Plan for the big game: Order your party staples online
The all-importantviewing party menu can be difficult to tackle. If you happen to be playing host to a small and safe watch party this year, the drama should be limited to what happens in the game and at the halftime show. One way to ensure a fumble-free game day spread is to keep recipes simple and order those big-game staples online.
The eats you’ll find below require very little preparation, but they can also be ordered online and delivered right to your door — which is definitely extra handy in thesedays. Grocery shopping has been anything but predictable lately, and ordering what you need beforehand will ensure that you’ve got all the goods to put out a crowd-pleasing roster of watch-party favorites. There’s even a brand-new bundle with everything you need to make four tasty game day classics — no subscription required.
Just follow this game plan below and scan our favorite online food and drink vendors for the easiest big game spread ever.
Wings are an undisputed big-game party must, and it doesn’t get much better than these beauties from Crowd Cow. The chicken is sourced from Cook’s Venture and pasture-raised with no fillers or preservatives. They’re so flavorful and meaty you can keep things simple and throw them in the oven with a salt and pepper rub, or crank up the heat with a classic Buffalo treatment. Get 1.25 pounds of quality Cook’s Venture wings for just $7.49 and plan on about a pound of wings per person, especially if they are the main appetizer or snack.
For Blue Apron meal kits you generally need to subscribe to weekly deliveries. Not so if you need help for the big game, thanks to a new partnership with Stella Artois. Right now, you can place a one-time order for four tasty game day meal kits and four Stella beer chalices (actual lager not included), all for $100, and have it delivered in time for kickoff.
The watch party package includes all the ingredients for bacon chicken ranch flatbread pizza, chorizo quesadillas with chimichurri sour cream, homemade spinach and artichoke dip with pita points and seared steak lettuce wraps with fried onions and Mediterranean labneh.
I got a chance to test the game-day snacks ahead of time and they were all excellent and easy to execute. I especially loved the chicken flatbread and chorizo quesadillas. I’d say this meal kit pack would safely feed a crowd of eight or nine hungry football fans. If you order the Stadium Bites pack by Jan. 29, it’s guaranteed to arrive in time for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. If you do wish to subscribe, you’ll save $5 on the party pack.
Schaller & Weber
Old-school butcher Schaller & Weber has been a New York institution for over eight decades and its house-made sausages have become the stuff of legend. You can’t go wrong with the classics, but for the biggest sports day of the year you’ll want something extra special and these juicy pork bratwursts made with German lager courtesy of Mikkeller NYC would certainly earn the approval of Bill Swerski and his fellow Super Fans. There’s always room at the party for more tubed meat, so check out more of the best sausages to order online and keep reading for our favorite beer delivery pick…
There are a number of mouthwatering meat delivery and subscription services to choose from, but when it comes to super sports feasting, Rastelli’s has you covered. Its aptly named Black Angus Sampler includes six Black Angus burgers, four center-cut sirloins and a 32-ounce chuck roast, all for just $75. That’s more than enough meat to get you and your crew through the fourth quarter, overtime and beyond.
The Lions have yet to take the field on the biggest Sunday in sports but that doesn’t mean the Motor City should be left off your big game menu. Detroit-style pizza is having a moment and for good reason. The crispy pan pie, with its signature caramelized cheese edges, is utterly addictive. And if you want the best, it needs to come direct from the source and Detroit Style Pizza Co. gets plenty of hometown love.
The Motown Meat Supreme, topped with pepperoni, ham, applewood-smoked bacon and Italian sausage comes frozen, so if you don’t end up eating all three pies, you can store whatever you don’t use in the freezer for up to two months. If you’d prefer to serve something a little less carnivorous or want to offer an assortment of different pies, check out more of our favorite frozen pizzas (including some vegetarian options) you can order online.
If you’re not the beer and nachos type and are looking for a more refined game day experience, may I introduce you to this charcuterie sampler from D’Artagnan? It has six salty and savory pregame snacks including dry-cured pork and duck sausages, French garlic sausage, smoked chicken breast, duck rillette and black truffle butter.
Who’s going to take home the Lombardi Trophy this year is anyone’s guess, but serving nachos at your watch party is a sure bet, especially if they’re courtesy of Memphis BBQ legend Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous. Beyond the chips, cheese dip and pickled jalapenos, this cheat day-worthy package that serves 14-16 people is highlighted by two pounds of the restaurant’s famous pulled pork shoulder, along with its signature barbecue sauce and seasoning blend (napkins, however, are not included). The fully loaded spread is guaranteed to have your guests all shook up.
Baked by Melissa
Sweet victory is yours when you order this party-pleasing dessert pack with 25 bite-size cupcakes. Choose from Baked by Melissa’s best flavors including cookie dough, mint chocolate cookie, red velvet and more. Baked by Melissa recommends four to five per person if the cupcakes are the main event for dessert.
If you didn’t discover the joy that is booze delivery in 2020, then 2021 is your year. Services like Drizly, Saucey and Minibar source from local liquor stores, so you’re still supporting those small businesses without being limited to the inventory of just one. Find that special bottle or hard-to-find case of beer without ever leaving the house — score. Check out more of our favorite services for liquor delivery but note that some states have laws prohibiting delivery.