Super Bowl parties are usually pizza delivery and cheap beer laden events. Sure, it’s next to no work but it’s not very healthy either. I’m not saying get rid of the beer and pizza. I’m saying add in a healthier version with a little work so you can indulge without all the harmful ingredients. You will also need some entertaining gear to pull this Super Bowl party menu off in a classy way. Let’s focus on the hardware first.
- Two galvanized beverage tubs: Target has the cheapest ones around and they don’t lack quality. These will pay for themselves in one year of entertaining because you can use them at every party you throw or are invited to. You need two because you want to fill one with booze for the adults and one with non-alcoholic drinks for those not drinking or children. If it’s a 100% adult party, split your booze types between tubs and mark them clearly for quick grab and go’s between plays. Check out this great tub from Target by clicking here!
- You will need a few dip bowls; any cereal/soup bowl will do. If you want a unified look use all white so you can transition from season to season or theme to theme without worrying about color. If you need some white bowls try these from Target!
- Serving bowls are going to come in handy for chips or pretzels if you want to serve them or even a nice salad. I know some people like wood serving bowls; yeah they look great but they can be a pain to keep looking nice. Try these to compliment the all-white theme we have going on.
- You will need several platters for veggies/fruit and charcuterie or cheese. These large white ones would fit the bill nicely.
- Serving spoons for items, paper plates, silverware, cups, and napkins. Eco friendly is best!
- If you want to go the extra mile to protect your table, get a waterproof table cloth and tightly tape it down to your table on the underside. Then toss over a cloth tablecloth in your choice of color.
Ok, we now know what you need to have to pull this Super Bowl party menu off. This menu is easy and can rely on either pre-bought no-work items or easy stuff you can throw together that morning before the big game. You will be serving the cooked items before the game gets going during the pre-game show so you don’t have to miss a single play. The cold items can be eaten anytime throughout the game as people get hungry again. I will also suggest a few options depending on your budget and the time you want to put in.
- Yogurt dips: Ranch and onion dips are classic dips you can easily make the night before with Fage Total or 2% and an organic soup or dressing packet. This dip will be sinfully creamy and filling without a lot of questionable ingredients. Organic Italian dressing mix also makes a great dip.
- Hummus and Guacamole: Both are easy to make on their own but you can certainly get great versions of either at TJ’s or Whole Foods. If you want to make them at home the hummus can be made a day in advance but the guacamole will need to be prepped a few minutes before the party to look its best.
- Sweet flavored yogurt dip: My grandmother always served a fruit tray with lemon yogurt at her parties when I was a kid and it’s honestly a winning combo. Use a flavored Greek yogurt of your choosing from any natural or organic brand. Citrus, honey, and vanilla flavors work best.
- Veggies and Fruit: For veggies get carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes. Buy cucumber, colored bell peppers, and broccoli to cut up. For fruit you need grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries, and pineapple for your sweet dip. You can add others but these hold up best out of the fridge. Either cut into bite size chunks or put slightly larger chunks on skewers.
- Your choice of Gluten free chips/pretzels.
- OPTIONAL: If you have the money or the inclination, a cheese plate and charcuterie plate are nice additions for a classy party. Pick 3-4 cheeses and serve at room temp. For the meats, choose 3 you know people will like: Salami, Prosciutto, and smoked salmon. Add on almonds, olives, honey, cornichons, and maybe some pickled onions for the salmon to really liven up your offerings.
On to the hot offerings, main dishes, and sweets!
- Flat bread pizzas: You can get frickin’ delicious options frozen at both TJ’s and Whole Foods. They also have a selection of fresh options in the takeaway case. If you don’t have any dietary restrictions with your invited guests, go premade. If you need gluten free flat bread you can get that at either store; build one or two separate options for those that need that. For vegans the best option is caramelized onion, artichoke heart or mushroom and rosemary. The premade ones are extra delicious but you can easily make your own. Just take the flatbread, brush with EVOO, and a thin layer of toppings then bake at 350 until warmed through for precooked toppings or 400 for about 10 minutes for raw toppings. I do suggest only using cured meats or precooked meats on the flatbreads so you aren’t worried about bacteria. Here are a few ideas for flavor combos:
Smoked salmon, crème fresh, red onion, chive
Serrano ham, fig jam, and Manchengo cheese
Tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella
Blue cheese, red onion, chicken, and buffalo sauce
Or any three of your favorite pizza toppings!
- Pasta salads keep really well and can make great leftovers for you as well. Make this the day before. My favorite fast pasta salad is brown rice penne, fresh pesto, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, and fresh grated parmesan or mini mozzarella. Just cook the pasta according to the package, drain, and put the hot steaming pasta in your serving bowl. Drizzle with EVOO, pour in the pesto and toss until coated. Once the pasta has cooled, add in your other items and toss again. Cover your pasta and put it in the fridge until serving time tomorrow. Garnish with fresh basil to look extra fancy. Any classic combos will work!
- OPTIONAL: Grill up some sausage of any sort and serve them with grilled gluten free flat bread or ciabatta rolls, onions, and grainy mustard. I love chicken mango jalapeno sausage!
- OPTIONAL: Make up a few batches of gluten free cookies or pick up a few options from your natural foods bakery. I love Whole Foods Carmelita bars at parties! If you buy bars anywhere, cut them in half or quarters and add toothpicks for easy pick up and portion control.
- Pick up two types of beer and one type of hard cider that’s gluten free. I like to get a lighter beer and a darker one. For lighter beers I’d suggest Bass, Harp, Widmer Hefeweizen, and Blue Moon Belgian White. For something a little darker I’d go with Widmer Drop Top Amber, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, and Guinness. These are all easily available and crowd pleasing favorites. For your cider, I like Woodchuck because it’s certified gluten free in all its offerings and comes in variety packs if you want to offer an array of flavors! I’d budget for one bottle per guest per quarter plus one extra for the pregame show. You can also ask people to BYOB.
- As for non-alcoholic choices, I’d get a few packs of single serve flavored sparkling water, Hansen’s soda ( the cheapest cane sugar natural soda with the best flavors), and maybe some ginger beer.
- OPTIONAL: Put out any hard liquor you have and a few sliced lemons and limes. They will go nice with the beer and the guests can mix their own cocktails out of the non-alcoholic selections with the booze.
There you have it, a Super Bowl party menu; an indulgent but healthier spread for you and your guests that people will really appreciate for a long time to come. Do you have any surefire healthy party dishes that would be perfect for the big game? If you’d like to share them on the internet, leave a comment and CGR will put them up!