Whether you’re hosting the BIG GAME at home, or have been invited to celebrate elsewhere, we have Game Day recipes that will win you cheers!
Super Bowl® XLVIII will take place February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with kickoff scheduled for 6:25pm EST. It will be the first Super Bowl® to be played outdoors in a cold weather in 38 years, and the first in which two US states (New York and New Jersey) will host the big game.
Even though Elizabeth and I live 30 minutes from the stadium, we are trading in the crowds and the cold weather for our coach, and the comfort of great food, family and friends.
To make it special, we have put together a game day menu that features 10 simple recipes gone SUPER! Plus we have a game plan so you will SCORE BIG with your party this year!
FEED THE TEAM: Simple Recipes Gone SUPER!
Link for Recipes:
- Crockpot Chili RECIPE>
- Lazy Man’s Barbecue Pork Sandwiches>
- Buffalo Wings RECIPE>
- BLT Dip RECIPE>
- Jalapeno Party Poppers RECIPE>
- Fresh Guacamole Dip>
- Meatball Sliders RECIPE>
- Easy Mac and Cheese with Jalapenos RECIPE>
- Football Whoopie Pies RECIPE>
Mini Chili Bowls
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- Your favorite chili (approx. ½ cup for each bowl/guest) or ours: Crockpot Chili RECIPE>
- Mini French rolls/Petit Pain (shaped like a football)
- Thin strips of white cheese (you can use mozzarella or white cheddar – you just have to be able to slice it into thin strips, we used mozzarella in the picture)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Make a bread bowl out of your rolls by slicing off the very top. Remove the bread from the inside of the roll, leaving just a thin layer on the interior of the crunchy outside (be careful, if you remove too much of the inside, you’ll spring a leak or make a whole in the bowl.)
- Spoon pre-made chili (approx. ½ cup depending on size of your bowl) into each bowl. Lay a long thin strip of cheese down center of each bowl and then lay shorter thin strips across to create the laces. When assembled, place each mini chili bowl on a rimmed baking sheet.
Tip: For a party, assemble mini chili bowls, an hour before guests arrive, cover and refrigerate. Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.
Note: When calculating how much chili you’ll need, understand that these servings are not meant to be large servings at approx. ½ per bowl. Just in case you have guests who can’t get enough chili, keep a pot of chili on the stove for anyone wanting a larger helping.
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MAKE a SMART PLAY and do what you can ahead of game day.
- Make sure your television and or sound system is in good working order.
- Focus on your “viewing area”. Create a comfortable viewing area in which all seats allow for a good view of the televised event. Bring in extra chairs, stools, ottomans, beanbag chairs, and oversized pillows for additional seating. One of the greatest treats growing up was eating in front of the television; so indulge your guests and make it easy for them to dine by offering surfaces and coasters for guests to rest glasses and plates while viewing.
- Make what you can ahead of time so you can be a relaxed host and enjoy your guest and the game. Most of the recipe we provide can be made or prep’d ahead.
It’s a SNAP to show team spirit! Save time and money on decorations and let your guests be the decorations. Ask guests to get in the spirit by wearing the colors of the team they are rooting for or don a team jersey. A room full of football fans dressed for the game will add all the spirit you need. If you must have decorations turn the buffet table into a “football field” by using a green disposable tablecloth (or even fake grass from the craft store). Use white masking tape to draw the field lines and end zone.
THE KIDS ZONE
TACKLE fun for the kids with crafts! Don’t fumble, be prepared to entertain them. When kids are busy the adults can enjoy the game.
- Buy face paint and ask someone to transform your young guests into football fanatics. This will entertain the kids (and all your guests). Take pictures of your football fanatics and send them home as mementos.
- Put out a craft table and let the kids decorate posters and small DIY cheer megaphones. This will entertain them and make get them involved in the game.
How To Make A Megaphone
- Do ahead: Create semi-circles from card stock or poster board. You can use a large object with a circular base to trace a perfect circle; cut it out and then cut in half to form 2 semi-circles. Make sure to have at least one for each one of your small guests.
- Let the kids decorate the semi-circles with markers, stickers, and crayons. Avoid using paint or glitter glue that won’t have the proper time to dry. Help the kids roll the semi-circles into a cone. Fasten the edge with tape (again, avoid using glue due to inadequate drying time). Finally, cut snip off the small end of the cone to create the mouth of the megaphone.