The Best Part of Super Bowl Sunday Is the Snacks
Because everyone needs some queso to eat during halftime.
The Super Bowl is many things to many people: An epic day of athleticism, a chance to watch your beloved team battle it out on the field, the best day of the year to watch commercials, or maybe an opportunity to watch big-name performers frolic in a shower of fireworks during halftime. For some (me), it’s an epic day of snacking, much of which is centered around dips. I think we can all agree, no matter who we’re rooting for, that snacks are the absolute best part of the Super Bowl. (Except maybe for commercials with animals.) Queso, cowboy caviar, Maui onion dip, creamy spinach dip—I’m there to cheer them on, chips and crudités in hand.
One of my very, most basic favorites is Buffalo chicken dip. For me, it’s one of those “no recipe” recipes: Simply combine a couple cups of shredded rotisserie chicken, a block of cream cheese (cut into cubes), a healthy dose of ranch dressing, and as much Frank’s Red Hot Sauce as you’re comfortable consuming in a baking dish, then top with shredded cheddar and bake until pleasantly melty. Top with sliced scallions and serve hot with crackers and celery sticks for an epic game day snack that pairs perfectly with beer of all kinds.
Editor’s Note: It has become clear that the food team is divided into two camps. Teams, if you will. Ellen is staunchly pro dip, but here her colleague Maya mounts a strong defense of an underdog favorite: deviled eggs.
I’m Rooting for Whichever Team Supports These Honey Mustard Deviled Eggs
Full disclosure: I hardly carry any excitement about the Super Bowl. I never understood the anticipation to sit and watch commercials, and although the halftime show is entertaining, I don’t feel the need to see it live. (I eventually watch it a few hours later or keep up with all the highlight moments and costume changes over on Twitter.) If I do attend a Super Bowl soirée, it’s for the food—the crispy-crunchy wings, the big bowls of chunky guacamole and bags of Have’a Corn Chips (if you know, you know), and delightful finger foods like these Honey Mustard Deviled Eggs. To make, start with these Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs, then take them in a sweet-tangy direction by substituting 2 tbsp. honey mustard, 2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill, and 1 tsp. lemon juice before garnishing with rosemary blossoms. They’re a nice departure from a meat-centric potluck (no disrespect to smash burgers and pigs in a blanket), and a fail-safe party trick appetizer that will last you far beyond halftime pyrotechnics.
More Super Bowl Ideas
- Tangy barbecue, fried with salt and pepper, honey sesame, and more chicken wing recipe ideas for Super Bowl party success.
- 12 of our favorite vegetarian Super Bowl recipes that will score big even with the pickiest meat eaters of your group.
- When I dip you dip we dip: Serve up a selection of tasty dips with chips and chopped veggies at your Super Bowl party this year.
- High-low combinations are your weekend party’s secret weapon. Case in point: potato chips topped with caviar, and wagyu beef burgers with good ol’ American cheese.
- All the classic game day recipes you need for the big day, from a warm Chile con Queso to bite-sized Cheddar and Bacon Mini Hasselback Potatoes.