Game-Day Recipes for Serious Fans Only

Football cake, super bowl party
These aren't recipes you start baking during the National Anthem, nor are they good for someone who can't frost a football brownie without Googling a picture first. They are recipes for someone who enjoys a kick of flavor along with kickoff. Read on, true pigskin fans. Culinary glory awaits.

Classic Soft Pretzels

From-scratch pretzels are tastier than those sold at the game. Bonus: It's easy to nosh on these while keeping your eyes glued to the D line.

Fudgy Football Brownies

These brownies are from-scratch and football-shaped. Better than a 2-point conversion.

Chinese Coca-Cola Wings

All the calls are right for these wings: sweet cola, tangy soy sauce, and spicy crushed red pepper. A side of celery and carrots required, as is a hungry kickoff appetite.

Fried Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

Slow-cooker smokies are like a dated mascot: Past their prime. Instead, recruit these five-ingredient fried smokies. Crisp and satisfying.

Beef and Bean Chili

This one feeds a crowd. Two pounds of ground beef and three cans of kidney beans load you up on protein so there's no stomach-rumbling during the game-winning drive.

Hot Wing Dip

It's like we've blended the best football flavors into one power-packed bowl. Your slow cooker does the work of keeping this veggie-ready dip warm through all four quarters.

Triple Pepper Nachos

Store-bought chips? Nope. You make your own chips in this one (Hint: Cut flour tortillas). We've given a vegetarian version so you have belly room for chicken wings, but you could easily add shredded chicken or ground beef to make this a macho meal.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Guests can graze on these when they need a 3rd quarter pick-me-up. Boneless pork shoulder roast plus delicious spices and sweet honey stew in your slow cooker. The extra points? Deli coleslaw and dinner buns.

Spicy Italian Meatballs

Once you've made your own meatballs, you won't go back to store-bought. Set out a pile of toothpicks and watch these appetizers make the day's highlight reel.

Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

Welcome this classic seven-layer dip back into the lineup. Instead of plating it, fill individual plastic tumblers and top with a small flag supported by a toothpick.

Cinnamon Bars

You may be able to pull off this recipe during the pregame show if your baking pantry is well-stocked. The results are a cinch to slice and share with a whole party.

Beef and Blue Pizza

If there was a fantasy team for toppings, this pizza would contend. Just consider the serious flavor punch: Thinly sliced roast beef, crumbled blue cheese, skillet-cooked red onion, and a chopped sweet pepper.

Frosted Football Field Cake

Your choice of cake plus some dedicated frosting work adds up to a 100-yard recreation of the game's playground. Use a pastry bag with a ridged tip to pipe green frosting as grass; use a small round tip for white lines and numbers. In the center, stage a football cut from brownies.

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