Okay it's almost here, the most anticipated sports weekend of the year... the Super Bowl! (yawn). Frankly, I just sleep through it, play bridge or go to the movies. I am not a football fan, but I am an avid baseball (Yankees!), tennis and golf fan, and oh yes...the Olympics are coming, must get ready for that. I have decided that it's not so much the sports I like but the competition. I am intensely competitive... inherited it from my mother, the one who doesn't like broccoli anymore, like old "41".
Perhaps the only thing I like about the Super Bowl is the food, and then again, not that much. I am a fan of Chili, especially on a cold winter night; but as I'm getting on in years, Turkey Chili has replaced Beef Chili in my repertoire. And the dips, love those too! I'm so glad dips are back.
If you are on a budget and have a big plasma TV, you have just hit the jackpot. There are lots of budget friendly recipes for this event so make a list and invite those you must, particularly the ones who hate to dress up for your dinner parties. This is the time for casual and jeans, men... the only time! Beer and wine are the drinks of choice and I don't know of a single male guest or fan who doesn't show up at one of these parties without a six pack under his arm. Testosterone and beer must go well together. I never allow guest to bring anything to my dinner parties but this is one occasion when it is okay and even fun to let them participate and show off some of their favorite recipes...it is that informal. So take advantage of this economically- friendly, entertaining opportunity and invite everyone you owe. There is no excuse for not reciprocating and paying back all those invitations you've had during the last year.
Here are some suggestions of things you can bring or serve. They are all on this site or in my country blog, My Kitchen By The Lake.
Appetizers and Hors D'OeuvresThai Fried Chicken Wings With Hot And Sour Sauce
Have a Sundae Bar !
and let everyone fix their own!!
If you want to keep it simple, serve only vanilla ice cream, (already scooped and served in a big bowl) and have different sauces (Hot fudge, Caramel or Butterscotch, and Strawberry)Make sure you have pecans or walnuts, whipped cream and some fun toppings such as Sprinkles, Oreo cookies, Heath Bar Crunch...you get the point!