The Big Game is upon us, and if you’re anything like us, you know it’s more about the commercials, the menu and the people that surround us than anything else. This year, as we were planning our Super Bowl Menu, we asked you if you’d prefer we share healthy alternatives or the “real deal” recipes, and your votes were almost split down the middle. Because we were also torn, we decided on the easiest Super Bowl party food menu we’re calling the Halfway Homemade, Halfway Healthy Halftime Menu.
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Our goal for every menu we create is to allow you to serve delicious food that requires less time in the kitchen and gives you more time with loved ones. From a glance, this menu looks elaborate, but friends, this menu was so, so easy to make! The trick to it all? Go halfway homemade and dress it up nicely! Everyone will love it just the same!
Want to recreate our easiest Super Bowl party food menu for your viewing party this year? We’re sharing all our recipes and exactly how we plated everything to give it that little bit of extra that goes a long way.
The Easiest Super Bowl Party Food Menu
When it came time to pick our menu, the first things that came to mind were burgers and fries, chips and sandwiches and a shareable grazing board everyone can dig into. From there, we decided on healthy alternatives for the sides and the real deal recipes for the main bites. With that, we came up with:
- Cheeseburger Slider Bake and Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries
- Barbeque Pulled Pork and Coleslaw Biscuits and Roasted Beet Chips
- Celery, Cauliflower, Pretzel Bites, Hummus and Cheese Dip Grazing Board
Cheeseburger Slider Bake
Pre-Made: Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Homemade: Filling + Glaze
Yields: 24 Mini Sandwiches
Ingredients – Burgers:
- 24 ct King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, party pack
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced tomato or 1 can tomatoes with garlic and oregano, drained
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, bacon bits or crumbled bacon
Ingredients – Glaze:
- 1 cup butter, cubed
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Without separating rolls, cut package of rolls horizontally in half. Place the bottom half of the rolls in a greased 9”x13” baking pan.
- Sprinkle the rolls with 1 cup of cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 3-5 minutes.
- In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat. Break up beef into crumbles and continue cooking until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, about 6-8 minutes. Drain.
- Stir in tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Optional: Add Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Cook and stir until combined, about 1-2 minutes.
- Spoon beef mixture evenly over rolls.
- Sprinkle mixture with remaining cheese. Optional: Top with bacon bits.
- Place tops of rolls over mixture.
- Make the glaze in a microwave-safe bowl by combining butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Microwave, covered, on high until butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Pour glaze over rolls. Sprinkle tops of rolls with sesame seeds.
- Bake, uncovered, until golden brown and heated through, about 20-25 minutes.
Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries
Pre-Made: Sweet Potato Fries
Yields: 4-8 Servings
- 1-2 packages frozen sweet potato fries
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- Bake frozen sweet potato fries according to package instructions.
- Five minutes before fries are done, melt the butter.
- Mix in the garlic and parmesan.
- Remove the fries from the oven and gently toss with the butter mixture.
- Evenly sprinkle parsley over fries.
Barbeque Pulled Pork and Coleslaw Biscuits
Pre-Made: Barbeque Pulled Pork & Biscuits
Yields: 8-10 Biscuit Sandwiches
- 1 can Southern Homestyle or Buttermilk biscuits
- 16 oz fully cooked barbeque pulled pork, pre-made
- Bake biscuits according to can instructions.
- Prepare coleslaw –
- Heat pulled pork in microwave according to package instructions.
- Remove biscuits from oven and cut in half.
- Spoon barbeque pulled pork onto bottom half of biscuits.
- Spoon coleslaw on top of pulled pork.
- Place top half of biscuits on top of coleslaw.
Roasted Beet Chips
Pre-Made: Canned Beets
Yields: 4-8 servings
- 2-4 cans sliced beets (for thinner, crispier chips, buy fresh beets and slice into 1/16” using a mandolin)
- 3-4 tsp. olive oil
- Sea salt
- Optional: 3 cloves garlic, minced and 2-3 tsp finely chopped rosemary
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Drain juice from cans.
- Lay sliced beets in single layer on paper towels and let air dry.
- Transfer beets to baking sheet(s) and lightly drizzle then gently toss with olive oil or apply with pastry brush.
- Sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Optional: Toss with minced garlic and rosemary.
- Arrange beets in single layer on baking sheet(s), ensuring slices aren’t touching.
- Bake for 15 minutes and check for doneness. Bake until crispy and slightly brown, about 5 more minues.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
Celery, Cauliflower, Pretzel Bites, Hummus and Cheese Dip Grazing Board
Pre-Made: Veggies, Pretzel, Hummus and Cheese Dip
- 1 bunch celery
- 1 bunch cauliflower
- 2-3 frozen pretzels
- 1 container hummus
- Olive oil
- Sesame seeds
- 1 jar cheddar cheese dip
- Shredded cheese
- Bacon bits
- Chop celery and cauliflower into bite size pieces. Set celery leaves to the side.
- Heat frozen pretzels according to package instructions. Cut into bite size pieces.
- Scoop hummus into small dip bowl. Lightly drizzle with olive oil. Garnish with paprika, sesame seeds and parsley.
- Heat jar of cheese dip in microwave safe bowl. Transfer to small dip bowl. Garnish with shredded cheese and bacon bits.
- Place small dip bowls on cutting board.
- Arrange chopped veggies and pretzels around bowls.
- Add celery leaves for decorative garnish.
Game On! How to Plate the Main Bites
We found a two-tiered wire basket stand at Old Time Pottery we loved for displaying our burgers and fries and biscuit sandwiches and chips. We designated the top basket for the biscuits and chips and the bottom for burgers and fries. Then, we simply lined each basket with white napkins and divided them by placing the burgers/sandwiches on one side and the fries/chips on the other. Bonus: The handle makes it super easy to transfer the tray from the outdoor pre-game party to the indoor coffee table when it’s game time!
Want to save more time in the kitchen on Game Day?
One key to being an attentive host is to spend quality time with your guests. That is often hard to accomplish, however, when you are making final preparations in the kitchen. The best way to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with loved ones on Game Day is to prepare as much as possible the night before.
What to Prepare the Night Before
- Cheeseburger filling
- Roasted Beet Chips
Be sure to refrigerate the items above overnight and then prepare your menu according to the directions included in this post. It will not only be a tasty spread but also the easiest Super Bowl party food menu that’s different than anything anyone has had before.
Hap-Bee Hosting, Friends!
P.s. Did you catch a glimpse of Jenna’s patio refresh in this post?! Be sure to head to Old Time Pottery for all the details and 3 simple ways to make your outdoor living space cozy.