Super Bowl party game plan: winning snacks and sports bars

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Even if you don’t regularly tune in to pro football, chances are you’ll watch at least part of the Super Bowl, along with more than 110 million other people. Whether you tune in at home, at a Super Bowl party, or in a sports bar, we have some key plays to help turn this year's game into a winning night for everyone.

If you’re hosting a party or taking a dish to share to someone else’s home, check out our crowd-pleasing game night recipes and fun things for kids to do during the game.

Or head to one of the Maryland sports bars likely to attract Super Bowl fans as well as the usual Ravens or Redskins crowd.


Winning dips, super soups and sweet snacks

Dips for different tastes

Artichoke Hummus

artichoke hummus dip recipe

Homemade hummus is an easy snack that you can prepare in just minutes. This version adds artichoke, but you can easily substitute more chick peas if artichoke isn't to your taste. It stores in the fridge for up to three days. Get the full Artichoke Hummus recipe.


Roasted Corn and Chorizo Dip

corn chorizo dip recipe

This fun, cheesy dip loaded with Mexican flavors is the perfect addition to any fiesta. It takes a little longer to grill the corn, pepper and onion, but the resulting flavor is worth it. Add lots of tortilla chips to the mix and you're set for a party of any size. Get the full Roasted Corn and Chorizo Dip recipe.


Lightened Spinach Artichoke Dip

lightened spinach artichoke dip

Here's a lighter version of a favorite dip. The secret ingredient adds protein and cuts fat. Silken tofu, as opposed to firm or extra-firm, will blend and get nice and creamy. You and your family will love the dip and never notice the difference. Get the Lightened Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe.


Super soup recipes

Creamy Corn Chowder

corn chowder recipe

A rich, steamy bowl of chowder makes a delicious dinner and can usually be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Serve this filling chowder with crusty bread and warm guests at any casual party. Get the Creamy Corn Chowder recipe.


Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Pasta Fagiole soup

This pasta e fagioli soup can be made in less than half an hour and tastes like you cooked it for hours! For this thicker-than-usual soup, just add a bag salad and some rolls from the freezer and you'll have a complete meal. Get the Pasta e Fagioli Soup recipe.

Salty, sweet snack

Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn

sea salt caramel popcorn recipe

Up your party snack game by making your own caramel popcorn. Popcorn is non-GMO and gluten-free, and it's fun to eat! You can doctor it up to be salty, spicy, sweet — the options are nearly endless. Get the Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn recipe.

Another favorite go to snack is a gluten free Chex mix. An easy gluten free treat is to mix either chocolate or vanilla Chex cereal with Hershey's milk duds,  your favorite gluten free pretzels, and M&M's. Just double check the label of the M&M's as some varieties, such as the pretzel M&M's, do contain gluten. Plain M&M's are gluten free.

Looking for more game-day snacks and munchies? Check out these 5 Fantastic Super Bowl Snacks for Spiced-Rubbed Pork Sliders, Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Mexican Fiesta Dip and Zucchini Parmesan Rounds.

Another idea is to set up a Make-Your-Own Pizza Bar, which kids will also really enjoy.  Supply football-shaped pizza (cut premade crusts or make your own from premade pizza dough.) Fill bowls with toppings like pepperoni slices, sausage crumbles, diced ham, cut-up veggies, pineapple and shredded cheese.  Once the pizza is topped, just bake long enough to heat the toppings.

Other ideas to keep kids busy during the game include setting up an indoor our outside game area, making a football pinata, football-themed crafts and activities, and a balloon game where kids try to pop a balloon every time a team scores. Find details on these activities to keep kids busy during the football game here.

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