Before launching into this week’s links—which are all about Super Bowl party planning tips!—I want to take a second to wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year. (And if you have no clue what I’m talking about, I’m sorry; I’m guessing you missed out on a lot of red envelopes growing up!)
Now—who’s ready for some football?
Not me, that’s for sure.
Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE the Super Bowl. I just happen to like the stuff that happens in-between the action on the field, namely the commercials and halftime show. Each year, I giddily anticipate the potentially-scandalous, FCC-angering, lip-synched halftime show, and I’m already excited about critiquing the bazillion-dollar commercials for processed food and insurance. I wonder if any of this year’s commercials will top my all-time favorite…
I‘ve hosted tons of Super Bowl parties in my time, but while others in the house are on the edge of their seats for every play, I’m usually clueless as to which two teams are actually vying for the Lombardi Trophy. This year’s different, though; I actually know that the Seahawks are playing the Broncos because my book signings in Seattle coincided with the NFC championship game between the ’Hawks and my hometown Niners. I even know who Richard Sherman is. Kind of.
Confession: I might’ve told folks in Seattle that if they came to my Book Larder signing, their home team would win.
I’m pretty sure my father-in-law will never forgive me.
Anyway, enough jawing about football. Let’s talk instead about hosting a Super Bowl party!
Don’t freak out if you’re not feeling prepared. If you’re a calm and gracious host, your party will go swimmingly. The best way to ensure an even keel—besides downing pharmaceuticals or adult beverages—is to prep almost all of your food ahead of time. Right before your pals arrive, lay out a buffet of finger foods and a do-it-yourself taco bar, and you’ll be all set. People like to get up and yell at the TV, so foods that you can gobble up in a flash are the way to go if you don’t want a big mess on your floor. I don’t know about you, but if I need to mop up after sloppy guests, I tend to hulk out. (I will not tolerate missing any wardrobe malfunctions, people.)
Wanna see what you can put together for your buffet bites/taco bar bonanza?
Super Bowl Party Two-Bite Delights :
Dolled-Up Hard Boiled Eggs!
…and cut ’em in half…
…slather on flavored mayo, and add on your favorite toppings. You can’t go wrong.
( Oh, and I won’t tell anyone if you start with pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs from Trader Joe’s.)
Want more deviled egg ideas? Elise Bauer tells you how to make the traditional version on her site, George Bryant’s site features a recipe for Bacon Deviled Eggs, and Juli Bauer offers a zesty and bacon-y Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs. You’re welcome!
By the way, I just learned that I’ve been eating chicken wings the wrong way for almost four decades. Watch this video and be schooled.
All my pigskin-loving friends like packing balls o’meat into their mouths, so I try to accommodate them with a platter or two of meatballs. If you’ve got my cookbook, Polpette di Vitello are our family’s favorite variation. It features a secret ingredient that’ll transform your meatballs forever.
You also can’t go wrong with Asian Meatballs…
…or Melissa Joulwan’s Bora Bora Fireballs. Because FIREBALLS.
Remember to stab a toothpick in each one to make ‘em fancy. After all, football is about the fancy.
A Mishmash of Bites!
Just ’cause fake-cheese nachos are out of the picture doesn’t mean you can’t dive into platters of finger food during the game. Give these a try:
Devils on Horseback! (Dare I call them Broncos, or will Seahawks fans send me hate mail?)
Last but not least: dessert. And by “dessert,” I mean chocolatey goodies like:
Do-It-Yourself Paleo Taco Bar:
Prefer to have your guests throw together their own plates of food? Go for a Paleo-friendly taco bar!
Meaty Fillings: All of the following can be made ahead and reheated on Sunday:
Or Slow Cooker Barbacoa (from Leite’s Culinaria)!
Salsa Roja Asada (from my book and iPad app)!
Finally, who says you need store-bought flour or corn tortillas to complete your taco bar? Use butter lettuce leaves instead!
Too boring for you? Then roll up your sleeves and make your own Paleo-friendly tortillas. Here are three of the best I’ve found on the interwebs:
- Stupid Easy Paleo’s Simple Paleo Tortillas!
- Slim Palate’s Cauliflower Tortillas!
- Zenbelly’s Plantain Tortillas!
Now go forth and cheer for something scandalous to occur during the halftime show!