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Super bowl supper...easy to cook, maybe Chicago theme, but please no pizza!

janetofreno Jan 31, 2007 09:57 PM

I'm not asking too much, am I?

We have a new family tradition: our college-aged boys, a girlfriend and the occasional hanger-on come for Sunday supper every week. It seems that the Super Bowl is not enough of an excuse to get me out of cooking. So what can I cook to serve shortly after the game ends (or maybe during the second half)? I'm very into football, even bad football, so it has to be something that I can prepare ahead of time, or at least won't take too much of my attention while I watch the game. And since we're rooting for the underdogs in my house, a Chicago theme might be fun. (But what? Chicago-style hot dogs? ). Pizza is out; I just don't like pizza enough to bother cooking or ordering it.

I'll be serving the standard chips, salsa, and quacamole during the game...kids won't let me get away with anything else. So something that goes well after them would be appreciated.

  1. JasmineG Jan 31, 2007 10:46 PM

    How about enchiladas? Not Chicago themed (unless you want to use one of Rick Bayless's recipes and call that your homage to Chicago), but you can easily do all of the prep before the game and have them all rolled in the pan and covered and then slide the pan into the oven when the 4th quarter starts and they'll be ready when the game is over.

    1. alpine chef Jan 31, 2007 11:01 PM

      when i think chicago casual.. i think dogs, polish sausage, pizza (i know it's out), ribs.... straight out of snl's swerski skits.,,, shoot you could even dress up like them

      1. weinstein5 Feb 1, 2007 02:12 AM

        Hot Dogs - and rememebr NO catsup (or is it ketchup) - another suggestions would be greek food - and if you are doing SNL chicago skits - cheese burger cheese burger cheese burger no fries chips - is from a chicago staple the billy goat tavern

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          ChiliDude Feb 1, 2007 03:40 AM

          There was another thread on this subject. Not knowing where you live makes a suggestion somewhat difficult. Definitely Chicago-style Italian Beef Sandwiches are a must. They are not the same as Philly steak or cheese steak sandwiches. Each have a distinct flavor...both are good. I grew up in Chicago, but am now a resident of the Philly area, so I know both sandwiches.

          Go Bears...eat horsemeat (Colts)!

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          1. re: ChiliDude
            janetofreno Feb 1, 2007 07:55 AM

            The enchiladas aren't a bad idea....and cheeseburgers and hotdogs would work too (but I don't know if I can STAND a hot dog without ketchup!). As for where I'm from, check out my username! It tells it all (in other words, no where near Chicago....). Also, the fact that we're eating AFTER the game gives you a hint that we are westerners......

            My husband wants pasta, but the kids insist on the guacamole (and in reality it wouldn't be superbowl without it) and somehow the two just don't go together...

            1. re: janetofreno
              cackalackie Feb 1, 2007 08:10 AM

              Janet - I thought you must be out west as well, when you even mentioned eating after the game! Speaking of guacamole, did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest guac-eating day of the year? If you were to spread it all out over a football field, it would be 10-12 feet deep.

              And speaking of which, I love to make a football field out of my guacamole on game day. Just spread it in a rectangular dish and pipe the yardlines, etc with sour cream.

              1. re: janetofreno
                jessicheese Feb 1, 2007 09:27 AM

                LOL! Rather than getting that you were from Reno I thought you were Janet O'freno=)

                That being said, what about a southwest chicken style pasta? That'll go with guac and satisfy the pasta request. I also have a fantastic recipe for Mexican Lasagna, made with tortillas instead of noodles. It's easily prepped ahead and can be thrown in the oven for the fourth quarter. Let me know if you want the recipe and I'll post it.

            2. othervoice Feb 1, 2007 04:20 AM

              for something different and hearty, why not try a big pot of Beef Stroganoff can all be made ahead and kept in a crock pot. Serve with noodles and/or rice.

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                Amata Feb 1, 2007 04:29 AM

                If you want to go the Italian beef route, here's a link to a recipe:


                Most of the cooking is done the day before, so this might be a good choice for letting you enjoy the game!

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                  Amata Feb 1, 2007 06:37 AM

                  It just occurred to me that it would be easier to make Italian beef sandwiches if you knew what they are supposed to look like. Here's a link which has a good photo:


                  1. bolivianita Feb 1, 2007 09:02 AM

                    Its already been said but hotdogs was the first thing that came to mind. however it is that they serve them in chicago.

                    1. mamamia Feb 1, 2007 09:20 AM

                      Italian Beef is great. We made some for tailgating this year when our team played the Bears. It was a huge hit, and so easy to do.

                      1. JungMann Feb 1, 2007 09:26 AM

                        If you need to make pasta, then Italian beefs are definitely the way to go. You can make some baked ziti or lasagna or something else as a side and have Italian beefs as the main. The only problem I foresee is finding suitable bread. Gonnella or Turano rolls are hard to find outside the Midwest, I think. It needs to be something that's reasonably firm on the outside without being crusty and absorbent on the inside to soak up the jus.

                        1. Will Owen Feb 1, 2007 10:56 AM

                          Ahem...any suggestions for an Indianapolis theme?

                          1. heatherkay Feb 1, 2007 11:31 AM

                            Currently also under discussion on the Midwest board (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/362720)

                            1. janetofreno Feb 1, 2007 12:00 PM

                              Keep the suggestions coming, folks, I'm loving them! If nothing else it gives me ideas for future Sunday suppers during football season!

                              I thought about asking hubby to cook the Super Bowl Supper, but since the Bears are really his team and he's as much into football as I am I figured he wouldn't want the distraction...

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                                weezycom Feb 1, 2007 12:51 PM

                                Doesn't Chicago have it's own style of chili? Seems that a big crockpot of that would fit the bill, too.

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                                1. re: weezycom
                                  JungMann Feb 1, 2007 01:07 PM

                                  I'm from there and never heard of that. As far as I know, we specialize in: deep dish pizza, hot dogs, italian beefs, jibaritos (mainly in Humboldt Park), steaks, polish sausage and have a long-time love affair with gyros, oversized burritos and tacos (e.g. Burrito King, Loco Taco, etc.) and shady fried chicken (i.e. Harold's Chicken Shack). There are some things from the South Side that I wasn't familiar with, though, but none of it included chili.

                                2. janetofreno Feb 2, 2007 11:41 PM

                                  Well, the kids have weighed in and they want grilled steak. Nothing really Chicago about that, but at least its easy. Fortunately the weather will allow for grilling this weekend. And it goes with guacamole. But I thank you all for your ideas; I'll use them next season!

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