In case you hadn’t heard, the Big Game is this weekend: Super Bowl LVII kicks off on Sunday, February 12. Whether you watch to see amazing feats of athleticism; to root for (or against) a team; to enjoy the halftime show; or to catch the hilarious commercials, we can all agree on one thing: the snacks are the best part of any Super Bowl party. With so much focus on the game day spread — and all the pressure that comes with it — what can you make that will wow your friends? (Because whether hosting or attending a party, you’ve gotta’ contribute to the snacks.)
As it turns out, you probably already have most of what you need for the perfect Super Bowl Snack — Chippetizers — in your pantry. Read on to learn more about this simple, crowd-pleasing snack that everyone can agree on, regardless of who they’re rooting for.
What Is A Chippetizer?
Close your eyes for a moment and think about the ideal Super Bowl Snack. There are three criteria it must meet:
- It has to be easy to eat (because you never know when you’ll need to stand up and cheer).
- It has to be easy to make in bulk (because if you run out of snacks, you can’t go get some more — you’ll either miss the game or the commercials, and that would defeat the purpose.)
- It can’t be too fancy or complicated (because simple and delicious is something people of all ages can enjoy.)
What meets all these criteria? Potato chips. Yes, you could bring a bag of chips and a bowl of dip to the party and call it a day, but if you want to provide an appetizer — a snack with panache — you need to go further. Behold: The Chippetizer (a portmanteau of “chip” and “appetizer”). Social media food influencer Marissa Mullen (@ThatCheesePlate) introduced chippetizers to the internet in a TikTok video, which you can watch below:
In her video, she puts fig jam, prosciutto, and Parmigiano Reggiano on potato chips, and serves them up on a platter. You may be wondering — why not just put toppings on crackers? That’s common practice, right? Yes, it is, but there are two reasons why potato chips are a better option:
- This is the Super Bowl we’re celebrating, and potato chips are the holiday’s traditional fare. Honor the tradition.
- Potato chips are made from potatoes. Crackers usually aren’t. Potatoes make almost everything better.
Are you ready to board the chippetizer train? Check out the following tips for topping your chips — and get ready to be the star of the Super Bowl party.
The beauty of the chippetizer is its versatility. As Mullen says in her video, “You can really do whatever you want, because it is a potato chip, and it will probably taste good.” That being said, the most important “ingredient” in a chippetizer is its base — the chip. You need to make sure that your base has the structural integrity to support your toppings. Mullen uses wavy chips in her video, which are typically sturdier than the average potato chip; so try wavy or kettle-cooked chips for optimal results. You can use plain salted chips for the below toppings, or spice it up a little with other flavors. BBQ chips? Salt and Vinegar? The world is your oyster. The number one rule for chippetizers is to have fun. Check out the below topping ideas for inspiration.
Ham and Pickles
Epicurious recommends using a honey mustard chip for this one.
Ricotta and Honey
A sophisticated chippetizer to pair well with wine. Top each chip with a little bit of this creamy cheese, a touch of honey, and some coarse-ground pepper, says Epicurious.
Nutella and Banana
This sweet and salty combo idea from Better Homes & Gardens is sure to please football fans of all ages.
Pimento Cheese and Pickled Jalapeños
This recommendation from Epicurious is the perfect combo of salty and spicy.
Pesto and Ricotta
The creaminess of the cheese and the herbal notes of the pesto are a perfect pair of toppers, says Better Homes & Gardens.
For Eagles Fans: Chopped Beef and Cheese Whiz
An appetizer reminiscent of a Philly Cheese Steak. Thinly sliced beef with melted squeeze cheese (or American or Provolone — but not any other kind) will have your party guests rooting for the birds.