Serving Up Victory

A Winning Spread For Your “Souper” Bowl Party

by Stacey Moritz // January - February - March 2024

As the Super Bowl approaches, the anticipation of an epic game, dazzling halftime show, and of course, a table spread worthy of the biggest sports event of the year builds. While classic football-watching fare like wings and chips remains a staple, this year, consider elevating your Super Bowl party with a winning lineup of homemade soups and chilis. Not only do these hearty dishes provide the perfect comfort for the chilly weather but they also offer a practical advantage for the host, as they can be prepared in advance, allowing you to join in the festivities stress-free. From customizable chili toppings to soul-warming soups, the possibilities are as vast as the football field. So whether your team makes it to the championship or not, revel in the camaraderie, the thrill of the game, and the spread that celebrates the spirit of the day and will have your guests cheering for more.

When it comes to game day grub, few dishes are as iconic as chili. Its versatility makes it a fan fave year after year. Kick off your Super Bowl feast with the classic beef and bean chili – a constant crowd-pleaser, offering a perfect balance of savory flavors and a hint of spice. Or opt for a lighter alternative with white chicken chili. It doesn’t sacrifice flavor, and this creamy and comforting option will add a touch of elegance to your spread. The mild heat from green chilies adds a subtle kick. Or how about one with turkey and butternut squash? Give your big game bash a healthy twist with a black bean quinoa chili. Packed with protein and nutrients, this vegetarian option doesn’t compromise on taste. The quinoa adds a delightful texture, and a squeeze of lime at the end brightens up the dish.

Take your party up a notch by setting up a tantalizing chili toppings bar. Take your guests on a flavor adventure as they customize their bowls with a variety of delicious options. From the classic richness of shredded cheeses like cheddar and Monterey Jack to the cooling effect of sour cream, every topping enhances the chili experience. Elevate the spice with jalapeños or add a burst of freshness with chopped green onions, diced tomatoes, pico de gallo, or vibrant cilantro. Crunch lovers can rejoice with tortilla chips, cornbread croutons, or crispy bacon bits, providing a satisfying texture contrast. For the adventurous, offer pickled red onions or crumbly cotija or feta cheese for unique flavor profiles. Creamy avocado slices, zesty lime wedges, and an assortment of hot sauces with varying heat levels add the finishing touches, ensuring each bowl is a personalized masterpiece. Make sure you label each topping, and consider providing small bowls or containers for easy serving.

Hearty soups add a touch of sophistication to any Super Bowl spread. Beef and barley combines succulent beef pieces, robust barley, and a variety of veggies in a savory broth. With its rich taste and satisfying texture, it’s a delightful alternative for those seeking a change from the traditional. Offer toppings like grated Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, or a drizzle of olive oil. A spicy chicken enchilada soup captures the flavors of enchiladas in a comforting dish. The combination of shredded chicken, beans, and spices creates a fiesta in every spoonful. Top it with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream for the full enchilada experience. Or opt for the universal appeal of thick baked potato soup loaded with crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar, and chopped chives or the timeless classic, tomato soup. Pair the latter with mini grilled cheese sandwich squares for a nostalgic, yet undeniably grown-up treat.

Other delicious options include:

– Buffalo chicken soup: Combine the flavors of spicy buffalo wings with the comfort of a hearty soup. Shredded chicken, hot sauce, celery, and blue cheese create a winning combination.

– Jalapeño popper soup: Capture the essence of jalapeño poppers in soup form – with a hint of spice, diced jalapeños, and a crispy bacon topping, it will surely have your guests coming back for more.

– Cajun shrimp and corn chowder: Spice things up with a Cajun twist on corn chowder. Add succulent shrimp, Cajun seasoning, and a touch of cream for a rich and flavorful dish.

– Cheddar broccoli beer soup: Combine the savory classic combo of cheddar and broccoli with the richness of beer for the beer enthusiasts.

The excitement of game day isn’t just about touchdowns and halftime shows – it’s also about the delicious food that brings family and friends together. This year, take your Super Bowl party to the next level with a lineup of scrumptious soups that are sure to score big points with your guests and make your party a taste bud triumph.

Stacey Moritz

Owner of The Lemon Tree Cafe, offering freshly prepared salads, pastas, soups, and take-away fare.