It’s almost Super Bowl time, and that means getting snacks and drinks to keep your guests well-fed while watching the pigskin fly. So what should you make for your Super Bowl party? You should make homemade pizza appetizers for the Super Bowl, of course!
Popular Pizza Appetizers for the Super Bowl
These appetizers use homemade pizza dough in a new and yummy way.
Mini Pizza Bites
Of course, the most obvious thing to make with pizza dough is mini pizza bites. Similar to pizza bagels or bagel bites, you can make mini pizzas with all the pizza fixings. First, make some homemade pizza dough. Then roll out the dough and cut small pieces. Use a turned over water glass to get perfect circles.
Add a little marinara sauce and some mozzarella and top with a slice of pepperoni. Bake the mini pizza bites for 10 minutes on 450ºF. They are easy appetizers for your Super Bowl party.
Everybody loves breadsticks. Making breadsticks is as simple as 1, 2, 3. First, roll out some pizza dough. Be careful not to roll the dough too thin because it will dry out and become cracker-like. Keep the thickness about half an inch after the dough is rolled out. Cut the breadsticks into strips using a pizza cutter and place the strips on a baking pan.
Use silicone baking mats or parchment paper for easy cleanup. Brush the sticks with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and Italian seasonings. Bake them for about 8 minutes on 400ºF. It’s a good idea to keep a close eye on them because depending on how thick or thin you make, and the cooking time can vary.
Serve these breadsticks with a red marinara dipping sauce. You could also use Ranch, BBQ sauce, or even pesto.
Traditional Pizza Appetizers for the Super Bowl
Pizza Crescent Roll-Ups
This is an old recipe that uses store-bought crescent rolls. Unroll the crescent rolls and separate them into the pre-cut triangles. Place a few pepperonis and half a mozzarella cheese stick in each one. Roll up and bake for ten minutes on 400.
You can get creative and use other fillings like peppers or thickly sliced spicy salami. Serve with dipping sauces like marinara or Ranch.
Pizza Potato Skins
Nothing says football like potato skins. This recipe is a take on the traditional tailgate snack. Instead of filling potatoes skins with cheese, bacon, sour cream, and chives, try making a little pizza in every potato skin. You’ll love coming up with all kinds of fun variations of pizza fillings. We like to add jalapenos for a kick.
You’ll need some large Russet potatoes for this recipe. First, you need to scrub the potatoes and let them dry. Then use a fork and stab them a few times, so the steam releases when they bake. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle a little olive oil on each one.
Sprinkle some salt and bake the potatoes for an hour at 400. You will want to turn them at least once halfway through.
When they are done, let them cool enough to touch. Then cut them lengthwise in half and then each half again. Scoop out the fluffy white goodness. Be careful not to scrape out all of the potato. Keep enough to serve like a crust. Spread a spoonful of marinara sauce, add some shredded mozzarella, and then top with your favorite pizza toppings.
We have made them with Canadian bacon and pineapple, sausage and peppers, mushrooms, and prosciutto, but you can use any pizza toppings you like. Lastly, bake them again for 10 minutes to melt the cheese and cook the toppings.
And while we’re on the topic of potatoes, try a tater tot pizza appetizer, too!
Low Carb and Keto Friendly Appetizers
We are a month into the New Year, and some folks are still going strong on their New Years’ resolution to eat healthier so we can help with some healthy pizza appetizers for the Super Bowl.
These snacks are pizza-themed but aren’t as heavy as the doughy treats above, but they are still delicious.
Pizza Charcuterie Board
A pizza-based charcuterie board is like a deconstructed pizza. You can make won with all of your favorite toppings.
Our favorite is prosciutto, green and black olives, sliced crunchy peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, thinly sliced salami, sliced red peppers for crunch, and of course cheese. Smoky gouda and slivers of Havarti work great. You can add low-carb or keto-friendly crackers.
The word “antipasto” in Italian means before the meal, and that is exactly what this is. It is similar to a charcuterie board, but our version is on toothpicks. Look for cocktail toothpicks because they are a bit longer, so you can add more goodies.
We like to make these with mozzarella mini balls for cheese, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes to make a Caprese or deconstructed Margherita pizza. They are a light snack that pairs well with a crisp cold white wine or lager. We love this appetizer for the Super Bowl because you can get creative and make it to suit your tastes.
You can add salami or prosciutto, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, or even make deconstructed Hawaiian antipasto with cubed Canadian bacon, mozzarella, and the controversial pineapple. The possibilities are endless.
Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms
Yes, you can stuff a whole pizza inside a mushroom. Stuffed mushrooms are an appetizer that everyone loves. Your Super Bowl party guests will be impressed with your appetizer skills. You want to start with white mushrooms.
Criminis are usually too small and portobello too big, so use white mushrooms. But don’t wash them in water. Yes, you read that right. Don’t run them under water. Instead, use a wet paper towel and wipe the mushrooms to clean them.
Mushrooms already have high water content, and if you wash them with water, you will have soggy mushrooms no matter how long you cook them. So wipe them down and pull out the stem. Put a small amount of marinara sauce inside the mushroom, a piece of mozzarella, some chopped pepperoni, and a couple of sliced black olives. Then, bake for 20 minutes on 400ºF.
These are some of our favorite homemade pizza appetizers for the Super Bowl [and really any great party]. Give them a try and let us know what you think.
What snacks do you like to make for the big game?