The most googled Super Bowl foods in Pennsylvania and N.J. – and recipes to make them

The most googled Super Bowl foods in Pennsylvania and N.J. – and recipes to make them

No Super Bowl party is complete without a table full of touchdown snacks. With all the inevitable anxious pacing back and forth, screaming bouts at the refs, and, of course, jumps for joy each time the Eagles score, game-day fuel is a necessity.

Which foods are a must for your spirited celebration?

Buffalo chicken dip was the No. 1 most-googled Super Bowl food in Pennsylvania leading up to last year’s game, according to Google Trends; Buffalo wings were tops in New Jersey. Given the two dishes’ popularity, there’s no doubt each should be included in this year’s party spread.

“People want finger foods during the Super Bowl so that there’s no need to sit down in a dining room and miss any of the game,” said Michael Strauss, co-owner of Taproom on 19th and owner and executive chef at recently opened Mike’s BBQ.

Strauss provided us with his rendition of Buffalo chicken dip, which includes a special secret ingredient — thinly sliced pepperoni to add an extra-crunchy punch on top.

“I’m a fan of anything you stick a nacho chip in, and I believe most people feel the same,” said Strauss, who will watch the Super Bowl with his staff at Mike’s BBQ after closing up shop just before kickoff.

To source a recipe for New Jersey’s favorite Super Bowl food, we turned to the owner of Hammonton’s Henri’s Hotts BBQ, Douglas Henri, who seems to keep a continuous flow of wings in the fryer, whether at his restaurant or at his house.

“I have the Buffalo recipe memorized because I make it so much,” Henri said. “We make them at the house almost every other week during football season, and while we try to eat healthy, we often have some sort of fried chicken at the dinner table.”

Henri also cooks up honey-, honey-garlic- and jerk-style wings, but it’s the Buffalo variety that remains the most popular and his personal favorite. He kicks up his Frank’s RedHot-based sauce with an extra dash of cayenne, and invites fellow spice-lovers to do the same.

Mike’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

15 servings

Buffalo Chicken Dip stands as the Number One most Googled Super Bowl recipe in Pennsylvania.


8 oz. room temperature cream cheese
1 boneless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/2 cup Buffalo sauce (see below)
1 cup smoked Gouda cheese
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup scallions diced small
6 very thin slices of pepperoni (the thinner, the better)
Tortilla chips, for serving

For the Buffalo sauce:
2⁄3 cup hot sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot
1⁄2 cup cold unsalted butter
1½ tbsp. white vinegar
1⁄4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1⁄4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1⁄8 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350. To make the Buffalo sauce: In a medium pot, mix all the ingredients together. Heat slowly over medium heat, stirring continuously for 10-15 minutes. The sauce should form a creamy consistency without coming to a boil.
  2. To make the dip: In a large bowl, mix the first five ingredients. Transfer to a one-quart casserole dish. Top with the crumbled blue cheese followed by the very thin slices of pepperoni.
  3. Bake at 350 until dip is bubbly. Garnish with scallions and serve with tortilla chips.

— Michael Strauss, co-owner of Taproom on 19th and owner and executive chef at Mike’s BBQ

Henri’s Hotts Buffalo Wings

Serves 7-10

Buffalo wings are the Number One most Googled Super Bowl recipe in New Jersey.


48 chicken wing sections
1½ sticks of unsalted butter
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups of Frank’s RedHot sauce
1/2 lemon, juice squeezed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
Celery and blue cheese, for serving


  1. Melt butter in pan; add minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add Frank’s RedHot, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. If extra spice is desired, add cayenne pepper. Once sauce is hot, remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Fill a large Dutch oven or cast-iron frying pan with at least three inches of oil. Heat oil to 350 degrees.  Fry chicken wings for 10-15 minutes, until crispy.
  3. Toss the crispy fried chicken wings in the Buffalo sauce. Serve with celery and blue cheese.

— Douglas Henri, owner of Henri’s Hotts BBQ

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