The Best Super Bowl Food for 2021

CLASSIC PLAY French onion dip (with an ultra-rich and hearty topping of caramelized onions): This is something for the Super Bowl Sunday.


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F. Martin Ramin / The Wall Street Journal, Set Styling by Anne Cardenas, Food Styling Heather Meldrom

THERE IS AT LEAST One advantage of not being able to attend a loud Super Bowl party this year: no competition for the snacks. Perhaps you’ve been late for the party in years past with the only chair without a backrest, far from the snack table, where the dip disappeared from the bowl long before you could fight your way there. This year, you can adjust the recipe dimensions to provide your household with batches of personal-sized food, or keep the dimensions and enjoy the leftovers throughout the week. Whether you want to spice it up with an award-winning winged recipe or satisfy a sweet tooth with raspberry miso cheesecake, these recipes will get you dancing in the end zone.


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Finger food

A good rule of thumb for finger food: the messier it leaves your hands, the better it tastes. Case in point: chicken wings. If you want to grill outdoors, try this spicy version, tossed with white Alabama sauce and flavored with lots of lemon juice. Refine your taco making skills with Chef Chris Wallace’s mushroom tacos, which can be whipped without meat or with bacon, as desired. Try these easily customizable popcorn recipes for flavors ranging from bloody mary to flavored caramel.


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Dips

There aren’t many times in a year that it’s perfectly acceptable – actually encouraged – to count dips as dinner. So why not take full advantage of it? This buttery, oven-baked crab dip has just the right amount of celery crunch. Serve with crispy rounds of toast – and a simple green salad if you have to. A classic French onion dip is always a touchdown, and this luscious version with caramelized onions adds the extra point. And we strongly recommend that you give the wrongly malicious cheese ball another chance.


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F. Martin Ramin / The Wall Street Journal, styled by Anne Cardenas

beverages

A good drink goes a long way towards relieving the stress on matchday. If you’re craving a bar-quality cocktail but not necessarily bar-quality, don’t worry: you can do wonders with a little Tupperware and a tablespoon. Here is our guide on how to make MacGyver a professional drink at home. Or maybe you’d prefer to keep it simple. In that case, this easiest margarita recipe in the world will make sure your home party stays well lubricated with minimal distraction from the game.


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Kate Sears for the Wall Street Journal, food styling by Liza Jernow

Something sweet

No snack stage is complete without a hefty dose of sugar. (It’s still four-quarters to get through.) If you like a dash of salt with your candy, Singer Kelis’ Chocolate Chips with Potato Chips takes just 30 minutes to prepare. Or indulge in this nutty, caramel-colored, brown buttery blondeie that will make any dessert lover question their brownie loyalty.

These are just a few of the options. Would you like to create your own Super Bowl spread? Look for WSJ recipes here.

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