It’s time for that great American tradition, football’s favorite Sunday, Super Bowl LIII. It is a time to gather all your family and friends and tune in to the championship game. So, break out your favorite team gear and get ready to watch the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams face off to see who wins the title, Champion of the National Football League for the 2018 Season, or better known as Super Bowl Champions!
As sports fans all over the United States gear up for Super Bowl Sunday, they will also be participating in the same celebratory traditions that they have enjoyed for years. Let’s look at some of the Super Bowl traditions.
Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest tradition of them all. It is held every year on the first Sunday in February, and it is more than just game day. It is the full experience with all of the traditional activities that create Super Bowl Sunday.
Tailgating is a huge football tradition where fans gather, often in the cold, to grill, drink, play cornhole, and talk smack with opposing team fans.
Pregame Show—Coin Toss is a decades-old tradition. It has been headlined by multi-platinum recording artists as well as divisions of the armed forces. Part of the pregame show is the coin toss which has grown in popularity and importance. NFL Hall of Famers assist in the ceremony and help officially start the game.
Halftime Show—The half-time show is often more anticipated than the Super Bowl itself by fans whose favorite teams are not playing. Within the past 20 years, the halftime show has had a steady stream of top-billed performers with elaborate sets, stages, dancers, and costumes.
Food and Drinks—This is a tradition that everyone participates in regardless of whether they are watching the game live or via television. Some of the favorites are wings, burgers, hot dogs, chips, pizza, chili, dips, and of course beer and cocktails. It is estimated that 28 million pounds of chips, 1.2 billion chicken wings, and more than 48 million pizzas are consumed during the Super Bowl.
Commercials—This is a more modern tradition, but one that is anticipated yearly by fans and advertisers. Some viewers actually tune in more for the commercials than the game, especially if their team is not in the competition.
Super Bowl Parties—This is the party you organize with your family and friends where you either assign people to bring specific treats or it is pot luck. Whichever yours is, the main objective is to eat, drink and celebrate while enjoying the game.
We asked the staff and realtors at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living what their favorite Super Bowl snack was, and the answers are listed below:
Ron Jackson, Broker in Charge–His family enjoys nachos with sausage and cheese dip.
Crissy Sciascia, Office Administrator—Her family likes ham and cream cheese crescent rolls.
Joyce Busnardo-Manno—Her family likes guacamole and blue tortilla chips.
Sharon Dudley, Realtor—Her family likes wings, potato skins, sliders and any bad stuff she doesn’t eat during the year.
Lacey Burgess Hatley, Realtor–Her family likes to have a lot of side snacks like pull apart cheesy nachos, pizza bites, chips and dip, cookies decorated with their favorite team’s color, Hawaiian sandwiches and of course lots of fun cocktails to represent their team (colors, fun names, etc).
Esben Salling, Realtor—His family likes Mexican no bean chili dip.
Sue Kobiela, Realtor—Her favorites are buffalo chicken dip with celery and carrots and scoops, sweet and sour meatballs, deviled eggs, bruschetta with balsamic and honey drizzle with fresh chopped mozzarella and fresh basil strips, cheese fondue, and antipasto. She also shared her ham, baby gherkin and cream cheese recipe below:
- Take sliced deli ham and spread cream cheese on the whole thing. Then place baby pickles across the piece of ham. It usually takes two baby pickles to go across the ham. Then roll and slice. Place on a plat flat sided. It looks and tastes great!
Teresa Graham, Realtor, shared her family’s favorite Cheese Dip recipe Below:
- 1 – 32oz (2 LB) Velveeta cheese
- 2 rolls Jimmy Dean sausage (brown and drain)
- 2 jars of Pace Picante Sauce (Medium size)
- 1 can cream of mushroom
- Heat in a crock-pot on low .
- Serve with tortilla chips.
Janna Nance, Realtor, shared her favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe below:
- 16 oz cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup ranch dressing
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles, divided
- 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken is great for this)
- ½ cup buffalo wing sauce
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divide in half
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ranch dressing, sour cream, ¼ cup of the blue cheese crumbles, chicken, buffalo wing sauce and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Stir to combine well. Lightly spray a 3-quart crock pot with the non-stick cooking spray. Transfer mixture to slow cooker and top with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Cover and cook on Low for 2-3 hours, until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining blue cheese. Serve hot with tortilla chips.
Above are the most popular Super Bowl foods as described by our team. Maybe they gave you some party food ideas. You are welcome to try some of the recipes listed. Whatever Super Bowl party food traditions you enjoy, we at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living hope you and your friends/family have a wonderful Super Bowl LIII.