For football fans, Super Bowl 50 is already a big events. But for Cam Newton fans, Super Bowl 50 is a time for celebration. It's a time to practice your dabbing touchdown moves like Cam, invite over your friends, and start cooking some Super Bowl party recipes for Carolina Panthers.
Chances are, you've already dabbled a little bit in celebrating the Panthers this year. They had one hell of a season and lost only one game (to my Atlanta Falcons, I'll thank you) on their road to Super Bowl 50. I know quite a few Panthers fans and to say they are excited about the big game is a total understatement. But while you're prepping that playlist and hanging up all of the blue and white streamers you can find, you need to get your Super Bowl party menu on lockdown.
To properly celebrate the Carolina Panthers, your menu can focus on two things — any and all light blue dishes, and cuisine from the South, i.e. the best region of America. My boyfriend's favorite place in the world is Charlotte and he goes on and on about the food. I may not be from either of the Carolinas, but I can also agree that there's nothing like some good, southern cooking from the two states. And while it pains my Atlanta-bred heart to say this, you can thank North Carolina for bringing you Pepsi, too.
But you don't need to travel to taste the Carolinas. With these 17 Super Bowl recipes, you can eat your way to a victory, regardless of how the Panthers do at the game. Just keep in mind, it might be a little hard to dab like Cam once you're full.
1Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
A southern classic and a traditional taste of the Carolinas is pimento cheese. If you've never had it, you're seriously missing out, so take the southern taste a bit further with A Spicy Perspective's pimento cheese deviled eggs. It's like my granny's church had a food buffet and put all the staples into one dish — in the most delicious way possible, obviously.
2Beer Boiled Shrimp
Both of the Carolinas are major parts of the shrimping industry, so you can't leave a seafood appetizer off the menu. From Back to Her Roots, this beer boiled peel-and-eat shrimp is super easy and packed with a ton of flavor.
3Double Glazed Funfetti Donuts
North Carolina is the home of Krispy Kreme, so do your party menu a solid and throw some glazed donuts on there. These double glazed funfetti donuts from Cookies & Cups are just perfect and you can even customize them by using blue and white sprinkles! A decoration and a dessert.
4Crab Cake Poppers
Crab cakes could basically be currency in South Carolina (I'd also like to get paid this way) and they're a great party food. These crab cake poppers from foodiecrush are mouthwatering and are easy to make a bunch of for your party guests.
5Blueberry Swirl Sour Cream Ice Cream
It may be February when you're watching the Super Bowl, but who doesn't love some ice cream? This blueberry swirl sour cream ice cream from Brooklyn Supper is fun to make and gives your party that dash of blue you were looking for.
6Fried Pickle Chips
Another famous food landmark in North Carolina? Mt. Olive Pickles. Yep, the famous brand's hometown is in NC, so celebrate accordingly with these fried pickle chips from A Cozy Kitchen. Tangy and bite-sized, they are the perfect appetizer and will disappear very quickly.
7Gumbo With Grilled Corn Grits
Gumbo and South Carolina just go together, and when you add in the southern staple of grits? Well, you can't go wrong. This gumbo with grilled corn grits recipe from Half Baked Harvest is a twist on the traditional gumbo and is a quick, easy version to whip up for your party.
8Peach Mango Salsa
You can't have a party without salsa and since peaches are a huge produce item from South Carolina, you should totally make this peach mango salsa from Averie Cooks. It's a healthy dish if you're into that sort of thing, but doesn't lack flavor with all of the fruits and veggies thrown in.
9Spicy Southern Fried Chicken
Come on. I can't mention southern cuisine without mentioning fried chicken, right? Extra bonus: Texas Pete, one of the world's leading hot sauces, is from North Carolina, which means this spicy southern fried chicken from The Comfort of Cooking was destined to be made at your Super Bowl party.
10Southern Shrimp And Grits
You can never have too much shrimp at a party, which is why you need to make A Spicy Perspective's southern shrimp and grits. It's a classic dish that is out of this world good and easy to whip up, especially if you're making a big batch. There's even bacon, y'all! (I can let my southern side out now, right?)
11Candied Pecan Chex Mix
Pecans are huge in the Carolinas and Chex mix is always a winner at a party — combine these facts to make Gimme Some Oven's candied pecan Chex mix. This is the perfect dish to munch on without taking your eyes off the game.
12Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies
13Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork
South Carolina is famous for their BBQ, and rightfully so. Is there anything more finger-licking good than BBQ? For a simple version for your party, try The Comfort of Cooking's root beer BBQ pulled pork. With only three ingredients and the use of your slow cooker, you'll have this favorite ready before the guests even arrive.
14Slow Cooker Baked Bean Trio
Hand on heart, I don't think I've ever been to a game day gathering or a southern party and there not be a giant bowl of baked beans somewhere. It's a delicious side and it's super easy to make in huge quantities. This slow cooker baked bean trio from Good Life Eats is also full of bacon, peppers, and lots of yummy flavors.
15Hot Crab Dip
It might be a little too chilly to go all out with a low country boil, so bring that yummy crab flavor inside with this hot crab dip from foodiecrush. It just doesn't get much more decadent than this appetizer.
16Football Jersey Cookies
Adaptable to any team, these football jersey cookies from Brown Eyed Baker are too adorable and will be fun (for like three seconds) to have your kids help out with.
17Chicken Fried Steak Bites
Let's turn a traditional southern favorite into a bite-sized party platter, OK? These chicken fried steak bites from i am a food blog are the perfect finger food to honor South Carolina and can even be dipped into a white wine sausage gravy. My southern ancestors are freaking out right now.