Finger food literally means food that is held with one's fingers and eaten. No cutlery is used as an aid for eating the food. Finger food constitutes the most popular item of the Super Bowl party menu. This championship game held by National Football League (NFL) every year in the United States is usually long drawn games and enjoyed by many. People love to eat delicious finger foods other than chips and coke, especially if it is being watched from home. A number of finger foods that range from skewered seafood, meatballs, wings, crudités, etc., are part of these occasions, which are generally theme based and have become a tradition in itself. These foods are usually accompanied by delicious dips and a drink of choice, which is mostly beer.
Finger food, as mentioned, refers to foods that are eaten directly with the hands. Though, most Asian and parts of African cultures advocate and call for eating all types of food with the hands, the relevance of finger foods in the western world has to do with appetizers, entrée or main course dishes such as rolls, cheese and olives on sticks, chicken wings, chicken drumsticks, sandwiches, quiche, etc. Such foods are served at most occasions, small and big and Super Bowl is one such occasion when the consumption of such foods is the highest. As per the records, food consumption, especially finger food, is the second largest on this day in America, after Thanksgiving. Most of the Americans are glued to their television sets throughout the game and munch on food all through.
Popular Super Bowl Finger Foods
Super Bowl finger food comprise of a large number of delectable dishes such as –
- Spicy Chicken Wings – This is one of the most popular finger foods during Super Bowl. Wings that are cleaned and patted dry are marinated for a few hours with dry seasonings such as oregano, garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt, sprinkled on all sides. The marinated wings are grilled till done and golden brown. They taste delicious with a hot sauce or blue cheese dip.
- Seafood Skewers – These are usually made with seafood such as tuna, shrimp, squid and swordfish. However, other types of fish too can be used, especially the ones that can be deveined and cubed easily. Fresh seafood is cleaned and cut into cubes, which are then skewered. These skewered seafood chunks are patted with a mixture of bread crumbs, chopped garlic and parsley, salt and chili flakes (optional). Herbs too can be added if required. These are grilled till golden brown and served with a dressing made of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Bacon Rolls, Ham Rolls, Canapés (shrimp, cheese, ham spread and olives are a few); Meatballs made with either meat of seafood are other popular Super Bowl finger food dishes.
Super Bowl is the second most watched sporting events of the world, after the UEFA Champions League. As per the records, the 2011 Super Bowl (XLV) was watched by 111 million viewers, a record in itself. The food consumption, such as Super Bowl finger foods, shot up greatly during this event.