Unless you have tickets to Minneapolis, you’re going to need to make plans to watch the Philadelphia Eagles whip the Patriots someplace locally Sunday night.
While there are plenty of bar options, for those who prefer the comforts of home while glued to a game, iconic Philly foods are a great way to theme your Super Bowl party. Because there’s no better way to celebrate our (sort of) hometown team than by noshing on Philadelphia’s hometown foods.
Here’s how to “Phila-fy” your party, from whistle to whistle:
Munchies are a must for any football game, and the biggest game of the year is no exception. To satisfy your Philadelphia loyalty, bags of Herr’s potato chips and pretzels are a must. A Pennsylvania company with branches in Philadelphia, Herr’s is the best choice for an Eagles game if chips and dips are on the menu. Potato chip flavors abound, from the Original Crisp ’N Tasty to Kettle-Cooked Mesquite BBQ. And everybody enjoys those Extra-Thin Pretzels.
Pair chips with a dip made with — what else? — Philadelphia cream cheese. OK, it’s not actually made in Philadelphia, but the brand has become synonymous with the City of Brotherly Love. To make a dip that your guests will love, the easiest option — only three ingredients — is a French onion made with just one package of softened Philadelphia cream cheese, one package of Lipton onion soup mix, and a ¼ cup of milk. Blend the three and voila — a dip worthy of a Philadelphia victory.
While chips and dips are a necessity, a little more substance can be found in some Philly soft pretzels. Fortunately, we’ve got the taste right here in South Jersey with Philadelphia Pretzel Factory, which sells its soft pretzels in multiple locations throughout the region. While standard-sized pretzels, pretzel twists, mini pretzels and pretzel rivets are always big hits — and big game appropriate — in celebration of the Eagles getting to the Super Bowl, Philly Pretzel Factory has created special dog bone-shaped pretzels in honor of our “underdogs.” Individual sized pretzel bones are priced at $1 a bone at the Somers Point location, with “underdog trays” — loaded with mini pretzel bones and mini hot dogs for $40.
To round off a starting menu, think items found in Philly’s Italian Market. Serve up a dish of antipasto complete with salami, pepperoni, hard cheeses (such as provolone), roasted peppers, pepperoncini, broccoli rabe and olives. Add some sliced bread or crackers, and the antipasto could be either a welcome alternative or amazing addition to your chips and dip.
And while Patriots fans are nearby, unless it’s a party where fan intermingling is encouraged, steer clear of the Tostitos New England Patriots NFL Party Box.
Beer and football go together. Period.
For your theme party, there are plenty of Philadelphia-specific brews that are wholly appropriate for the Super Bowl. Instead of sticking with the usuals — and keeping in mind this is not the time to keep a cooler full of Sam Adams — consider stocking up on beers from Philly. A good sampling includes a lager from Yuengling, America’s oldest — and a Pennsylvania-based — brewery; Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yard’s Brewing Co.; Broken Bell IPA from Philadelphia Brewing Co.; Man Full of Trouble Porter from Dock Street Brewing Co.; and anything from Victory Brewing Co. (out of Downingtown, Pennsylvania.) to celebrate the Eagles victory over the Patriots, of course.
The half-time show
This is the Super Bowl, so no one wants to miss a second of play. So stick to halftime for your main dish, but still keep it Philadelphia inspired.
While Italian hoagies (not subs, not heroes — hoagies) and roast pork sandwiches are well-suited for the Super Bowl, there is nothing more iconic than the Philadelphia cheesesteak.
Rather than spending time grilling sliced beef in the midst of a halftime show, consider going with crockpot Philly cheesesteaks. (See recipe.)
As the Eagles relish their hard-won victory, celebrate with dessert. While Patriots fans will (hopefully) be crying into their Boston cream pie around this time, Eagles fans can cap off the night with another Philadelphia specialty: the Tastykake. There are plenty of recipes available for making Tastykake-inspired chocolate-peanut butter Kandy Kakes, but a platter or bowl full of a variety of store-bought Tastykakes is just as much fun, not to mention much easier. Load up on Butterscotch Krimpets, Chocolate Cupcakes, Kandy Kakes, Snowballs and Koffee Kake Juniors for a dessert selection sure to please any Eagles fan.