Friday, February 7, 2014

Semi-Homemade Super Bowl

Do you watch Semi-homemade with Sandra Lee?
To be honest, she kind of annoys me. A little too perfect and chipper for my taste. What can I say, I like my cooking shows grittier? Um, something like that... But, she's kind of right about this whole thing right: use some things fresh/homemade with some things store-bought so it tastes good but doesn't take you all damn day.
As I wrote on Wednesday, we had a Super Bowl party for almost 50 people at our house Sunday night. After our long run on Saturday (12 miles, what?!) we spent the afternoon prepping (cupcakes have to be baked in advance so they don't melt the frosting!). Then on Sunday we worked basically the wholllle day getting ready before people arrived around 4:30 to start the party.

So I decided to be sensible and not make everything (I love cooking from scratch, but I do not have infinite time).

Store bought  Homemade
Drinks Beer, Soda Sangria (I <3 alcoholic fruit)
Appetizers Sour Cream and Onion dip
Tomato basil dip (SO good)
Spinach and Artichoke in slow cooker
Dinner Pre-marinated fajita beef
Refried beans
Marinated chicken breasts
Mexican Rice
Peppers and Onions
Dessert Box-mix cupcakes (2 kinds)
Leftover wedding cake
Frosting (2 kinds)
Chocolate chip cookies

We ordered a keg of Southern Star Bombshell Blonde (made in Conroe, just north of Houston) and it was nearly emptied out. We recently exchanged our AT&T UVerse Receiver for a wireless version, and we were able to set up an extra TV in the garage. We had beer pong going in the garage while the game played. (I tried to put on the puppy bowl but was overruled...)

Inside, I put out my appetizers on the dining room table, and booze on the kitchen table. Most people showed up with either an appetizer or dessert, so the tables filled up quickly and spilled over to the kitchen counters.

We grilled the fajita meat and veggies earlier in the day and cooked the rice, and stored it in disposable aluminum pans. Shortly after the game started, I put the beans on the stove and the rest of the food in the oven at 250 degrees. At halftime, we set dinner out.

After that, I pulled everyone's desserts out of the fridge and set them on the raised kitchen bar. People trickled out when the game ended, but some of us stayed up snacking (and doing shots) until almost 2am!

By the way, you need our fajita marinade recipe:
(Adapted from Food Network)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 coarsely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce and pour in some of the sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- pinch of salt
-1 lb chicken of your choice (skinless works best for soaking up the flavor)

Combine all ingredients in a plastic bag and let marinate in the fridge overnight. Grill. Eat.
That's it! Of course we like quintupled this recipe for our party, but it was still fabulous.

Here's my guacamole recipe:
- 2-3 avocados, mashed
- Half of a white onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Juice of one lime (flavor + anti-browning)
- ~1tsp of kosher salt (seriously, its better than table salt for this)
- Cayenne pepper to taste (how spicy do you want it?)

It's simple but delicious. I could eat avocado on EVERYTHING. I also tripled this recipe (ended up using 8 avocados) for the party, and it was scraped clean. I went through a guacamole phase a few years ago where I would make this and eat it with my roommates like twice a week for dinner. Just this and chips, for dinner. Yum-o!

And there you have it, a semi-homemade but entirely delicious Super Bowl Party!

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