Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How to Have a Super Superbowl Part I

Everyone knows Superbowl Sunday is all about the snacks, the beer, potential halftime show drama (think Janet Jackson) and the commercials. Oh and I guess football. And since this year's matchup happens to be between two of the most commercialized teams in the NFL, I decided to also sell out and share some Superbowl recipes and ideas.

So first off, some ideas. 1. This is a big deal. It only happens once a year. Don't go buy another 30-pack of Natty or Coors: live a little! I suggest Shock Top because it's light enough to drink throughout the game and packs a strong flavor usually only available in darker brews. Plus, the sunny flavors will keep everyone at your party amicable despite the score. Trust me, you'll be happy you did. 2. Don't tell your guests to just bring something: delegate. Tell Suzy to bring pita chips, Mark to bring tortilla chips and Amy to bring her brownies everyone loves. Not being specific and telling people exactly what to bring will result in a Superbowl party complete with four bags of chips and five flavorless, unoriginal ranch-from-a-pack dips. And that just sounds tragic! One thing I'll be making for the Superbowl is my 7-layer dip. It's so good, so easy, and has a little something for everyone!

One container of Lite Sour Cream
One package of taco seasoning
Guacamole - I use two bags (one box) of frozen guacamole but one refrigerator container of Wholly Guacamole would work too
One can of refried beans
One small can of olives
4-6 scallions, depending on your flavor preference
Shredded Mexican or Cheddar cheese
Grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or regular tomatoes, diced

The night before you plan to eat the dip, combine the whole container of sour cream with the package of taco seasoning and stir well so that it is evenly mixed. Place it covered, in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator overnight. The day of the party, get out some type of shallow baking dish. I usually use a 1/2 thick, 8" round glass baking dish. First, layer the beans evenly on the bottom of the dish so they coat the entire dish. Then, spread a layer of the guacamole evenly on top of the beans. Next, double check the that the sour cream is well mixed and give it a quick stir if needed. Then spread the whole mixture evenly on top of the guacamole. Add a layer of shredded cheese so the spiced spur cream is covered. Then sprinkle the top with tomatoes, olives and scallions to flavor. Cover with foil and pop it in the fridge until you're ready to eat. It's that simple and so delicious!

Enjoy and good luck with your Superbowl preparations!

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