Super Bowl Menu 2012

Ok, well, I know I’m a little late with posting this. But, we went on vacation right after the Super Bowl party. And, then it was my birthday. So, I’m still a little, er, maybe a lot behind. But, here’s the menu (finally)…
Super Bowl Menu 2012

Super-bowl Chili

Nacho Cheese

Guacamole (yes, I suffer from guacarexia). This was great. A bunch of home-grown avocados. Some red onion, cilantro. We threw some of the salsa in with the mix. Soooo yummy. And, it was even better because my friend Amy actually did all the work, I didn’t have to do anything except keep her company while she chopped and stirred.

Homemade salsa: I decided not to make my regular salsa, partly because the tomatoes aren’t that great in the wintertime. This recipe calls for canned tomatoes. So, I thought I’d give it a try. It was great. I like the roasty-ness of my regular one a little bit better, but the flavor of this one was really good. It’s a salsa that I would serve to guests; it was universally appealing, not too spicy, not too vinegary, or too much of anything. Very well-balanced.

Chips (lots of different kinds of chips). So there was make your own nachos. which I totally partook of. I love nachos. Probably my favorite meal.

Veggies and ranch

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls (which never actually made it to the table). I made the filling and left it in the fridge (maybe I shouldn’t really even put them on the menu). We had these the next day for dinner. Yum! They’re always a favorite. I only use 1 cup of shredded cheese, and they’re delish!

Cheesy Monkey Bread: This called for dough and cheese and green onions. Maybe I didn’t have enough cheese, maybe I didn’t have enough dough. I wasn’t impressed. But, people said they liked it.

pretzel, chocolate, caramel, sea salt made into tasty bark

Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel Bark... yum... just yum!

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark. (I’ll be posting this recipe separately) This was definitely the high point for me. I scarfed on these. Fabulous. I really can’t say enough about these. yum yum and yum. I think I ate half of the batch myself. It didn’t have the texture that I was expecting. It was softer, not as brittle. Almost more like a New Orleans praline.

Peanut Butter Bars. These were good. They were crumblier than I expected them to be, though. The guy who I specifically made them for ended up not coming. So, they didn’t get to fulfill their true destiny. Maybe that’s better for his calorie intake anyway.

Ranch Oyster Crackers. Yummy. Snacky. And high in salt. Everyone loved these & they were devoured quickly. They were really easy to make, but I can’t say I’d make them again even though I enjoyed their flavor. I think the processed nature & all the sodium of this snack just kind of ruins it for me.

Pretzel bites with Hersey’s Kisses and M&Ms. They were a hit at Thanksgiving so I made them again, but this time I made them with a Hersey’s kiss and a blue or red M&M (team colors for each of the teams playing) rather than the Rolo or the Reese’s peanut butter cup.

Several guests brought wonderful tasty things. There was even a homemade butter cake that tasted like marshmallows. Yummy! Thanks Amy & Tommy! Some other friends brought cheesecake. There were some chocolates from the Rocky Mountain chocolate factory that I didn’t find until the next day (I heard Meg brought them). I may have, just may have, consumed them by myself. A neighbor even brought over some homemade broccoli cheddar soup with bacon. Everyone loved it!

I had a wonderful time. Good friends and good food while watching a good football game. I’m not sure I’m happy about who won the game, but I really don’t have much say in those things. Maybe next year the Seahawks will make it to the Super bowl! ;)

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