Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and nothing pairs better with the fun day than delicious bites. Whether you're a fan of tradition on game day or want to switch things up this year, here are a few recipes that will make the perfect appetizer for anyone.
Jalapeño popper wonton cups
Jalapeño poppers are already a beloved game day appetizer, but try switching up tradition this year by trying these jalapeño popper wonton cups. Filled with bacon, jalapeños, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream, these little bites are sure to spice up Super Bowl Sunday. This recipe is easy to make, will only take up 30 minutes of your time and only uses ingredients you might already have at home.
You can find the recipe for the jalapeño popper wonton cups here.
Homemade soft pretzel bites
Another game day classic, these homemade soft pretzel bites are addicting and will steal the show on Sunday. These little bites make perfect appetizers for game day and don't make much of a mess while your eyes are glued to the TV. Since it's homemade, they take longer to make but so worth it once you take the first bite. With two hours of preparation and an 18 minute cook time, set some time aside before game day to try making something new.
You can find the recipe for the homemade soft pretzel bites here.
Cool ranch zucchini chips
Buying chips from the store is an easy way to provide snacks on Super Bowl Sunday, but trade out those Cool Ranch Doritos for healthier zucchini chips. Deliciously crispy and super easy to make, these savory chips will be your new favorite crispy bites. You can swap out the oven method for an air fryer if you have one for extra crispness. This recipe is super easy and will only take 10 minutes for preparation, then waiting one hour and 20 minutes for it to bake.
You can find the recipe for the cool ranch zucchini chips here.
Whipped Feta with roasted tomatoes
If you spend any time scrolling through Instagram, you've seen the excitement behind whipped feta dip. Although a not-so-typical recipe for game day, this recipe is almost too good to be true and is filled with the best Mediterranean flavors. Easy to make and even better to taste, this recipe will only take 30 minutes of your time and is a perfect snack with chips, crackers or bread during Super Bowl Sunday.
You can find the recipe for the whipped feta with roasted tomatoes here.
Pastrami Reuben egg rolls
Reuben lovers might be hesitant to switch up the traditional recipe, but there's nothing more game-changing than making our favorite dishes easier to eat. This unique and fun take on a classic Reuben sandwich is made to be perfectly crispy, while equally delicious. This recipe will be a bit hit on Super Bowl Sunday, with only a total of 25 minutes to make. You can make these in the oven or by using an air fryer if you have one at home.
You can find the recipe for the pastrami Reuben egg rolls here.
Buffalo cauliflower wings
Crispy, delicious spicy bites are just what we need on Super Bowl Sunday. These sweet and spicy buffalo cauliflower wings will be the star of the show on game day. This recipe is perfect for any vegetarian looking for a fun snack and is super easy to make. Set aside 42 minutes to make these and it will be a guaranteed favorite. Besides, there's nothing more traditional than having wings on game day, even if it's a little different.
You can find the recipe for the buffalo cauliflower wings here.
Pizza pull-apart sliders
Combining two must-have game day foods, these pull-apart sliders are super delicious and can be easily made with the whole family. Stuffed with cheese, pepperoni, sausage, or whatever other toppings you want, one little bite of these soft, buttery rolls will have you wanting more. This recipe will take 30 minutes.
You can find the recipe for the pizza pull-apart sliders here.
Chicken and avocado roll-ups
This recipe is perfect for anyone trying to prepare an appetizer on Super Bowl Sunday without spending too much time in the kitchen. In only 10 minutes, you can have these ready to feed everyone at home on game day. Most of the ingredients can be found in your fridge, and some might be leftovers, making these roll-ups even better and super tasty.
You can find the recipe for the chicken and avocado roll-ups here.
As Texans, there's nothing in the world that compares to the feeling of eating that first bite of queso. No game day is complete without it, and even though you can find it anywhere in Austin, try making it at home this Sunday. Besides, homemade always turns out better. This recipe will take up to 15 minutes of your time, so don't forget to buy your favorite chips while at the store.
You can find the recipe for the queso dip here.
Crock pot spicy boiled peanuts
Calling all peanut lovers! If you haven't tried soft-boiled peanuts, this is the recipe to try on Super Bowl Sunday. Soft-boiled peanuts are perfect for pretty much any day of the week as they are almost too easy to make and easier to enjoy. The spiciness of this recipe makes them even more delicious. If you have a crockpot at home, try making these Saturday for the best snack on Sunday.
You can find the recipe for the crockpot spicy boiled peanuts here.
Chocolate covered strawberry footballs
Maybe it's the love in the air or the time of year, but we couldn't leave chocolate-covered strawberries out of Super Bowl Sunday. These sweet treats are deliciously cute and perfect for any family with kids or hardcore football lovers. You will only need three ingredients to make these, plus it will only take 30 minutes to make.
You can find the recipe for the chocolate covered strawberry footballs here.
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If you are a committed, grunge-wearing resident of the Pacific Northwest, it is easy–almost automatic–to look at Texas as an extraordinarily dry, hot and culturally oppressive place that is better to avoid, especially in the summer. Our two granddaughters live with their parents in Portland.
Recently we decided to take the older girl, who is 15, to Dallas. Setting aside the summer heat, a Portlander can adjust to the vibes of Austin without effort. So let’s take Texas with all of its excesses straight up. Dallas, here we come.
Our 15-year-old granddaughter and her sister, 12, have spent summer weeks with us, usually separately so that we could better get to know each individually. In visits focused on Austin and Port Aransas, the girls seemed to be developing an affection for Texas.
Houston and Dallas are two great American cities, the 4th and 9th largest, each loaded with cultural treasures, each standing in glittering and starchy contrast to Austin’s more louche, T-shirts and shorts ways.
Three hours up I-35, Dallas loomed before us as a set of gray skyscrapers in a filmy haze, accessed only through a concrete mixmaster of freeways, ramps and exits. I drove with false confidence. Be calm, I said to myself, it will all end in 10 minutes under the hotel entrance canopy. And it did.
The pool at the Crescent Court Hotel in Dallas. (Crescent Court Hotel)
We stayed three nights at the Crescent Court Hotel ($622 a night for two queens), a high-end hotel in Uptown, patronized by women in white blazers, business people in suits, and tall, lean professional athletes, their shiny Escalades and Corvettes darting in and out, and other celebrities like Bill Barr, the former attorney general who shoe-horned his ample self into a Toyota.
Each morning as I walked to Whole Foods for a cappuccino, a fellow identified by a bellman as Billy the Oilman arrived in his Rolls Royce Phantom. Where does he park? “Wherever he wants to. He likes the Starbucks here.”
We garaged our more modest set of wheels for the visit. We were chauffeured for tips by Matt Cooney and Alfonza “The Rev” Scott in the hotel’s black Audi sedan. They drove us to museums, restaurants and past the enclaves of the rich and famous. In Highland Park, The Rev pointed out the homes of the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones and Troy Aikman along with the family compound of the Hunts, oil and gas tycoons.
The Dallas Museum of Art’s “Cartier and Islam” exhibit (until Sept. 18) attracted an older crowd; the nearby Perot Museum of Nature and Science was a powerful whirlpool of kids’ groups ricocheting from the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the oil fracking exhibit. Watch your shins.
A Geogia O'Keeffe oil painting called "Ranchos Church, New Mexico" at the Amon Carter Museum of Modern Art. (Rich Oppel)
For us, the best museum was the Amon Carter Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth, a 50-minute, madcap drive away via a 75 mph toll lane along I-30. Don’t try it during rush hour. The Carter has an exquisite collection of Remington paintings and sculptures and an excellent array of 19th and 20th-century paintings as well. Pick one museum? The Amon Carter. Peaceful, beautiful, uncrowded, free admission and small enough to manage in two hours.
The Fort Worth Stockyards, a place of history (with a dab of schmaltz), fun and good shopping, filled one of our mornings. The 98 acres brand the city as Cowboy Town, with a rodeo and a twice-daily (11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.) cattle drive. We shopped for boots, drank coffee and watched the “herd” of 18 longhorns. So languid was their progress that if this were a real market drive the beef would have been very tough and leathery before it hit the steakhouse dinner plate.
The cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards. (Rich Oppel)
But we could identify: the temperature was 97. “I saw a dog chasing a cat today,” said the emcee, deploying a very old joke. “It was so hot that both were walking.”
With limited time, we chose three very different restaurants:
- Nobu, in the Crescent Court Hotel; Jia, a modern Chinese restaurant in Highland Park; and Joe T. Garcia’s in Fort Worth. Nobu’s exotic Japanese menu set us back $480, with tip, for four (we had a guest), but it was worth it.
- Jia was an ordinary suburban strip mall restaurant, but with good food and a reasonable tab of $110 for four.
- Joe T.’s is an 85-year-old Fort Worth institution (think Matt’s El Rancho but larger), a fine Mexican restaurant where a meal with two drinks was $115.
Sushi at high-end restaurant Nobu. (Crescent Hotel)
It was all a splurge for a grandchild’s visit. Now we will get back to our ordinary road trips of Hampton Inns, where a room rate is closer to the Crescent Court’s overnight parking rate of $52. And to corner cafes in small towns.
Did Dallas change our 15-year-old’s view of Texas? “Yes. I think it’s a lot cooler than I did. The fashion, the food.” So, not only Austin is cool. Take Texas as a whole. It’s a big, complex, diverse and wonderful state.