When the Super Bowl is coming, the excitement for the game also comes with excitement for the grub. Foodies know that the biggest day for snacking is on Super Bowl Sunday, which means it’s the time to whip up some fun and easy recipes. Satisfy the palates of everyone from kids to teens (and of course, grown-ups, too) with savory recipes, sweet treats, and easy-to-serve entrees.
Sure, serving some French fries, potato and tortilla chips, store-bought cookies, and cupcakes are great – but if you want to make it more special but not complicated, you may need some suggestions. Here are some easy, kid-friendly food ideas to munch on while you watch this year’s football showdown:
To make it easier for everyone, load up single-serve tortilla chips for your party. Let everyone scoop the toppings right into the bag! Set out a pot of chili, bowls of toppings (jalapeno peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, etc.), sauces, and a basket of single-serve chip bags with the tops cut open. Let each guest assemble their own nachos on the bags, and serve with disposable plates and sporks.
Football Cheese Ball
Go long and mold a store-bought cheese into the shape of a football. It doesn’t have to be perfect – any oval shape will do. Roll the cheese football in chopped walnuts, pecans, or pistachios to cover up any cracks. Top it with roasted red pepper “laces.” Serve this cheese ball along with crackers.
Deviled eggs are a crowd-pleasing snack. You can serve them as usual or get playful along with the occasion by arranging snipped chives to look like laces on a pair of cleats. Serve those eggs on a bamboo football serving tray.
If you think this one’s the kind of cucumber sandwiches served usually at tea parties – you’re wrong. With this idea, you can skip the bread and layer salami, deli ham, mortadella, and cheese between cucumber rounds. Keep them intact using football-themed cocktail picks.
Scoop guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and cheese (in that order) into clear cups so people can see those fun layers! Give one cup to each kid. Double dippers would love this idea. It’s best to serve this dip with lime-flavored tortilla chips.
Bacon Nacho Fries
Serve some curly fries and make it game-day ready by adding nacho cheese, bacon bits, and cut-up green onions. If you really want to spice it up, pick some seasoned fries from the store for taste. Serve them in paper food trays for easy disposal.
Arrange thinly-sliced pepperoni in the shape of a pizza in the middle of a frozen cheese pizza. Put the strands of string cheese across the center to create laces. Bake until it’s warm and gooey. If your kid eats some greens, you can add a “field” of chopped herbs sprinkled around the edges to make a cuter and more colorful finishing touch.
Chicken with Dipping Sauce
Kids love chicken. Serve different kinds of chicken products: chicken wings, chicken nuggets, and chicken popcorn so the little ones would have lots of options. Then, serve a yummy dipping sauce that both kids and adults love. Make a barbeque honey mustard dipping sauce by mixing mayo, yellow mustard, honey, and barbeque sauce. Mix them all together and enjoy!
A corn dog recipe is simple and straightforward. You can use a batter that is made of cornmeal and flour, but you can also use a pancake batter. Technically, it’s not really a corn dog, but more like a pancake dog, but it’s still really delicious! Use a corn dog maker to make it convenient for you. Serve each corn dog on disposable hot dog trays and drizzle with some ketchup or mustard – whatever the kids prefer.
Football-shaped Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled cheese sandwiches are crowd-pleasers, and kids especially love them! Serve it for lunch on game day. Make some grilled cheese like you usually would by using white bread, butter, cheddar, and cream cheese. Cut them up into football shapes using a large football cookie cutter. Then, fill a pastry writing pen with ranch dressing to draw the football laces on top of the sandwich.
Cheeseburger sliders are beefy, cheesy, and juicy – everything we love about burgers! They are quick and easy to make, and it’s perfect for easy but tasty meal prep for gatherings. People of all ages will love them. On a skillet, sauté ground beef seasoned with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Discard the excess fat and oils and stir in some mayo. Use dinner rolls and just slice it up in half as a whole, so you don’t have to cut up each “buns” individually. Place the bottom half of dinner rolls on a buttered baking sheet. Line it with sliced cheese, then top it with the ground beef mixture, and cover the ground beef with shredded cheddar. Place the top of the buns over the burgers, and bake. It makes an easy, crowd-pleasing lunch for kids. Serve it with wedges or fries for a complete meal!
Sweet Treats and Desserts
Sweet Brownie Shirts
Turn brownies into jerseys using a shirt-shaped cookie cutter. Use colored candy melts and icing piping bag to color the brownies in the jersey colors of the competing teams. Alternatively, you can also use candy-coated chocolates like M&M’s to decorate the brownies into jersey and use frosting to “glue” them.
Football Chocolate Eclairs
Football Nutella Rice Krispies
What do you get when you mix Nutella, Rice Krispie cereals, and melted marshmallows A delicious and kid-pleasing game-day goodie. It’s easy to make! Simply melt butter and add marshmallows to a large pot over low-medium heat. Stir them continuously until melted together. Remove it from the heat and stir in Nutella until it’s smooth, then add the Rice Krispies. Using a buttered spatula, press the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Let it cool first up to an hour. Remove the Rice Krispie treats from the baking dish and parchment paper, and use a football-shaped cookie cutter to cut up an individual serving of these treats. Finally, use white decorating icing to draw laces on the footballs.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheese Ball
Turn your dessert table into a place to be when you make this chocolate chip cookie cheese ball. Mix cream cheese and crushed chocolate chip cookies and form a football-shaped oval ball. On top of your oval, use more cream cheese to form a football lace. Surround it with graham crackers, apple slices, or pretzels to pair it with!
Team Spirit Fruit Cuts
Score some points with something fresh. Hit the farmers market to buy fruits, or if you want the easier way, go to the grocery store and pick up a variety of cut fruit. Arrange the fruits in white serving trays according to team colors to show your team spirit. Pair cantaloupe and blackberries (orange and black), blueberries and pineapple (blue and gold), and strawberries and kiwis (red and green).