There are a lot of things about the Super Bowl that are so much more important than the game itself: the half-time show, the commercials, and of course, the food. To have a Super Bowl celebration (or even just a casual watching session) without plenty of Super Bowl cheese recipes to snack on would be an injustice at the least. There’s just something about watching professional athletes that makes munching on treats all the more satisfying.
Now, the Super Bowl probably isn’t the occasion for a cheese plate. Super Bowl appetizers should be totally indulgent, but not necessarily fancy. Think of your favorite junk foods, and go from there. Buy some chips and try out some Super Bowl nacho recipes. Go crazy with the cheesiest, most irresistible dips ever. If you couldn’t care less about sports, the Super Bowl is still a time to get excited about something — even if that something is cheese.
If you find yourself constantly craving spicy things or you have a thing for ranch, these are the snacks for you. Consider the Super Bowl as an unofficial day to treat yourself. These 20 recipes will make game day a success — even if your team doesn’t end up with the trophy.
1. Newcastle Fondue
You can't go wrong with gruyere and beer when it comes to making a fondue everyone will love. A Beautiful Mess shows how it's done.
2. Easy Cheese Bomb Bread
Heat up some marinara sauce to pair with Averie Cooks' cheese bomb bread and you'll be set with one satisfying snack.
3. Pimento Cheese Ball
Eating vegetables during the big game doesn't have to be a drag, especially when paired with A Cozy Kitchen's three-cheese ball.
4. Beer Cheese Dip
Served hot or cold, A Spicy Perspective's beer cheese dip makes the perfect dip for all the chips you can eat in one sitting.
5. Pretzel Twists With Cheese Dipping Sauce
One of the best things about going to a sports game is getting a nice warm pretzel. But you can make your own at home with Mel's Kitchen Cafe's recipe — and serve it up with some cheesy dipping sauce.
6. Chorizo Nachos With White Queso
The Kitchn's white queso dip is filled with garlic, onion, and jalapeño, so you're guaranteed not to have bland nachos.
7. Ranch Cheese Bread
Ranch-lovers, this one's for you. Taste and Tell combines cheesy bread and ranch to make the most amazing melt.
8. Twice-Baked Loaded Ranch Potatoes
For a heartier dish, Table for Two's twice-baked potatoes are filled with gooey cheese, ranch, guacamole, and tiny bits of bacon.
9. Spinach And Artichoke Melts
Grilled cheese is an easy go-to, but Half Baked Harvest's spinach artichoke melts completely reinvent the dish.
10. Aged Cheddar And Guinness Fondue
Steamy Kitchen uses aged cheddar to give this fondue a sharp kick. Apple juice also brings in a bit of sweetness.
11. Baked Jalapeño Poppers
Whether you're vegetarian, dairy-free, or even vegan, A Beautiful Mess proves there's a popper for everyone.
12. Easy Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Bread
With plenty of mozzarella and cream cheese, Averie Cooks makes bread in the most indulgent way ever.
13. Warm Caramelized Fennel And Leek Dip
While queso is a Super Bowl staple, A Cozy Kitchen mixes things up with an aromatic, cheesy dip that pairs well with bread or veggies.
14. Spicy Cheese Straws
Need another snack to dip in your plentiful guacamole? A Spicy Perspective uses taco seasoning to make these cheese straws, so they're the perfect compliment.
15. Bacon Jalapeño Popper Cheese Ball
This nut- and bacon-covered cheese ball by Mel's Kitchen Cafe may seem intimidating — but it'll definitely be gone by the time one team scores a winning touchdown.
16. Pull-Apart Cheese Bread
If there's ever a time to attempt The Kitchn's classic pull-apart cheese bread, it's game day.
17. Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Stay out of the freezer aisle and DIY your own taquitos. Taste and Tell's are the perfect balance between spicy and cheesy.
18. Ham And Cheese Pull-Apart Bread
Transform your favorite sandwich into a hot, savory treat with Table for Two's pull-apart bread recipe.
19. Buffalo Oven "Fried" Goat Cheese
Skip the mozzarella sticks and try something slightly more tart. Half Baked Harvest's baked goat cheese bites are people-pleasers.
20. Baked Jalapeño Bacon Poppers
The Super Bowl is the unofficial holiday for eating spicy, cheesy concoctions. Steamy Kitchen's jalapeño poppers are pretty much a necessity.
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