Elevate Your Game with these Super Bowl Party Food and Drink Ideas

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This year, we will see the New England Patriots returning to the Super Bowl to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Broadcast live from chilly Minneapolis, Super Bowl LII — and just about every other Super Bowl ever— will be remembered just as much for the watch parties as for the game itself.

At a Super Bowl party, though, you need food and drink. Yes, chips and  salsa and cheap beer are fine things to have for guests, but this is the Super Bowl. Like Tom Brady in the fourth quarter ever, it’s time to elevate your game. Below, you’ll find some Super Bowl party-worthy snacks and drinks that you can serve on Sunday, February 4.

Drinks

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Thanks to the explosion of craft breweries, one of the fun things that we are able to do these days is drink beers from practically everywhere in the country. This year, we put together a list of some of the best beers from both Philadelphia and New England. You could go with the old stand-bys (Sam Adams Boston Lager and Yeungling) or you can branch out and try Tree House Brewing’s Julius or Victory’s Prima Pils.

If you’re in the mood to shake it up with something stronger than beer, you should check out these cocktails that hail from both the Philly and New England areas. With these, it doesn’t matter who you are rooting for. After a few, you’re going to be having a great time.

Food

This is where Super Bowl party legends are born. What you have in your spread defines you as a party person and the key to a good spread is eatability. You should make things you don’t necessarily need a fork and knife for (the key here being “necessarily”). You’ve got the wings already (if you haven’t, check out this video on how to pair wings with whisky), and some carrots and celery to go with the onion dip, but beyond that you’re not sure. Well, keep scrolling for some delicious options that can be easily made and distributed to the football-hungry masses.

“Big Tex” Frito Pie
(Created by Chef Jason Dady, San Antonio, Texas; serves 30)

Big Texas frito pie jason dady

Ingredients:

  • 12 lb beef, chopped (15 lb whole brisket)
  • 64 oz barbecue sauce
  • 8 bags (10.25 oz) of Frito Corn Chips (preferably Original Flavor, but you can also use Flamin’ Hot or Cheddar Cheese)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, as needed

Garnishes:

  • 3 lb cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 lb cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 lb jalapeños, diced
  • 1 lb scallions, chopped
  • 1 lb red onion, finely diced
  • 64 oz sour cream
  • 32 oz barbecue sauce
  • 6 cilantro bunches

Method:

  1. For chopped beef, stop by your favorite barbecue joint and buy a whole brisket (or smoke your own, big guy).
  2. Using a large chef knife, chop beef into very small pieces and add to the 64 oz of barbecue sauce. Season as needed with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. To serve, heat chopped beef in large pan.
  4. Using a large, 48-inch paella pan, open all bags of Fritos and cover the bottom of the pan. It should be at least 2 inches of Fritos across the entire pan.
  5. Add the hot chopped beef in the center of the Fritos and spread across the entire pan.
  6. Garnish next with cheese, tomato, jalapeño, scallions, and red onion. Chop the cilantro and sprinkle on top. Using a large spoon, place large dollops of sour cream randomly around the Frito pie.
  7. To finish, drizzle with remaining 32 oz of barbecue sauce and have the most epic tailgate of all time.

Twisted Cheese Dipping Sauce

Twisted Cheese Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 c Twisted Tea Original Hard Iced Tea
  • 1 tbsp bornstarch
  • .5 lb cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Hot sauce to taste

Method:

  1. Pour Twisted Tea into a saucepan on the edge of the grill.
  2. Dissolve cornstarch in a small bowl with some Twisted Tea.
  3. When tea comes to a boil, pour in cornstarch and swirl pan to mix.
  4. Slowly add shredded cheese, mixing the whole time until combined.
  5. Keep over medium heat, adding some hot sauce if you want a little kick.

Maple Whisky Pecans

Maple Whisky Pecans

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour at 250 degrees Fahreneheit, stirring the pecans every 20 minutes.

Jägermeister Barbecue Sauce

jagermonster sandwich

Jägermeister Barbecue Sauce picture here on the Jägermonster from Philly’s Stockyard Sandwich Co.

  • 750 ml Jägermeister (reduced by half)
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 c apple cider vinegar
  • .5 c  molasses
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves

Method:

  1. Char onion and garlic with skin on, on the grill until completely black.  Place ina bowl and cover until cool.
  2. Peel and discard skin of onion and garlic, slice onion garlic can remain whole place in heavy bottom pot on medium heat with butter. Cook until butter starts to brown.
  3. Add spices and toast them until they smell aromatic and add tomato paste. Continue to cook tomato paste until it smells slightly toasted.
  4. Deglaze pan with Jägermeister. Add rest of ingredients and simmer until it starts to thicken.
  5. Place entire mixture in blender, blend until smooth.

The sauce above, as you can see, is built perfectly to go on the Jägermonster, which is made by Stockyard Sandwich Co. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and is available for pre-order until Saturday, February 3 for $60. The sandwich has just about everything on it, including braised beef, Jäger pulled pork, boneless wings, fried potatoes, and more. If you can’t score one of these bad boys, know that this sauce pairs well with a variety of meats, sandwiches, sliders, and more.

Feature image by Nicolas McComber/Getty Images. Article originally published by Ann Binlot on January 30, 2017. Revised and updated by Sam Slaughter on February 2, 2018.