Everything looks a little bit different this year but that hasn't stopped the Super Bowl from happening and come February, it'll be the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Regardless of which side of the theoretical stadium you'll be sitting on, food is always a major part of the Super Bowl and that's one aspect that excites both football food fans and, well... fans of just food.
Sure, you could whip up the traditional snacks for the big game day such as pigs in a blanket, chips and dip, or even order a three-foot-long sandwich. Or, you could go the extra mile and make the food that represents the team you're rooting for - because you don't need to be in the city of your favorite football team to enjoy the state's most iconic dishes. If you're a Kansas City fan, then you're in luck because the city itself has many dishes that are specific to the region, and all of them make great options for watching the Super Bowl.
BBQ Burnt Ends
It's a happy moment when you realize that Kansas City is actually full of barbecue dishes. From brisket to burnt ends, there's no shortage of that smoky, sweet, and tangy flavor that we can't get enough of.
We're talking about the latter here, though; burnt ends are easy to whip up and super satisfying with their slightly crispy texture, tender interior, and versatility - you can eat these babies on their own or as part of a sandwich, and both are absolutely delicious. Spritz some of your favorite BBQ sauce over the top and go to town on this Superbowl snack.
It sounds strange, but it is actually a Kansas City specialty. It's so popular that one bakery, in particular, Fervere Bakery, runs out of them by the end of the day whenever the window is stocked.
Whole wheat bread serves as the base for this delicious pasty to which aged cheddar and cheese curds are added. The result is a cheesy, salty, utterly delicious bread that's even better when it's homemade. Once you try this, chances are, you'll never look at cheesy bread the same way ever again.
Classic Fried Chicken
Another Kansas City favorite is fried chicken. This savory dish is found throughout the South but many people don't realize that Kansas also has a reputation for cooking up some primo chicken.
It's easy enough to make and can feed a group (CDC guidelines permitting, of course, depending on where you are) or make for some pretty flippin' tasty leftovers the next day. Serve these up with some freshly-made fries or baked potatoes and you don't just have a Superbowl snack, you'll have an entire Superbowl meal.
Brisket Sandwich Sliders
We can't get enough barbecue and Kansas City has it in spades. Brisket is another favorite and the good news is that you don't need a fancy, commercial-sized smoker in order to cook some up at home. There are plenty of recipes out there for prefect brisket and it's not as tough as you'd think, and it's always worth the extra effort.
If you make more than what you think you'll need, we promise that you'll be happy to have the leftovers for lunch or dinner the following day. It's easy enough to pile this brisket high on a slider roll with a smear of mayo or helping of coleslaw for the perfect snack.
Russell Stover Chocolates
Kansas City is home to Russell Stover chocolates so it only makes sense that some of these should be picked up prior to the big game day.
They're pretty easy to find just about everywhere and can be ordered easily online and they make for a good sweet treat during intermission or while you're watching all of those great commercials. They also double as a way to drown your sadness in chocolate if your team happens to lose.
Sour Cream And Raisin Pie
On the other hand, if you're looking to celebrate a big win, why not do it with some sour cream and raisin pie? It might not sound all that appetizing but this is an old-fashioned staple not just in Kansas City, but specific to Kansas, as a whole.
This recipe goes back decades and while it might take a bit of effort to get the flavors just right, it's totally worth it. This pie is surprisingly sweet with a few surprises thanks to the raisins, and it's towered high with a topping that's akin to a sweet, fluffy cloud. It's sure to please anyone who's rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs.