For those who treat Super Bowl Sunday as a holiday unto itself, the order of the day is surely gluttony, thanks to the high-calorie feast that typically accompanies the tossing of the pigskin. Snacks like chips, crackers, and cookies abound, and you really can’t call it Super Bowl without greasy pizza or plates piled high with nachos.
With that being said, it’s fun to change it up each year with new takes on classics or even entirely new dishes.
Whether you’re trying to spice up your sliders, you want your dessert station to shine, or you’re keen to amp up typical libations by switching to canned cocktails this year, there are plenty of fun new options to explore when you're planning your Super Bowl LVI menu.
Alternative diets like vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and more are nothing new, but throughout the pandemic, it seems that more people are finding ways to cut back on meat and animal products in a bid to improve their health and reduce their role in climate change.
What does this have to do with the Super Bowl? If you’re the one playing host, you might want to consider offering alternatives to the meaty, cheesy fare that typically dominates this cholesterol-fest of a feast. Believe it or not, you could actually cut out all of the meat with no one the wiser, with a few simple swaps.
Instead of your typical sliders, consider using Impossible Burgers. With plenty of toppings, you might be surprised how many people don’t guess that they’re meatless (just make sure no one has soy allergies).
You can also skip wings in favor of Beyond Chicken plant-based tenders. If they’re good enough for KFC, there’s no reason you can’t stick them in the air fryer and serve them up at home.
You can even update your pizza. If you want to go gluten-free with the crust, you can whip up your own with a mix from Bob’s Red Mill (if you can’t find it in-store, order online from Amazon or Walmart). You might also try Udi’s ready-made pizza crusts (often in the freezer section) for greater ease of use.
As for toppings, So Delicious makes a mean shredded mozz that tastes and melts like the real deal, and Beyond has a tasty sausage alternative to round out your pizza.
Okay, so dips of any type may not seem like the brightest idea while COVID-19 is still affecting our lives, but when done right, this TikTok trend can make for a truly incredible addition to your Super Bowl soiree.
Just pile a tray high with cookies, brownie bites, and fruit chunks, then lay out popular dips like unicorn, s’mores, chocolate chip cookie, churro, or caramel apple. Encourage guests to spoon dollops of dip onto plates to avoid the dreaded double-dip scenario.
If one good thing has come out of pandemic times, it’s the expansion of canned cocktails — ready to pop and serve at home, no mixology required.
Cutwater Spirits, Home School, and Rogue Spirits are among the best-rated brands, but even White Claw is testing canned tequila cocktails — a good choice if you don’t want to get too fancy.
While you can certainly stick with your homemade pigs-in-a-blanket, delivery pizza, and Bud Light if you want, 2022 offers the perfect opportunity to shake things up and reimagine the spread you serve to your family and friends on Super Bowl Sunday.