The Super Bowl is one of the best times each year to host a party for your friends and family. Of course, half the fun of this event (besides the commercials) is cracking open a few beers and indulging in lots of hearty snacks. However, if your plan is simply to put out a few bags of chips and a jar of salsa, it’s time to rethink your game day strategy. To help ensure that your party is one to remember, here are four ideas for upgrading your Super Bowl spread:
1. Learn how to bake bread
Whether you want to make garlic bread, bruschetta or fresh deli sandwiches, homemade bread will guarantee your football snacks are loaded with flavor and are as fresh as possible. To really take it to the next level, try making soft pretzels from scratch and serving them with mustard-beer sauce.
2. Make fresh guacamole
Why fight over premade guacamole at the supermarket with all the other last-minute shoppers? Instead, purchase two or three firm avocados, a medium-sized onion, some tomatoes (you can always use extras for salsa), a head of garlic and a lime. Along with a little salt and pepper, and maybe some cilantro, this is all you need to make guacamole fresh at home. What’s more, you can mash it to be as chunky or creamy as you prefer.
3. Rethink your sauce
Buffalo wings are a Super Bowl staple, but GQ recommends reconsidering your game day sauce. If you naturally steer directly toward hot sauce and barbecue, instead try out a dry rub or sauce infused with citrus. Not only will you be able to create a deeper flavor profile, but also your wings may end up making less of a mess.
4. Add beer
Of course, almost everyone enjoys a cold one on during the Super Bowl, but your love for beer doesn’t have to stop at drinking it. Use beer as the star ingredient in a homemade beer batter, and then you can fry wings, chicken tenders, pickles, mushrooms, fish and other foods . As mentioned earlier, another option is to add beer to a dipping sauce for pretzels, chips, pigs in a blanket and other snacks. Consider this simple mustard-beer sauce courtesy of Food Network Magazine. If you have the time and patience, try making a marinade with beer a day or two before the game and allowing your meat to really soak up the flavor.