Recipes for a Super Bowl (Recipe: Easy Garlic Breadsticks)

A Super Bowl feast should be easy and simple so you can enjoy the game and good eats.

My husband and eldest son are big football fans. Not so big that we kept extra cable channels, but big enough that we’ve cleared the schedule for the day so that they can watch the Big Game this weekend. Part and parcel with the Super Bowl come the snacks. When I asked them what was good Super Bowl food, one said, “Tri-tip,” while the other said, “Chips.”

They are so boring!

Thankfully, tri-tip was on sale this week; I’ve got one all ready to throw on the grill. And I bought a big bag of tortilla chips at Costco last weekend, so they’re covered on that front, too. It gave me pause to reconsider our menu for Sunday night. Time to switch the game plan.

Super Bowl Menu

Not only is this menu seasonal, making use of items on sale or in my produce box, but it’s also pretty make ahead — and tasty to boot. Be on the lookout in this week’s grocery ads for deals on chips, avocados, grilling cuts of meat, broccoli, and potatoes. Those have all been offered at great prices in my local stores and also showing up in my produce delivery.

Here’s our revised Sunday menu:

Appetizers: Chips, Homemade Salsa, Guacamole

Chips and salsa are a go-to  combo at our house. I regularly mix up a batch of salsa to enjoy as a snack or to use as a condiment for a myriad of dishes. It goes great on a tri-tip sandwich, too.

This guacamole is a non-recipe recipe. Just mash your avocados, season with lemon juice and salt and pepper and stir in a few teaspoons of your favorite salsa. Restaurant quality guac with very little fuss.

Dinner: Grilled Tri-tip, Broccoli Slaw, Crockpot Baked Potatoes, Easy Garlic Breadsticks (recipe follows)

Tri-tip is a “California cut,” having been popularized by a group of meat cutters on the Central Coast who decided to take a cut normally destined for ground beef and work a miracle. They seasoned it well and cooked it over a woodfire. The result is a meaty and flavorful cut, perfect for grilling.

While tri-tip is the “bargain cut” in Southern California, as low as $2.49/pound in recent months, it may not be as affordable in other areas of the country. Brisket, London Broil, or Top Sirloin may be better options for you this weekend.

I have a number of favorite spice blends that I use for grilling tri-tip, but in a pinch, you can go simple. Just brush your tri-tip with olive or grape seed oil. Season heavily with kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Cook on the grill until your desired doneness. Cut it against the grain after it has rested for about ten minutes.

You can start your baked potatoes in the morning and have them ready later in the day by cooking them in the slow cooker. The texture will be slightly altered from traditional baked potatoes, but a tasty, make-ahead option, nonetheless.

And broccoli slaw? I was stunned that my husband loves this salad so much. He typically doesn’t like sweet and savory mixed, but he loves this salad.

Add a little bread to the meal with these Easy Garlic Breadsticks. You can whip the dough up by hand or in a bread machine. Form the dough into sticks and bake. You can do this in advance if you want. Just warm them in the oven prior to serving.

Dessert: Snickerdoodle Bars

This dessert is what we call “a happy accident.” You can read the details here. It’s a delicious bar cookie that mixes up in a jiffy. You could even make it as a mix several days in advance. If a pan would last long enough, I could tell you if they freeze well. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have no doubt they will.

What’s on your game day menu?

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  1. This looks store-bought! Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    I’m in the midst of planning my super bowl menu so this helps!

  2. Your menu looks delicious! So far I only know that we are taking some yummy sugar cookies to a friends house. I think I will try your broccoli slaw, also. I love broccoli! Thanks for the ideas.

  3. I am planning a Three Bean Mexican Chili and a 7 layer dip. Wish it were today!

  4. I’m taking pulled bbq pork, some pork carnitas, a death by chocolate concoction, and the snickerdoodle bars. My friend is making nachos (half beef, half with my carnitas), chicken nuggets, and… I forget what her other thing was, and we just discussed it last night! We might add a veggie tray, since we both feel a little guilty that the tomatoes in the salsa for nachos is the only remotely healthy item. We never have a lack of food problem when we get together, that’s for sure. Ooh, maybe I’ll add some deviled eggs. It depends on if I have enough time to make them.

  5. Ok…I love sweet and savory, I need to try the broccoli slaw 🙂

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