It’s estimated that over 100 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 5th including my family. While none of our teams were actually playing (Dad’s team is Buffalo Bills, mine is undecided till next season, Fred 5’s somehow became the Patriots after dropping the Redskins/”Deadskins”, Cassius rocks with Dad, King rocks with me and well Praise is not interested in football) we are still a football house who cherishes the Super Bowl and the fun and excitement it can bring no matter the teams playing.
I can’t forget that the Super Bowl is special for me and my husband for our own reason too. Many a Super Bowl ago (at least 13 bowls ago) I made the best darn burritos ever because that day my then boyfriend proposed to me. Initially I didn’t take him seriously but yes the burritos were that delicious and he was serious. Eventually we did marry and ever since we have been using Super Bowl Sunday to celebrate the undying love that we have for each other. So it’s important to me that he can relax and enjoy the big game comfortably with all the fixings and the greatest of them all, love.
I thought that inspiration would be lacking when it came to my Super Bowl planning considering neither of the teams were ours. I was pleasantly surprised to find many great meal ideas that made the cut for our Super Bowl Party on my favorite app in the world right now Pinterest.
My final Super Bowl menu was :
New England Lobster Rolls vs. Philadelphia Cheesesteaks
Pizza Pull Apart Bread & Meatball Sliders
Chicken Nuggets & Tater Tots
Fiesta Chorizo Queso & Tortilla, Doritos and Plain Lays Chips
Epic Dry Rubbed Wings & Vegetable Tray
Candied Grapes & Strawberries
Peach Cobbler with Cream Cheese
Store Brought Cupcakes
With the menu laid out I set out Sunday morning to acquire the ingredients I didn’t have on hand and to pick up my Infladium. Even though I lay everything out nicely I still try to do so on a budget and we’re never sure whether we’re celebrating with company or alone. Just the household alone is still 7 people so I always try to make sure that it’s enough food for us and that it may be enough leftover for lunch or dinner the following day. Before I could get the food I had to make it to Party City by 10am to attempt to obtain one of the 2 Infladiums Party City’s website reported to still have in stock not so close to my home. Because I wasn’t sure how big I was going this year I waited too late and was disappointed that there were no more Infladiums in stock even though I was the second customer in the store when it opened. The fact of the matter is that they barely had anything left Super Bowl related. Luckily the remaining items were marked down 50% but the pickings were slim. So I grabbed a fitted football field table cover for my table and 2 Snack Stadiums and some football and flag party picks. I had also picked up a few things from Dollar Tree to add to my decorations nicely. Satisfied with those things and some items I knew I had at home I could finally start food shopping.
The Lord was working in my favor because when I walked into Kroger it was so busy they didn’t even have any shopping carts available but I had a calmness in my soul that took me straight to the Seafood Counter where there was surprisingly no one in line. My God he really loved me – the lobster tails that I needed were on sale for $5 a pop. Thank you Jesus I smiled as I ordered my six. As soon as he began bagging them the line began to form behind me rapidly. Still with no cart in hand I decided to at least try to find the ribeye steaks that I needed for the cheesesteaks. My menu didn’t exist without these two items and so far I was doing pretty good. Again I was pleasantly surprised to find the ribeye steaks that I needed marked down. The items that sold out completely were the regular Philadelphia cream cheese but I was feeling so good I had already grabbed a shopping cart and decided to use 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Cream cheese, it still had to taste better than generic cream cheese which could be awful.
I did have to obtain a few more items from Wal-Mart that I either forgot or Kroger didn’t have but I was cooking by 2ish and feeling good about how everything was coming together. Even though the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, the New England Lobster Roll won in my house. They were absolutely delicious and now my husband’s favorite meal. The rolls were toasty and buttery filled with the lobster salad. I used the recommendation of fellow Pinners and added Old Bay seasoning to the mixture of mayo, lemon and what not. I didn’t have any sriracha as the recipe called for so I opted to swap it for Louisiana hot sauce. It was good! (Disclaimer – it was still good the next day after re-heating). Even though the Lobster Roll was the clear winner for us both, the cheesesteak was still very tasty in its own right. For that I went the old school route and used finely cut ribeye, sliced baby bella mushrooms, onions and green peppers. I used season salt and black pepper liberally to flavor it all. No cheese whiz for us, I found a nice smoked provolone thinly sliced. I also decided against melting the cheese in the pan over the meat and placed the cheese on the inside of the hoagie roll. I did keep with the recipe’s instructions and roll the sandwiches tightly in foil and put them in the oven for 10 minutes on a low setting. The steak was tender and flavorful – it was a great steak and cheese.
The next winner of the night was definitely unexpected – the Candied Grapes were a huge hit with everyone. Who knew that covering grapes in jello would give them a great texture and taste? I grabbed the Jolly Rancher Watermelon flavor and was delighted with the results. Those were gobbled up quickly. It also inspired me to cover other fruits in jello too in the future. The queso dip is always a hit, I make a version similar to the Fiesta Chorizo Queso with ground sausage or breakfast sausage.
The losers of the night in my eyes were the Pizza Pull Apart Bread and the Epic Dry Rubbed Wings. I had done my research and read the comments on both recipes and tried to modify them to prevent certain aforementioned issues. I added pizza sauce to the blend of dough, mozzarella, olive oil and pepperoni to give it more flavor and moisture or so I thought. 2 of 4 kids loved the pizza bread, me not so much. The chicken wings which are a favorite of ours were a little lackluster. The recipe directed to only use 1/3 of the dry rub to coat the wings to get full flavor but I used more than half and they were still lacking the color the wings in the picture boasted but they also lacked flavor. I even sprinkled the dry rub over the wings post cooking to add more seasonings to it and they still were light in the flavor department. The hidden jewel of the game was the Peach Cobbler. This cobbler came as no easy feat because once again I failed to read the instructions completely so I goofed right at the beginning of the process when I forgot to add in softened butter to the yellow cake mix and egg. So I added another egg when the cake mix didn’t get crumbly – the additional egg made it goopy and by the time I added the forgotten butter it was like cookie dough. Still I forged ahead and pressed the cake dough in the bottom of the sprayed baking dish and baked it for 15 minutes. Now I had a new problem – half of the remaining cake crumble mix was supposed to go on top of the peaches and I didn’t reserve it to the side as it all got gooey. Now I had to make a cobbler batter to pour over the canned peaches that I had tossed in cinnamon and the cream cheese and sugar mixture that covered the peaches. Pinterest to the rescue, I found a different peach cobbler recipe that employed all the ingredients I had on hand. I poured the cobbler batter over the pan and returned it to the oven for 40 more minutes.
There was so much food that I had absolutely no more space to even try the peach cobbler on Super Bowl Sunday. This was the hidden gem because when I tasted it the next day it was refreshingly delicious. My husband had said it was good but it was a real understated good. When I tasted it my taste buds were awakened with flavor and delight. Even the gooey cake crust had held up well and was actually cake-like crust rather than a pie crust. I could have pulled it probably 5 – 7 minutes sooner as the bottom was brown but not burnt. When I approached my husband the day I tasted it and told him that I thought it was great he just looked at me like I was crazy and reminded me that he too had said the same thing the previous night. I reminded him that he didn’t really say that much about the cobbler but then again he reminded me that he was so flavor rocked from all the delicious foods that it just didn’t stand out amongst all the praise. Point made.
Everything about Super Bowl 52 was great. Even with the small snafus that arose everything was absolutely incredible. I didn’t get my Infladium but I only had space to use 1 of the 2 Snack Stadiums I purchased from Party City. Even the little touches like the field goals that we made out of yellow popsicle sticks and styrofoam cups were cute. The kids even made their own paper footballs. Normally the kids do their own thing while my husband and I watch the game together, this year I required all of our kids to watch the game together with us, even little Miss Praise. There aren’t a lot of times where we can all sit down together at one time and do anything, Super Bowl Sunday 52 did that for us and allowed us to watch a great victory on behalf of the Eagles and a valiant attempt to the very end for the Patriots. The food was delicious – the company was great. It was certainly a Pleasant night and one that we will remember for many years to come. We continued one of many family traditions and were blessed in so many ways as a result. I can’t even imagine what we’ll be eating and who we will be watching for next year Super Bowl? Or better yet where? Maybe at the Super Bowl? You never know. That’s the pleasant thing about life. If you stay in the game, you never know what the outcome will be and how it will change your life – win or lose.
Thanks for stopping by. If you’d like to try out the recipes I used for my Super Bowl Party check me out on Pinterest – Pleasants Personal & Professional Solutions, LLC. My “She Tried It” Board are all the recent pins that I’ve tried. I try to include good descriptions and photos. Did your family watch the Super Bowl this year? What traditions did you all have? Feel free to share your ideas with me as we all wait patiently together for the 2018 NFL Football season.
Peace and Blessings,
Future Chef Mek