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Super Bowl 2018: Recipes For Gameday

Super Bowl 2018: Recipes For Gameday

DISCLAIMER: THERE IS NOTHING HEALTHY IN THIS POST...YOU'RE WELCOME.

I'll be honest, I'm not at all interested in this year's Super Bowl.  I'm not a fan of either team and the Patriots are probably going to win anyway (eye roll) - well...that and I'm more excited about the This Is Us Super Bowl special playing immediately after the game.  But one thing I can ALWAYS get with are the game day snacks.  So set aside that kale and kombucha tea and dig into these amazing-looking dishes sure to spice up even the most boring of Super Bowl games (looking at you, Patriots).

Shrimp is easy any day of the week. It's also satisfying and everyone can enjoy it!  And how great are the shrimp dishes that can be dipped into something spicy?  Check out this super simple Mexico City Shrimp and Chipotle Mojo recipe courtesy of one of my favorite chefs, Rick Bayless.

  Photo :  Food and Wine Magazine

Photo: Food and Wine Magazine

I shared these gameday staples last year, and I have to include them on the list because every time I make them, I fall in love all over again.  Everyone loves a wing!  If you're like me, you want them fried and frequent! Check out this recipe for Sticky Baked Chicken Wings by Chef Matt Jennings of Boston.

I haven't gotten up the nerve to try this one yet, but me'thinks this will be the year! Mix an Italian classic with everyone's favorite handheld dessert and you get Aarti Sequaria's Lasagna Cupcakes!  Whoa man - now THAT seems like a party one bite at a time!

  Photo:  Food Network

I really only eat chili cheese dogs during football games, and only if I'm feeling really lazy.  Luckily, these Chili Cheese Dog Cups are filled with things you may already have in your refrigerator and pantry.  If you want something bite-sized that packs a big punch, try these out!  

  Photo:  Delish

Photo: Delish

If you're having a smaller gathering and want to provide heartier and larger portions, I'm including my new favorite sandwich, the Shrimp and Avocado BLT to this list.  I imagine eating this in the second quarter, watching halftime and taking a solid nap in the third quarter.  For a fun twist on this one, turn it into sliders on Hawaiian rolls which is super easy to do!

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Of course nothing says "Super Bowl" like a large batch of nachos to share.  Skip the steps and throw all the things you love on a sheet pan and stick it in the oven and THERE.YOU.HAVE.IT.  Sheet Pan Nachos are a hit in any house!

Now let's talk drinks.  Beer is a staple, but switch things up a bit and make a fun cocktail, especially for those friends who come to the party less for football and more for fellowship. Here are some interesting cocktails to try if you're feeling fancy.

 Photo by  Joseph Gonzalez  on  Unsplash

What are you planning on noshing on this year?  GO EAGLES (but really, can we just finish the game and get to This Is Us?)

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