Food is one of the most important parts of any Super Bowl get-together. The big game is just as much about the eating and drinking as it is about the football itself.
However, you can only have so much of one dish at the party. It’s hard to stand out if everyone comes with an armful of pizza and chicken wings.
The solution? Take your food up a notch with one of these Indiana-based suggestions.
After all, your friends need something to snack on while they’re betting on the Super Bowl.
Mix up an Indiana favorite
Let’s be honest, you’re probably getting kicked out if you bring green bean casserole to your friend’s Super Bowl party.
The foods that Indiana is known for don’t exactly lend themselves to convenient party versions. In other words, it’s time to get a little creative.
For example, the pork tenderloin is an Indiana staple. With that being said, it’s probably not feasible to carry a few dozen over to your Super Bowl party.
So take the pork tenderloin and mix it up a bit outside of its typical sandwich format. You can try out any of these options to turn plain old pork tenderloin into a Super Bowl hit:
- Pork Tenderloin Casserole
- Peppered Pork Tenderloin
- Pork Tenderloin Fajitas
- Cuban Pork Tenderloin
- Parmesan Pork Tenderloin
Before you ask, yes, these are all real dishes with recipes that totally exist.
Make a beer run for the Super Bowl
Drinking is half the fun when it comes to watching the Super Bowl. Plenty of Hoosiers will be cracking open a beer just to check out the latest NFL Playoff odds before the game.
When it comes to making the most of your Super Bowl party this year, going for a beer run could be a stellar way to stand out.
There’s always someone at the party who either forgot to bring their own beer or didn’t bring enough. You get to be the hero by filling some of those gaps.
Thankfully, Indiana has a ton of incredible local beers. Grabbing some cold ones from the following spots would be a huge hit at any Super Bowl party:
- Sun King Brewery: Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Kokomo
- Upland Brewing Company: Bloomington, 5 other IN locations
- Chilly Water Brewing: Indianapolis
- Metazoa Brewing Company: Indianapolis
- 3 Floyds Brewing: Munster
The best part about snagging the beer is the convenience. Most of Indiana’s best beers are available in grocery stores around the state like Walmart, so you don’t even have to travel to the brewery itself to make your pickup.
Stake your claim to dessert duties
Chances are, your friends are already bringing plenty of dinner options to your Super Bowl get-together.
That leaves an opening to satisfy your post-meal sweet tooth. Let everyone else focus on the main course while you handle dessert for the party.
The Hoosier State has plenty of sweets spots, especially in the Indianapolis area. If you’re looking to tackle dessert for the Super Bowl, consider checking out some of these places:
- Long’s Bakery: Indianapolis
- Baked! of Bloomington: Bloomington
- Rise’n Roll Bakery: Fort Wayne, 15 other IN locations
- Square Donuts: Terre Haute, Bloomington
- BRICS Indy: Indianapolis
Make the call for some baked goods, and check out the latest NFL promos from Indiana’s online sportsbooks while you wait for your order.
Whether you walk in the door with that white box from Long’s or some fresh cookies from Baked, everyone will be happy to see you.
Are these the very best ways to stand out at a Super Bowl party? Maybe. Are these the most Indiana-specific ways to make it happen? Absolutely.
Between a new version of a Hoosier State staple, a beer bundle and dessert duties, there are plenty of unique options to make your Super Bowl food worth remembering.