Just because my team isn’t going to the Super Bowl doesn’t mean this Denver woman is going to miss the big day coverage. Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean that I intend to miss a single play worrying about dinner and snacks for the big afternoon and evening. I love to munch and watch as much as everyone else, but over the years have developed my own traditions for game day that don’t depend on takeout or delivery services. That doesn’t mean that I’ll turn down pizza or deep fried chicken if you offer it, but I plan ahead to have a variety of snacks and drinks available ahead with no fuss or rush necessary once the pre-game coverage starts.
A pot of chili is always a winner. There is, however, only so much chili I can eat in one day. Luckily it usually tastes better warmed up the next day, so don’t rule it out. Consider it a “souper day” treat.
I like a variety that includes vegetable chips, popcorn shrimp, pasta salad, cold meats for sandwiches or to pop in the microwave, dips, oven baked wings with or without the BBQ sauce, deviled eggs and some sweet treats like cupcakes. Finger foods are my favorite for 4 quarters, but I can manage a plate and a fork during the half-time show.
Kids can easily serve themselves from this buffet, and chances are they’ll actually get a healthy and complete meal with a little guidance. Afterward they can either join me and watch the game or leave the room and find their own entertainment while I’m indulging in mine.
Some years I entertain, others I go out to watch with friends, and on years like this I often watch the game alone because friends are tending to their recovery of broken dreams. No matter where I watch, or who I watch with, my enjoyment of the game depends a lot on the food at hand.
What’s on your Super Bowl menu? Do you have make ahead meals and snacks that you plan to have ready for the big day? Share your ideas in the comment section below.