Super Bowl Sunday is a day when football fans and even non-fans gather to watch the game and indulge in food and drink. Almost as important as the game itself, therefore, is the spread. The usual suspects are almost always there: chips, nachos, wings…
But we’ve rounded up a spread that everyone at your party — omnivores, vegetarians, vegans and even dogs — will enjoy.
No sports gathering is quite complete without these babies. Whip up a batch of these lightened spicy chicken wings, which cuts some of the fat and grease and therefore lots of the post-game guilt. And don’t forget your vegetarian guests, who can also enjoy the flavorful goodness of wings with none of the actual chicken.
If you’re expecting a decent-size gathering, these black bean burritos are quick and painless. You can make a bunch and lay them out for folks to grab. Don’t like the Greek yogurt substituting for good ole sour cream? Compromise and get the low fat stuff.
Got beer? Got Chicken? Well, have your food multitask on game day and make some drunk chicken (again).
Oh my goodness gracious, it sounds evil but this seven-layer taco dip, featured in this awesome roundup of healthy Super Bowl noms, is actually a lightened-up recipe so don’t end up hulking out of your jeans by the time the game’s over.
Come on. We had to include them and although they are vegetarian loaded nachos, we dare an omnivore to take a single bite and walk away.
Are you ready? Are you ready for this? Shannon Bender submitted this crab dip recipe that scores a — that’s right, we went there — touchdown.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine all the ingredients in a casserole dish and gently stir until thoroughly mixed. Adjust seasoning to taste. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until lightly golden on top. Serve hot, with hot sauce on the side for those who like it spicy.
We didn’t forget the pups. How could we? Puppy Bowl, anyone? First, make sure your pets are comfortable on game day, particularly if they are nervous around shouty people. Second, check out these two recipes, submitted by Chris Whitley, for homemade dog treats that will make Fido feel like he’s in on the fun.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed. You have to knead the dough very well for it to come together and be roll-able. Once dough is formed roll it out 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes with the cutter of your choice. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and refrigerate.
Makes about 25-28 biscuits.
Shannon Bender took a break from being one of Vitals editor Vivian Lee's favorite people to share her crab dip recipe.