With a cast iron skillet and air fryer at your disposal, you’ll be able to whip up a killer spread everyone can enjoy.

By Bridget Hallinan
January 10, 2020
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Beyond watching the big game, Super Bowl parties also tend to involve a lot of food—and if you’re hosting, you’ll want the right tools to be prepared. A cast iron skillet can produce perfect quesadillas and creamy queso; slow cookers can help you make everything from killer wings to barbecue pulled pork. And don’t forget to grab a food processor, either, so you can have an arsenal of dipping sauces to accompany your pick food. With an impressive menu, it doesn’t really matter who wins or loses—read on for everything you need to pull one off.

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Cast Iron Skillet

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One of our all-time favorite Super Bowl recipes is this Philly Cheesesteak Queso Dip, which is made in a cast iron skillet. It’s loaded with provolone cheese, white American cheese, sautéed peppers, onions and thinly sliced rib-eye steak—need we say more?

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder, 12-Inch, $38 at amazon.com 

Air Fryer

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No Super Bowl party is complete without wings, and in this over-sized air fryer, you can make plenty. The frying basket can fit up to three pounds of food, such as six portions of fries or a whole chicken

Philips Premium Airfryer XXL with Fat Removal Technology, $300 (suggested price $400) at williams-sonoma.com

Slow Cooker

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Out of all the slow cookers we tested, this one is the best—use it for recipes like barbecue pulled pork or buffalo chicken dip.

KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Standard Lid, $74 at amazon.com

Cast Iron Grill Pan

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Depending on where you live, February is a little too cold to grill outside. However, you can still make perfect burgers inside with a cast iron pan. You can use a regular cast iron skillet if you want, but we’ve found that this particular Lodge pan is the best option for grilling.

Lodge 10.5-Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan, $19 at amazon.com 

Pizza Stone

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A pizza stone will ensure your pizza is evenly cooked and has ultra-crispy crust. 

All-Clad Stainless-Steel High Heat Pizza Stone, $120 (suggested price $155) at williams-sonoma.com 

Rimmed Baking Sheet

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Whether you’re baking nachos or fries for your guests, a rimmed baking sheet will come in handy—this Nordic Ware model is the best we’ve tested

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet, $20 at amazon.com

Baking Dish

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Many dips, like our Crab Imperial with Red Pepper, are cooked in a baking dish. We love this Emile Henry baker because it’s incredibly durable, and can withstand up to 500 degrees in the oven.

Emile Henry 8-inch Square Baker, $40 at surlatable.com

Food Processor

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If you want a uniform dip or dipping sauce—like the chutney and mustard sauce that goes with these hogs in a blanket—a food processor is your best bet.

Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Compact Food Processor, $40 at amazon.com

Basting Brush

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Basting brushes are great for spreading glazes and sauces, like on baby back ribs

Sur La Table Stainless Steel Basting Brush, $10 at surlatable.com 

Bottle Openers

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These top-rated bottle openers can open beer bottles with ease—drink them plain, or use them to make a Michelada.

3 Pack Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Flat Bottle Opener, $7 (was $15.50) at amazon.com

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