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My Month-Long Super Bowl Party 
Feb. 22, 2012 7:24 pm 
Updated: Mar. 6, 2012 7:54 am

Yep, Maxine expresses my sentiments exactly.  Please don't hate me! I've never been one to watch sports.  I just don't enjoy football.  In fact, we weren't even home to watch the game that Sunday night.  But I must admit, I LOVED reading about the food everyone was fixing for their Super Bowl parties! I've never had a Super Bowl party, so I decided I was going to fix the party food for dinners throughout the month and forget about the football watching :) :)

My first dish I wanted to fix was the number one Super Bowl dip, Seven Layer Taco Dip. I see why it has 5 stars.  It's hearty and saucy and spicy all at the same time. I cut the recipe in half but wished I had used all of the beans. I really liked that depth of flavor.

This particular night I served the dip with Tostitos and Loosemeat Sandwiches II.  I have made this recipe ever since I first got married 37 years ago.  It's sort of like sloppy joes only not tomato based.  I must admit I tweaked this recipe considerably.  I added some onion to the ground beef and cooked it together.  Then after adding the chicken gumbo soup and simmering a few minutes, I added 1 1/2 T. each of mustard and ketchup.  I served it open faced on toasted rolls.  My husband actually prefers this to sloppy joes.

The next Super Bowl dinner I made included Super Bowl Bites and Baked Potato Skins. Both have very high star scores. So I had high hopes for them. I rounded the meal off for my husband with chips and salsa. The little slider style hamburgers worried me just a bit. You actually put the raw meat on the buns and bake them in the oven.  I was afraid the onion would be overpowering, but it wasn't.  I thought the bottoms of the buns might be soggy, but they weren't.  I can't imagine what went wrong since quite a few of the reviewers had issues.  I just wonder if they followed the recipe.  I put half the meat mixture on 12 Hawaiian Rolls (as the recipe said to do), and they were perfect.

The potato skins were out-of-this-world-fabulous! Great flavors and crispiness, too.

This meal really showed me why people love Super Bowl food.  I may have to have these little hamburgers and potato skins more often.

As I scoured the AR Super Bowl articles,  I discovered I had already fixed some recommended dishes and liked most of them: Fruit Dip II (I made this for my daughter's wedding in 2001), Bacon Wrapped Smokies (always a good appetizer), Jalapeno Popper Spread (very popular), Baked Ziti I (really?!?), and Artichoke and Spinach Dip Restaurant Style (not my favorite). 

The next dish I made was Baked Buffalo Wings.  I followed the recipe exactly and loved these wings.  I had prepped this dish and left it in the refrigerator before leaving the house for the afternoon. My husband arrived home before I did, so I gave him instructions for combining the butter and Frank's Red Hot pepper sauce and then dipping the chicken wings and cooking them. When I arrived home, he informed me that I could throw out his beloved Louisiana Hot Sauce and replace it with Frank's. 

One of the things I loved most about these wings, though, was that I got to try out Chef John's "patented flat wing eating technique." I have to tell you - I am so excited it works! If you've always gnawed those wings, STOP IT! Watch Chef John's video. It will change the way you eat wings.

As I said above, I was out all afternoon and ran in late. I gobbled down dinner and then had to leave for the evening.  In all my hurry, I forgot to take pictures of this night's dinner. So I guess I have to be content to show pictures that other people took.

                            posted by Julie on Sept. 12, 2010

The other Super Bowl recipe I tried along with the wings was Buffalo Chicken Dip, and I am so sorry to report that my husband and I did not care for this dip at all (and that's putting it nice and gently).  As much as we both liked Frank's, we didn't care for its overpowering flavor in this dip. This is when I really recognize people have such varying tastes and likes because this is a really highly rated recipe...and star ratings are based on people's tastes. 

                          posted by Rhianna on Apr. 22, 2009

My final Super Bowl meal I had to try was Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili.  I've read about this for ages and have seen it was an extremely popular chili recipe for that night of football watching. Again, another 5 star recipe, so I had great expectations! And I wasn't disappointed. The great thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to fix...and even easier to eat. You can easily spice it up by using hotter salsa, but I preferred it with mild.  Of course, my husband added cayenne pepper, which I fully expected.  I still gave this recipe 5 stars.

So now, I don't feel left out of the football fun anymore. I had my Super Bowl extravaganza; it just lasted longer and stretched out over the entire month!

Feb. 22, 2012 7:39 pm
You certainly did cover all the bases, Paula! How lucky you were to taste all these wonderful delicacies! YUM! Isn't that what football is all about?!?
Feb. 22, 2012 7:45 pm
I hope there's leftovers! I'm on my way! :D
Feb. 22, 2012 7:51 pm
Marianne, you mean football is about the food and not about guys knocking each other silly?!!?? I might could get into football after all!
Feb. 22, 2012 7:52 pm
Not one bit of left-overs, Caroline....well, except for the chili which my husband has already claimed for lunches this week.
Feb. 22, 2012 8:04 pm
What a great idea to make the party foods over an extended period. Nice blog.
Feb. 22, 2012 8:12 pm
There were so many great ideas for those Super Bowl foods, Marie. I wanted to try them all!
Feb. 22, 2012 8:20 pm
Very nice - it has never been about football for me but I am game for the food! Good job!
Feb. 23, 2012 5:08 am
Love Maxine! I'm here for the food sums up football or Nascar for me too. Looked like you had some winners.
Feb. 23, 2012 5:50 am
Now I find out the truth about women and football. I never knew! Ha!
Feb. 23, 2012 6:12 am
Excellent pictures! Makes me want to dash out to the grocery store and make them!
Feb. 23, 2012 6:19 am
Thanks, Fabius! I really liked this project I took on. I've decided now I love the Super Bowl...if only for the food!
Feb. 23, 2012 6:33 am
I always wondered about those sliders. I had the very same questions you did (How can this work??) Since someone I "know" has tried it, I think I'll surprise the kids with these! They look yummy! My sis and I both say "It's all about the food". . .no matter WHAT the occasion! Very nice pics also!
Feb. 23, 2012 6:55 am
Oh Paula everything looks so good! These are all my favorites, except wings, never took a likeing to them even though I love the way they smell when they are cooking. I love sloppy joes and really want to try the loosemeat sandwich recipe next that looks delicious!
Feb. 23, 2012 7:05 am
LadySparkle, I really like those sliders. I will definitely be making them again. I had some leftover and took them to my 85 year old mother, who still lives by herself. She told me I could bring those little jewels anytime I liked! They reheat very well in a paper towel in the microwave.
Feb. 23, 2012 7:07 am
Linda, I tried that loosemeat recipe the way it was written, but it was just so bland. I added the ketchup and mustard (which is what my recipe of 37 years had in it), and it's amazing what a difference it makes. And so easy and fast too!
Feb. 23, 2012 8:00 am
Wow Paula, great blog and a month long party. I'm going to try those sliders with you additions.
Feb. 23, 2012 8:04 am
bd.weld, I really didn't change the recipe to the sliders. I just used Hawaiian Rolls. Now I did change the recipe to the loosemeat sandwiches.
Feb. 23, 2012 8:36 am
Got it. Mean to say both recipes and the change loosemeat.
Feb. 23, 2012 9:34 am
Paula, all of the dishes look yummy! I love the photos. Can I come to your house to eat? You have inspired me today!
Feb. 23, 2012 9:42 am
Impressive effort to embrace the spirit of the Super Bowl extravaganza Paula. I agree Chef John's video is so helpful. Well done, thanks!
Feb. 23, 2012 10:16 am
Thanks, Lela. So glad I could inspire you. So many others have done it for me! And yes, cookin, isn't that video wonderful?! I just needed someone to show me how to do it! It makes eating wings so much easier!
Feb. 23, 2012 12:26 pm
Love, love, love Maxine! I fully agree the only reason for the Super Bowl is to create more and better snack foods. I feel the samw way about March Madness, the Stanley Cup, NASCAR, and the World Series. You, my dear, have outdone yourself. Your DH is a luck man.
Feb. 23, 2012 4:30 pm
Thanks, BigShotsMom. You are too kind. All the fantastic cooks on this site are my mentors!
Feb. 24, 2012 8:50 am
Outstanding, you really went all out! Those sliders are making me think of White Castles (or Krystals in the South). I really prefer White Castles, but can only get Krystals here, so every now and then, I have to make a trip to get my fix. I've saved this and I'm going to give it a try. You should enter this on AR's menu planner for Super Bowl...don't think it gets much better than what you had.
Feb. 24, 2012 11:21 am
Thanks, lutzflcat. These sliders are BETTER than Krystals, IMHO. Hmmm, I'll have to check out the menu planner. Never fooled around with it.
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