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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. . .

                              1. Making pizzas for everyone with a sourdough starter, GFS whole milk mozz, my favorite sauce recipe and whatever toppings they want, so long as those are among the choices of mushrooms, onion, crumbled sausage, green pepper, or plain cheese. Should be interesting!

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                                1. 12th man feast, here! Go Hawks! We are very excited.

                                  We are going "traditional" which means nachos, wings and beer. Maybe a big salad. Simple.

                                  1. No real SB plans, but will probably watch some for the commercials.

                                    My sister's doing a meatball-a-thon. Like 4-5 different kinds with dipping sauces... lamb/curry, Italian sausage and a few others.

                                    Gonna make "something" to take nextdoor to GREAT neighbor who used his snowblower to totally clear my driveway and sidewalk after close to a foot of snow on Tuesday! He'll have his normal crew of guys over I'm sure... middle aged, good natured, sometimes LOUD but never too rowdy.

                                    One year made pepperoni bread (like juliejulez "wheels"). Last year they became guinea pigs when I did same basic rolled/stuffed dough but subbed cooked taco meat and lots of cheddar cheese. Might do a big muffaletta for them.

                                    Heard WEATHER might be a major consideration for postponing?? I'm sure it's gonna be REALLY cold, but unless there's a MAJOR storm in forecast... like governors calling state of emergency... that game should be PLAYED as scheduled!! My sister says EVERY super bowl should be played on the "frozen tundra" of Lambeau Field... that would separate the men from the boys!!

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                                    1. re: kseiverd

                                      Love the idea of the meatball-a-thon!

                                    2. I look forward to the superbowl every year - It's a good friends b-day as well (he has 30 foot walls in his live work space and high def projector.... we see the superbowl in real size:-),

                                      Anyway, I am famous for my Guac, and my jerk chicken sliders (on chow).. there will also be a few variety's of Chilli, deviled eggs etc... And yes, I am am taking Monday off.

                                      I am also a niners fan. but Hey I can miss this tradition--

                                      1. I don't host a party but we go to one. For the past 3 or 4 years I have been bringing these S'mores Bars and they get rave reviews. I usually will bring these plus another kind of cookie or bar, but since these are so popular, I'm just making a double batch to bring.


                                        1. We're 49ers fans so the season is over for us but will still watch the SB, at least the first half (me). Just the family. On the menu, chili and TOTCHOS!

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                                            1. re: HillJ

                                              I'd never heard of them until yesterday on WFD but I have pan cooked them with onions and Serrano peppers. Such a versatile thing, the tot.

                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                GAH! I hate it when AOL.On video player autoplays the damn videos and you can't do anything about it but mute the sound on your computer! And you don't know to do that until after Martha's voice starts blaring from your speakers!

                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                  Are you referring to the link for the recipe? Because all I get is the article with a recipe. No autoplay, no video and no need for mute. Sorry I had no idea about blaring speakers.

                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                    The HuffPo link you had up there starts to autoplay the Emeril/Martha video (at the bottom of the page) where they're making Emeril's Crazy Nachos. And there's no way to turn it off. The "pause" button disappears.

                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                      No kidding. I don't even see that when I view the same link. I only see the recipe. I use Chrome, not AOL. And every browser has a shut off button for autoplay if you want to use it.

                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                        I use Chrome as well, HillJ! It seems that it's these AOL.On videos that HuffPo uses. Perhaps you've got blocking settings turned up higher than I do.

                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                          Ah yes. true, our setting probably are diff. I turn autoplay off every browser FF, Chrome, IE. No need for it.

                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                            I've been unable to figure out how to turn off Autoplay in Chrome. Can't find it in the Settings.

                                            2. I'm not going anywhere - I'll watch it from home. I'm Commissioner of our work's Super Bowl Pool, so I have to track the winners of each quarter. :-)

                                              But I am craving ribs, so I might get a rack at my local butcher and put a good dry rub on them and do them in the oven. Not quite the same as finishing on the grill, but that is a no-go in my condo complex.

                                              Not sure yet on the sides - maybe deviled eggs, baked beans and a salad?

                                              And if I *don't* go the way of the ribs, I'll probably make a pizza and have a salad on the side.

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                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                I saw a great recipe in the Globe for pork country ribs using your oven broiler. I don't know if it will link so here is an approximation of what they wrote

                                                Combine in a shallow bowl:

                                                2 tablespoons brown sugar
                                                2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
                                                2 teaspoons chipotle powder
                                                1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
                                                2 teaspoons dried oregano
                                                1 teaspoon garlic powder
                                                1 teaspoon ground cumin
                                                1 teaspoon black pepper
                                                ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

                                                3½ pounds country-style boneless pork ribs (about 12 ribs), trimmed of excess fat
                                                ½ cup bottled barbecue sauce

                                                1. Set the oven at 300 degrees. Have on hand a large pan that will go under the broiler.

                                                2. Place the ribs in the bowl with the spice mixture and turn to lightly coat. Place the ribs on the pan. Let the meat sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

                                                3. Bake the ribs for 15 minutes. Turn and cook 15 to 25 minutes more or until a meat thermometer inserted into the meatiest part of the ribs registers 120 to 130 degrees (the pork should be pink; it will not be fully cooked). Remove the pan from the oven.

                                                4. Turn the broiler to high. Brush the ribs with barbecue sauce. Broil for 10 minutes, turning halfway through, and brushing the other side with barbecue sauce, or until they are browned and a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ribs registers 145 degrees.

                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                  This looks good, Berheenia! No chipotle powder, but I just got some more ancho chile powder from Penzey's last week.

                                                  I also need to get some more BBQ sauce. I'm down to the last of the non-HFCS version of Bullseye BBQ sauce. I have a printout of those recommended here on CH somewhere at home - will have to find it.

                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                    I couldn't smuggle chipotle powder into the house but always substitute ancho chile powder. (There is this tale of when Mr. Berheenia lived in New Mexico and ate a bowl of chile verde that gets really retold whenever chipotle is mentioned).
                                                    I plan to make these ribs soon. Love that cut of ribs!

                                              2. I've heard there will be sandwiches served, but I don't hold out a lot of hope for those being something I want. I'm bringing guacamole and chips and a poundcake/cookie platter.

                                                1. Sushi rolls rolled with what protein I feel like at the mkt on Saturday (I roll my own) and then a big batch of pork and tofu pot stickers along with ponzu sauce, Mae ploy sweet chili sauce and shiricha as dipping sauces.

                                                  Traditional Pittsburgh Strombolis as made by a good friend as well. Sliced and served with pizza sauce for dipping.

                                                  Then usually chicken wings done traditionally along with cream cheese covered in hot pepper jelly served on crackers as an appetizer.

                                                  Orange zest cheese cake with a oreo cookie crust for dessert.

                                                  All over the map and almost the same requested menu every year.

                                                  LOLZ. Go figgure.

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                                                  1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                    Orange zest cheesecake I thought that was my invention! lol never seen a recipe for it. But I do a regular graham crust with chopped walnuts and a touch of cinnamon. good menu!

                                                    1. re: daislander


                                                      I pulled it from Bon Appetit' magazine from back in the 90's. I;ve been a subscriber for decades.

                                                      It rocks, but finding only Oreo cookie tops and not the whole cookies has become more difficult.

                                                      Forces the fork in the road of de-constructing several Oreo packages or going to a different chocolate cookie base. Still uses lotsa butter tho just like std cheesecake.

                                                      Orange extract, orange zest and cream cheese with butter laced choco crumb based crust (among many other things) FTW!!

                                                      It's a natural winner.

                                                      1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                        ahh yes the ol box of bon appetites from the 90's! We probably all have one or three of those!
                                                        I thought of it after making cream cheese icing for carrot cake. I always put in orange zest, since my mom always did Again only once have a seen a orange cream cheese icing recipe online. There is always a small dish of icing left over that you can nibble with a spoon its so good. One day I thought cheesecake! no orange extract tho. Im greek and orange and walnut and cinnamon are classic greek flavours I love together. Just grind some walnuts into a meal with the graham crumbs.
                                                        Non stuffed oreos are always at the very bottom shelf. My friend made the recipe on the box one night basically layering whip cream and those cookies and covering like a log and refrigerating..omg deadly

                                                  2. Tamales? Never made them but thinking this may be the time. Have a good recipe? Going to be some vegetarians there so thinking I might do a charred corn, pepper jack, black bean,onion?
                                                    Smoked pork shoulder and then just have buns and coleslaw there to do sliders.
                                                    mac and cheese
                                                    and one of those pizza pull apart breads

                                                    Go SEAHAWKS!!!!!!

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                                                    1. re: daislander

                                                      Those vegetarian tamales sound like a great combo!! No recipe recs, but be wary of using lard for the veg ones..

                                                    2. There will definitely be some queso dip, guacamole, chips and salsa here, as well as some buffalo wings, and a big pot of chili.

                                                      1. Nj your menu is sensational! I wanted to let you know that I read your post last week and you really made me want to actually focus some attention on my menu. I normally take inspiration from the cities of the teams or hosting city but somehow this year I just couldn't think of anything.

                                                        So, instead of focussing on the cities, I've opted to simply pick dishes that appeal. Here's our menu:

                                                        Chicken and Hominy Chili
                                                        Buffalo Chicken Wings
                                                        Buffalo Chicken Dip
                                                        Loaded Nachos
                                                        Ro-tel dip (I make this every Superbowl Sunday!)
                                                        Caesar Salad (Zuni)
                                                        Italian beef sandwiches

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                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                          Glad to have gotten you thinking! Your menu looks delicious! I love it all.

                                                        2. Well...we're celebrating my son's birthday as well, and he always requests a Bagel/Lox/Egg Strata (http://www.bhg.com/recipe/seafood/bag...).

                                                          Then...the cake is an insane creation of one layer of chocolate cake with crushed Butterfingers in it, another layer of yellow cake with crushed Oreos in it, frosted in chocolate and decorated with Oreos, Butterfinger bites and "X III" (he's 13) in Super Bowl colors to stay with the Super Bowl theme. It's a double-layer 9x13 cake because the kids convinced me that when it comes to birthday cakes, size matters. We'll be eating this one until April!

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                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                            That's an impressive cake!! You could always send leftovers home with the guests.....

                                                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                              Nope...leftovers will be happily ensconced in my freezer!!!

                                                            2. Team effort: Oyster dip, guac, chicharrones, shrimp, milanesa, hot wings w/blue cheese, Cheetos, and whatever else shows up.

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                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                Oyster dip Veggo? Would love a recipe - I love oysters! Never heard of an oyster dip.

                                                              2. Seared duck breast with orange and star anise sauce, creamy polenta and roasted asparagus!

                                                                1. It's going to be tacos & sides (homemade tortillas) and my job was a dessert. I made the lemon cream from Pierre Herme's cookbook for a tart for tonight. My tart pan is too big for that little amount of cream so now I'm looking at options. I have some frozen clementines (that I threw in the freezer when I left town last month) and frozen raspberries so I may make a layer of... Something with those.

                                                                  1. We are going to have a variety of knishes that we purchased from our local deli.

                                                                    1. Just finished the wings. One stove, three pots, 90 minutes & one Samuel Smiths IPA. Presto -- 20 dozen wings ready to be sauced and hoovered down by happy clients of Whole Hog Productions.

                                                                      1. Well the menu changed all week but it looks like I'm ready with:

                                                                        Salami chips with whole grain mustard
                                                                        A few small crocks of St Marcellin cheese and warm bread
                                                                        Thai wings and drums
                                                                        Pizza egg rolls with Sunday gravy
                                                                        Mini spinach and egg cups
                                                                        Caramel pretzel brownies
                                                                        Fresh citrus salad inside a pineapple bowl

                                                                        The bar is stocked with mango fruit tea, soda, wine and beer but I also made a Moscow Mule punch with lots of lime.

                                                                        Enjoy the game all and thanks for all the inspiration!

                                                                        1. Die hard Pats fan here, only watching to hopefully make a few bucks on squares and kinds hoping for a ring for Welker....Even though his drop costs us one.

                                                                          MOINK balls
                                                                          Honey hot smoked wings
                                                                          In N Out Animal style burgers
                                                                          Stone Enjoy By 2/14/14
                                                                          Jacks Abby barrel Aged Framinghammer

                                                                          1. I have a pot of yellow eye bean simmering at the moment. Bean soup and crusty bread is planned for this evening

                                                                            1. Bean soup came out really well. Served with a salad and bruschetta

                                                                              1. Food? I lost my appetite about 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the game. I KNEW it would be a disaster. And my gut was right.

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                                                                                1. re: Chefpaulo

                                                                                  We kinda had the same reaction. The planned dinner just seemed a little too special so we just stuck with the snacks we'd been noshing on during the afternoon. That dinner will be tonight.

                                                                                2. Menu had nothing to do with the teams!

                                                                                  Made vegetarian nachos with homemade pico de gallo and scratch-cooked pintos, spinach and cheddar stuffed mushrooms and green chili cheeseburgers. Homemade chocolate ice cream for dessert.

                                                                                  In a state of overambition, chicken nuggets were cut up and brined to make homemade Chick-fil-a, but nobody had the appetite for them. There's plenty that can be done with the chicken later this week, or I'll stash in the freezer as a last resort!