Let’s get ready for the Super Bowl! Here in Buffalo everyone is “unbillievably” excited for football this year! The Bills finally have a great team and the city is just bursting with energy. Every weekend seems like a holiday right now! For me that means that I am trying to find something to serve up for the for my family and friends while we watch the game and the biggest game of the season is just a few weeks away.
It seems that even if our team is not in the Super Bowl, we all watch the game. It is definitely an excuse to have a party and that’s actually my favorite part of the Super Bowl! When I am planning a party there are times that I like to have some “fancy” appetizers. But for a football game I want a casual and fun atmosphere and the food needs to be the same. I am all about getting the most flavor in the simplest dish, so that I can have a big variety. Here are some of my favorites.
Chicken Wing Dip
I think an all time favorite dip for a Buffalo football party has to be Chicken Wing Dip. If you have never had this before then get ready for some creamy spicy goodness. Chicken wing dip incorporates all of the best flavors of Buffalo wings into one bowl and you avoid the mess of frying up the wings! Chicken, hot sauce, and blue cheese all loaded on a chip or a piece of celery, you choose the vehicle! I don’t know anyone that does not love this dip! I’ve added the recipe below.
Oven Barbecue Chicken Wings
Right now my favorite game day snack is Oven Barbecue Chicken Wings. Can you really have a game day party and not serve chicken wings? I don’t think that is even allowed. This version is sweet, smoky and a little bit spicy. They could not be any easier to make. Just toss the wings in the barbecue rub, let them sit in the fridge for a couple of hours and then roast them in the oven or throw them on the grill until they are a little crispy and cooked through. These wings are fantastic served with a side of blue cheese or your favorite barbecue sauce, but they are great on their own too!
What is easier and tastier then a few dips at a party. One of my go to recipes for any party is guacamole. I absolutely love guacamole, but it has to have a lot of flavor or I am not a fan. I adapted this recipe from Alton Brown’s recipe. What I love about this Super Easy Guacamole is that it has so much flavor that you can eat it with a spoon and never miss the chips. I use cumin, cayenne, salt, garlic and lime juice to kick this into a whole different level.
I can’t have a party without a little Italian influence. You could order a pizza or a sub (hoagie in other parts of the country), but why not just make some Stromboli! You can add your favorite Italian meats and cheeses or follow my recipe for a delicious crowd pleaser. Serve it with some tomato sauce on the side in case anyone wants to dip it, but this has enough flavor to stand on it’s own.
Mediterranean Layered Dip
If you want something that is just bursting with flavor, try a Mediterranean Layered Dip. It is easy to put together, beautiful to look at and is full of robust salty savory vegetables. This is a spin on the popular Mexican 7 layer dip. My Mediterranean version is layered with seasoned cream cheese, hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, roasted red peppers olives and feta. It makes my mouth water just to look at this dip!
I hope you try one of these recipes for your next party and if you do I would love to hear how your crowd liked it. If you have a favorite gameday recipe please share it with me or if there is one that you would like me to try and just let me know. I am always looking for new appetizers and party food ideas. Happy game day and Go Bills!!!
Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip
- 2 cups Chicken cooked and diced
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese softened
- 1/3 cup Hot Sauce like Franks
- 1/2 cup Blue Cheese Dressing
- 2 tbsp. Green Onion Chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Pour the mixture into an oven safe 1 quart baking dish.
- Bake for 20 mins. The dip should be hot and bubbly.
- Serve with celery sticks, crackers or tortilla chips.