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Jan 25, 2014 05:56 PM

So what is on your Super Bowl Sunday menu?

We are having a dozen people over or so..... I was going to do the very complicated Carmine's Lasagna until I scored a couple of big packages of hot Italian sausage for like $2 each. Now it is going to be sausage/peppers in one Crock Pot, meatballs/sauce in another, Carmine's Pasta Pomodoro, my father's homemade slipper bread (ciabatta), and Carmine's Salad.

A friend is making the Carmine's salad so this is going to be a very easy year of hosting Super Bowl Sunday. Appetizers will include shrimp cocktail, wasabi/cream cheese block, chips and onion dip (my favorite), and buffalo chicken dip at the very least. I'm sure my guests will show up with many more things to supplement the appetizer spread.

Desserts will be a cookie tray that my friend always brings and the Momofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie.... and whatever anyone else brings.

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  1. Nobody in Northern California is planning on watching this year.

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    1. re: poser

      Sad but true. How I miss Steve Young and Jerry Rice:(

      1. re: poser

        Cali born 49ers fan here, wiped a tear from the corner of my eye over this year....

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          California born 49ers fan here too and I was teary eyed about things too:(

          1. re: MamasCooking

            Doing a Whole Hog Production, midwinter edition. 40 lbs of Buffalo wings.

            1. re: MamasCooking

              Thanks for pointing out that it's "California" in NorCal, not "Cali." :)

            1. re: poser

              Nobody in Massachusetts is either although I should only speak for my near and dear. We are going to a French restaurant where we asked on a Sunday night in December if they knew the score of the Patriot's game and they had no idea what we were talking about.

              1. re: poser

                Some of us will be cheering for the Broncos while eating dead birds.

                There's always next year.

                1. re: poser

                  Crabtree fan here, so I almost shed a tear, too. Go Broncos.

                  I'm making quite the hodgepodge: 4 racks of baby back ribs (low oven prep) with guacamole, crab cakes, and a carrot cake - all requests from 12-year-olds. Looking forward to tomorrow - expected sleet here makes it football weather - but the tykes better shut their little mouths during commercials.

                2. A box of Montecristo No. 2, and a bottle of Talisker 10.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Damn, and I went with oban and Marlboro lights.

                  2. Super Bowl is a big deal here this year, seeing as I'm in Colorado :) I also love hosting game day parties. My menu is still somewhat in development, since I'm waiting for get a final number of who all is coming, but here's what I have so far:

                    I'm providing a roast for sandwiches of some kind. If the number of attendees doesn't get too high, I'll do a moose roast. I have one in the freezer but it's on the small side. So if the number goes up, I'll do pulled pork. Either one will be done in the crockpot. If I do the moose, I'll do caramelized onions and provolone for toppings, and slider buns. If it's the pork, I'll do BBQ sauce and coleslaw.

                    I'm also going to make a spicy mac n cheese with habanero chicken sausages I got at Costco chopped up in it.

                    Pepperoni pizza "wheels". Basically just like making a pizza but rolling it up and baking it instead... I guess like a stromboli?

                    Depending on how many come and what others finalize bringing, I might also make some elk meatballs with a bourbon BBQ sauce. It's a Chow recipe I've been saving for awhile.

                    We are also providing the beer via SO's new kegerator. The keg was purchased yesterday.

                    Others are bringing:
                    Buffalo chicken dip
                    Mini cupcakes (hopefully with broncos colors frosting!)
                    Deviled eggs
                    Queso with Rotel
                    Crudite platter with hummus and pita

                    I've also ordered one of our single guy friends, who doesn't cook at all, to bring ruffles and onion dip, which is a must have at any party.

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                    1. re: juliejulez

                      That lineup sounds great! Can't go wrong with deviled eggs or hummus!

                    2. I live blocks away from where both teams are staying and a few miles from the stadium. I'm just counting the days until the Monday after when everyone is gone. Superbowl Sunday means nothing to me this year but annoying crowds infiltrating my neighborhood. Plus, hubby is originally from the Bay area and we are Niners fans in this house. Enough said.

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                      1. re: ttoommyy

                        All I've read in the newspaper is how slighted NJ feels; that NY has taken the fan spotlight and there you are in Hoboken ready for everyone to just go home. Heck, you could have rented your place, headed to Cabo for the weekend! Love the irony!

                        Our menu (for the OP) is homemade pizza, plenty of spirits and a football game of our own with the neighbors.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          "Heck, you could have rented your place, headed to Cabo for the weekend!"

                          I've heard that people who are renting their places are not really getting what they expected. In any case, I wouldn't rent my place for $1 million (literally). I can only imagine, with horror, what it would look like afterwards!

                          And like many things in NJ (think "Xanadu"), this Superbowl is just not panning out to be what was expected.

                          1. re: ttoommyy

                            Oh I agree completely. I just saw an opportunity to tease you..

                            1. re: ttoommyy

                              There was a piece on the news this morning about how ticket prices have been reduced and hotels are dropping rates on account of low demand. No local or even regional team in the mix apparently *does* affect attendance.

                              1. re: tcamp

                                Not to mention the cold weather. My husband, a big sports fan who lives in NY and could easily afford the tickets, doesn't even want to go. He'd rather watch in the warmth of someone's house eating wings on the couch.

                                1. re: valerie

                                  My BIL is getting pd a good dollar to stand for hours in the cold to be part of security. He's not complaining. The $$$ being made to broadcast the game; Verizon is making a fortune. With or without fans, the money has been made. How much really depends on what you consider a lot. I just feel sorry for the NJ biz owner that was sold on the idea that they would make $$$ by the local gov. They were sold a pipe dream and as a group have been very vocal about it.

                                  I never had any interest in going to the game.

                                2. re: tcamp

                                  I definitely think it was the good possibility of being freezing cold while sitting in the open stadium that was the main reason for the lack of interest in the game. The Polar Vortex has been getting a lot of recent weather play, so who knew whether it would be 40° (as it appears it will be close to being on Sunday) or 5° with a wind chill of -20°.

                                  I guess when you're spending $1500-$2000 or more on a ticket, you want to be comfortable watching the game. Which I can totally understand.

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    "I definitely think it was the good possibility of being freezing cold while sitting in the open stadium that was the main reason for the lack of interest in the game."

                                    God forbid TPTB take this into account instead of just seeing the $$$ before their eyes.

                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                      Interestingly, it was the NJ Giants and NJ Jets who convinced TPTB to have a cold weather Bowl game, and league owners waived the rule of having at least 50° weather if the SB is held in an open stadium so it could be voted on.


                                      I found the last paragraph ironic:

                                      As for the ticket holders who will have to brave the cold on game day? “They do it in Green Bay every day,” says [Jets owner Woody] Johnson. “It’s cold up there, and no problem. Just put another layer on, and you’ll be good.”

                                      ....he says as he sits in the comfort and warmth of his enclosed owner's box while staff serves him high-end food that those who pay for very expensive tickets aren't getting in the open stadium seating. :-/

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        Yes, they do it in Green Bay for THEIR team. Ha!
                                        Thanks for the link.

                                        OK... we better get back on topic now. Food! :)

                            2. re: ttoommyy

                              You can't drive, take a taxi or talegate... you have to take a shuttle to the Met Life for an additional 51.00


                              Rodger Godell's greed has no bounds...

                            3. Typically I host our fantasy football league party, but due to mr Autumn's work travel requirements, I'm now working on a Go Team USA party. Please USA hockey help me out. . .