by Chef Charlie Palmer
Originally published by Esquire.com

Think about it as a series of eats: Pregame, first half, second half, and post-game. With that in mind, a few notes...

When people watch football, they think great snacks, so make sure you've got ample bite-sized treats ready for your guests' pre-game arrival. Your best bet is for choosing a mix of finger foods that can be prepared in advance (for the most part) that range from cold to room-temperature to hot, so guests have plenty of choices and you aren't stuck in the kitchen the whole time.

While you generally don't think vegetarian options for Super Bowl, it's nice to offer one or two meatless options.

Do not skimp on flavor: Butter, salt, garlic, etc. are paramount for game day.

Avoid silverware to keep things simple and easy and reduce clean up.

Don't forget dessert! Sweets are often overlooked on game days, but if your team wins, you'll want to keep people entertained and continuing the celebration.

The Menu

Pre-Game:

Citrus Glazed Chicken Wings with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

Avocado Ahi Tuna Tartare with Poppy Seed & Soy-Lime Dressing

Grilled Lemon-Tarragon Shrimp Skewers

First Half:

Gruyere & Grilled Onion Flatbread

Skirt Steak Lettuce Wraps with Sliced Steak and Grilled Portobellos

Second Half:

Pulled Pork Sliders with Fennel-Celery Root Slaw

Italian Fennel Sausage on Potato Bun with Apple Mostarda

Post-Game:

Chocolate Molten Brownie, Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Shaved Bittersweet Chocolate