We made it. Four weeks of pre-season. (Five if you count the Hall of Fame game.) 17 weeks of the regular season. Four weeks of play offs.
Now, it has become fashionable to consider the Super Bowl almost down-right irrelevant. Too much hype. Too much of a spectacle. Too much Ryan Seacrest. For sports tourists.
Bullshit is what I say.
If this game did not matter, it would not hurt that my team is not in it. If this game did not matter then why have I been sucked in to watching pretty much every rerun on the NFL Network the last two weeks of previous playoffs and Super Bowls. If this game did not matter, then why did we all bother to watch the last 26 weeks of play?
Being a football fan and not caring about the last game of the season would be like watching Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi and stopping the film when Han and Leia are captured on Endor, the Rebel fleet is trapped, and Luke has yet to confront Darth Vader.
It is leaving Woodstock before Jimi Hendrix plays.
Why do I bring this up? 1) I believe the spectacle of pro-football week after week is what makes it special. 2) You don’t have to be over-exposed to the hype if you don’t want to be. It is not that hard to avoid sports coverage if you choose to do so. 3) I really have no good way of wrapping up the Football Foodie for the season, and when I am tired am prone to hyperbole.
So how about a Friday Football Foodie retrospective for the best of the best. Sure fire hits if your a fan, a fanatic, or just a tourist.
This is my favorite football food of all time. I’ve made it for more Super Bowls than I can count for parties large and small. Heck, I made it one year just for my boyfriend-at-the-time Tom, my pal Britcher, and myself. The Super Bowl without a layered dip is like Thanksgiving without a turkey. (Note to self – lay off the similes.)
Why anyone orders pizza on Super Bowl Sunday is beyond me. Delivery is unreliable and odds are you’re not going to get the best pizza on their busiest day of the year. A pizza loaf is easy enough to prepare ahead of time to throw in the oven for when you want it.
New to my roster this year, and probably my favorite new addition. Makes a enough for a dozen or so people, or for five people to just stuff themselves silly. Easier to make (and eat) than hot wings. No bones to deal with. I last made it for the Giants-Pats Week 17 Game when TSB and I had company over for the game. Debating if I should make it for the Super Bowl because the Giants almost won that game, so it could be a good luck dip, or if I should not make it because ultimately, the Giants did lose. Kind of torn between superstition and a really good dip.
Easy make ahead snack for the game. Simple, people like them, and there is little mess. A low-risk Super Bowl option. The middle linebacker of snacks.
You’re going to need something desert-ish. At least one thing sweet to offset the savory. Clare’s Pudding Shots are incredibly easy to make and perfect for a party. I’ve made them myself, and god are they good. (Especially if you add even more whipped cream on top of them.)
Andrea’s Strip and Go Naked drinks are the perfect fit to a long day of football. Booze with more booze. Amen.
This is when I wish I had room for fifty guests at my place. Then I could justify serving four different heavy dips.
There is always someone at a Super Bowl party that feels out of place, because yes, they are not the biggest football fan. Put that person in charge or working the grill making Cuban sandwiches. You don’t miss any of the game, and they feel useful and more importantly, wanted.
Holly’s spicy Cheese Straws. A great bready, cheesy, hot mess to help absorb some of the extra tequila you sipped while making Strip and Go Nakeds.
Meat, meat, meat, meat, cheese, meat, roasted peppers, meat, meat, meat.
GordonShumway’s muffuletta… how do I say this without sounding completely dirty.
GordonShumway’s muffuletta, easy to prep, easy to wrap up ahead of time, and easy to stuff yourself silly. Yes, we all want GordonShumway’s muffuletta this Super Bowl weekend. I hear that GordonShumway’s muffuletta keeps nicely for leftovers the next day.
(Note – Sorry. So sorry.)
Too busy to get anything ready for Sunday? Box of taquitos, some salsa and some sour cream is probably the easiest option that looks like you made an effort.
On the other hand, if you have the time, Gumbo is great for a big crowd that’s going to be sticking around for at least four or five hours.
Sneak in a couple of healthier options in addition to everything else you’ve got planned for Sunday. Who knows, after your fifth brat and your ninth piece of Pizza Loaf, you might want something lighter in your tummy.
Thanks to everyone who emailed me during the season about the Friday Football Foodie series. Back in July when I came up with this idea, someone said I’d never make it to the end of the year without burning out on the concept. I almost didn’t, but despite ups and downs, bruises and cuts, the extra five pounds on and then the extra five pounds off, I made it through to the end.
Which means none of us are tourists when it comes to Super Bowl entertaining.