Hosting a Super Bowl party can be a blast, even if your favorite team didn’t make it through the playoffs. You can make your party memorable by choosing a theme and asking guests to bring a dish inspired by one of the teams playing or the Super Bowl host city. You’ll get a variety of dishes and it’s a great way to try something new.

This year’s Super Bowl is especially interesting with San Francisco versus Baltimore. Not only are the opposing coaches brothers, the teams hail from opposite coasts. Look for menu items showcasing each city’s unique culture like Maryland-style crab cakes for Baltimore or a sourdough bread appetizer for San Francisco. Round out your menu with party staples like nachos and bean dip everyone will enjoy no matter who they root for.

Anytown, USA

 Buffalo Bean Dip

What’s a party without Buffalo dip? This one is made with Randall great northern white beans and your favorite Buffalo sauce. It will be the easiest dish to prepare on your menu. Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and refrigerate until party time.

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

Nachos are getting superstar treatment this year from food magazines and recipe websites with features showcasing how to create the perfect nachos. These chicken nachos are made using your slow cooker and fully cooked pinto beans. They are simple to assemble and will be gone before half time. You might want to make a double batch!

Baltimore

Maryland Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are quintessential East Coast cuisine. Even better? You can make this version in advance and refrigerate them until game time. Ready-to-use crab meat is available at most grocery stores and the other ingredients are household staples. Fry the cakes in a skillet and serve with seasoned mayo.

Homemade Potato Chips

Everyone loves to snack on potato chips while watching football. To save money, make your own! These potato chips are sliced thin, boiled, then baked. You can create endless seasoning combinations, but our favorite to represent Baltimore is Old Bay Seasoning.

San Francisco

Avocado Crostini

This recipe pairs crusty San Francisco sourdough bread with California-grown avocados. Fresh parsley pesto made with anchovies adds another layer of flavor to the smooth avocado and tart sourdough. Serve this for an easy alternative to guacamole.

Green Goddess Dip

Green goddess dressing is a creamy salad dressing that was created at the San Francisco Palace Hotel in the 1920s. This dip is heartier than its sister the dressing, so serve it with sturdy pita chips. The bright green color comes from a medley of fresh herbs and avocado. Anchovies are blended in for a kick of saltiness.

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