While I am not a football watcher, Super Bowl is practically a national holiday and it’s almost un-American not to at least acknowledge the day. You could go with a theme depending on what teams are playing or the city/state that is hosting the game. But whatever the theme, I know you will agree; there’s much eating to be done on Super Bowl Sunday.
For me, the half-time show is the more important than the game and the food is more important than the half-time show. Here’s my 10 game day grub inspirations for an unforgettable Super Bowl gathering.
- You can do hot dogs/hamburgers but you must offer upgraded toppings. Ketchup and mustard are allowed for the traditionalists but you must have at least one hybrid toppings : chipotle /barbecue sauce, seasoned mayo (flavor it with Old Bay and lemon juice) Instead of pickles us a pickled vegetable.
- Nut mixes – Have these sitting around on end tables. There are so many recipes for spicy/salty/sweet nuts to choose from.
- A big bowl of pasta – the sky’s the limit when it comes to pasta. You could serve a chili mac or this taco pasta bowl: While pasta cooks (we like the tubes such as penne), brown some ground beef, adding whatever flavors you like onion, jalapeño or other chili. Add 2 tsp chili powder and 2 Tbs olive oil if you used a lean beef. Stirring as you add everything to break up the ground beef. I like to add all the flavors while the beef is browning so it gets the flavor into the meat. Don’t forget the salt. I wish I had added corn so if you like that, put in in for a good texture. Once the beef is cooked and pasta is drained, combine them and add cheese if you like or serve it on the side. Serve with avocado, cilantro, and lime wedges.
- Cookies – these are perfect hand-held dessert snacks. I recommend oatmeal cookies and not just because they aren’t messy and you don’t have to feel guilty eating them because, you know, oats!
- Pumpkin seeds – a good healthy nibble. Most produce areas in grocery stores have good ones.
- Quesadillas – traditional or funky. You can fill them however you like. Brie cheese and fruit or typical Mexican filling.
- Ribs – my favorite are asian style. I like a hoisin, honey, garlic flavored sauce. These can be in the oven cooking during the first half and served later in the game. The smell will make everyone anticipate them.
8. Muffins less messy than cupcakes. We love banana crumb muffins. They are basically the best muffins you will ever eat, if you would like to try them, here’s how you make them – In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt. In a separate bowl, smash 3 ripe bananas, and add 3/4 cup sugar, 1 large beaten egg, and 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups evenly into 12 muffin cups. I use an ice cream scoop to make them even amounts. Now for the topping! Combine 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1 Tbs flour and 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon. Cut in 1 Tbs butter until its crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over muffins. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until muffins test done when you stick a toothpick in the center. Cool int he pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
9. Sandwiches – these don’t have to be boring. You can put out sandwich fixings and everybody can personalize to their taste. Have a variety of meats and cheeses. You could have shrimp for po’ boys. Have large, thick rolls if this is your main entrée or small rolls if you are serving a lot of other things.
10. Meatballs – these can be eaten on a toothpick if they are small, is there any better utensil than a toothpick!?! A good meatball is a very satisfying bite. You can do them in a sauce or with a salad or grilled peppers.
In my opinion, you don’t want to just put out food at the beginning of the game and thats the end. Sure, the nuts, and trail mix type snacks can sit out all day but I think its fun to have new foods coming out about every half hour or hour. It doesn’t have to be a whole course each time just enough to keep it fresh and interesting.