Feeding a Super Bowl Crowd

By Ken Kudra

With the Super Bowl just a few weeks away, have you decided what to serve the crowds of screaming football fans that will be invading your home? Do yourself a favor and keep it simple. No one will want to leave the game for a formal meal. Just give them snacks they can enjoy while they watch the game.

Set up a buffet near the viewing area so everyone can get easy access to the food. If you want to serve hot food since the weather is cold, put some crock pots to use. Crock pots can be used to make chili, pulled pork for sandwiches or stew. Swedish meatballs can be picked out of a crock pot with toothpicks or skewers. Other hot dishes could include a big pan of lasagna or a big pot of spaghetti. These foods can be put together ahead of time and cooked at the last minute. Set them out on the buffet and let your guests serve themselves. Buffalo wings are always a hit and they are a breeze to make.

Chips and dips are a great idea. Salsa can be served over cream cheese and served with tortilla chips. Do not order a big deli sandwich... make one. You can use several loaves of French bread or round artisan loaves. Fill them with deli cold cuts and cheeses, wrap them up, and put them in the fridge. When you are ready for them, cut and serve. You can even warm them in the oven if you want to.

Use bread bowls for people to use for chili or even spaghetti. The bowl will taste as good as the filling. Make a bunch of baked potatoes or hot dogs and set them out with toppings. Your guests can design their own dog or potato by adding their favorites.

If you prefer to serve only appetizers, the world is your oyster. You can serve anything from simple cheese and crackers to beer puffs. What football fan would turn down beer puffs? Anything wrapped in bacon and stuck on a toothpick will be a hit. You can wrap shrimp, cheese or sausage bites with bacon. Everyone wants to snack on foods that taste great during the Super Bowl... not necessarily worry about what is good for them.

Provide your thirsty guests with plenty to drink. Keep a cooler of beer and soda on hand to quench that thirst that occurs from screaming at the television during extremely good or bad plays. Stock up on several varieties so everyone can enjoy their favorites. Keep them chilled on ice in a few coolers near the food table.

When you serve up Superbowl party food, your guests will be happy as long as there is plenty of great tasting dishes. Be sure to spread your food across the course of the afternoon. Running out of food before halftime would be a disaster! Timing when to set out different foods will make your guests very happy.

Your Superbowl party will be a success as long as you feed your guests some great food and your television reception is good. Everyone will have a great time, including you. - 29857

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