So, a really big football game is happening on February 12th…have you heard of it?
Admittedly, I’m no football expert, but every Super Bowl, the snack spread is the MVP in my book. While I’m sad that I’m not going to watch the big game with friends this year, I’m excited to start our own watch party traditions at home and share my favorite football party ideas with you!
Normally, I go to a friend’s house and bring chips and guac, but this year, I decided to challenge myself and try out some recipes that I found on Pinterest. I wanted to aim for a more elevated football party this year — the kind of party you’d expect your rich auntie to throw. Here are some recipes that we tried that are easy to make, and a few tweaks we did at home to make them our own!
Elevated Football Party Ideas
Recipe 1: Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
Ok, guys…this recipe SLAPS, to say the least. Not healthy in the slightest, but very delicious.
The spicy, sour cream dipping sauce is what takes this to the next level. Just mix sour cream and your favorite hot sauce, and your mind will be blown. To make this dish a bit more elevated and rich auntie approved, we added some chopped rosemary to the dipping sauce and the serving tray for garnish.
You can find this recipe on The Kitchn here.
Recipe 2: Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Footballs
These chocolate-dipped strawberry footballs were super easy to make, but they also look very impressive. Minimal effort, maximum level of fancy. I was surprised at how easy it was to decorate these; I’m definitely no artist, but it’s hard to mess these up!
I also like that this dish is pretty vegetarian-friendly, so if you or a friend doesn’t eat meat, this is a dish they’ll be able to enjoy! All you need to do here is dip your strawberries in chocolate candy coating and pipe on a few laces with white decorating icing. You can view the original tutorial for these strawberry footballs here!
Recipe 3: Baked Ricotta Dip with Figs and Pistachios
Out of all the dishes we tried, this one was probably my favorite. And definitely, the most bougie thing you could serve at a football party, but I’m 100% here for it!
I love that this appetizer also pairs well with a nice glass of Pinot Noir or Reisling. Because, let’s be honest: rich aunties might drink a beer at a football party, but they’re really craving a glass of vino. Give the rich aunties what they want!
You can view the recipe for the Baked Ricotta Dip w/ Figs & Pistachios here.
What are some of your favorite elevated football party ideas? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos by Tom McGovern