Whether you're actually tailgating in the parking lot of a stadium or having an awesome barbecue in your own back yard, there's just something about the smell of food cooking outside amidst friends and family that just goes well with watching football. Aside from the game itself, food is an integral part of a good Super Bowl party, so if you've never thrown one (or just want confirmation as to your own killer party-throwing skills), here are a few great ideas for what to serve at your big bash.

Tips to Planning the Menu

  • Regardless of whether you're at home or at the game, you want to serve foods that take less than 15 minutes to prepare or heat up. Barbecued and grilled foods are most popular, particularly for parking lot festivities, but the options are wide open.
  • Be aware of what people are bringing (if it's a pot-luck style party) so there's more options to work with (and just in case extra utensils are needed).
  • Find out what allergies / dietary preferences your guests have.  It's always good to have a few vegetarian options (that can be as simple as a vegetable tray and dip) just for variety too.
  • Remember to bring a cooler with a variety of drinks (not just alcohol for the over-21 crowd) such as water, juice, and carbonated sodas just in case there are any kids or non-drinkers there.

Classic Tailgating/Super Bowl Party Foods

These foods will undoubtedly be a favorite in households across America come Super Bowl Sunday, and for good reason! They're delicious, easy to make for a crowd, and cook up in no time. All you need is to buy the condiments in advance, and have plenty of buns and chips prepared!

Other foods that are excellent additions to any Super Bowl menu, but require a little time ahead to prepare include baked potatoes, potato skins, marinated meats like ribs or steak, or any cute football shaped cookies, deviled eggs, or mini-sandwiches you might want to make.  

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