For the fans, this weekend will be all about the big game. For the rest, this weekend will be all about hanging by the cooler and catching up with friends and family. For all, this weekend will be about food.

Falling between the two groups puts me in a precarious situation. Unable to focus on the game or the camaraderie, I’ll probably settle on the potluck-esque feast that is to come. The feast itself will lead to its own problems, as I’ve yet to commit to bringing a specific dish (the cardinal sin of shared food activities).

And yet, when I think of what I could make, I always end up falling into the “pick up a sixer” category.  Just know that it’s not for lack of trying or an inability to cook. What it really comes down to lies in the fact that I know the “basics” are taken care of. So, cue a listicle of recipes that inspire and cut through the basic food necessities to help both you and I blow everyone out of the water.

Pro Tip: Save these recipes for later by clicking the “Bookmark” tab on each recipe page. Make sure to create a new bookmark category (Potluck, Sunday Funday, Superbowl)!

1. Buffalo Balls by Terry McBriarty
Frank’s RedHot Recommended

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Finger food!
Perfect for when you want to avoid the bones. Great for kids, great for your uncle on his fifth beer who really shouldn’t be trying to swallow chicken wings whole. To top it off, you can make these in under an hour.

2. Buffalo Chicken Dip by Tiffany Holmes Lampe
Frank’s RedHot Recommended

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Everything you love in one bowl.
Everyone loves a good dip. On top of that, everyone loves a good dip that indulges in a little gluttony. With this recipe you’ll be dipping your chicken and celery into a dish made with chicken and celery. This is innovation.

3. Pomegranate Cucumber Guacamole by Alicia Michelle

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Guac with a fresh kick.
The perfect way to tailor a mainstay in order to combat the hot sauce that runs rampant in Super Bowl apps (see above recommendations). With the addition of pomegranate arils, you can even talk up the health benefits of double (read triple) dipping.

4. The Burger by Skillet Street Food

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Back to the basics on a not so basic combo.
The Burger is the burger that brought the words “bacon” and “jam” together. This recipe gives you the opportunity to perfect a new classic and show off the professional chef that’s hiding inside all of us.

5. Bacon Jam Infused Vodka by Skillet Street Food

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Okay, you’ve decided to go the bartender route…
Heat jam, mix with vodka, and infuse for 48 hours. Let sit while you dream of the weekend.

So, go forth, cook something delicious, and feel free to drop some food facts on Sunday courtesy of good ol’ market research:

*  1.25 billion chicken wings are eaten during the game
*  69.9 million pounds of avocados are mashed and munched upon.
*  11.2 million pounds of potato chips are consumed during the game. This doesn’t include the cumulative 1.1 million pounds everyone will find hidden in the couch after the game.

Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2932857/Fresh-not-fried-popular-Super-Bowl-food-Sunday-VEGETABLES-not-chicken-wings-pizza.html, https://www.franksredhot.com/, http://skilletstreetfood.com/shop/usa/bacon-jam/, http://www.jcbspecialties.com/events/super-bowl-sunday/

By Benjamin Porter