10 Best Make-Ahead Super Bowl Recipes

February 1, 2013

Pizza Bites

Super Bowl is almost here.  Just in case you’re still trying to decide on a menu for the big day, here are a few favourites.

I have re-posted some of these already, but these are all so perfect for Super Bowl, they deserve an encore.

1.  Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms (gluten free):  If you haven’t tried these yet, you must.  This recipe is one of my all-time favourite ‘OMG how did you make this?’ recipes because it is ridiculously easy.  Creamy, smoky, gooey yumminess.

Just a warning:  If you make these, you will always be asked to bring them to every potluck for the rest of your life.  Trust me because I am living it.  You can make the filling a day ahead and stuff the mushrooms several hours ahead and have the tray ready to go for later.

Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

2.  Savoury Chicken Tarts with Bacon and Apple:  This is a new recipe, and this is the first re-post.  But since I developed it specifically for Super Bowl, and since there is a 5-minute record for wolfing down two dozen of these tarts (between, em, two people…), I figure it should be listed here.  Chicken, smokey bacon and apple – they all go so well together.  And the won tons make it easy to put together.

You can make the filling and prepare the tart shells ahead of time and fill and bake when you’re ready.

Savoury Chicken Tarts

3. Pizza Bites:  This recipe just says ‘Super Bowl’.  Or movie night.  Or family game night. I made these for my brother and his family last weekend – huge hit, and just like regular pizza, they fill up the hungry boys.  One of the comments was that they’re just like stuffed crust pizza.

And more good news.  You can make these well ahead of time.  Store-bought pizza dough makes this very quick, and my 7 year old niece was able to help stuff the individual bites.  The entire family is still divided on which is the better dip:  pizza sauce or ranch dressing.  You decide.

If you actually have left over dough, just stuff them and put them into a tray that can be frozen and put into the oven.  Later on, thaw, bake and serve.

Pizza Bites Pizza Bites

4. Coconut Shrimp (gluten-free):  A common request by my friends.  Just about everyone loves coconut shrimp.  And I have a gluten-free version in this recipe.  One reader, LoAn told me that she also used panko bread crumbs which would be amazing in this recipe.

The skewers are not necessary, and the recipe is faster without them, but they show very well, and everyone loves eating from sticks.  It’s a good task for tweens/teens who can deal with handling raw shrimp and pointed skewers.  You can make these several hours ahead of time.

Coconut Shrimp

5.  Cheddar Beer Spread (gluten-free with GF bread):  Another Super Bowl classic – cheddar and beer go so well together.  I’m not sure if Americans can get McLaren’s Cold Pack Cheddar, but it’s available here in Canada.  Trust me, this one is fantastic.  And highly addictive.

And this can be made a couple of day ahead of time – in fact, it’s even better that way so that the beer can infiltrate the cheese.  If you are gluten-free, Bob’s Red Mill has a hearty whole grain bread mix that makes the perfect bread to go with this spread.

Cheddar Beer Spread


6.  Puff Pastry Swirls with Prosciutto and Gruyere are light, elegant, and yet are so easy to make.  You can actually make these weeks in advance, and freeze the log before slicing.  Just thaw and bake.

If you make these up for Super Bowl, just make an extra log, freeze it now, and thaw it for 20 minutes at room temperature for a lovely starter for a Valentine’s dinner.

Puff Pastry Swirls with Prosciutto

7. Chicken Fajitas with Quick Guacamole:  We actually just had these last night.  My husband and I love this recipe.   This is a great casual finger food, that’s healthy, easy, and can be made a day ahead.  Just assemble and place in an oblong baking dish and heat through in the oven when you’re ready to serve.  You can either allow each person to have an entire fajita, or cut them in half if you have lots of other finger foods.

Have leftovers? Just wrap each fajita individually in foil and freeze.  Can be heated in the microwave later as an after-school snack or as a hot lunch at work.

Looking for a gluten-free alternative?   Use lettuce to wrap the filling instead.  See below.

Chicken Fajitas with easy Guacamole

8. Chicken Lettuce Wraps, a Best of Bridge classic, is one of the most popular recipes that is searched on this site.  The filling can be made ahead of time, and then put out for guests at serving time.

If you can’t find gluten-free hoisin sauce and you need an alternative, this always works well if you make the fajita recipe above for the filling and serve it with the lettuce to wrap.



9.  Beer Shrimp (gluten-free with wheat-free beer), another Best of Bridge favourite, always gets oohs and ahhs from my guests.  And this is is probably the easiest recipe on this entire list.  Prep all of the ingredients ahead of time, then just boil the shrimp, and heat up the butter dipping sauce when you’re ready.

The flavours in this recipe are amazing – the shrimp combined with the tangy butter sauce is a real winner.  And if you have separate ramekins, people love grabbing their own little dipping bowls and nibbling away on this shrimp.  I also dampen washcloths for each person and steam them in the microwave for a few seconds so that guests can clean their hands without having to leave the game to go wash their hands.



10.  Chocolate Peanut Pretzel Squares are a perfect sweet treat for Super Bowl, with a combination of all of those snack classics (and if you have peanuts and pretzels, you can them out in bowls).  This recipe, originally posted last year, is still one of the most searched for recipes on this site.  And this is an incredible square, as it stays chewy and moist, and just has all of those sweet, salty and of course satisfying flavours.  And these keep at room temperature for several days.

Chocolate Peanut Pretzel Squares


What is your favourite Super Bowl food?


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