Super Bowl Sunday: What You Need to Make for the Big Game

{By Carolyn Barber}

Let’s get this straight right now: I am not the kind of girl who gets excited about Super Bowl Sunday for the “Puppy Bowl.” Puppies are adorable, but no.

I’m not the kind of girl who freaks out over the band playing the Halftime show; it doesn’t make a difference to me.

I’m not that girl who only watches the Super Bowl for the commercials. (It’s not that the commercials aren’t fantastic, because they are.)

I am the girl who watches football for the simple fact that it is the best sport on planet Earth.

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I am the girl who starts planning the Super Bowl menu weeks in advance. I’m the girl who color-coordinates every little thing to match the team I’m cheering for.

That means orange this year, for Denver. Let me make myself clear, though. I’m not rooting for Denver because I’m a Broncos fan.

I’m a Redskins fan all the way through.

I’m rooting for Denver because I am a Peyton Manning fan. I always have been and quite certainly always will be. Peyton Manning is one of the few quarterbacks who consistently plays well, week after week. Plus, he graduated from The University of Tennessee. My oldest brother goes to school there. Having a Tennessee alumnus, in my eyes at least, gives Denver a couple extra brownie points.

And speaking of brownie points, let’s get down to business.

What is Super Bowl Sunday without food?

Honestly, at our house we eat as much food on Super Bowl Sunday as we eat on Thanksgiving. Dad and I go all out. I mean, really, we go all out for lots of occasions. We like food a lot. It’s kind of a big deal. Especially pie—pie is a huge deal.  If I could just bake and eat pie all day long, I would, because it’s flaky and fruit-filled and miraculous. However, we’re supposed to be talking about the Super Bowl, and I don’t think most of y’all want to eat only pie on Super Bowl Sunday (although it’s not a terrible idea). Pie just isn’t Super Bowl food, though.

Super Bowl food is supposed to be spicy and cheesy and creamy and delicious, so I’m going to share with y’all some of my favorite spicy, cheesy, creamy and delicious Super Bowl (or Kentucky Derby, or I-just-feel-like-eating-amazing-food-today) recipes.

The Amazing Recipes

Eggrolls:

Eggrolls are pure deliciousness, and you’ll be surprised by how easy they are.

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Ingredients ~

1 package of eggroll wrappers (you can usually find them in the produce section of your local grocery store)

½ head of cabbage

3-4 carrots

1 lb. of chicken, pork or shrimp

1½ tsp fresh minced ginger root or 1 tsp ground ginger

Soy sauce

Crushed red pepper to taste (optional)

Oil for frying

Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan or wok (I use a cast-iron skillet). While the pan is heating, chop the cabbage and carrots. The carrots should be very small. When the pan is hot, cook the chicken until nearly done. Take it out of the pan and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Return the chicken to the pan and add a splash of soy sauce, the ginger, and the crushed red pepper. Cook until the chicken is browned slightly. Add the cabbage and carrots.  Cook 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Using about 2 tbsp. of filling, wrap the eggrolls (the package will have wrapping directions). Be careful, though, if there is too much filling they will burst. In a small pot or a deep-fryer, heat enough oil for frying. Fry them until golden-brown. I usually put a cookie-cooling rack on a baking sheet, and set the finished eggrolls on that. Then I leave them in an oven set to 200 degrees to stay warm. They’ll stay crispier if they’re in a single layer as opposed to stacked.

Easy, right? Seriously anybody can make these, and they’ll impress everyone.

Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Eggrolls

Ingredients ~

1 package of eggroll wrappers

1 lb. bacon

1 lb. chicken

1½ cups diced pineapple (Fresh, not canned) (optional)

Black pepper

Crushed red pepper

6-8 cups chopped greens (baby spinach, kale, whatever you like)

2-3 cups mozzarella

Oil for frying

Cook the bacon in a large pan. Set the bacon aside on a paper towel. Cook the chicken in the bacon grease (you might have to drain some of it off first, depending on how fatty your bacon is). Dice the chicken and the bacon. Return the meat to the pan and add the black pepper and red pepper. Add the pineapple and cook 2-3 minutes. Put this into a large mixing bowl and stir in the greens and mozzarella. Use about 2 tbsp. to fill each eggroll and fry them until golden.

Spinach Dip

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Ingredients ~

1 8-oz package of cream cheese, softened

2 cups sour cream

1 cup cut, cooked spinach (or more if you want to be “healthy”)

Garlic (fresh is better, but powder will work), to taste

Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add more salt/pepper/garlic as needed. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. (The garlic flavor will get stronger as it sets!) Serve with crackers, carrots, broccoli, breadsticks etc.

                                                               Pizza Dough

Because everyone loves pizza.

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Ingredients ~

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 cup + 2 tbsp. warm water

2 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. yeast

2 tbsp. oil

Stir together the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a glass, stir together the water, sugar and yeast. Mix water and flour together and knead into a ball. Add the oil, and roll the dough around to cover the dough in the oil. Cover and let rise 30-60 minutes. Makes 2 medium-large pizzas, depending on how thick you like your crust.

Breadsticks: Roll the dough into breadsticks (little bitty breadsticks are great with the spinach dip!) and bake on a greased cookie sheet 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees. You can sprinkle the dough with garlic powder or Italian seasonings if you want!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Ingredients ~

3 lbs. chicken breasts

For the sauce: (you can substitute bottled sauce or your own favorite recipe if you want)

2/3 cup hot sauce

½ cup butter

1½ tbsp. white vinegar

½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

½ tsp. garlic powder

Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small pot. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until it starts to bubble. Lower the heat and stir until it has thickened almost to barbecue-sauce consistency. Take off the heat and let cool slightly. Put the chicken in your slow-cooker and pour about half the sauce over top. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low 5-7 hours, until you can shred it with a fork. (Once it’s shredded, if it looks dry you can add more sauce, and if it looks too liquidy you can throw it in a pan and let it simmer until it’s thickened some.) Serve with ranch dressing on sandwiches, layer with cream cheese and cheddar and bake for a dip, wrap it up in tortillas, or use it as a pizza topping.

And because no party is complete without desserts, here they are:

Peanut Butter Pie

“When in doubt, make a pie,” is a great motto to live by.

Ingredients ~

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

¾ cup powdered sugar

Pre-baked pie crust (Oreo, graham cracker, pastry, whatever you like!)

1¾ cups milk

Vanilla pudding mix (Or homemade vanilla pudding, if you’re feeling adventurous)

Food coloring to match your team

Mix the peanut butter and powdered sugar together with a fork. Set aside ¼ cup of this mixture. Press the rest into the bottom of the pie crust. Mix together the pudding mix and the milk (add food coloring now if you plan on using any! You can even separate the pudding and color half of it and swirl the colors together!). Pour into pie crust. Sprinkle the remaining peanut butter mixture on top. Refrigerate 4-6 hours, or until the pudding is set.

Nutella Pie: Substitute peanut butter with ½ cup Nutella and use a little less powdered sugar.

Nutella Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients ~

Graham Crackers

Nutella

Vanilla icecream (softened a bit)

Spread a spoonful of Nutella on a graham cracker. Add a few spoonfuls of icecream on this, then top with another graham cracker. Freeze for at least 30 minutes. You can change it up by using peanut butter with chocolate icecream, or peanut butter with Moosetracks etc… the list goes on and on.

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Apparently I like peanut butter and chocolate a lot…

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Ingredients ~

½ cup peanut butter

3 tbsp. butter, soft

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

8 oz. chocolate chips

2 tbsp. butter

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. In a mixing bowl stir together the peanut butter, 3 tbsp. butter. Add the powdered sugar. Roll into 1-inch balls (you can be cool and make them football-shaped). Put them on the waxed paper and put it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a double boiler melt the chocolate chips and butter together. Do not overheat. Dip the peanut butter balls in the melted chocolate and freeze them another 10-ish minutes or until the chocolate has hardened. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. You can make these a few days in advance, if you have the self-control not to eat them all immediately.

Happy Super Bowl!!

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Carolyn Barber is a junior in high school. She has big dreams of becoming a massage therapist and living on her own private island, but in the meantime she enjoys painting landscapes and Disney characters, writing short stories, reading, singing along with the radio and baking anything with chocolate. She was one of the funniest, awesomest people you’ll ever meet. 

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