MarthaUnplugged’s Throwing a Super Bowl Party
…and you’re invited!*
*Of course you’ll have to have it at your own house, make your own snacks and clean up after yourself, but it’ll be so worth it once you get your dip on!
We’d have no real interest in game day if it weren’t for the multitude of dips and schmears, with or without football-shaped cocktail pumpernickel. It’s the dream supreme of every snack-lovin’ person who ever sat on a couch and we will not miss this opportunity. It’s just too bad that the entertaining commercials have to be interrupted occasionally by the game.
Dips are the quintessential Super Bowl party food. The only reason that crackers were even invented in the first place was to have a vehicle to get dip from bowl to mouth.
Here are some dips to have at your party, besides your husband’s friends (no pun intended).
Holy Guacamole…Smash an avocado, clove of garlic, squeeze of lime, pinch of coarse salt. Multiply by number of people you’ll be elbowing out of the way. Add-ins: pomegranate seeds, cilantro, chopped purple onion.
Variation: If you really want to impress your friends make this Desperate Housewives version.
Hummus Yummus …Chick peas, tahini, olive oil, garlic. Process in blender/food processor until smooth. Use pita, naan or baby carrots to shovel it in.
Retro Dip, Anyone? Anyone?…Serve this ’80s favorite in honor of the Super Bowl premiere of the Ferris Bueller inspired Honda commercial. Mix one 16 oz container of sour cream with one 8 oz package of cream cheese. Add one envelope of Lipton Onion Soup Mix and stir well. Serve with Bugles and Tab.
Paula Deen’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip…You can never go wrong with a classic, it has enough sour cream, mayo and cheese to clog your arteries by the half-time show. Spread in ramekin and bake til bubbly. Serve with cocktail pumpernickel.
Pu-Pu Poutine Platter…Poutine is technically not a dip but, damn! those Canadians knew what they were doing when they applied cheese and gravy to a plate of fries. Again, those with sketchy cholesterol should probably plan on an oatmeal-only diet for the next 6 months.
Variation: To make Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” Poutine, just substitute jicama sticks for the fries. Serve during the halftime show.
Fonda Fondue…Don’t let National Chocolate Fondue Day get lost in the Super Bowl shuffle. Kabob some chunks of sponge cake, berries and marshmallows to dip in melted chocolate pot–add a splash of your fave liqueur (Kirsch, Grand Marnier, or Amaretto) to give it a kick and keep the kiddies away from mommy’s dip.
Wine Pairing:…Are you kidding us?! You can’t really need suggestions for the biggest libation free-for-all of the year…it’s like New Year’s Eve, but in broad day light.
Suggestion: Serve drinks with coasters or can cozies made out of Astro Turf.
Martha Unplugged’s Dirty Little Secret:…We are too exhausted from writing about all these recipes to actually make any of them. So instead, our Super Bowl party this year will be “catered” by Trader Joe’s. If you want to do the same, we won’t tell anyone.
Leave us a comment and tell us what your favorite Super Bowl snack is.