How Do I Choose the Best Super Bowl® Appetizer?

Emily Espinoza

To choose the best Super Bowl® appetizer, think about how many people you are going to feed, whether you want something more traditional or something a little more creative, and whether you have a theme for your event. Different recipes feed different numbers of people, so finding one that feeds the number of people you are serving will make preparation easier for you. Another way to quickly narrow down your options is to decide whether you want a traditional football game appetizer or if you would rather opt for something a little more original and creative. Sometimes, it is fun to have a theme for a Super Bowl® party that you can be reflected in your decor as well as the snacks.

Many kinds of appetizers could be offered at a Super Bowl® party.
Many kinds of appetizers could be offered at a Super Bowl® party.

Some Super Bowl® appetizers, such as dips and nachos, can easily serve a large number of people without a lot of time being put into preparation. Other appetizers such as potato skins and finger sandwiches require the preparation of several individual pieces and can become cumbersome if you need to prepare a large number of them. Think about how many people you are going to feed with your Super Bowl® appetizer, and think about an efficient way to feed all of them without putting too much strain on yourself. Of course, if you are someone who loves cooking and likes to prepare lots of different items, you might enjoy making one of the more labor intensive choices.

Shrimp canapés.
Shrimp canapés.

There are certain appetizers, like wings, nachos, and potato skins, that have become synonymous with football, tailgating, and of course, the Super Bowl®. If you enjoy the tradition and like to stick to the classics, then a Super Bowl® appetizer from this list is probably the best choice for you. On the other hand, if you like to explore new territory, there are plenty of options for getting a little more creative with your big game snack. Some ideas for a different Super Bowl® appetizer are kabobs, fried onion strings, and roasted jalapeños. There are many more ideas available as well as whatever bright ideas you can come up with yourself if you are feeling adventurous.

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Super Bowl fans might enjoy cocktail wieners.
Super Bowl fans might enjoy cocktail wieners.

If you are making a Super Bowl® appetizer to serve to guests at a Super Bowl® party, it might be fun to incorporate a theme from the party into your appetizer. This can make the whole atmosphere and experience a little more festive and memorable for your guests. Consider making an appetizer that you can tie into football in general, such as deviled eggs with lines to make them look like footballs or a pan of dip with goal posts on either end resembling a football field. Another option is to make an appetizer that incorporates the colors or mascot of your favorite team or even of both teams.

Crostini with mozzarella cheese, chopped tomato and basil.
Crostini with mozzarella cheese, chopped tomato and basil.
An antipasti platter.
An antipasti platter.
Cheese and crackers are a popular appetizer.
Cheese and crackers are a popular appetizer.
Salsa and chips make an easy and tasty Super Bowl appetizer.
Salsa and chips make an easy and tasty Super Bowl appetizer.
Chicken wings are always popular at parties.
Chicken wings are always popular at parties.
Relish trays with different kinds of pickles are often served at Super Bowl parties.
Relish trays with different kinds of pickles are often served at Super Bowl parties.
Broiled, bacon-wrapped scallops.
Broiled, bacon-wrapped scallops.

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