Super Bowl party game plan: winning snacks and sports bars

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Even if you don’t regularly tune in to pro football, chances are you’ll watch at least part of the Super Bowl, along with more than 110 million other people. Whether you tune in at home, at a Super Bowl party, or in a sports bar, we have some key plays to help turn this year's game into a winning night for everyone.

If you’re hosting a party or taking a dish to share to someone else’s home, check out our crowd-pleasing game night recipes and fun things for kids to do during the game.

Or head to one of the Maryland sports bars likely to attract Super Bowl fans as well as the usual Ravens or Redskins crowd.


Winning dips, super soups and sweet snacks

Dips for different tastes

Artichoke Hummus

artichoke hummus dip recipe

Homemade hummus is an easy snack that you can prepare in just minutes. This version adds artichoke, but you can easily substitute more chick peas if artichoke isn't to your taste. It stores in the fridge for up to three days. Get the full Artichoke Hummus recipe.


Roasted Corn and Chorizo Dip

corn chorizo dip recipe

This fun, cheesy dip loaded with Mexican flavors is the perfect addition to any fiesta. It takes a little longer to grill the corn, pepper and onion, but the resulting flavor is worth it. Add lots of tortilla chips to the mix and you're set for a party of any size. Get the full Roasted Corn and Chorizo Dip recipe.


Lightened Spinach Artichoke Dip

lightened spinach artichoke dip

Here's a lighter version of a favorite dip. The secret ingredient adds protein and cuts fat. Silken tofu, as opposed to firm or extra-firm, will blend and get nice and creamy. You and your family will love the dip and never notice the difference. Get the Lightened Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe.


Super soup recipes

Creamy Corn Chowder

corn chowder recipe

A rich, steamy bowl of chowder makes a delicious dinner and can usually be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Serve this filling chowder with crusty bread and warm guests at any casual party. Get the Creamy Corn Chowder recipe.


Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Pasta Fagiole soup

This pasta e fagioli soup can be made in less than half an hour and tastes like you cooked it for hours! For this thicker-than-usual soup, just add a bag salad and some rolls from the freezer and you'll have a complete meal. Get the Pasta e Fagioli Soup recipe.

Salty, sweet snack

Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn

sea salt caramel popcorn recipe

Up your party snack game by making your own caramel popcorn. Popcorn is non-GMO and gluten-free, and it's fun to eat! You can doctor it up to be salty, spicy, sweet — the options are nearly endless. Get the Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn recipe.

Another favorite go to snack is a gluten free Chex mix. An easy gluten free treat is to mix either chocolate or vanilla Chex cereal with Hershey's milk duds,  your favorite gluten free pretzels, and M&M's. Just double check the label of the M&M's as some varieties, such as the pretzel M&M's, do contain gluten. Plain M&M's are gluten free.

Looking for more game-day snacks and munchies? Check out these 5 Fantastic Super Bowl Snacks for Spiced-Rubbed Pork Sliders, Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Mexican Fiesta Dip and Zucchini Parmesan Rounds.

Another idea is to set up a Make-Your-Own Pizza Bar, which kids will also really enjoy.  Supply football-shaped pizza (cut premade crusts or make your own from premade pizza dough.) Fill bowls with toppings like pepperoni slices, sausage crumbles, diced ham, cut-up veggies, pineapple and shredded cheese.  Once the pizza is topped, just bake long enough to heat the toppings.

Other ideas to keep kids busy during the game include setting up an indoor our outside game area, making a football pinata, football-themed crafts and activities, and a balloon game where kids try to pop a balloon every time a team scores. Find details on these activities to keep kids busy during the football game here.

Click Next for winning places to watch the Super Bowl at a sports bar or restaurant.

Starring Spots to watch the Super Bowl

Watching football at a sports barLooking for a fun sports bar to watch the game? Here are three to consider that welcome the cheers — for drinks and winning football plays.

Acme Bar and Grill
163 Main St., Annapolis
If you are with a group, try the beer tube, which is 10 beers in a giant tube and includes half-price appetizers. Or choose from 13 beers on tap. Wing lovers can try 19 different flavors. Besides chicken wings, most fans munch on the steak and cheese egg rolls on game days.

Adam’s Taphouse and Grille
Formerly Adam’s Ribs
921 Chesapeake Ave., Annapolis
Formerly Adam’s Ribs, Adam’s Taphouse and Grille is in the same location — still serving up ribs, but with lots more on the menu to make it an enjoyable spot to catch the big football game. Beer drinkers can choose from 12 beers on draft and about that many more in bottles or cans. There’s even a gluten-free option, New Belgian Glutiny, along with signature cocktails, drinks specials and wine. Looking for something healthy? Snack on veggies and dip along with a Portobello sandwich with fresh mozzarella and roasted red peppers.

Mother’s Peninsula Grille, Arnold
969 Ritchie Hwy., Arnold
With 26 TVs, 100 different beers, and approximately 20 burger and wing choices, it’s no surprise Mother’s is a popular football-watching spot. Super bowl fans can enjoy unlimited Miller Lite and boneless wings for $25 during the game. The Heart Attack burger may appeal to fried-food aficionados, but healthier diners will appreciate that a chicken or turkey patty may be substituted for any of the meat burgers for just $1. Several gluten-free items are identified on a separate menu.

Find more football-friendly spots in Best Bars for Watching Football.

 Updated January 2017.

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