The end of football season is upon us, so what better way for football widows to celebrate then by hosting a hassle-free get-together for the season’s finale! Now, I know the thought of entertaining might send panic through your body, but fear not–if you have the right mindset and take my advice, having a Super Bowl Party can be a snap. Simply follow this pre-game strategy which will maximize your cheerin ‘n chillin during the game and minimize your cleaning ‘n whining (unless you choose to have another glass of wine!) post game: Go Giants! Oops that was last year ☺
➢ Starting Line-up:
o Invite Everyone You owe an IOU to as a host
o Sunday is only days away so your timing is perfect;
• Invite lots of people since most of them probably have other plans or have decided to stay in their own homes—Plus, it’s a great way to pay back all those folks including family who have had you over so many times without much muss or fuss!
➢ Out of Bounds Rules:
o Designate one bathroom for guest use
o Close off all other bathrooms and rooms
➢ Defensive Plays:
o Serve single serve drinks (preferably clear or light-colored to minimize potential for tough stains since spills will happen!)
o Use disposable dishware
o Use Coffee filters for serving dishes
o Fill with assorted nuts, party mix, as discard for shrimp tails if serving those (if so I’m coming to your party!!)
o Assign each guest a ‘to bring’ item to limit your prep
o Repurpose Sunday’s comics: The focus is on the game and not on what’s being served or how (i.e. plastic platters are fine and you don’t have to set a fancy table—As a matter of fact, I like covering any eating or serving area with the cartoon section from my newspaper. Not only does it make a great conversation piece, you can just chuck it when the party’s over or if it’s a boring game you have some alternative entertainment!)
➢ Offensive Plays
o Set up self help bar
o Serve foods and drinks that won’t leave impossible stains to clean up
o Cater or totally stock up with a variety of pre-made platters and drinks from price-club places like Wal-Mart or your good ole local supermarket (and who doesn’t love those 6 feet subs!)
• Finger foods and junk food are the cuisines of choice
• Buy those that won’t create major mess or stains:
• Pre-cut cheese cubes and pepperoni slices
• Veggies-use a white based dip vs. oil since it won’t create hard to remove stains (see Super Easy Stain Removal)
o Use your washing machine as an auxiliary cooler
• Fill with ice and single serve drinks i.e. beer, wine coolers, juice paks, soda…
• When party’s over, let ice melt then put on rinse cycle
• Alternatively a toilet bowl will also doo…pardon the pun not my first choice but….
• Fill with ice and tape handle so no flushing ‘n flooding accidents ☺
➢ Quarterback Sneaks
o Serve ‘kickers’ upon entry (actually these are shooters/shots of whatever your fave libation is) This will put everyone in a game-time cheery mood, blurr their senses so your house looks clean and organized enough and food tastes great!
o Put up Get Well cards in strategic locations as an excuse why home may not be in ‘Marthesque’ shape!
➢ Fan Faves:
o Of course, if you’re feeling momentarily ambitious and before that feeling passes, I wanted to include some simple and tasty fave recipes that you can enjoy making as a fun family activity.
Let the game begin!
PIGSKIN PARTY PICKS
1 (8) oz. package refrigerated crescent rolls
1(16) oz. package mini hot-dogs
¾ cup grated cheddar cheese
Mustard to taste
How to make them:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Roll out dough on clean surface. Follow the lines on the dough to separate into triangles, and then, using the butter knife, make two smaller triangles out of each larger triangle.
3. Sprinkle the cheese over the dough so it is lightly covered.
4. Now, put the ‘pigs’ in their ‘skins” (the middle of each triangle), ends sticking out. Use your thumbs to press dough together so the pigs stay wrapped.
5. Put ‘pigskins’ on sheet so that they don’t touch each other. They need room to get bigger!
6. Bake on center rack of oven until dough puffs up and “skins” turn light brown (about 12 minutes).
7. You can paint stripes on the skins with mustard to make them look like mini footballs (i.e. pigskins!) Serve with a pick (toothpick) in them, extra mustard and watch ‘em throw ‘em down!
SUPER SPICY WINGS
12 chicken wings, rinsed
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tbs. Brown sugar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Chili powder (mild to hot)
1/ tsp. Garlic powder
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
How you make them:
1. Preheat oven to 375oF.
2. Put all the ingredients, except the chicken wings in a large bowl. Use you spoon to blend well.
3. Add the wings to the bowl, and mix them up until they’re well coated. (If you have the time, marinate them for 30 minutes before cooking)
4. Use fork to put wings on sheet. Brush any remaining mix on, and place them in oven on center rack. Set timer for 30 minutes. When timer rings, turn oven to broil and place wings on top rack. Set timer for another 10 minutes. Wings should look crispy. Before chowing down, cut into chicken to check that it has lost its pink color, and the juices run clear.
5. Now, get ready for some super spicy wings!
CHOW DOWN DARN GOOD NACHOS
8 oz. Deli meat, torn into small pieces (low sodium turkey, ham or chicken)
4 oz. Cheese, grated (Monterey Jack, olby or sharp cheddar)
1 can (16 oz.) fat-free refried black beans
½ cup of your favorite salsa
½ cup chopped onions
Garnishes: Sliced jalapeno peppers
Low fat sour cream
How You Make It:
1. Preheat oven to 350o F.
2. Mix beans, deli meat, salsa and onions in the bowl. Scoop it out and spread evenly into baking dish with your spoon.
3. Sprinkle grated cheese on top and place in oven on the center rack.
4. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Nachos are ready when the cheese is bubbly brown.
5. Serve with tortilla chips and garnishes. Down with cold beverages of choice!
Now ‘touch down’, chow down and enjoy the game!