As you may have heard, there’s a pretty big football game happening on Sunday. Even though we’re just days from kickoff, don’t let that be an excuse to settle for the same old menu for your Super Bowl party.
We have nothing against classic snacks like wings and nachos, but if you’re looking to try something equally delicious yet surprising in your festivities this year, here are a few great alternatives that won’t have your guests reaching for paper towels. These options are great for a crowd, easy to eat, and still pair beautifully with an ice cold beer. (Hey, it’s tradition for a reason!)
1. SPICY BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER WITH RANCH WEDGE SALAD
If you’re looking for that awesome Buffalo flavor but don’t want to deal with the mess or fat content of full blown chicken wings, this is a great option. Buffalo Cauliflower is a classic Plated recipe that we like to break out whenever a crowd is gathering for sports. Cauliflower has a very mild flavor, which makes it the perfect pairing for a spicy Buffalo sauce. And a cooling salad with ranch dressing will keep your guests’ taste buds from bursting into flames.
2. MINI BUFFALO CHICKEN BALLS
Everyone knows the most annoying part of chicken wings is figuring out what to do with the bones, so get that worry off your plate (get it?!) with these genius Mini Buffalo Chicken Balls! Bonus? The recipe includes a blue cheese dip, so you won’t miss out on any of the tastes we’ve all come to know and love.
3. SRIRACHA CHICKEN BACON RANCH SKEWERS
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This classic combines such crowd-pleasers as chicken, bacon, and the almighty Sriracha, but the best thing about this recipe is how easily you can swap out ingredients based on personal taste preferences. Plus, it’s a great way to ensure that the food stays neat and tidy on a stick instead of all over your guests’ faces.
4. BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP
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What’s another thing that’s better than Buffalo chicken wings? Answer: creamy Buffalo chicken wings… on a chip. Mind. Blown.
5. CILANTRO-GINGER CHICKEN MEATBALLS
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They may be super easy to make, but your game day companions will still be impressed, because nothing elevates a traditional meatball like adding cilantro and ginger! And a toothpick, of course, for easy eating.
6. GREEK YOGURT BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP
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In this spin on the Buffalo Chicken Dip above, sub in Greek yogurt and low-fat cream cheese without sacrificing flavor.
7. STUFFED MUSHROOMS
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Who says it has to be all chicken all the time? Make room for some meat-free finger food and your vegetarian guests will thank you. That is, if they can even get to the plate before they’re all gone.
8. WHITE PIZZA WITH BUFFALO-SRIRACHA CHICKEN AND YOGURT RANCH
Plated Chef Suzanne’s White Pizza with Buffalo-Sriracha Chicken is finger-lickin’ good, but made with Greek yogurt so you don’t have to feel as bad if you lick the plate. You can find the recipe here.
9. SMOKED SALMON CROSTINI
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If you’re supporting the Seahawks, give a shout out to Seattle with a snack worthy of their fair city: smoked salmon. These tiny crostinis are not only lightened up with a little Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, but they also look delightful on the plate. Especially if you alternate topping them with capers and sprigs of dill, as the recipe suggests!
10. HOT CRAB DIP
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But why should Seattle get all the appetizer attention? Show some love for the Patriots from the comfort of your own living room with a traditional hot crab dip, featuring jumbo-lump meat from New England.
No matter which of our game day recipes you decide to try out, best of luck to you and your team!