Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Superbowl Party & Menu Planning


Are you ready for some football?  I am!  The Superbowl is just around the corner and I'm thinking about the food that I'll make for the party.  I want to prepare some old favorites and try some new recipes that I've been drooling over.  They look so delicious!


I think it is important to make food that is easy to prepare and easy to eat.  No one wants to be lugging around a handful of silverware to eat.  I want things that you can pick up and eat with your fingers or at the very least a toothpick or plastic fork.  I also don't want to be stuck in the kitchen for the game, so the food needs to be simple and easy.  This day is about fun and being with your friends and family, after all!

Take a look at some of my favorite game day snacks and try a favorite of my family.  The recipe is below.

Honey-Balsamic BBQ Meatballs
via Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
via Maria & Josh @ Two Peas & Their Pod
Glazed Cinnamon & Sugar Almonds
via Jonna @ Get Off Your Butt and Bake (link no longer active)
Easy Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings
via Kevin @ Closet Cooking
Crab Cake Sliders with Spicy Mayo
via Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
Sloppy Joe Biscuit Cups
via Pillsbury
Chicken Salad Cream Puffs
via Cooking Light
Southwestern Egg Rolls
via Crystal @ Mrs Happy Homemaker
Mac and Cheese Cups
via Emily @ Cupcakes and Cashmere
Li'l Smoky Cheese Ball
via Martha Stewart
My Family's Favorite Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
2 boxes of tri-colored rotini, cooked to al dente
1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
2 cans of your favorite large black olives, sliced or halved
1 can of whole kernel yellow corn
2 cans of sweet white corn
2 - 3 cups of bocconcini (mozzarella balls)
2 bottles of Kraft Zesty Italian dressing

Optional add-ins:  sliced green olives, pepperoni slices or cubes, carrot slices, chopped grilled chicken, chopped roasted red pepper or sundred tomatoes, chopped red onion.

Cook the pasta to al dente.  You might need to cook the pasta in two separate batches.  Put them in a large bowl.  Add chopped broccoli and cauliflower.  Add drained and sliced olives.  Add drained corn and mozzarella.  Pour ONE bottle of salad dressing over the entire salad.  Mix well.  Store in the refrigerator until chilled.  You will need to mix frequently and add more salad dressing as desired.

**Cheaters tip:  If you are in a hurry, put the salad in a large food storage container from Ziploc or Rubbermaid.  Instead of stirring the salad, just shake the container a few times.  :)

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You can't have a football party without catering to your sweet tooth.  I found some yummy sweet treats that look divine and I can't wait to try them out. 

Rainbow Fruit Skewers
via Christy @ The Girl Who Ate Everything
Football Whoopie Pies
via Katie @ Katie Brown Home Workshop
Chocolate-dripped Football Strawberries
via Shari's Berries
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In addition to the scrumptious food, I also look forward to other things on Superbowl day.

The commercials!  The Budweiser Clydesdale ads are always my favorite.
The half-time show! Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are going to be awesome.
The Puppy Bowl!!!  In case you aren't familiar with this one, Animal Planet has puppies playing on a faux football field for the entirety of the game - and a kitty halftime show. They also rerun later in the evening if you don't want to miss any of the main event.
Food photos from the day after!  My favorite was the stadium made entirely out of snack food.
Hope you have a great Superbowl day!
The post Superbowl Party & Menu Planning first appeared on A Simpler Grace.  *This was not a sponsored post - just some creative ideas I love and wanted to share with you!  If you wish to share any of the ideas above, please click the links and share from the original source.*

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