Food is the focal point of just about any Super Bowl party, especially potluck gatherings. Great take-along food doesn't have to be fancy or hard to make, and Super Bowl potluck ideas can be as simple as game-day inspired riffs on your favorite sharable dishes. Just think tasty, easy to transport, and convenient for people to eat while they're glued to the television.
Tortilla Roll-up Ideas for Super Bowl Sunday
Tortilla roll-ups are a great potluck item, as they are compact and easy to make ahead, store, and transport. Better yet, you can just put them on the buffet as-is when you arrive.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Lightly spread mayo or mustard on a flour tortilla, then cover it with a layer of thinly sliced deli ham, sliced or shredded cheese, and lettuce leaves. Roll up the tortilla pinwheel style, then slice it into bite-sized chunks. If needed, use a toothpick to secure each piece.
Want to make it extra special? Spread Boursin garlic & fine herb cheese on spinach tortillas. Add a layer of thinly sliced ham, and sprinkle with chopped tomatoes and red bell peppers. Add fresh spinach. Roll and slice for colorful, flavorful ham and cheese roll-ups.
Cream Cheese, Bacon, and Spinach Rolls
For a tortilla roll-up that won't require toothpicks, start by spreading a layer of softened cream cheese across a tortilla. Sprinkle bacon bits over the cheese, then add some chopped baby spinach. Roll up pinwheel style and refrigerate whole for a few hours. Cut into bite-size chunks when chilled.
If the edge rolls back, dab a bit of cream cheese beneath it and press down to secure.
Veggie Tortilla Pinwheel
Tortilla roll-ups don't have to include meat - they also work great as a vegetarian appetizer. Start by spreading ranch dressing (or another creamy dressing you prefer) on each tortilla, then top with a variety of diced or shredded vegetables. Cucumbers, onions, carrots, sweet peppers, and spinach work particularly well, though you can use any raw veggies you prefer.
Easy Side Salads for a Super Bowl Potluck
Chilled marinated salads are great for potlucks. Why? Because you can prep them ahead of time and won't have to heat them for the party. Not only that, they will go great with just about any main course.
Refrigerator Rice Salad
Veggie-laden refrigerator rice salad is a great side dish for a Super Bowl potluck because it's so simple to make ahead. This easy-to-prep dish simply requires stirring veggies into cooked rice with a bit of olive oil and spices, then chilling it for at least a few hours before serving. You can even stir in a protein, such as ham slices, chunks of smoked sausage, or even cut-up hot dogs. For a special touch, sprinkle fresh parsley on top just before serving.
Marinated Corn Salad
Marinated corn salad is a super-easy no-cook option you can make with fresh, canned and drained, or frozen and thawed corn. This recipe serves 10-12.
- 3 cups corn (fresh, canned and drained, or frozen and thawed.
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
- 1 bunch radishes, greens and roots removed and chopped
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
- In a large bowl, combine corn, red onion, red bell pepper, radish, zucchini, tomato, and avocado.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, mustard, garlic, dried Italian herbs, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
- Toss the dressing with the salad. Chill before serving.
Three-bean salad is a tasty throwback recipe that's a great addition to any Super Bowl potluck. You can use any combination of pre-cooked canned beans, but this classic three-bean salad recipe calls for white beans (I prefer garbanzo), kidney beans, and green beans. Drain the beans and combine them with onions, parsley, and spices in an oil and vinegar dressing. Chill for at least an hour before you take them to the party.
Slow Cooker Sides for a Super Bowl Potluck
If you want to take a warm side to a potluck, consider using your slow cooker. That way, it'll be really easy to keep it warm throughout the game. And, if you have a slow cooker carrying case, transporting it will be a breeze.
Potato wedges prepared in a slow cooker make a perfect side dish for a Super Bowl potluck. They're incredibly easy to make. Just cut your favorite type of potato into wedges and put them in a slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and put two to three tablespoons of butter (cut in chunks) on top of the potatoes. Cook on low for around 8 hours or on high for around four. Add freshness by chopping some fresh chives and stirring them in to the potatoes just before serving.
This easy recipe works great as a side dish or a warm dip. It will serve 10-12.
- 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 8 ounces sour cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- Dash of nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning (or another creole seasoning)
- ½ cup shredded cheese
- In a slow cooker, combine the spinach, cream cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and creole seasoning.
- Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Turn to keep warm. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Cover to melt the cheese.
Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas
Black-eyed peas are a great Super Bowl side, largely because they're more unexpected than baked beans (which someone else is probably already planning to bring). This recipe for slow-cooker black-eyed peas is super easy to make - no soaking required! Just remember to start cooking at least six hours before the party. If you want to make them vegetarian, substitute vegetable stock for the water and leave out the chicken bullion, ham, and bacon.
Super Bowl-Worthy Salsa Selections
Want to spice up the potluck? Make an anything-but-ordinary salsa recipe and pick up a few bags of dippable chips.
Street Corn Salsa
This fun recipe for street corn salsa will be a hit at any Super Bowl potluck. Not surprisingly, the main ingredient is corn. This oven-roasted salsa also includes red onion, garlic, avocado, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh cilantro. Yum, yum. It's delicious with tortilla chips, as well as grilled meat.
For a sweet and spicy take on salsa, put together a batch of pineapple salsa. This no-cook pineapple salsa recipe features chopped fresh pineapple (of course), diced red onion, chopped sweet pepper, diced jalapeno, fresh cilantro, and lemon juice. It's great to eat with chips as a dip, but it's also a delicious topping for grilled chicken, shrimp, and fish.
You can use this recipe as a template for any fruit salsa. Replace the pineapple in the recipe with another chopped soft fruit like mango, papaya, peach, cantaloupe, or strawberry.
Creamy Super Bowl Dip
Salsa is fabulous - especially the creative recipes above - but creamy dips are also a great option for a Super Bowl party.
Blue Cheese Dip
Blue cheese dip is a great choice for a Super Bowl party. Not only does it taste great with potato chips and raw veggies, but it'll also go well with the chicken wings that someone is sure to bring. You can make this homemade blue cheese dip recipe with a base of Greek yogurt or sour cream. It's way better than bottled dressing or what you'll find in a grocery store and is incredibly easy to make.
Creamy Ranch Dip
As with blue cheese dip, homemade ranch dip goes great with chicken wings and the wide variety of chips, crackers, and veggie trays that are likely to be on the buffet at any Super Bowl potluck. This creamy ranch dip recipe uses a packaged dry ranch dressing mix - but you could make your own ranch powder instead - mixed with cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, and bacon. Yum, yum!
Garlic dip may not be the most common party dip, but it's a delicious addition to any Super Bowl spread. This rich and creamy garlic dip recipe has both cream cheese and sour cream, and it gets its kick from a combination of (of course) garlic and Worcestershire sauce. It's tasty on pretzels, celery sticks, carrot sticks, crackers, or even slices of French bread.
Delicious Desserts for a Super Bowl Potluck
When it comes to potlucks and desserts, I say the more the better - especially on Super Bowl Sunday.
Bake a batch of your favorite brownie recipe and use a football-shaped cookie cutter to cut them out. Bake as usual and let them cool on the counter. Then, refrigerate the brownies for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Spray the inside of the cookie cutter with nonstick spray, then gently press it into the brownie to cut out the shapes. Use trimmings as ice cream topping on another day. Decorate footballs with white frosting.
Championship Team Cookies
Armed with a football cookie cutter set, you can prep your favorite cookie recipe to create - and decorate - cookies shaped like footballs, helmets, and team jerseys. Just mix up a batch of sugar cookies (or any other cookie with a dough that's easy to roll out) and use the cutters to shape the dough. Let the cookies cool after baking, then use frosting to decorate in team colors.
No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
This no-bake recipe for chocolate oat bars is decadently delicious and perfect for a potluck. These tasty dessert bars are made with oats (opt for certified gluten-free if possible), chocolate chips, brown sugar, vanilla, butter, and peanut butter, though you can substitute any kind of nut butter for peanut butter and use a sugar substitute if you prefer. Cut them into grab-and-go servings so it's easy for guests to snag what they want from the buffet.
Printable Recipe Card for a Super Bowl Potluck
Once you decide what you're going to take, fill out the fun (and free!) printable football-themed recipe card we've provided below and take a few copies to the party to stack up in front of your dish. Anyone who enjoys it (which surely will be everyone) can snag a recipe card to take home.
Have a Tasty Super Bowl Sunday
Whether the NFL championship game turns out to be a blowout or a nail biter, the food - including your contribution - is sure to be a hit. Still not sure what you're going to take? See these budget-friendly Super Bowl food ideas for more inspiration. Have a great time prepping whatever you decide to bring and even more fun sampling everyone else's contributions.!