Unless the Saints are playing, I’m not typically one to watch football, and I usually find something crafty to do during games that I do watch. Football on television is just too slow to hold my interest. On Super Bowl Sunday, all of America, including me, becomes a football fan if only for one day.
In one of my previous jobs, I had to attend about 5 parties during the Super Bowl. I know. Tough life, right? The upside was getting to sample a ton of yummy food. The downside, at least for me, was missing the commercials and half-time show. I got so burnt out on the Super Bowl that I boycotted all activities associated with it for a couple of years after leaving that job. I’ve slowly come back around, mainly for the food.
If we were hosting a Super Bowl party at our house, I would have to get a snackadium. Can we say gluttony? Still I think it would be so much fun to put one together because it’s a perfect marriage of food and crafts. Check out this beauty from Pillsbury. The story contains directions on how they made some of the components.
We may not have a snackadium at our house this afternoon, but we will have tasty treats. Remember when baked ham and cheese sandwiches on Hawaiian bread were all the rage on Pinterest? I pinned a recipe and never made them, so they were the first thing that popped to mind when I started planning our game day menu. Here’s the recipe that I chose to make.
I picked this recipe out of the plethora of Pinterest options because it’s wonderful for making ahead of time. The author recommends chilling the sandwiches at least overnight so that the sauce can really soak into the bread. On game day, all I’ll have to do is pop these babies in the oven.
Another snacky food I’m making for the big game is Buffalo Chicken Dip. I love the flavors of hot wings, but I hate eating them because I have this thing about messy finger food. This dip lets me enjoy the taste without all the ickiness. I always make the Frank’s Red Hot version with blue cheese dressing. No one at my house likes Ranch dressing (shocking, I know), so the rest of the bottle would just go to waste. Blue cheese, on the other hand, we can eat like nobody’s business! To cut some of the calories in the recipe, I use reduced-fat cream cheese and dressing. I also cheat and substitute canned chicken if I don’t have the time (or desire) to bake a couple of chicken breasts. This recipe can also be made the day before and baked right before the game.
Two things that I can predict with absolute certainty about this year’s Super Bowl: we’re going to have delicious food to eat, and Bruno Mars is going to slay the half-time show. Happy Super Bowl!