Best Frozen Foods for a Super Bowl Party Slideshow
January 14, 2013
Don't have the time to cook a game day feast for 50? These party foods will save the day
Totino’s Party Pizza
Have you ever had a Totino’s Pizza Roll? Yes, you probably have — as an after-school snack back in the day or just while watching a game of some sort. If you have, then you’re fully aware of how good they are. Now, take that and make an entire pizza from it — delicious. When tried against that of DiGiorno’s, we silenced all those "it’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno’s" theories — Totino’s won.
Kashi’s BBQ Recipe Chicken Pizza
For those of you that like to push the envelope with pizza toppings, Kashi takes the cake with its hearty combo of chicken, caramelized onions, BBQ sauce, and a wood-fired crust that proved to be loved among guests. Available at grocery stores nationwide.
T.G.I. Friday’s Spinach and Artichoke Cheese Dip
A big favorite among snackers, this dip was a hit with the crowd. While there are plenty of versions of spinach and artichoke dip, this one is flavor-packed and garlicky and isn't as creamy as others that are loaded with mayo or cream cheese. In grocery stores nationwide.
White Castle Microwaveable Hamburgers
Why microwave your burgers when you can just buy a Crave Case? Well, because it’s easier and tastes exactly the same. Guests were impressed when they thought I went out and bought the real deal — little did they know.
Gardein’s Ultimate Beefless Sliders
Thinking of your vegan and vegetarian guests than aren't going to be reaching for the White Castle sliders? Get the next best thing with Gardein’s beef-less sliders that deliver a substantial amount of protein and won’t hurt your waistline as much as the real stuff. And guess what? We fooled a bunch of people — they couldn't even taste the difference.
Nathan’s Beef Franks in a Blanket
We wouldn't get these from anywhere else but Nathan’s. There’s no comparison — maybe it’s the Coney Island in us, but no one does hot dogs like Nathan’s.
Amy’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese
This was a cult college favorite among my roommates but when it's made in a big batch and served for a big crowd it definitely fits the comfort food criteria and hit the mark on cheesy, creamy goodness.
Tyson’s Fully Cooked Hot Buffalo Wings
Sure, there were reputable contenders, but let’s just say they weren't worth mentioning. Tyson, one of the country’s largest processors of chicken, knows what they’re doing and we’ll leave it at that. Super spicy — just the way we like them! Sold in grocery stores nationwide.
Gardein’s Classic Buffalo Wings
If we’re going to talk about your vegan and vegetarian guests not missing out, we have to talk about the number one game day snack — wings. These meatless Buffalo wings from Gardein have the same consistency as chicken wings and have a serious kick that gives the real deal a run for its money.
Golden Krust Beef Empanadas
The Jamaican delicacy is ideal for game day because they’re a perfect finger food due to their size and the fact that they’re not greasy or soggy. Also, the spiciness of the beef is authentic in flavor.
Nathan’s Famous Thick Sliced Battered Onion Rings
Nothing’s crispier or crunchier than these famous rings. There wasn't even a question among the crowd; they beat out Ore-Ida and Alexia easily. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.
Checkers & Rally’s Seasoned French Fried Potatoes
The ever-famous double drive-thru burger spot is just as popular for its crispy fries as it is for its burgers. When fried, these were as crisp and seasoned as they are straight from the source. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.
Hot Pockets Snackers: Honey BBQ Recipe Chicken Bites
We were definitely skeptical of these in the beginning. When it comes to Hot Pockets, it’s usually best to stay simple like Ham and Cheese. But surprisingly, these were authentic in BBQ flavor and loaded with chicken. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.
SuperPretzel SoftStix: Cheddar Cheese Filled Soft Pretzel Sticks
For the real stadium food aficionado, you’ll know that soft pretzels are ideal to a true game day experience. Nix the side dipping sauce of queso; its right inside these and oozes out once you take a bite. Sold in grocery stores nationwide.
Trader Joe's Chicken Gyoza Potstickers
Whether fried or microwaved, these potstickers are perfect for those guests looking to mix things up. My guests preferred them fried. They're great for crowds and the flavor is on point. Serve with soy sauce. Sold exclusively at Trader Joe's nationwide.
Trader Joe's Shrimp Corn Dogs
A cross between shrimp tempura and a classic corn dog, guests enjoyed the fact that these were crispy, perfect as a finger food, and went really well with the chili sauce.
Trader Joe's Piccolo Panini
These frozen grilled cheese sandwiches were packed with flavor. A combination of pesto, cheese, and red pepper spread, they were a great cocktail size and they tasted fresh. Make sure not only the inside is cooked through, but also that the bread is well toasted.
Trader Joe's Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Sure, there are plenty of spinach and artichoke dips in the freezer aisle, but this one takes the cake. A fan favorite among many blogs, this dip is equal parts cheese, spinach, and artichoke and isn't overwhelmingly creamy at all. Also, it's so easy and a quick fix appetizer.
Trader Joe's Arancini Bites
These mini rice balls are ideal for not only game day viewing, but great for cocktail parties as well. Filled with fontina, these arancini oozed gusto with hints of Parmesan and mozzarella. Beware of over-baking as the cheese can melt out. Guests demanded fresh tomato sauce for dipping as well which made a great combination.
Trader Joe's Breaded Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Forget the cheese, the seasoning in the breading was on point with these and when baked well, they were crunchy and uber-flavorful.