Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Super Steppe

Now this is my time to “partttttty”.  For those who don’t know I am a super football fanatic.  I am all for hosting a Super Bowl Extravaganza.  My beloved Patriots did not make it all the way this year but that is no reason to not embrace this fun occasion (with my boyfriend’s adored Steelers making a go at it I have even more reason to plan a little celebration). 


The main focus of the day will definitely be the game, but this a perfect time to indulge in bar food.  You can keep things guest friendly by making mini servings.  Guests are then able to try more things and fill up during commercials. 

Having a plate of mini sliders will sure to please all guests….make sure to have plenty of toppings so guests can cater their burgers to their liking.

A great pairing to the sliders would be a crock pot of chili, which can also be used as a topping on the burgers.  You of course will need some wings, no super bowl party is complete without them.  Change it up a bit by having an assortment.  Some of my favorites: the classic buffalo wing, parmesan garlic, teriyaki, and Caribbean jerk.  


Individual portions of nachos can be placed out.  Make a more grown up version with this recipe from Rachel Ray (my go to girl for easy people pleasing recipes):


  • Two 15.5-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges for serving
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Pinch ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 20 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 bags tortilla chips (18 to 24 ounces total)
  • 3 ripe avocados, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pint fresh pico de gallo or salsa
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the black beans, lime juice, onion, olive oil, garlic, cayenne, cumin and a pinch salt and pepper. Cover and warm over medium-low heat, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer half of the mixture to a food processor; blend until smooth. Return the puree to the saucepan and stir; cover to keep warm.

  2. In a medium, microwaveable bowl, stir the goat cheese with the heavy cream. Cover and microwave on high power for 90 seconds; whisk until creamy. Set aside.

  3. Place a large handful of tortilla chips in individual paper bowls, drizzle with goat cheese sauce and top with the black bean mixture, avocado, pico de gallo and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges

In the words of Rachel “Yum-O”!  Super Bowl generally goes hand in hand with beer, pick up several different micro-brews to mix things up.  You can also serve bloody mary’s for those who do not want beer.

The décor for your game can be kept simple.  Plate your food on simple white platters for a clean and neutral look.  If you feel the need to add some flowers, to bring a little girl power to this testosterone  filled day, keep them simple as well.  Plain white buds in simple square vases will add just enough but not over power.  Most important is to make sure you have plenty of seating,  all with great views of the television.

Enjoy and remember GO STEELERS!!!!


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