When a national pastime has celebrated its season finale for 57 years running, there are bound to be many traditions tied to it.
And when it comes to Super Bowl traditions, one the mainstays is the Super Bowl party. Of course, parties almost always mean food. And Super Bowl parties are bastions of serious party foods.
As we cap off the current NFL season with Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, there will be parties galore at homes across the nation. And we will see our share of Super Bowl parties right here in Napa Valley, as well.
Which all means that party hosts will want to know what the best party Super Bowl party foods for 2023 will be.
Snacks and Appetizers: The Hallmarks of Football Party Food
We’re not talking chips and dip or pretzels and nuts here, although there can certainly be a place on the snack trays for those classic standards. No, Super Bowl Sunday begs for something a bit more on the “celebratory” side of snack selections.
For example, as a countering palate pleaser to hot wings or spicy sauces, cool and creamy dips can be extra-special. One popular choice is a cream cheese dip dressed up with fresh herbs. Here’s a classic from Love to Know.
Herbed Cream Cheese Dip
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons green onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons parsley leaves, minced
- 1 tablespoon dill, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients, stirring until mixed well.
- Cover and chill at least 15 minutes.
Of course, in California and, especially, in Napa Valley, having guacamole is almost a given. However, Super Bowl parties beg for something far more than a few containers from the shelf of the local grocery store (no matter how good those may be!).
This simple and delightful recipe for homemade guacamole is a guaranteed winner.
Scratch Guacamole Recipe
- 2 ripe avocados (any variety)
- 1 small onion (yellow, white, or red)
- 1 clove of garlic (whole or purchased minced garlic in a jar)
- 1 ripe tomato
- 1/2 of a fresh lime
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Peel the avocados; cut them into chunks and place them into a small mixing bowl.
- Mash the avocados using a fork or potato masher.
- Peel and dice the onion into small pieces; add to the bowl with the avocados.
- If using whole garlic clove, mince it; add garlic to the bowl with the other ingredients.
- Dice the tomato; add diced tomato to the bowl with the other ingredients.
- Squeeze the lime half and add juice to the bowl, taking care not to get any seeds in the mixture.
- Use a fork or large spoon to mix the ingredients together.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, adjusting as needed.
While you can certainly serve your winning dip as soon as it’s made, this guacamole will taste best if you let it chill for about 30 minutes before serving it up.
Super Party Foods for Forks and Spoons
Finger foods and appetizers are great, but watching the Super Bowl is serious business. And serious game-watching requires serious party foods.
We came across a few great ideas we picked up that are sure to make a huge impact at your Super Bowl bash with family and friends in February. For example, this great take on chili from Taste of Home.
White Chili with a Kick
Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 15 minutes.
Yields about 9 servings at 2-1/4 quarts
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
- 1 rotisserie chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (11 ounces) white corn, drained
- 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1-1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
- Optional: Salsa and chopped green onions
- In a Dutch oven, sauté onion in butter. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
- Gradually add broth and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken, beans, corn, chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and pepper sauce; heat through. Stir in cheese until melted.
- If desired, garnish each serving with salsa and green onions.
Of course, in Napa Valley we tend to do things a bit differently than most and, apparently, so does Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman. Her Broccoli Cheese Stromboli recipe featured on the Food Network site is right at home here in the Wine Country.
Total time to prepare and cook: 65 minutes
Yields 6 to 8 servings
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/2 large yellow onion, sliced thin
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- All-purpose flour, for rolling out the dough
- One 1-pound loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
- 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar
- 8 slices mozzarella
- 8 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- One 24-ounce jar marinara, warmed
For extensive preparation and cooking directions, check out the full recipe here.
From Finger Foods to Daring Dishes to Sensational Sweets: Super Bowl Party Desserts
Of all the types of sweets and desserts that can be dished up after half-time, cookies are often the easiest to make and the simplest to serve and enjoy.
Here’s a great spin on thumbprint cookies, those buttery little cookies typically filled with jam and rolled in nuts. They’re a classic cookie recipe that is popular for holiday parties. This recipe from Country Living raises the bar with a delectable mix of ingredients.
Caramel-Chocolate-Walnut Thumbprint Cookies
Makes 24 cookies
Total time: 1 hour
- 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for working
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
- 1 c. plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
- 1 3/4 c. sugar, divided
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 c. heavy cream
- 2 tbsp. bourbon
- 1/2 c. chopped toasted walnuts
- 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl.
- Beat 1 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined, 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour, beating just until combined.
- Measure heaping tablespoonfuls of dough; roll into balls and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Dip the bottom of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon in flour and press into each cookie to make a thumbprint. Chill 30 minutes.
- Bake until golden brown, 16 to 19 minutes. Use 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to reshape thumbprints. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Combine 1/4 cup water and remaining 1 cup sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium- low heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes. Once dissolved, stop stirring and cook until deep golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully stir in cream and bourbon. Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon butter; swirl until dissolved. Transfer to a bowl and let cool, 5 minutes. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips until chips are melted. Let stand 10 minutes.
- Fill thumbprints with caramel mixture, dividing evenly.
Drinks and Beverages for Your Winning Super Bowl Party Food Dishes
When it comes to winning grocery stores, the “MVP” of Napa Valley is Cal Mart in Calistoga.
With our highly rated fine wine selections, craft beers, and wide variety of other beverages, you’ll find that Cal Mart is your local grocery store of choice. And if you want to add some ready-made items to your Super Bowl party foods selection, the Cal Mart deli is a strong contender for the best Calistoga deli in the Napa Valley region.
In fact, there’s no need to leave town since all your Super Bowl party food supplies needs can found right here at Cal Mart.
From adult beverages and family-friendly drinks, and from snacks and appetizers to crowd-pleasing dessert choices, we can assist you with all you need to host a winning Super Bowl party bash. So come on down and start stocking up for enjoying another epic showdown during Super Bowl LVII.
Let Cal Mart Be Your All-Star Source for Super Bowl Party Food Supplies
For almost as many years as the Super Bowl, Cal Mart has been the premier shopping destination in Napa Valley as well as a traditional source for party food supplies in Calistoga.
We’re an independent and family-owned grocery store, and we’ve always made it our mission to provide a unique, enjoyable, and memorable shopping experience for our customers for over five decades.
So, if you’re stocking up on Super Bowl party foods and drinks, remember that at Cal Mart, we have a wide variety of great choices including our gourmet cheese selection, our quality wines and craft beers, and many unique and hard-to-find specialty foods items.
While you’re here, please feel free to talk with our knowledgeable staff and take a moment to treat yourself with a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea from our Coffee Bar.
And remember: At Cal Mart, you will always find something that is unexpected, unusual, and uncommon!