It comes once a year, and is one of the most watched events of the entire year. Every year, around 3:00, wherever you live, you’ll start to see people loading up their cars in the ‘burbs, or walking around the city with casserole dishes on their way to go watch the Super Bowl with friends. Super Bowl Sunday has as many traditions and rituals as any other American holiday, and people are just as fussy about having it done right. Here’s our take on doing Super Bowl Sunday: The Right Way.
If you’re tempted to decorate, stop. Nobody will ever see that your chip bowl is shaped like a football and nobody will care if your plates look like turf. And I promise you, everyone hates wiping their mouth with a stiff napkin that looks like a football. And if they do notice, they won’t care. The only decoration you need is a television– several if possible. If you absolutely MUST decorate, just grab some foam fingers for people to wave around. But really, all eyes are on one thing– the big game.
You should be putting your focus on seating vs televisions. If your furniture is movable, work on optimizing how many people can see the game really well. If you’ve invited spouses/dates who don’t watch football and/or children, make sure you have a place for them to hang out that will not annoy the people focused on the game. Keep a football around so when the kids get over tired you can entertain them by randomly throwing the ball in the center of the room to see who can dive for it faster. Wait for first blood to be drawn.
Make sure nothing that you’re worried about breaking or staining is anywhere near where people will be sitting. Do what you can to make sure that wherever people sit, they can safely put a drink or a plate down somewhere near them.
A few simple rules will save the day. Nobody wants to sit down at a table, and nobody wants to struggle to balance a loaded down plate on their lap, let alone try to knife and fork their food. 1) Stay handheld. You have a dozen other holidays throughout the year to show off your other skills. Keep this one simple. 2) People like to graze. Most people want to keep eating a little at a time throughout the game, and nobody wants a designated eating time. So keeping food available is your best bet. Which leads us to 3) Room temperature. Foods that don’t have to be really hot or really cold are better. Serve a few hot appetizers that you can prepare before the game starts, and stick with foods that don’t have to keep cooking during the game. 4) Simplify. Remember, it’s all about the game. Do not be tempted to build a Super Bowl Snack Arena (found on latinrapper.com). You and your guests will be so much happier off sticking to good food, and lots of it.
Dinner and Dessert:
Italian Hoagies Sliced Small
Warmed Sliced Steak on Garlic Toasts
Boston Creme Donuts
Your entertainment is all provided for you, but you can’t watch Super Bowl without betting on the action. Boxes, Polls, straight bets, here are all the ideas you need. More bets = more fun, and having games that don’t require skill helps get people who normally don’t care about the game involved. If you’re not the gambling types, any of these can be played for bragging rights.
**Guacamole. Homemade. It’s easier than you think, and worth it. Buy 12 avocados, (or about 1-2 per person) Cut the avocado in half and using a big spoon, scoop out the insides. Using a large fork, mash it up roughly. That’s your basic. If you did nothing else, it would still be amazing. But add some chopped white or red onion, some diced tomato, and some basic seasonings. Go really simple with salt, chili powder, cilantro and cumin. Add a little at a time till you like the taste. Squeeze in some lime or lemon juice if you like, maybe some red pepper flakes and you’re done. Sealing it up tight in saran wrap if you’re not serving right away.
**Nachos. Even easier. Put chips on a baking sheet. Cook up some ground beef with taco seasoning. Spoon over Chips. Add salsa or diced tomatos, tons of shredded cheddar and jack cheeses, sliced black olives and sliced jalapeno. Bake till melty. Top with sour cream and guacamole. Serve.
fennel seed and mustard crusted roasted pork tenderloin with braised potatoes...I won't even hear the 'color commentary' with all the chewing noises.
I'd like to make a bet on just how many of us will be watching over here in France. Looks like I'll be nursing espresso just to keep up, then off to work. GO GIANTS!
YAY!! I've been waiting for this list all week! But you forgot to list the "Get psyched" Music: "It's Giant's time in the Super Bowl..."
Beer, wings, smoke, beer wings smoke, beers wings smoke. Start around 2 or 3 to make sure you don't pass out and miss the end of the game.
The party I'm going to is having a chilli contest before the game. A dozen people bring in their own chilli, and we vote on the best. There's the other usual food and drink there, but the different sampling of chilli is a good idea.
Still talkin' pigskin‽‽ We're but four scant weeks until Spring Training opens in F-L-A with the Seminoles taking on those lovable Mummers from Philly. Headin' to the Hot Dog toppings wire....