Fab Food Friday Fotos: Super-Spectacular Super Bowl Sunday Food Edition… Football Game-Noshing Ideas & Recipes for Chilis, Stews, Wings, Dips, Hors D’ouevres, Main Dishes, Snacks, & More
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on January 25, 2013
“I find it almost comforting to count calories, because it makes me conscious of what I’m eating. But on Super Bowl Sunday, I thought, ‘Surrender to it. It’s nacho time.’ Then I ate nothing but Doritos all day.”
~ Actress Kristen Bell
FOOD. GLORIOUS SUPER BOWL FOOD.
This week’s aggregation of fabulous food photos and recipes pays homage to that top enchilada of all U.S. football events: the Super Bowl.
No matter if it’s just you and the dog watching the game, or a big, boisterous group of family and football fans surrounding the big screen, food — free-for-all splurging of eating and drinking — is intrinsically, traditionally linked to the Super Bowl.
It’s the second-largest day for food consumption in America (Thanksgiving is Number 1), and is big-big business. The National Chicken Council estimates that 1.25 billion pounds of wings will be devoured on Super Bowl Sunday — add to that 8 million pounds of popcorn, 13.2 million pounds (about 26 million) of avocados for guacamole, and almost 15 tons of chips. Millions will be spent on pretzels, dips, and nuts, and an estimated 325.5 million gallons of beer, 50 million cases, will be downed by Americans from coast to coast — 94.1 percent of that beer will be either Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite, or Natural Light.
It’s a mind-blowing pigging-out feast of a day, with a lot of robotic high-calorie snacking. More than $1 billion will be spent on Super Bowl snacks and beverages. Super Bowl viewers reportedly stock their home parties with nearly 177 million pounds of snacks.
Below are myriad Super Bowl Sunday party food and recipes, some for snacking, some for hearty, healthy, frugal eating on a wintry afternoon. Not everything has to be beer and Doritos on Super Bowl Sunday (although, that sure does sound good with a bowl of spicy queso dip).
When they’re available, recipes and recipe links will accompany select “Fab Food Friday Fotos,” with a guarantee that at least one frugal recipe will always be included.
Since this year’s Super Bowl will be hosted in New Orleans, you should also scope out these previous Fab Food Friday collections for Cajun, Creole, NOLA, and Mardi Gras menu ideas and recipes:
Deliciously Creepy Halloween Food & Thrifty Recipes Galore, Plus a Hat Tip to Foods of New Orleans
Oyster Po’ Boy Sliders, Bao Wan, Collard Greens & Smoked Ham Hocks, Carnival Cookies, Thrifty Casseroles, Madeleines, Vegan Noodles, Southern Green Beans & Potatoes, Creole Stuffed Peppers, Gumbo, More Recipes
Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday Edition — New Orleans, Cajun, Creole Food & Recipes… Let the Good Times Roll
Previous FFFF Super Bowl party food collection: Easy, Frugal Holiday and Super Bowl Party Food, Festive Hors D’oeuvres, & Yummy Appetizers, Plus Recipes
Simple-to-make, health-minded finger food for a Super Bowl gathering — photographer/cook meg provided her lettuce wrap recipe, which lends itself to adaptation:
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
I threw this together for dinner tonight from a hodgepodge of recipes out there. Turned out great and will definitely make again only next time I won’t forget the scallions.
* 5 boneless, skinless chicken tenders, browned and then chopped into small pieces (would be great with tofu as well)
* 1 small diced onion
* 2 cloves of garlic minced
* 1 heaping tsp hot Vietnamese chili garlic sauce
* 1 tsp minced ginger
* 1/4 c. hoison sauce
* 2 T. low-sodium soy sauce
* 1 T. rice wine vinegar
* 1 T. brown sugar
* 2 T. sesame oil
* 1 can diced water chestnuts
* Handful of mushrooms, chopped
* Butter lettuce, or whatever kind of lettuce or greens you want
I browned the chicken and removed it from the pan then added the sesame oil and all of the veggies. I diced the chicken while the veggies sauteed, then tossed in the remaining ingredients.
Let everything simmer and then heap on to some butter lettuce.
I have some over-ripe bananas whispering to me to try out this unusual snickerdoodle recipe — sounds like these would be a hit at any party. Photographer/cook and food blogger BigSisLilSis provided the recipe link below:
Who would have ever thought of putting over-ripe banana in a snickerdoodle? Not me! They are delicious, though, and I think the addition of the banana made this cookie extra tender. The banana flavor is very subtle.
Get the recipe and the whole story on these cookies at BigSisLilSis.
Photographer/cook dejahthoris used this Food.com recipe for this luscious meatball stew — it takes about an hour to make.
Photographer/cook interpunct provided the recipe link for these vegetarian wraps plus a brief overview:
Mini Ginger-Miso Yam Wraps
These little babies pack a punch! I made mine without tofu (just because) and in little spinach leaves (because mini is better).
I had to try this out before serving it for friends. It takes a bit of prep time, but is totally worth it! Check out the recipe on Vegetarian Times.
Thanks for the idea and the veggies, Newleaf Natural Grocery!
Zounds, I want this cookbook in hard copy! Click here to go to the 50 football party recipes with accompanying links — photographer marsmet491 listed some of the cookbook’s goodies:
Some of my favorite parties to host are football parties. I love football food! I love the excitement. I love the crowds!
— Super Bowl Appetizer/Treat Ideas — Healthier Options for Football Food —- Chipotle & Lime Roasted Potatoes — Artichoke & Roasted Garlic Dip with Flat Bread Crackers — Ham and Swiss Sliders — Grilled Pineapple Salsa — Basil Butter Garlic Bread — Avocado Hummus — Baked Jalapeño Poppers — Easy and Delicious Stuffed Mushrooms — Bacon & Cheese Potato Nachos — Oven Fried Onion Rings with Dipping Sauce — Queso Blanco Dip — Burger Potato Bites — Avocado Stuffed Puff Pastry — Bourbon Whiskey Meatballs — Honey Glazed Pigs in a Blanket — Oven Toasted Ravioli — Guacamole — Pizza Quesadilla
A must-try salsa recipe for Super Bowl snacking — link is here, and photographer/cook my_amii wrote this:
Texas Salsa, aka Chili’s Copycat Salsa
This salsa is not only really easy to make, but tastes just like my favorite Chili’s salsa that are served with Chili’s “BOTTOMLESS TOSTADA CHIPS™”. Most of the people who tried this salsa last weekend were surprised that I had not used fresh, but rather, canned tomatoes.
Photographer/cook/food blogger jamieanne’s recipe for this awesome Italian pasta dish is posted on her Sweetest Kitchen blog — she also wrote this:
Yet another pasta dish (I love pasta, I really do) from yet another MasterChef Australia magazine (can’t get enough of them). This recipe is from a former contestant of MasterChef Australia, Aaron Harvie, and includes chili, mushrooms, and chorizo.
It’s a lovely dish full of flavor (with all the fresh greens — oregano, basil, and rocket) and a little bit of background heat (with the chili).
Video link below for WatchMojo’s unique Chicken Wings in Cola recipe:
Super Bowl Snack: Chicken Wings in Cola
If you’re undertaking an ambitious Superbowl or other sports-themed party this year, you’ll need chicken wings. Check out WatchMojo.com’s video recipe for Game Day Wings in Cola.
Previously featured in a June 2012 Fab Food Friday Fotos collection, photographer/cook shadowfoot made this almond cranberry bark for Christmastime munching, but it should be a big hit anytime of year, especially while snacking and watching the Super Bowl. Here’s the recipe link.
Photographer/food blogger Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife provided the link for these awesome spicy sandwiches, and also wrote:
I’m not a huge traditional sandwich kinda gal. I like panini’s and some hot sandwiches (like cheesesteaks), but for the most part, I struggle with lunch. A plain old sandwich is just boring… a lot of times I find myself saying ‘why bother?’, and I end up skipping lunch altogether. Lately though, I’ve been on the hunt for some new and exciting lunch recipes. I figure between all the blogs I follow, and all the new blogs I find weekly, there’s GOT to be something better than just a ham and cheese sandwich. Well… there is, and this is one such recipe.
As soon as I saw these yummy little sandwiches on Pinterest, I knew I had to have them. The black olive mayo sauce sounded so good (and was!), and avocados have become my new favorite thing. These sandwiches were a cinch to throw together and would make an excellent appetizer for any party or get together.
To-the-point bean dip instructions (no measurements, though) from photographer/cook Amy Ross:
Super Bowl Bean Dip
Refried beans, salsa/cheese sauce, avocado, olives, roasted jalapenos, green pepper, onion, tomatoes. Heat at 350 deg F until hot, top with sour cream and cilantro.
This hearty, super-easy, and inexpensive slow-cooker dish, comprised of flavorful Polish sausage (kielbasa), sauerkraut, and potatoes, would satisfy many hungry football fans — the recipe and more food prep photos are posted at I Believe I Can Fry food blog.
Photographer/cook Lynn Gardner wrote this about her turkey tostada (terrific way to use up leftover holiday turkey):
Based on the recipe for “Chicken, Black Bean, and Goat Cheese Tostadas” from The Best Simple Recipes but I used the last leftover roast turkey (dark meat from drumsticks) instead of rotisserie chicken. A fast, tasty Sunday lunch with a nice tossed salad.
Recipe for this unusual carrot/cumin dip is posted here.
Photographer/cook Melissa used this Whole Foods Market recipe for her stuffed artichokes.
Photographer/cook Roger Smith lets loose with his passion for bacon:
Super Bowl Sunday Bacon Explosion
I’m always on the lookout for healthy and nutritious snacks, especially when big events like the Super Bowl come around, so when I saw the “Bacon Explosion” on the morning news the other day, I knew I had to try it. Any recipe that begins with “weave a mat of bacon strips” has GOT to be good.
This one had 14 strips of bacon woven together. Then we flattened a pound of pork sausage, covered that with Chipotle Tabasco, Cayenne powder, barbecue sauce, shredded Pepper Jack cheese, diced fresh jalapenos, and two more strips of bacon and rolled it into a log and wrapped that with the bacon mat. We then basted it with some more barbecue sauce, and baked for three hours at 250 deg F.
It was pretty tasty.
(If you happen to be my doctor or a close friend who just underwent heart bypass surgery, then I’m just kidding, we didn’t actually eat it.)
I’m more than intrigued with these homemade kale chips… from photographer/cook Well of Health:
Chili-Dusted Dino Kale Chips
These veggie chips are only 43 calories / serving, and are way more addicting than Pringles!
Photographer/cook Dana Moos shared this easy shrimp dip recipe, which is also posted on her beautiful website Visit Maine 365… Dana has also written, photographed, and published her first cookbook, “The Art of Breakfast”, so check it out, too:
Maine Shrimp Dip Recipe
Add a pound of Maine shrimp, 4 oz. softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of mayo, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan, 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped, dash of salt, fresh ground pepper, and a dash of Tabasco.
Put in a baking dish and bake at 350 deg F for about 40 minutes.
Serve with sliced crusty bread. Bon Appetit!
Photographer birdfarm summarizes:
These were possibly the best oysters I ever tasted. Like Oysters Rockefeller, but better — the cheese didn’t overwhelm the luscious oyster flavor.
The rest of the appetizers were delicious, too, but we forgot to take photos of them.
Can’t say enough good things about Salpicón. The service was efficient, intelligent, and best of all, personable yet professional in such a refreshing way. (Especially refreshing for those of us who are accustomed to being waited on by clueless college students!)
Photographer/cook summerbl4ck used this Food and Wine recipe for this homey, thrift-minded stew.
Homemade cookies are always popular for party noshing, and these babies are gluten-free and sugar-free. Photographer/cook and webmistress Elana provided a quick description and the recipe link below:
This Sesame Cookie recipe is my take on the tahini cookies recipe from epicurious.com, one of my favorite food sites.
My version is free of gluten and sugar. Enjoy!
Previously posted in December 2010, photographer/cook stephie189 wrote:
These are canister-type croissants that I doctored up (tips from their website). Some onion, bacon, shredded cheddar, roll, cut, bake… and here you have the result. Yum! I froze two good sections of this and each baked up just as good.
The website isn’t specified, but likely it’s the Pillsbury website.
Link and spinach/clam dip description from Glory Foods:
Glory Foods Spinach & Crab Dip Recipe
This creamy dip, made with our seasoned spinach and zesty hot sauce is sure to be a favorite. Visit The Glory Blog to get the recipe.
Featured previously in September 2012, this is a perfect dish for the Super Bowl buffet table — photographer/cook Matt DeTurck summarizes instructions for this Mac & Cheese Nacho Bake:
Mac & Cheese, beef, spices, tomato, tortilla chips, Cholula, salsa, and sour cream. Velveeta shells & cheese prepared according to the box. Ground beef browned and drained, then made to be like taco meat (add taco seasoning and some water, simmer for time on package directions).
Then layer: one layer of mac&cheese, then the beef, sprinkle some of the corn and black beans we had prepared for the salad, then layer on top the rest of the mac&cheese. Top with crushed up tortilla chips and shredded nacho cheese and bake in the oven at 350 deg F for 20 – 30 minutes. Serve with more chips if desired, and a dollop of sour cream and salsa.
Recipe link here — photographer/cook She Who Shall Not Be Named summarized these beautiful, perfect-for-Super-Bowl-eating chicken wings:
Mahogany Chicken Wings
These are just “ok.” They got fantastic reviews on allrecipes.com so I had high hopes. Even after I altered the recipe a bit by adding some apple cider vinegar and red pepper flakes, I found the flavor to be bland. It does give a deep, rich gloss though. I suppose from the honey and molasses the recipe calls for.
Recipe links and/or descriptions for the Super Bowl Sunday Smokies Wrap above, as well as for Vietnamese rolls, salt and pepper ribs, and chicken wings, are posted here at GoodiesFirst, with this droll opening: “Ah, Super Bowl. The perfect excuse to drink too much on a Sunday and fry the heck out of things.”
I can almost smell the rich beefy-Guinness aroma… photographer/cook paige_eliz’s recipe is posted at Chef-girl.net.
Delicious and appreciated anytime it’s cold and dreary outside.
Several chili recipes are posted at Constable’s Larder, including the one used by photographer/cook giffconstable for the braised pork chili shown above.
Photographer/cook milky.way provided the recipe for these chicken snacks:
Worcestershire Chicken Tidbits Recipe
* 1 chicken breast
* 1 cup white wine
* 20 g thyme
* 20 g marjoram
* 100 g flour
* 50 g Worcestershire sauce
* Oil, salt, & pepper
Cut chicken into bite-size pieces, then flour the chicken. Heat oil in a pan and put in chicken pieces, brown for few minutes; add chopped thyme and marjoram, then add the white wine and bring to evaporation; add salt and pepper.
When cooked, pour the Worcestershire sauce and keep cooking few minutes more until the chicken is “caramelized.”
Another recipe previously posted — a unique homemade spicy pizza that will most definitely be gobbled up during any TV game-watching. Photographer/cook esimpraim provided the recipe link for this fabulous Spicy White Pizza with Bacon, Shrimp, and Asparagus posted at the food blog Dishing Up Delights. Some info on the white pizza:
I’ve enjoyed asparagus in so many different ways, but this was a unique way for me to have it and I really liked this pizza. It’s a bit loaded in terms of ingredients, but they all play well together and work in harmony. Next time I may skip the ricotta base, but that is only because I am one of those weirdos who prefers sauce-less pizzas. I think the only thing that could make this better would be roasting the asparagus before putting it on the pizza. Stop me before I get any more ideas…
Brief guacamole shrimp canapé description from photographer/cook foodfreak:
Sautéed shrimp on toasted baby brioche with guacamole and boiled egg.
Kitschy peach water tower, hasn’t anything to do with the Super Bowl, but I thought it was really cool.
Photographer Ken Lund provided this info:
The Peachoid is a four-story (150 feet tall) water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina, United States, that resembles a peach. The water tower holds one million gallons of water and is located on Interstate 85 between exits 90 and 92 (near the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway). Usually referred to by passing motorists as “The Peach” or “The Moon over Gaffney.” The water tank is visible for several miles around these exits.
An example of novelty architecture, the Peachoid is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the part of I-85 connecting Charlotte, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia.
Food photos selected and posted are credited and have Creative Commons-licensed content with some rights reserved for noncommercial purposes, unless otherwise noted.
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Garlic Shrimp Tapas in a Crepe, Pumpkin Bread, Kale-Spinach Noodle Casserole, Rye Bread, Soups, Mustard Lime Chicken, Carrot Cake, Endive Salad with Caramel Nuts, Stromboli, French Toast, Mutton Stew, More Frugal Recipes
Spicy Lemon Trout, Roasted Tomato & Fennel Soup, Salmon Pie, Pineapple Upside-down Cornmeal Cake, Moroccan Stew with Couscous, Garlic Pork Roast, Southwestern Macaroni Salad, BBQ Chicken, Cheap, Easy Recipes, & More
Chili Chicken, Eggplant Hiziki Caviar, Leek & Potato Soup, Coconut Ganache Tartlettes, Brunswick Stew, Indian Spiced Beef Brisket, Chile Ancho Rellenos with Plantains, Halibut & Mango Salsa, Chicken Nuggets, Garlic Cauliflower, & Thrifty Recipes
Roasted Cabbage, Parsnips, & Apples, Beef Stew, Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread, Carrot Soup, Mushroom & Brie Tart, Pollo Enchiladas, Drop Biscuits, Organic Pizza, Chicken Penne Stew, Chocolate Cake, & Cheap Recipes
BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Choco-Chip Cookies, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Suet Cakes, Creamy Roasted Sprouts & Pasta, Blueberry Lemon Crumbles, Caramel Corn, Radish Leaf Pesto, Vanilla Fig Bars, More Thrifty Recipes
Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Turkey Hash, Pandowdy, Baked Chicken-Pork Meatballs, Hot & Sour Soup, GF Breakfast Bars, Tuna-Potato Cakes, Miso-Glazed Chicken, Cheesy Hash Brown Pizza, Beef Ribs, More Cheap Recipes
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