Whether you’re in it for the eye candy or you’re cheering on the underdogs, the Super Bowl is a time to indulge your inner fat kid and eat chicken wings and spinach and artichoke dip like there’s no tomorrow. If you’re hosting and need some inspiration before game day, draw from these savory recipes below.
Apricot Glazed Baby Back Ribs
Dr. BBQ, AKA Ray Lampe, is a TV personality and full-time pitmaster. If you’re feeling ambitious for game day, give Dr. BBQ’s apricot-glazed baby back ribs a shot. You can’t go wrong when sweet and spicy come together. The rub is simple — raw sugar, chili powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic, onion, and cayenne. Smother with brown sugar and apricot nectar throughout the BBQ process. Find the full recipe here.
Lobster Mac and Cheese
For some steakhouse-level lobster mac and cheese, try out this recipe from Benjamin Prime. If you can find a good sale on lobster (it happens!) then this could be the perfect way to impress your Super Bowl company. Find the full recipe and how to make Benjamin’s secret Mac Cream here.
Korean BBQ Wings
You might recognize Black Tap for its ridiculous ice cream sundae creations, but there’s a whole savory side to the menu as well. Make these Korean BBQ chicken wings for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Make sure you have the necessities — lime, sesame oil, kimchee base, and scallions. Find the full recipe and ingredients here.
Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Guard and Grace, a modern steakhouse in Denver by chef Troy Guard, has a killer recipe for spinach and artichoke dip. It’s topped off with goat cheese, pepperoncini, crispy prosciutto, and fresh parsley. Here’s the scoop.
Shrimp Poutine with Fried Eggs
Seabird combines chef Kenichi Tajima’s refined French techniques (Mountain Bird) with chef Bahr Rapaport’s playful Mediterranean cooking (Mezetto). The Seabird version of this Canadian-rooted dish involves golden brown French fries topped with a creamy Mornay sauce, shrimp, a fried egg, and crispy bacon. Find the recipe here.
Tomato Caramel Chicken Wings
Here’s an insider look at the tomato and caramel glazed chicken wings from chef James Flowers at Trio, a steakhouse inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. These wings are smoky and sweet and the Yuzu Ranch adds the perfect cooling contrast. Get the recipe here.
You really can’t go wrong with these crispy wontons filled with lobster and cream cheese. This upscale twist on the classic Chinese snack comes courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. Here’s the method.
BBQ Bacon Brie
Everyone loves baked brie. Amp up the classic appetizer with Dr. BBQ’s recipe that involves bacon and BBQ sauce.