It’s that time of year, again. The day you have lots of friends come over to watch commercials and eat a bunch of fun food, right? Oh, of course, there are those few who will want to watch the game that takes place between the commercials. I’m joking, mostly. 😉 Did you know that you don’t have to be a big football fan to enjoy a good Super Bowl party. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money to host a good Super Bowl party!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you do your last-minute planning for this weekend’s big game.
1. Find the deals; then, plan your menu. Check out the deals at all your local stores (including drugstores) before making your menu. Your guests may not care very much about the brand of chips, crackers, or even cheese that you have at the party. And, they won’t care that you have frozen pizza bites in place of the quiche you had originally planned to have. Make your menu based on the best deals you can find.
2. Stock up while you’re at it. Some of the snack foods and frozen foods on sale right now will not be on sale again for quite some time. So, if there are foods that you buy anyway, this is the time to stock up.
3. Make it a BYOB party. There aren’t many ways around the expense of alcohol, and guests expect to bring something with them. There is no shame in asking them to bring their own alcoholic drinks with them. You can still provide soda, punch, or juice. But, allowing guests to bring their own drinks can help cut costs significantly.
Are you hosting a party this weekend? What do you do to keep costs down for the big game?
Whether you were rooting for the Ravens or the 49ers, the game is over and your guests have (hopefully) gone home. But are you stuck with a lot of leftovers? Here are some practical uses for some common Superbowl food.
1. Artichoke dip pasta. Just in case any of this made it out uneaten, it’s amazing cooked in pasta. Cook fettuccine noodles like normal, then drain. Put back into the pan and stir in leftover dip. You’ll have to adjust according to how much dip was left, but this is amazing!
2. Freeze/cut up your veggies. There is no need to throw away the vegetables from your veggie trays. Use them in recipes that call for cut up veggies. Throw your carrots into a pot roast or cut up your celery and throw it in your freezer. There aren’t many veggies from those trays that won’t translate into another recipe.
3. French toast from rolls! We always have rolls leftover from parties. We love to buy them for little sandwiches, but we always have too much. In addition to more sandwiches the next day, those rolls make amazing french toast.
4. Lunch meats. If you have leftovers lunch meats for sandwiches or whatever, they are great for chopping up into omelets.
5. Donate it! There are so many charities and places that need food. Call and see if you can bring some properly stored leftovers. They would most likely love it!
Some things you shouldn’t keep or reuse are items that were left out for a long time with mayo or sour cream in them.
The Superbowl is less than a week away and you are probably already planning your menus. It’s important to plan so you can try and use coupons and check out all the sales. Here are a few of my most favorite recipes that I make almost every year. They are generally pretty inexpensive to make and they are a MAJOR crowd pleasers!
Apache Bread Dip (or what I like to call, “crack dip”)
1 (9 inch) round bread loaf, I like to use the Hawaiian Bread
16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese , grated
8 ounces cream cheese , softened
1/2 cup green onion , minced
8 ounces sour cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 (4 1/2 ounce) cans green chilies , chopped
1 cup ham , chopped
Cut the top of the bread off reserving the top.
Hollow out the inside.
Combine remaining ingredients and mix well.
Fill the bread with the cheese mixture.
Replace the top.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour and 10 minutes.
Serve with tortilla chips and leftover bread that you scooped out.
Slightly more difficult than the dip, but so worth it. These are my husband’s favorite!
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon bacon bits
12 ounces jalapeno peppers, seeded and halved
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 quarts oil for frying
In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and bacon bits. Spoon this mixture into the jalapeno pepper halves.
Put the milk and flour into two separate small bowls. Dip the stuffed jalapenos first into the milk then into the flour, making sure they are well coated with each. Allow the coated jalapenos to dry for about 10 minutes.
Dip the jalapenos in milk again and roll them through the breadcrumbs. Allow them to dry, then repeat to ensure the entire surface of the jalapeno is coated.
In a medium skillet, heat the oil to 365 degrees F ( 180 degrees C). Deep fry the coated jalapenos 2 to 3 minutes each, until golden brown. Remove and let drain on a paper towel.
Ok, I admit I shared this at Christmas, but these really are my favorite appetizer and I make them every excuse I have. Do yourself a favor and make these!
2 (16 ounce) packages regular flavor pork sausage
1 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir well. Form into 1inch balls.
Place on ungreased baking sheet; bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven; cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.
Serve with cocktail forks or toothpicks.
Pulled Pork Mini Sandwiches
This is by far the easiest thing you can make and people will think you spent hours on it.
Rolls (I get them from the bakery at my local store)
Turn your crock pot on low and place the pork roast in.
Season roast with Cajun seasoning.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until meat shreds easily.
It will make a little broth, leave it in.
Pour BBQ over shredded meat and let cook for another hour.
Serve on mini buns.
What foods much you have on Superbowl Sunday and most importantly who are you cheering for!?