Wings and chicken
Irresistible Wings. A great way to use up the last little bits from sauce bottles and condiment jars.
Crème Fraîche Chicken Wings. The no-cook sauce is smooth, tangy and a little spicy.
Joan’s Chicken Wings. The recipe, from Stanley Tucci’s mother, is a two-for-one, chicken with a side of vegetables special.
Coconut Chicken Fingers. Chicken fingers you can feel good about eating. (Plus they’re gluten-free!)
Maple and Cranberry Drumsticks. These meaty pops are ideal for those who just aren’t that into chicken wings.
Federal Donuts Za’atar Fried Chicken. The Super Bowl comes but once a year, so it seems like a good excuse to fry some chicken. (Millennial pink serving plate optional.)
Dips and snacks
El Rey Nachos. If nachos seem too messy, you could also just serve the creamy poblano cheese sauce as a dip. If you’re having company over, be warned: It won’t last long.
Green Apple Relish. Serve this nourishing dip with raw vegetables, crackers or pita chips.
Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip. The classic dip, slimmed down.
Whipped Hummus. Smooth, creamy and nothing like the store-bought stuff.
Baba Ghanouj. A rich and creamy low-calorie dip.
Hot-Cold Nacho Wreath. Perhaps the opposite of a low-calorie dip, but a delicious and splurge-worthy one to be sure. (We could see the chorizo cream cheese topping used in many a dip or layered situation.)
Baked Jalapeño Poppers. Easier to make than the fried version, and healthful, too.
Desi Jacks. Sweet, salty and spicy.
Herbed Popcorn. It’s addictive (plus low in calories and saturated fat).
Detroit-Style Pizza. It’s not delivery, it’s cheesy and saucy and extra bready.
Lamb Pizza. Uses pre-made pizza dough (homemade or store-bought) and is baked in a sheet pan for extra convenience.
Hummus, Pepper and Gorgonzola Flatbread. This is a strange-seeming combination of ingredients that go shockingly well together.
Quad Cities-Style Pizza. Malt syrup makes the crust extra rich; this slices into finger-food pieces quite well.
Flatbread Pizzas With Broccoli Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato and Egg. If pizza crust is too annoying to deal with, buy some flatbreads, slather with pesto and some other toppings, and call it a day.
Philadelphia Tomato Pie. This focaccia-based dish is served at room temperature, making it perfect for a party.
Khachapuri Penovani. It’s not pizza, but this five-ingredient cheese-filled slab of carbs is just as satisfying. (And if some stray pieces of salami or roasted peppers found their way into the filling, who could blame you?)
American Dip Grilled Cheese. The creamy horseradish sauce is not to be missed.
Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Sandwiches. Give these the ol’ taco bar treatment, if you want people to have options: Set out pieces of toast, with plates of chicken and bacon and bowls of sliced tomatoes and the avocado chickpea spread.
Roast Broccoli Hero Sandwiches. A meat-free option packed with flavor.
Polish Boy. This sandwich has it all: kielbasa, french fries, coleslaw and a tangy, banana pepper mustard sauce.
Meats and Foods Chili. Eat it topped with corn chips, spoon it over a half-smoke, use a funnel to siphon it into your mouth . . . there’s not really a wrong way to eat this.
Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili. With tons of flavor thanks to chipotle and smoked paprika. Make it up to a week ahead.
Vegan Chili Mac. This recipe is more about the vegan mac and cheese and less about the chili, but we think it’s still perfect for a football party.
Everybody’s Chili Verde. With plenty of chiles and lots of customizable toppings that should please any eater.
Red Lentil Chili. It’s meatless, but we’re betting you won’t miss the beef. For you last-minute types, this can be made in less than an hour.
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