The Best Appetizers for Super Bowl Sunday

Get ready to kill it with your appetizers for this year’s Super Bowl party!

It is the most highly anticipated game and Sunday of the year, Super Bowl Sunday!

While we will all be surrounding our TVs or grabbing a bar stool at the local watering hole, there’s one thing about the best Sunday of the year that we all secretly love — the FOOD!

Fun fact about this holy holiday, it is the second largest US food consumption day behind Thanksgiving.


This means a few things:

1) Get ready to chow down.

2) Wear your favorite pair of fat pants. Remember, no one wants to be uncomfortable while eating.

3) Let’s figure out what the best food spread will be!

Whether you are hosting a Super Bowl party or going to a friend’s place, just remember — the more food, the better!

You can never go wrong with the basics:

  • Pizza (according to National Restaurant Association, Pizza Hut is prepared to sell more than two million pizzas).
  • Chips and Guacamole (139 million pounds of avocado will be consumed on this day).
  • Chicken Wings (1.3 billions of wings are expected to be consumed during Super Bowl week). If you’re in the Chicagoland area, order wings from RJ Grunts. They are the best, and most underrated wings in the city of Chicago.

However, if you really want to step up your food and appetizer game come Sunday, I have prepared some unique and delicious appetizers to make you look like one of the top chef’s on the Food Network.

Side Note: Your diet is on hold for this day. When I asked my health nut best friend Maggie for some “healthy” Super Bowl apps she gave me the best response ever in the 25 years I’ve known her. “No one eats healthy on Super Bowl, but you can have hummus and veggies,” and even that can wait!

Buffalo Chicken Dip:

Buffalo Chicken Dip


  • 2 cans chicken
  • 1 cup ranch
  • 1 cup hot sauce (I do half Valentina’s, and half Frank’s)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 brick of cream cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix, ranch, hot sauce, cheese and cream cheese together. You can mix it with a wooden spoon by hand if you want it thicker or use hand mixer for a smoother feel.
  3. Pour mix into an oven safe pan. The smaller the better. It’ll keep the flavor richer.
  4. Add chicken into the pan and mix it up.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top, because why not?!
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. When it’s all done, stir it up and have some chips and celery (for your healthy friends) on the side!

BCJ Pigs in a Blanket (Bacon, Cheese & Jam):

Bacon, Cheese, Mini Hot Dogs in a Croissant with grape jam on top!


  • Mini hot dogs 16 pieces
  • Shredded cheddar cheese or cheese of choice
  • Pillsbury croissants (one container)
  • 8 pieces of bacon
  • ½ cup Grape Jelly Jam


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut croissants in half, long way, when you remove them from the container.
  3. Cut uncooked bacon in half, long way (I find that using scissors is easier than using a knife).  
  4. Wrap bacon around mini hot dog.
  5. Placed wrapped mini hot dog on croissants. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of mini hot dog, then roll into croissants, sprinkle cheese on top of croissants.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 until you are out of croissants.
  7. Place on a stone pan.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  9. Remove, place on a cute platter, add a bit of jam on top of croissants, eat and enjoy!

*** FYI: I like my bacon chewy. ***
If you want your bacon cooked well, leave in oven for 15-18 minutes.
Check to see if bacon is cooked.

Avocado Shrimp Bites:

The best part about these babies is that they kind of are healthy! Thanks to the cucumber bottom, no carbs! You’re welcome.


  • 1 pound of uncooked shrimp
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 large avocado
  • ⅓ sweet onion
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Paprika seasoning
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions For Shrimp:

  1. Add a tablespoon of olive oil in skillet pan, then add shrimp. Have gas on a medium heat.
  2. Sprinkle cajun seasoning over shrimp until covered. You want this to be more of a light sprinkle than completely covering them.
  3. Add a teaspoon of paprika on shrimp.
  4. Flip shrimp over and repeat steps 2 and 3 to the other side of shrimp.
  5. Cook shrimp for about 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked.
  6. Removed from pan when done, place on side.

Instructions For Avocado Mash:

  1. Cut 2 large avocados and place in bowl cut up.
  2. Cut ⅓ sweet onion into finely chopped pieces, add to bowl.
  3. Add a teaspoon of paprika.
  4. Add a teaspoon of salt.
  5. Mash together until the mash in blended to your liking. (I personally like it chunky.)

Final Instructions:

  1. Cut cucumbers about a 1in wide.
  2. Place a spoon full of avocado mash on top of cucumber.
  3. Place shrimp on top of avocado mash.
  4. You can sprinkle paprika on top of shrimp if desired.
  5. Place on platter and enjoy!

Layered Garbage Salad:


  • Head of iceberg lettuce
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 8 pieces of cooked bacon
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 7 hard boiled eggs
  • Hellman’s mayo or any choice of dressing
  • 3 pieces of green onions


  1. In a large bowl, layer a cut up piece of iceberg lettuce on the bottom.
  2. On top of iceberg, layer thawed peas.
  3. Next layer, shredded cheddar cheese. Make sure it is enough to cover the peas. The more cheese the better!
  4. Before layering the bacon on top of the cheese, make sure you cut bacon into smaller pieces, then place on top of cheese.
  5. Next layer is hard boiled eggs. Make sure you cut them in half before layering on top or if you have a hard boiled egg cutter, that will work too.
  6. Cut up long green onions into ½ in, then place on top of hard boiled eggs.
  7. Top if off with a layer of mayo or dressing (I prefer Hellman’s), until the top of the bowl or until desired.
  8. Sprinkle some black pepper and green onion on top of mayo, if desired.
  9. Toss salad and serve!

French Onion Beef Sliders:


  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1 package of Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls (12 ounce pack)
  • 1 pound of thin sliced deli roast beef
  • ½ pound of provolone cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley (can be fresh or dried)


  1. Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium heat. When butter is melted add cut onions with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  2. Let onions cooks for about 30-35 minutes. Around minute 25, add Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in microwave for 30 seconds in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of onion powder and set aside.
  5. Cut the Hawaiian roll pack in half (horizontally). Place the bottom part of rolls on a baking sheet.
  6. Place 1 pound of roast beef on top of rolls, make sure you evenly placed.
  7. Place ½ pound of provolone cheese on top of roast beef, make sure it is evenly placed.
  8. Spread cooked onions on top of provolone evenly.
  9. Add the top roll and brush melted butter on rolls. In the melted butter, make sure you add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of onion powder. If you are using dried parsley sprinkle on top of rolls after brushing.
  10. Place in oven for 12-15 minutes (I have the rolls a little bit crunchier which I think was a good contract since the inside of the sandwiches were softer).
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. If you didn’t place dried parsley on rolls, you would now place the fresh parsley on top.  

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I enjoyed eating all of them!

In terms of beverages to go with your apps on the big day, we have you covered in our Super Bowl Sippers post.

Make sure you share your Super Bowl spread with us on TCD on social media by tagging us or hashtagging us!

As for attire, remember to wear your favorite stretchy pants if you plan on eating good! Check out our article on What to Wear on Super Bowl Sunday if you need tips.

I’ll be wearing my favorite pair of Lululemon leggings that day!

— Jenna

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