The Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos.

3 Awesome Recipes for Your Super Bowl 50 Party!

by Daina Falk

These recipes will have your friends talking about your culinary prowess until next year’s Super Bowl!

I always try to theme my Super Bowl recipes for the teams facing off on the field. This year we’ve got the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. The game will (hopefully) be the story of the aging star quarterback trying to go out on top versus the rising star quarterback looking to mark his turf, if you will. If the Broncos defense shows up as they did against the Patriots in the AFC Championship, we may just have ourselves a game.

The key to throwing a killer Super Bowl party isn’t actually what’s transpiring on the field. It is about our taste buds. On Super Bowl Sunday we as a nation chow down. I’ve got three recipe ideas that are sure to make your taste buds happy!

Hungry Fan™ Barbecue Bacon Pimento Dip

Makes a medium serving bowl of dip

Serve with cornbread, crackers or chips!

This is one of my many homages to the Carolinas, where I have spent a good chunk of my life. It’s pretty hard to travel through North or South Carolina without finding a good pimento cheese dip. This is my spin on the classic, kicked up a couple notches because that’s how you do for the Super Bowl!


1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimentos with juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon pimento pepper juice
10–12 good shakes Tabasco Sauce, or more to taste
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon Hungry Fan™ Barbecue Spice Blend
2 tablespoons bacon bits
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: ¼ cup cornbread crumbles*

*Cornbread can be homemade or as simple as using as Jiffy mix in a 9x9” baking dish. Once cooked, crumble parts of the top and sprinkle atop the pimento cheese dip.


In a large mixing bowl, combine all but the cornbread crumbles. Mix well.

Serve in a ramekin or serving bowl topped with the cornbread crumbles, if using them. Add a side of crackers, tortilla chips, vegetable crudité, or whatever you plan to dip into the cheese mix. Enjoy the big game!

Turkey Burger (“The Slopper”)

Makes 2 Sloppers

You can buy Mark Schlereth’s Stinkin Good chili at

Sloppers actually originated in Pueblo, Colorado, a city not too far south of Denver. This kind of burger is a Denver favorite. It’s messy — or sloppy, thereby earning its name — but it’s delicious! It features green chili, which is a staple dish found in the Denver area. This is my homage to the Denver Broncos.


4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ cup onions, sliced the long way
1 lb. white ground turkey
½ teaspoon celery salt
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 egg
1 teaspoon old-fashioned mustard
2 burger buns
4 slices Swiss cheese (2 per burger), plus 2 more slices for serving
2 slices tomato (1 per burger)
4 tablespoons green chili (or more depending on how sloppy you want it)*

*I prefer Schlereth’s vegetarian green chili.


In a skillet, sauté your onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until your onions caramelize (5–7 minutes). Set aside and keep warm.

Warm your green chili in a small pot and keep hot, without reducing, as you prepare the rest of the burger.

In a large mixing bowl, season your turkey with celery salt, onion powder, and black pepper. Then mix in 1 egg and old-fashioned mustard. Mix well and then form two patties.

Add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet you cooked your onions in. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add your patties into skillet and let cook for 5 minutes on each side. (Only flip your patties once or you might lose the patties’ shape).

Check your burgers doneness by taking their temperature. You want the inside of the burger at 165 degrees F.

While your burgers are cooking, toast your buns with 2 slices of cheese on the bottom bun.

Top the cheese-covered bottom bun with the turkey burger, tomato, and onions. Place the top bun on top and cover with another slice of Swiss cheese. Repeat with the second burger.

To serve, place both Swiss cheese-topped burgers in bowls and pour generous helpings over green chili over them. This should melt the cheese on top and make for a messy, gooey and delicious burger! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Brownie (Foot)Balls

Makes about 20

Have fun with icing and decorate your brownie (foot)balls to look like actual footballs!

I came up with this recipe during hurricane Jonas in preparation for Super Bowl 50. I wanted sweet but not too sweet, because salty always seems to win the day on Super Bowl Sunday.

You can always form your dough into round balls or make them in a brownie pan for proper square or rectangular brownies. But for the big game it’s kind of fun to shape them like little footballs.


2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cups unsweetened cocoa
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ cups sugar (or more to taste)*
2–3 teaspoons kosher salt, to taste
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1–2 cups semisweet mini chocolate chips

*I prefer using Dememara (light brown) cane sugar.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa and baking soda. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer (preferably fitted with the paddle attachment) combine the butter with the sugar. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Then reduce speed to low and add in the salt, vanilla and eggs. Beat on low until well mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips and flour mixture.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Shape the dough in your hands like little footballs. Place dough (foot)balls on the parchment paper a couple inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before moving the cookies to a wire rack. Let cool (or nearly cool). Serve at room temperature or slightly warm!

Optional: using fine-tipped white icing, you can pipe onto each brownie football little laces!

Enjoy and may the best team win!

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