Super Bowl Party Tips (Recipe: Artichoke-Chile Dip)

Appetizers and Snacks, Guest Posts | 26 comments

Everyone please welcome my friend Jessica. Today she’ll be sharing some great tips for a Make-Ahead Super Bowl party plus a recipe for Artichoke-Chile Dip that sounds fabulous.

Football is definitely not my area of expertise, so I appreciate all that Jessica shares here to ensure delicious food without missing any of the game.

Hey armchair quarterbacks! This is the big weekend. Not only is it time for the Big Game, but it’s time for some great food.

homemade restaurant style salsa for super bowl

image credit: Katie

Hosting a Game Day Party is a tasty way to spend time with friends and family. But, you’ll want to spend time in front of the set, not behind the scenes once the kickoff happens. Follow these easy tips for a make-ahead SuperBowl party and you won’t miss a single play.

Plan a Meal of Easy Appetizers.

Rather than mess with main dishes, condiments, and lots of utensils, offer a selection of finger foods that don’t require much more than a plate and a napkin. Easy appetizers that lend themselves to this include :

Appetizers are generally easy to prepare ahead of time and stash in the refrigerator. Pop hot apps in the oven right before the guests arrive. Pull the cold ones out and display on a buffet table.

artichoke chile dip super bowl appetizer

image credit: Jessica

Try this Artichoke-Chile Dip. Green chiles add a little kick to this artichoke dip. Perfect for the day. Not only can you slice the baguette hours before serving, but you can also mix up the dip and store it in the refrigerator until serving time. Brush the bread slices with olive oil and toast them in the oven while the artichoke dip bakes.

Artichoke-Chile Dip

from Jessica Fisher

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1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 to 1 can diced green chiles, depending on how spicy you want it.
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts (I used Cara Mia California style), drained
Sourdough baguette, sliced on the diagonal
Olive oil for brushing


In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, cheese, green chiles, and garlic. Stir in the artichoke hearts. Spoon the mixture into a small baking dish. Cover and store in the refrigerator until 30 minutes before serving time.

Slice the baguette. If making this dish ahead of time, place the bread slices in a storage bag to prevent them from drying out.

To serve: Preheat oven to 350°. Brush the bread slices with olive oil and lay them out on a tray. Place the artichoke dip and the bread slices in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. The dip should be bubbling and the bread crisp. Serve immediately.

Prepare the Bar Ahead of Time.

Whether you indulge in alcoholic drinks or prefer Pellegrino and soft drinks, set out glasses, napkins, and bottle openers ahead of time. Slice limes and lemons and store in a covered dish in the refrigerator.

Make sure the freezer is stocked with ice. Invest in a large beverage bucket for a serve-yourself- cooler. Chill sodas, beers, and bottled water in the refrigerator. Shortly before the guests arrive, you can stock the bucket, dump in some ice, and you’re good to go.

Make Dessert Fit the Occasion.

Stick with your finger food theme by offering cookies and cupcakes that don’t even require a plate. Consider these fun choices:

cafe mocha cupcakes

image credit: Jamie from My Baking Addiction

What tricks do YOU have for make-ahead appetizers and cocktails?

About the Author:

life as mom jessica fisherJessica Fisher is…a wife, a mom, a teacher, a homemaker, a cook, and a writer. She has learned to reconcile a tight budget with her love for great food.

As a busy mom of six voracious eaters, she regularly shares healthy, delicious and budget-friendly recipes at GoodCheapEats and at Food Your Way. She also writes about parenting at LifeasMOM and is currently writing a cookbook for the Harvard Common Press.

Find Jessica on Twitter and Facebook to keep in touch.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Blog is the New Black - February 04, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    This looks great!


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    Lauren at KeepItSweet - February 04, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    I love artichoke dip and really like the addition of chiles! Have a great weekend:-)


    • FishMama replied: — February 12th, 2011 @ 11:08 AM

      The chiles are a delicious addition. I can eat the whole bowl of dip myself!

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    TidyMom - February 04, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    We LOVE appetizer meals at our house!! and I love artichoke dip, and this sound delicious!….those Cafe Mocha cupcakes are going on my MUST MAKE list for sure!!

    Thanks for all the great ideas!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — February 4th, 2011 @ 7:56 AM

      Same here. The other night I baked up some Artisan Bread in 5 and served that with hot bubbling spinach artichoke dip and cut vegetables. It was no fuss and a nice change from the norm.

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    Shaina - February 04, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    We love doing chili and baked potatoes for the Super Bowl, both of which are easy to make ahead and then heat for guests. Another favorite is cooking chicken wings until they’re just about done and popping back in the oven to caramelize the sauce on when it’s time to serve.


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    Lyndsey - February 04, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    Mmm…you’ve got some good ideas here. I often make spinach artichoke dip, so this one looks great to me. Love the chillies in there.


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    patti davis - February 04, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    It all looks so good! We are making bbq pork sliders and 7 layer dip for our party and cranking up our popcorn machine!


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    M - February 04, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    Love the dip recipe, thanks so much. Yeah we are planning our Sunday game day all around appetizers, everyone is bringing their favorite dish to share and this will be the meal. So much easier on everyone I think. Have a great weekend.


    • FishMama replied: — February 12th, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

      Finger foods are the only way to fly on game day. ;)

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    Cookie - February 04, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    We’re hosting this year and definitely doing all finger food. I love using my slow cooker to make meatballs and keep them warm throughout the party.


    • FishMama replied: — February 12th, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

      A slow cooker is an excellent tool for this kind of shindig!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - February 04, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Great tips for planning a party with less stress. I especially like the concept of making a meal of appetizers, I would much rather nibble on appetizers than eat a sit down meal when I go to parties.


    • FishMama replied: — February 12th, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

      We could eat a “snacky dinner” any day of the week. LOL

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - February 04, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    Lots of great tips for the perfect game day party! Love the dip recipe, too… I’d eat that anytime – game or not!


    • FishMama replied: — February 12th, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

      I could, too. :)

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    UrMomCooks - February 04, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    My mouth is watering at the list of party food! It all looks delicious! (Enjoyed looking around your blog – lots of delicious sounding recipes!)


    • FishMama replied: — February 12th, 2011 @ 11:11 AM


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    Happy When Not Hungry - February 05, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    Thanks for all the tips! This spread looks awesome!


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    Deb Baker - February 05, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    YUM GO PACK!!!!!


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    Paula - February 05, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    I can`t stop looking at this! It`s absolutely divine and I want to try this…

    Have a great time,


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    andrea - February 05, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    Bite size chili cups are a hit. I make the cups from biscuit mix cut into small circles baked on an upside down mini muffin pan. cooled then filled with chili and topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of green onion. Make extra cups and fill with puddings or pie filling for something sweet.

    Pie crust also works well.


    • FishMama replied: — February 12th, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

      Those sound great!

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    Olivia - February 05, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

    Cafe mocha cupcakes sound delicious! Thanks for the recipe idea;)


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    Nikki - February 06, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Those cafe mocha cupcakes look delicious. I can taste them in my mouth now.


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    Kristen - February 08, 2011 @ 5:30 am

    What a great roundup of goodies! Jamie’s cupcakes look delicious!


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