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Feb 1, 2011 05:13 AM

Help! last minute super bowl party

Hello fellow food lovers
My husband just dropped the "honey, we're having a party for the super bowl this sunday" on me. I am looking for help coming up with what we should serve. It will be a mix of people. Veggies & Carnivores, men, women & children. We have both worked as cooks so the bar I am sure is set pretty high. (Note: I've got a toddler & newborn. I won't have a ton of time to prep.) I want to keep it simple but obviously delicious. We will have a Pale Ale on Draft and we are thinking homemade margaritas? Any suggestions? Thanks all!

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  1. I posted what I'm serving on the Home Cooking board.

    How many are you serving? Try to do as much as possible in advance- dips, marinades, sauces can be made ahead of time.

    You could do wings, chips/veggies/dips, quesedillas, tacos. Chili is a great option because it can be prepared early in the morning and reheated or left on a very low fire for a while.

    Make your own tacos went over very well at my party last year- the adults and kids all got to choose their own taco type (hard shell or tortilla), filling (tofu strips, sliced grilled chicken, sliced grilled steak, crumbled taco meat) and toppings (guacamole, black beans, shredded lettuce, red/green salsa...)

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      make your own tacos sounds like a GREAT IDEA... everyone loves tacos... Focus on dips and finger foods..

      Most sport parties, people tend to stay away from eating anything to invovled. Went to you one with an italian theme (usually would love) but too heavy and hard to eat on a lap ..

      Pot Stickers are a good choice.. some prep time but I can normally make about 50 in 20 min. max
      it can be easy to change the inside up with flavor

      Go Steelers.

      1. re: Augie6

        This year I also decided to buy disposable plates and cups. We don't have a dishwasher and I just couldn't bear to think of all the plates and silverware to be washed. We're not rooting for either team- so I bought green cups, yellow plates, black bowls and clear cutlery. I figured it would be a cute way to serve with paper goods.

        1. re: cheesecake17

          FYI, Aldi has football themed paper plates, napkins, etc. on sale.

          1. re: Dax

            What time is the party Dax? What can I bring?

            1. re: Dax

              No Aldi near me :( otherwise I definitely would have picked those up!

        2. re: cheesecake17

          For years I made a mountain of taquitos but now I like the ease of pulled pork. I season with Miners Mix BBQ rub the morning before, put it either in a roaster at 150 degrees for 10 hours or overnight in the oven. Drain off the grease several times, pull the pork, add light sauce and set out for them to fill the buns, adding more sauce if they want. Can sit in crock pot forever. You might offer a dish of sliced red onions to go with it.

        3. Who are you rooting for? If it's the Pack, provide brats, Wisconsin artisan cheese, and several of our outstanding Wisconsin microbrews. If you have margaritas, please make them green (with fresh lime) and gold (tequila).

          But all that's a little much for a mom with toddler and newborn. I say let the huz drop a lot of time, food and effort on this party hisownself, since it's his idea.

          Is your team playing? Will they win? This makes all the difference. I saw Super Bowl parties completely disintegrate many times in Colorado in the eighties when the Broncos repeatedly lost the Super Bowl -- the food didn't matter, good as it was. People lost their appetites and left in a bad mood. Not fun parties; not, as it turned out, worth a lot of cooking effort.

          However! Had great Super Bowl parties while living in Chicago in the nineties and rooting for the Packers, even with our Bear-fan guests as the majority. Being Wisconsin fans we provided good beer, of course, and great brats and cheese. We asked guests to bring a "hot dish" -- as it's called in Wisconsin -- something "to pass." (We had a New Year's Eve party beforehand where everything was well-provided and non-football-related . This helped in Super Bowl party relations, I felt. Even the one time in the 1990s time we won.)

          People generally like to contribute in situations where there's a busy mom with a newborn, I think. That said, here's two ideas:

          Everybody (execpt vegetarians, of course) loves meatballs. Buy frozen if you don't have time to make from scratch and cook in a mixture of one small jar of grape jelly to one small jar of chili sauce. Sounds mighty disgusting, isn't. Keeps really well on low in a crock pot all day until game time.

          Veggie nachos can be made ahead and microwaved just before serving if the ingredients are inspired -- try layering good quality shredded cheese from Wisconsin with tortilla chips and sliced fresh japapenos, diced green onions, and well-drained black olives. Have ready on the side good-quality petite-diced tomato, sour cream, lettuce and a variety of hot-to-not-so-not salsas for people to finish the dish the way they like it.
          They'll figure it out.

          You rock, 3amchef Mom!


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          1. re: Vitameatavegamin Girl

            +1 on the meatball grape jelly chili sauce... Doesnt sound that good, although, is a staple to any of my sport parties. !! Would highly recomend making it -- crock pots are easiest and most effecient route

            Go Steelers, still sounds like you throw a GREAT spread at your parties. hahah

          2. sweet/spicy chicken drummies
            guacamole or seven layer dip w/ tortilla chips
            fresh fruit salad
            favorite sour cream based dip w/potato chips (I like toasted onion dip)

            • 20 Servings
            • Prep: 15 min. + marinating Bake: 50 min.
            • 2 cups sugar
            • 1/4 cup paprika
            • 2 tablespoons salt
            • 2 teaspoons pepper
            • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
            • 1 teaspoon chili powder
            • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
            • 20 chicken drumsticks (5 ounces each)
            • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder and cayenne. Add drumsticks, a few at a time; seal and shake to coat.
            • Place chicken in two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. (A small amount of meat juices will form in the pan.)
            • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 180°. Yield: 20 drumsticks.

              1. re: GraceW

                An infant AND a toddler? You are one patient woman.

                When in doubt, order pizzas, BBQ or chicken or some combo. We are going to a bar and I don't like either team, but am leaning towards the Pack, because I do like Rodgers. Even though they beat my Bears in my backyard in the Game of The Century (ha ha ha ha HA! GAWD!). He's talented and he's NOT Favre (Or creepy Ben Rothlickerburger). But hence, our menu will be beer beer and more beer. There are Chicagoans boycotting cheese. We are a bitter people.

                But I digress....

                Get some salad greens, grape tomatoes and make a simple salad with your carry out. You can also get veggie trays and cheese and sausage trays from the grocery store and make a dip to replace the probably gunky one that's included. Cupcakes, too because everyone loves them and everyone has football themed ones now. Maybe with some ice cream

                Another idea is to get giant subs and slice in individual portions, some deli salads and various chips, snacks, etc. The thing is, if you DO order out, call SATURDAY MORNING and talk to the pizza place, sub shop or whatever to ensure it arrives or is ready to pick up before kick off or halftime or whenever you want it.