a crowd pleaser. There’s also the “ancient fashioned” Chex mix that is really quite a nice retro snack. Buy, various Chex cereal flavors, add mini pretzels, some peanuts, melt some butter and honey with some kicked up seasonings – mix them all together and spread them out on a cookie sheet in the oven on 350 for 15-20 minutes. Fantastic stuff.

9. BBQ Baked Beans

The classic baked bean recipe can take over 24 hours to prepare and serve. It involves soaking the dry beans which takes up most of the time, and marinating and baking the beans in a combination of Molasses, brown sugar and BBQ sauce. It normally has Pork in it too and that adds a really fantastic flavor but, if that’s not your bag you can substitute ground turkey or have no meat at all.

8. Steak Tips

There are also Turkey, Swordfish and Chicken tips out there too now a days. Whichever you choose, marinating them in a excellent marinade first is a must. Steak will need the longest in a marinade but, all of them will be fantastic once they are grilled on a nice hot grill. Pair tips with Salad and a mixed rice and you are all set!

7. Sandwiches

I prefer the foot long Italian hoagie from the local deli cut up into 2 or 3 inch size sandwiches. Hot peppers are a necessity but should probably be “on the side” for the less inclined. Any kind of sandwiches will work really and Calzones which are not really considered sandwiches are a fantastic choice because they are simple to eat while not sitting down and come in all kinds of yummy flavors.

6. Pizza

Well, I had to place it on the list. It is really well loved as a football food. It’s not truly my choice but, considering that watching football is a male oriented past time and most men are not into cooking, it makes sense that something you can pick up the phone and have delivered within 30 minutes (men are not normally planners either) would be on the list. PS: Anything that can be ordered, made and delivered within 30 minutes is not something I would recommend for adults – Children…okay.

5. BBQ Pork with all the fix’ins

This choice is really for a dedicated BBQ’er and will take some time to do right but, boy. It is well worth it. You really have to start this menu item the day before you want to delight in it. It takes a smoker and a pork butt, some excellent dry rub, a mop sauce (this is vital as far as I am concerned) and some excellent BBQ sauce along with a dedication to the low and slow way of cooking. In addition to the pulled pork, lay out some hamburger buns, home made cold slaw, and some chips and you have the perfect football party meal.

4. Chili

This is one of the most versatile and simple one-pan dishes you can make. You can prepare it for a whole crowd using a crockpot and it has so many variations there is bound to be one that’s to your liking. Just type in “Chili Recipes” in Google or your favorite browser and see all of the hits you get. Yep, you can’t go incorrect with a excellent chili. Make sure to have extra hot sauce for the diehards that insist on kicking it up a notch!

3. Ribs

Small ribs, Long ribs, Dry ribs, Wet ribs….There is a whole huge debate about the best type of meat to use and the best way to cook ribs that is nearly as hotly debated as who is going to win the huge game. Two things I can tell you about ribs: 1. They are hard to cook just right and, 2. When they are cooked correctly they are tasty! My suggestion to you is to buy some ribs at your best local BBQ restaurant or grocery market and pop them in your oven before your friends arrive, set out your favorite BBQ sauce and pass them off as your own creation. See if anyone figures it out.

2. Sausages, Hot Dogs

These may not appeal to those of you that are on a health food kick but, really there have been vast improvements in the hot dog and sausage varieties and quite a few are now more healthy options than other choices. And really, what’s better than a sweet Italian Sausage smothered in sauted peppers and onions with gobs of mustard all wrapped up in a bun – mummm mummm. You can take a walk at half time to make up for it.

1. Chicken Wings

Okay, No surprise here. I don’t know exactly how Chicken Wings became the unofficial Football food but, I am cool with it. I have no complaints. Wings are pretty simple to make and you can make small batches at a time which is fantastic if you are not sure how many people will be showing up demanding to be feed on the huge day. The secret to fantastic wings is the Wing sauce. There are nearly as many brands of Wing sauce these days as BBQ sauce and mustard! That tells a small something about how well loved these babies are.

Chris McCarthy owns InsaneChicken’s insanechicken.com/hot_sauce.html Hot Sauce and insanechicken.com/bbq_sauce.html BBQ Sauce Catalog. insanechicken.com InsaneChicken’s Hot Sauce and BBQ Catalog also has a large selection of Wing Sauce.

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