In a little more than two days, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will take the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX. Whether you’ll be rooting for the hometown favorites or cheering Seattle on, here’s what you need for a delicious game day spread — even if you haven’t started planning yet.
Sure, you want to impress your guests with your cooking prowess. But let’s be real here: We’re parked on the couch to watch the game. So instead of elaborate dishes, aim for simple ones that can be eaten easily and enjoyed thoroughly. You want hand-held appetizers like hot wings, nachos and sliders.
Psst! If you don’t feel like making wings, downtown Bangor is home to many great spots for wing take out!
Veggies Matter Too
Look, you might think football = wings, pizza and beer … and that’s awesome. But good game day spreads always have veggies too. Plan a veggie platter loaded with your favorites (like sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery and grape tomatoes) and a fabulous dip. These healthful bites are great with those decadent bites you have too. Fruit platters are a fan-favorite addition too.
While most people will nibble their way through the game, you need to serve something substantial too. Choose a good recipe that will feed a cheering crowd (if you’ll have a crowd), and enjoy! For smaller gatherings, homemade pizza is a great way to score good food points too.
Pick a Good Brew (and Other Beverages)
Don’t forget the drinks! You’ll want pitchers of water (drop some lemon or cucumber slices in, if you want to make them fancier). Iced tea, lemonade and soda are also good for those who won’t be drinking. If beer is more your speed though, try choosing some good Maine brews to go with all your favorite football-watching foods.
What’s at the top of your game day food list this year? Share your picks in the comments below!