On Feb. 2, football fans will unite over the sport’s biggest day: the Super Bowl. If you can’t be in Miami to watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in person, do the next best thing and host your own Super Bowl party with a spread that gives a nod to the most famous foods from the cities that will be represented.
Here are some of our favorite ideas.
Kansas City Cooking
Any Kansas City Chiefs fan will also be a fan of a party spread containing these regional dishes.
1. Burnt Ends
An iconic delicacy of Kansas City, burnt ends can be found at various barbecue restaurants and will be a welcome addition to your party spread. Serve the juicy burnt ends with a sweet, tangy barbecue sauce, on a bun or even in a hash.
2. The Famous Cheese Slipper
This flaky pastry has its roots in Kansas City and provides an endless amount of possibilities for your party spread. Essentially a doughy baked good stuffed with various cheeses, these slippers can be topped with anything, from eggs to some of that tasty Kansas City barbecue!
3. Kansas City Style Barbeque
Speaking of barbecue, consider including ribs or the popular Kansas City strip steak on your menu. The strip steak is a traditional short loin cut that contains a strip of fat and some of the T-bone still attached for flavor. In true Kansas City style, prepare these meats with a classic dry rub consisting of brown sugar, paprika, chili, garlic and onion powder and serve a sweet, tangy barbecue sauce on the side.
4. Pan Fried Chicken
Pan fried chicken has been a Kansas City staple since WWII and is an iconic dish at Stroud’s Restaurant. The chicken can be prepared in advance and served in a large tray on the buffet table.
5. Peppernut Cookies
This spicy little cookie will bring big flavor to your Super Bowl gathering. Make it in large batches then cover them with yellow and red frosting to match your Chiefs decor.
San Francisco Snacks
You’ll score a touchdown with your party crowd, no matter what team they support, when you serve these San Francisco staples.
1. Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bread Bowls
Paying tribute to San Francisco’s sourdough bread factory and the seafood of Fisherman’s Wharf, this dish is a crowd pleaser. Leave the soup simmering in a slow cooker or on the stovetop and let guests pour their own into mini sourdough bread bowls when they’re ready to eat. Many grocery stores sell bread bowls in varying sizes (though you should call ahead to verify) or they can be ordered online.
2. Mission Burritos
An iconic dish of San Francisco’s Mission District, these over-stuffed burritos are perfect for a party spread. Create a Mission Burrito bar complete with various meat options, rice, beans, toppings and maybe even some homemade guacamole so guests can prepare their own and free you up to watch the big game.
3. Ice Cream Sundaes
Ghirardelli fudge and Rocky Road ice cream both originated in San Francisco. Include both of these sweet treats in an ice cream sundae bar, along with other ice cream flavors and toppings, for the ultimate dessert party.
4. Garlic Fries
These famous fries from AT&T Park can be found at the Gilroy’s Garlic Fries stand, and they’re easy to make for your guests at home. Prepare your fries extra crispy then toss in a mixture of olive oil, parsley, salt, pepper and a ton of garlic. Serve hot and fresh, just like they do at the stadium!
5. Dungeness Crab Dip
Give another nod to Fisherman’s Wharf by serving the sought-after Dungeness Crab. While crab claws are popular, they are also a mess, especially for a Super Bowl party. So steam them up and prepare a crab dip appetizer for easy serving. Pair it with crackers or veggies and you’ll have a small starter with big flavor.
Don’t forget about the Super Bowl LIV host city when planning your game day menu! The flavors of Miami will spice up any party spread.
Showing off the Latin roots of Miami, an arepa is a doughy delicacy stuffed with meats and cheeses. These handhelds are easy to serve and are great on a platter.
2. Cuban Sandwiches
Is it really a party without a Cuban sandwich? You can make one sandwich on a large loaf of bread and allow guests to slice off how much they want, or it can be prepared slider style on mini Hawaiian rolls. Either option is easy to make and easy to serve.
This baked good is stuffed with chicken, beef, ham or even spinach and cheese. A perfect platter presentation is complete with a traditional chimichurri sauce or a creamy and spicy chipotle sauce for dipping.
4. Mojo Chicken Wings
Whether you fry, bake or grill a batch of chicken wings, they will be a hit when tossed with Miami-inspired mojo sauce. However, this garlicky, citrusy sauce complements char-grilled chicken the best.
Plantains can be prepared in multiple ways. Serve them as nachos by thinly slicing them the long way, frying them to a crisp then piling them on a plate with meat, cheese and other various toppings. Or have them as a dessert by slicing them into rounds, caramelizing them with cinnamon and sugar then drizzling caramel or a coconut cream on top.