Finger foods are the best- they’re shareable, relatively easy to make, and you never have to feel guilty about stacking your plate full of them! With Superbowl Sunday coming up, we thought it’d be a good idea to share some of our favorite game day finger foods with you. From sweet to savory to anything in between, these apps will keep guests’ hunger at bay while they’re avidly watching the game. Here are Super Bowl finger foods that’ll keep guests wanting more.
1. Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
We wanted to start off this list with something a little more substantial (we know the “filled up on lots of chips” feeling all too well). These tender morsels are packed with showstopping flavor and tang, so too much just won’t be enough! Just combine a couple pounds of ground chicken with spices (including salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic), eggs, and panko bread crumbs before forming into one-inch balls and baking them in the oven. Then make the orange sauce- just hot sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and apple cider vinegar. It’s like Panda Express without the takeout containers! Here’s the recipe.
2. Caprese Salad Skewers
Do your guests appreciate something a little fresher? These gorgeous Caprese salad skewers will satisfy their sophisticated palettes and your busy schedule. All you need to assemble this delicious snack are mini mozzarella balls, basil slices, cherry tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar. Just layer the ingredients on toothpicks (we recommend following a tomato-basil-mozzarella pattern), position them on a plate, and add a drizzle of balsamic before watching them magically disappear (after your guests get a hold of them, that is). The recipe can be found here.
3. Fried Mac & Cheese Balls
Healthy snacks like the one above are great, but most people know that Super Bowl Sunday is an unofficial cheat day for any and all diets. In come these golden Mac & Cheese balls: with a crispy exterior and cheesy interior, your guests won’t be able to stop adding them to their plates! Make sure to save any leftover Mac & Cheese you have (or any other kind that’s been refrigerated at least overnight)- this will provide the perfect base for this dish. Mix your mac with shredded parmesan, and cheddar before scooping into uniform sized balls. Then dip into the egg wash and bread crumbs before putting them into the fridge for half an hour. Then, fry them in oil for about four minutes for a creative and tasty treat! Here‘s the recipe.
4. Baked Buffalo Wings
Who doesn’t love a zesty plate of wings? Now you can serve this game day classic without the hassle of deep-frying: all you’ve got to do is rinse and pat a couple pounds of chicken wings dry, dredge with flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper, and bake until crispy (about 15-20 minutes on each side). After they’re done baking, coat them generously with your favorite buffalo sauce (storebought works just as well as homemade) and broil until golden. Serve with ranch dip and lots of celery (the vegetable makes it so much healthier, right?). Get the recipe here.
5. Gruyere, Mushroom, & Caramelized Onion Bites
Don’t let the puff pastry intimidate you- this app can be whipped up in the span of a few commercial breaks (more or less) and will knock the socks off of your guests! Start by sauteéing some sliced cremini mushrooms and setting them aside. Then sautee your onions, caramelize, and toss in a bit of sugar and thyme. Let those onions cook on medium-low to reach caramelized perfection, then add to your mushrooms with your shredded Gruyere and a little seasoning. Add a scoop of this mixture onto the pastry (which has been refrigerated the night before and cut into squares). Then bake for 25 minutes and prepare to be amazed at the results! Here’s the recipe.
6. Tater Tot Skewers
Not an all-star home cook yet? This is a killer finger food that anyone can make. All you’ve got to do is layer baked tater tots (about six at a time) on long skewers, top with bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced green onions (try setting aside some to sprinkle on after they’re done baking) and bake at four hundred and twenty-five degrees, or just until the cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream or any other desired toppings. Genius! Here’s the recipe.
7. Mini Queso Cheese Balls
This Southwestern snack solves the constant game-day dilemma of “how many chips should I get to even out my dip” (a first-world problem, but a problem nonetheless)? To make this cute and delectable dish for yourself, combine eight ounces of queso fresco and eight ounces of cream cheese until smooth. Then roll into little balls (around one inch in diameter) after the mixture’s refrigerated for about twenty minutes. Then, roll the cheese balls into your desired coating (cranberries, scallions, parsley, or bacon bits are all great choices) before topping with one small pita chip each and displaying with pride! Find this recipe here.
8. Apple Pie Bites
We wanted to include a sweet treat somewhere, so it’s only fitting that the last spot on our finger foods list belongs to apple pie bites. Give your guests a classic American delight during this classic American tradition (football is to the U.S. as hockey is to Canada…). To make them, just place a few crescent rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, add a brown sugar mixture (featuring apple pie spice), and top with pecans and a granny smith apple slice before baking until golden brown. Leave them plain or add a caramel dipping sauce- your guests will gobble them up either way! Pro tip: this recipe yields about eight servings, so you may want to double or triple it depending on how many guests you have. Find the recipe from theblondcook.com here.
Are you planning on hosting a party this Super Bowl Sunday? Which of these finger foods strikes your fancy? Tell us in the comments below!
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Anna Livia is a Junior Communications student at John Paul The Great Catholic University. Her hobbies include reading how-to guides on being an adult, exploring the many pockets around North Country (San Diego) and attempting whatever new pasta recipes appear on Pinterest. She hails form Los Angeles but aspires to live in Houston one day for a career in Magazine Editing (not to mention the low housing prices). Her perfect afternoon would include cats of any kind, hot cider, and Malcolm In The Middle.