Super Bowl Sunday is not only the biggest day of the year for the National Football League, it’s also one of the busiest for pizza deliveries. If you’re planning on hosting a party and can’t get a hold of your pizza guy or gal, here are five football-themed foods you can serve your guests while watching the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
1. Touchdown brownies
Kick off your Super Bowl party with these easy to make football-shaped brownies, created by Betty Crocker.
- 1 box brownie mix
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- White decorating icing
Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (325 degrees Fahrenheit for dark or nonstick pan). Line the 9-inch square pan with foil, letting the foil hang 2 inches over the sides of the pan. Spray foil with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir brownie mix, chocolate syrup, oil, water, and eggs until well blended, and then spread in the pan.
Bake 34 to 37 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted 2 inches from the side of the pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1.5 hours.
Using foil to lift, remove the brownies from the pan. Using a football-shaped cookie cutter, cut brownies into football shapes. Pipe on decorating icing to make the football laces.
2. Watermelon football helmet
If you’re feeling up to a challenge, try creating the following watermelon football helmet recipe — presented by the National Watermelon Promotion Board – which will wow your guests and can double as a festive centerpiece.
- 1 round watermelon
- Assorted fruit
- Sharp pencil or thin marker
Directions: Using a round watermelon, slice off a piece approximately 4 inches down on the stem end. Next, set the cut piece aside to use later for the mouth guard.
Make a curved cut from one side of the melon to the other to cut out the face portion of the helmet. Then, hollow out the entire melon.
Take the piece that was set aside in the first step and place, cut side down. Place knife at the center of the stem end and cut in half.
Take 1/2 of cut piece and draw mouth guard grid with a sharp pencil or thin marker. Remove flesh and cut out grid design using a small knife.
To assemble the helmet, place the mouth piece on a plate. Place the helmet piece on top, pushing the mouthpiece ends toward the inside of the helmet. You may need to carve a little out of the helmet ends to fit the mouth grid comfortably. Lastly, fill with fruit salad.
3. Football-shaped cheese ball
You’ll have your guests cheering over Kraft’s cheese ball recipe that’s shaped like a football.
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup Miracle Whip dressing
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons pimiento strips
Directions: Using a mixer, beat the first five ingredients until blended. Next, stir in the onions before refrigerating for several hours.
Form the cheese ball into the shape of a football and coat with nuts. Use pimentos for the lacing and serve with crackers.
4. Five-layer football field dip
Score points with your guests by serving Yummly’s festive five-layer dip, decorated like a football field.
- Refried beans
- Sour cream (or Greek yogurt), some reserved for piping
- Shredded cheese
Directions: Spread ingredients into casserole dish, placing the guacamole on top. To make the football field stripes, add a little sour cream into your piping bag. Pipe one line down the center for the 50-yard line and a line at the end zones so you know the correct spacing for the 10-yard lines. Feel free to add additional details.
5. Mini loaded potato Super Bowl footballs
For a halftime snack, serve these bite-size, football-shaped potatoes, posted by The Curvy Carrot. The recipe makes 20 potatoes, perfect for a party.
- 20 small red potatoes
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Toppings: Sour cream, cheese, chives, vegetarian bacon, etc.
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes, olive oil, and salt together until coated thoroughly.
Place the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until soft. Then, remove them from oven and let them cool slightly.
Once they are cool enough to touch, cut a small slit in the top of each potato and gently scoop out a small portion of the flesh and discard it. Top each potato with your desired toppings and serve while still warm.