Hosting a Super Bowl Party? 5 Classic, Budget-Friendly Snacks to Serve

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Everyone knows that Super Bowl time is snack time. But instead of going out to a bar or restaurant and plunking down big bucks watching the game, why not save a little money by entertaining friends in your home?

Ask your guests to bring the drinks, and serve these tasty and budget-savvy snacks to keep costs down while hosting a great party. You could even make money if you’re playing fantasy football!

When setting up for your party, be sure to have plenty of plates, bowls, cups and utensils on hand. Hand-washing reusable ones (instead of opting for disposables) is both eco-friendly and cost-saving.

So, what will you serve at your Super Bowl party?

1. Chex Party Mix

Everyone loves this familiar crunchy, salty snack. While there are thousands of different ways to make it, this time-tested recipe from About Food is super easy and will appeal to the garlic lovers in your crowd.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 60 minutes

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cups corn Chex cereal
  • 2 cups wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 ½ cups mixed nuts
  • 1 cup small pretzels
  • 1 cup garlic-flavored bagel chips
  • 1 cup mini pretzel rods

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Melt the butter in a large pan and stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic salt and onion powder.

Add everything else and toss thoroughly until well-coated. Bake for one hour, stirring the batch every 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

2. Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs

For a hearty main course, this incredibly easy meatball recipe from Family Fresh Meals will keep your crew happy. Serve them over noodles or rice for a main dish, or just let people enjoy them as an appetizer.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 4 hours

You’ll need:

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 (28 oz) bag fully cooked, frozen meatballs

Mix together the brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic.

Next, place the meatballs in a three- or four-quart crockpot and cover in sauce, tossing to coat. Turn the crockpot on low for four hours and stir occasionally.

3. Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Enjoy the diner classic at home with About Food’s recipe for baked mozzarella sticks.

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

You’ll need:

  • 1 (12 oz) package mozzarella string cheese
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, heated

First, slice each mozzarella stick in half crosswise and freeze for about 40 minutes, or until they’re very firm. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a cooking sheet by lining it with foil and oiling the foil (or spraying with non-stick spray).

Beat the egg and egg white together in one bowl. In another bowl, mix bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Dip each piece of mozzarella in flour, tapping to shake off any extra. Dunk it in the egg, and then coat it with the bread crumb mixture. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve hot with warm marinara sauce.

4. Pigs in a Blanket

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Go with the classic childhood favorite: buttery dough enveloping tasty mini-sausages. Pillsbury has a great recipe for pigs in a blanket. Their website even has a feature that checks whether the ingredients are on sale in your neighborhood.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cans (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 48 cocktail-sized smoked linked sausages

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Unroll all the dough and pull into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle into three narrow triangles. Roll a sausage link up in each triangle of dough. Place them on unlined baking sheets.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown, rotating halfway through. Serve warm.

5. Sour Cream Onion Dip

Homemade onion dip is a delicious way to tuck into your game time snacks. Dip pita chips, potato chips, crackers or vegetables into Mario Batali’s signature dip recipe.

You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • kosher salt
  • pepper

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Chill time: 1 to 2 hours

Heat the olive oil, then add onions, garlic and a generous pinch of salt. Cook on low heat until caramelized, which usually takes about 30 minutes.

Let the mixture cool for a bit, then use a food processor to make it into a chunky puree. Add sour cream and pulse until the mixtures reaches your desired thickness. Chill and serve.

More Recipes

If the recipes above don’t suit your game-day cravings, or you’re feeding a big crowd and need more options, check out some of these other favorites:

Busy Cooks also has a long list of tasty, easy and relatively inexpensive recipes to please your Super Bowl crowd.

Make sure to keep all foods either up to temperature (via crockpot or other heat source) or chilled in the refrigerator to make sure your guests don’t get sick.

To save on ice, start making your own ice cubes a week or so ahead of time, instead of spending money on a giant bag of frozen water.

Your Turn: What’s your favorite affordable Super Bowl snack?

This post originally appeared before Super Bowl XLIX, but since these snacks never go out of style, we brought it back for Super Bowl 50.

Kristen Pope is a freelance writer and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.