Clockwise from top left: The Wicked Noodle, An Edible Mosaic, Eclectic Recipes

By Michael Bartiromo


It's often said that variety is the spice of life, and that's true in many cases — just not on Super Bowl Sunday. As everybody knows, buffalo sauce is the preferred spice of Super Bowl Sunday, hands down.

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That being said, you can still inject a little variety into your game-day gathering by swapping out a tray of buffalo wings for a different buffalo-drenched appetizer, such as popcorn, cauliflower, or even French-bread pizza. In fact, we've gathered 18 great ideas for buffalo-based recipes below, and each looks just as delicious as a plate of fiery wings.

Try one of the following recipes at this year's Super Bowl party, but just be sure not to skimp on that sauce. (Like we said earlier, "variety" is fine and dandy, but it's no substitute for Frank's RedHot.)

Half Baked Harvest
Buffalo Oven-Fried Goat Cheese

"This buffalo 'fried' goat cheese is goooood," writes Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest. "Like really, really good," By the looks of that picture up there, we're inclined to believe her, too. Grab her full recipe here.

Eclectic Recipes
Buffalo Ranch Popcorn

Flavored popcorn is always a crowd-pleaser, especially on Super Bowl Sunday. Click here for Angie McGowan's recipe, or head over to her blog Eclectic Recipes for more savory snack ideas.

Taste and Tell
Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Taste and Tell blogger Deborah Harroun has discovered the perfect game-day treat in these buffalo chicken taquitos. For the full recipe, click here.

Savour The Senses
Buffalo Chicken Mac 'N' Cheese Casserole

What's not to love about buffalo mac and cheese? Nothing, that's what. Get the recipe here, courtesy of Jenny at Savour the Senses.

Bake Your Day
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Normal meatballs are pretty amazing as-is, but Cassie Laemmli from Bake Your Day is changing the game with this buffalo chicken makeover. Check out her recipe here.

The Wicked Noodle
Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Kristy Bernardo of The Wicked Noodle knows just how to satisfy your Super Bowl cravings: with this recipe for a pile of spicy buffalo sliders.

Snappy Gourmet
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

It's not just for picnics or cookouts — pasta salad satisfies at Super Bowl parties, too. Click here for Lisa Huff's recipe, courtesy of her Snappy Gourmet blog.

Snappy Gourmet
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms

Here's another party idea from Lisa Huff at Snappy Gourmet: buffalo stuffed mushrooms. Try out the recipe here.

Damn Delicious
Buffalo Ranch Fries

Chung-Ah Rhee's blog is called Damn Delicious, and that's just what these buffalo ranch fries are. Here's how to make 'em.

An Edible Mosaic
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Veggies are usually served as an accompaniment to a plate of buffalo wings, but Faith Gorsky of An Edible Mosaic makes them the star of the show. Try out her recipe on game day.

How Sweet It Is
Buffalo Chicken French Breads

It's French-bread pizza, Super Bowl-style. It's also the brainchild of Jessica at How Sweet It Is, who has personally eaten this dish hundreds of times. Get her full recipe here.

How Sweet It Is
Buffalo Chicken Soup

Jessica at How Sweet It Is didn't stop at buffalo French-bread pizzas; she puts a buffalo spin on chicken soup too. Come this Sunday, however, she advises we quadruple her recipe.

Ari's Menu
Buffalo Deviled Eggs

After seeing this fiery-hot recipe for Ari Ziskin's deviled eggs at Ari's Menu, we have to wonder: Why aren't all deviled eggs made this way?

Simply Scratch
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Laurie, the recipe blogger behind Simply Scratch, understands that you can never have too much pizza at a Super Bowl party, be it delivery or this homemade flatbread version. We wholeheartedly agree.

And They Cooked Happily Ever After
Buffalo Chicken Tacos

This idea comes from Kate, who shares her (and her husband's) recipes at And They Cooked Happily Ever After. It's everything you love about buffalo wings — the buffalo sauce, the blue cheese, even the carrots and celery — inside a charred and chewy tortilla. Get the complete recipe here.

Bev Cooks
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Bev at Bev Cooks originally whipped up these quesadillas in honor of March Madness, but that doesn't spoil it for us one bit. This same recipe still makes a super Super Bowl snack.

Tracey's Culinary Adventures
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf

Regular meatloaf? BORING. Buffalo chicken meatloaf? Now we're cooking! Tracey from Tracey's Culinary Adventures really lives up to her blog's name with this unique game-day meal. Check out the full recipe here.

The Spiffy Cookie
Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs

We've already seen buffalo meatballs on the list, but hungrier football fans might want to try out this recipe for buffalo chicken meatball subs. We can thank Erin at The Spiffy Cookie for this fantastic idea.