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Food for the Big Game

It’s almost that time of year again.  You know, the time of year when friends get together to to watch two amazing football teams face off against each other to determine if the AFC or the NFC has the best team this year.

My house will be exempt from a large gathering for a Superbowl party because our TV is smaller than the ones owned by most of our friends.    Unfortunately, many of my friends know that I’m a good cook, so I get lots of calls during the weeks preceding this asking if I can bring something or if I can tell them how to make something that will impress their guests but that won’t be too difficult to put together.

I’ve been scouring the internet searching for easy ideas for Superbowl menus and I’ve come across quite a few ideas.

This pizza pull apart bread is from pattycakespantry.comA popular idea last year was the pull apart pizza bread.  It’s easy to make, and easy to eat.  We liked this recipe from StockPilingMoms.com.  A  review of this recipe can be found at PattyCakesPantry.com.  I know this is last years big idea, but it was well received, so why change it?  We served ours with a side of easy marinara sauce for dipping.  It was very good.

Another simple solution is to have hot dogs heated in some water in a crock pot.  Did you know that the method of cooking hot dogs by submerging them in water is called “the dirty water method”?    Of course, Mario Batali from The Chew adds a few extra ingredients to his water.  This adds extra flavor to his dogs, but I’m content to just submerge my dogs in plain water.

The idea behind a crock pot full of hot dogs is that you can then set up a hot dog bar with traditional toppings like onions, relish, mustard, and ketchup.  You could also have another crock pot with some chili, a bowl  of shredded cheese and some jalapeno coins.  That would let your guests make chili dogs as well.  shredded cheese and jalapeno coins top the chili dog. Photo credit PattyCakesPantry.comThis same hot dog bar could also be expanded to be a nacho bar by adding a large bowl of tortilla chips that people can top with chili, cheese, sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and black olives.  I know that it’s strange, but I also like to put some shredded lettuce on top of my nachos.  It makes me feel less guilty because it’s like I’m eating a nacho salad.  A bowl of salsa and another containing guacamole would be great here, too.  Chili cheese nachos topped with lettuce, tomato, green onion, sour cream and black olives. Photo credit pattycakespantry.comThere’s a post at Patty Cake’s Pantry that discusses Make Ahead Recipes for the Big Game that includes recipes for two ingredient chicken wings, three ingredient crock pot meatballs, and stuffed mushrooms.   superbowl plate 3If you or your guests are on a low carb diet, you can find tons of tips and links to recipes for Low-Carb Super Bowl Party Foods over at About.com.   I really like the recipe for spicy pecans.

For those who are trying to watch their weight and eat healthy, Lisa Lillien, the Hungry Girl, has some tips and tricks for eating healthy at a  Superbowl Party.    We always try to put out a tray of fruit and one of vegetables in addition to the other foods.

These are a few of our favorite ideas for putting together a Superbowl party.   We always consider that the guests will be eating and drinking in the living room, so foods need to be easy to eat with a plate balanced on their laps.

Please click on the links above and  give these recipes a try.   Leave a comment to let us know what you think and share some of your favorite Superbowl menus and recipes?

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