Dips are a staple of Super Bowl viewing parties across the country. A simple salsa or guacamole will suffice in a pinch, but we’ve compiled a few easy ways for you look like an overachieving host without spending all day in the kitchen.
The Super Bowl is America’s second-largest food consumption day and dips are the second-most popular snack to eat while watching the game, which means the selection of dips is of the utmost importance (in case you were wondering, salty snacks have taken the number-one spot two years in a row). Wings seem like a top game-day snack, too, but they actually come in at the number-nine spot, even though Americans ate about 1.25 billion wings during last year’s game.
Variety is key for a dip-centric party. Entertaining for a group can be tricky: you want to serve enough snacks for the amount of people you’re inviting, but don’t want go too overboard with options. Be sure to take diet restrictions and allergies into consideration. Avocado-based snacks are always a good option because they’re flavorful and appease anyone worried about over-indulging.
Hosting a party can be a lot of pressure, so host a potluck-style party or supplement the homemade dishes with store-bought snacks and easy three-ingredient dishes that taste great, but require little to no effort.
It’s all about the dipping vehicles. Choose dippers that vary in texture and flavor, everything from pretzel sticks to crackers, and, of course, lots of vegetables. Provide some options for all of your party guests and they’ll be happy, dipping away to their hearts’ content.
Create a great atmosphere with the right snacks and enjoy the big game without spending days prepping for your party with these easy game-day dips.
Bacon Avocado Dip
Lee Kum Kee
Black Bean, Wheat Germ, and Mango Salsa
Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TMDRecipeEditor.