Menu ideas for Super Bowl Sunday

super_bowl_xliiiWith the big day fast approaching, it leaves an even bigger question for many of us; What am I going to make for Super Bowl Sunday? Don’t fret. I have a few quick and easy ideas that I hope will inspire you. Plus I’ll add a few recipes to make it even easier.


Let’s talk appetizers first because many folks like to cook (or order) appetizers for football games rather than making a huge meal. Chicken wings are always a favorite, however let’s look at an alternative for faster cooking, big taste and it’ll be healthier too!

Why not think about jerk chicken skewers barbecued right on your outdoor grill (or indoor grill if the weather isn’t so great outside)? There are no bones to mess with (as with chicken wings) and you won’t have to worry about hot sauce getting all over your house. Depending on the amount of guests you will have over, you might want to consider buying a large bag of chicken tenders at your favorite warehouse store (e.g. Costco, Sams, etc.). Otherwise pick up a pound or two at your local supermarket. While you are there, grab a package of bamboo skewers and a jar of Jamaican Jerk spice (Jamaican Jerk seasoning is also available online).


Easy Jamaican Jerk Chicken Skewers

  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders
  • 5 oz. Jamaican Jerk seasoning (use more seasoning for spicier chicken)
  • 2 limes cut in 6 segments for garnish


Soak bamboo skewers in water for about a 1/2 hour or so. While your bamboo skewers are soaking, thaw chicken in cool running water if frozen. Pat dry with paper towels and put in large mixing bowl. Add Jamaican Jerk seasoning, toss to coat chicken. Tip: It helps to use plastic gloves and toss by hand. Heat grill to medium-high. Season your grill with vegetable or olive oil (take an old clean towel, dip in oil and use your tongs to season grill). Grill chicken for about 2 minutes on each side. Plate, garnish and serve!

More Appetizer Ideas

Other appetizer ideas to consider are: 1.) mini sloppy joe sandwiches (use your favorite sloppy joe mix, hamburger & King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls), 2.) shrimp cocktail, 3.) grilled shrimp on skewers (you can even jerk them!), 4.) clam chowder (since it’s cold around Superbowl time), 5.) nachos & cheese or cheese con carnie or steak quesadillas. There are a host of other appetizers you can make — these are just a few. You can host your Superbowl party with appetizers alone, but if you’re looking to cook more, read on!

Main Course

Ok. Let’s consider a few items you can cook for your “main dish” or dishes. You can smoke a Boston butt for pulled pork, BBQ ribs or beef brisket if you have the time on your hands. Or you can stick with quick and easy. This is Superbowl Sunday you know! I’m going with quick and easy (but great-tasting of course).

Here are a list of quick & easy main dishes for you to consider (and no baking is required!):

  1. Sausage & Peppers on toasted hoagie/sub rolls
  2. Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
  3. Fried or Roasted Chicken (easy: fry yourself, easier: buy already freshly cooked from supermarket).
  4. Tacos and/or Burritos (buy a few store-bought kits, meat, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and you’re good to go!) Make some Spanish rice along with this for a great accompaniment.
  5. Hamburgers & Hot Dogs (grill on your indoor grill, skillet or outside BBQ).
  6. Brats with sauerkraut on toasted hoagie/sub rolls
  7. BBQ Meatballs

Everyone loves Philly cheese steak sandwiches along with everything on the above list, but I will supply a recipe for cheese steak sandwiches for you.


Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

  • 2 fresh Italian sandwich rolls or Kaiser buns, split in half crosswise
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound rib-eye steak, very very thinly shaved or sliced (ask your butcher to slice if for you)
  • 1/3 pound thinly sliced white American cheese, or Provolone cheese OR 4 ounces melted cheese whiz
  • Ketchup, optional topping
  • Italian pickled peppers, accompaniment


Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. When hot add the oil, onions and bell peppers, and cook, stirring, until caramelized, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Push off to 1 side of the griddle.

Add the meat to the hot pan and cook, stirring and breaking up with the back of 2 metal spatulas, until almost no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Mix in the Sauteed vegetables. Top with cheese slices and melt. Spoon the cheesy meat mixture into the warm buns and serve immediately with condiments of choice or Put the meat in the bun and dip the spatula in the cheese whiz and then wipe the spatula down the inside of the bread.

Recipe compliments of


Now that I have given you plenty of ideas for appetizers and main dishes, lets think about dessert. Remember, we are talking easy here. No need to bake a football cake yet you have plenty of choices of some excellent desserts. There are plenty of non-baked desserts to choose from such as:

  1. Banana pie
  2. Black forest pie
  3. Caramel pie
  4. Cherry cheese pie
  5. Chocolate bar pie
  6. Chocolate cream pie
  7. Creamy lemon pie
  8. Key lime pie
  9. Peanut butter cup bars
  10. Store bought apple pie ala mode
  11. Strawberrry Tiramisu Trifle
  12. Ambrosia
  13. Fruit salad
  14. Ice-cream floats


Strawberry Tiramisu Trifle

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 1 1/4 cup cold milk
  • 1 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons strong coffee
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 package ladyfingers, split
  • 6 1 oz squares bitter chocolate, grated


Set aside 3 strawberries for garnish. Slice remaining strawberries. Whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes. In a large bowl beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in 2 tablespoons coffee. Beat in pudding then fold in whipped topping. Brush remaining coffee over ladyfingers. Line bottom of 3 quart trifle bowl with 1/2 of ladyfingers. Top with 1/2 of sliced berries, grated chocolate and pudding mix. Make another layer in the same sequence. Slice reserved berries and arrange on top.

Notes: This is also fun to serve in individual trifle bowls for showers and get togethers.

Number of Servings: 8+

Recipe compliments of


So there you have it from appetizers to dessert. I didn’t get into the whole barbecuing thing yet there are plenty of things in this article that you can throw on the grill. For many people January isn’t the best time of year for them to hop outside and grill up a storm or sit there babysitting the smoker. This is the main reason why I chose lots of easy (but tasty) items to inspire you. Besides, when you have a bunch of friends over isn’t it all about enjoying your company and the game rather than slaving away at the grill or oven?

About A.J.

Owner and creator of Worked in the BBQ industry since 1987. No longer in the restaurant business, however I am enjoying experimenting at home smoking, grilling, barbecuing and writing about my experiences here on!
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