Whether you’re hosting a full-blown party for this Sunday’s Super Bowl or you’re having a casual get-together before you head to the sports bar, you’re going to need some quick and easy recipes for either yourself or your guests. What makes Super Bowl Sunday preparation easier than cooking food for Thanksgiving? No crowds of first and second cousins to impress and pretty much everyone will forget about their diet for a night and reach for anything fried. The food you set up will hopefully appease anyone upset about the score and bring anyone who’s rooting for opposing teams together. Here are some quick recipes you can make without spending the whole day in the kitchen.
1. Barbecue Chicken Bites
Grab some boneless chicken breasts and sprinkle on some garlic powder, pepper, salt, paprika, and breadcrumbs. Marinate for at least an hour, or overnight, and when you’re ready to bake them, cut them into small pieces. Mix equal portions of butter and barbecue sauce together and dip the chicken into the bowl. Throw them into the oven at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes and you’ll have quick finger food in no time.
2. Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries are the perfect mix of salty and sweet. While you could buy them frozen from the store, making them yourself allows you to control which spices you can add. Grab some sweet potatoes and chop them up into your preferred size. Lay the pieces out on a tray and drizzle with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and even cinnamon. Cook at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes, and make sure to flip them over halfway, and you’ll have a side to go with your barbecue chicken. Just don’t forget the chipotle mayo to go with it.
3. Potato Skins
Yes, more potatoes but these are for when you run out of sweet potato fries. Take high starch potatoes, pierce with a fork so steam can escape while it bakes, and add olive oil and salt before you pop them into the oven. After they cook at 300 degrees F until they’re golden brown, cut them into even halves, and add any preferred topping. Choose shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, and pepper to add on top while the potato’s still hot.
4. Kahlúa Ice Cream Sundae
Kahlúa is the perfect liqueur to add to any dessert. If your table spread is missing dessert, make this simple sweet snack. A mixture of rum, coffee, and vanilla, the drink goes best with vanilla ice cream. Get a bowl and add two to three scoops, douse cinnamon on top, and add the drink last.
5. Mini Pizza Bites
No sports game is complete without pizza. To make bite sizes, cut flour tortillas into circles that would fit into a muffin tray and lay them out. Add a bit of pizza sauce on top, and add an even amount of shredded cheese and pepperoni to each tortilla. If there’s room, add green and red peppers or sausage bits. Bake at 425 degrees F and in 10 minutes, you’ll have a new addition to your table.
6. Lobster Rolls
Though pricier, lobster rolls are fit for a championship occasion, and you won’t even need many ingredients. Cut cooked lobster meat into small bits and in another bowl, you’ll place your mix of sauces. Take fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, mayonnaise, and mix together. Butter your hot dog rolls and either toast or heat in a pan until they’re golden. Load your rolls with the lobster bits and either add your toppings or use the sauces as a dipping.