I left this post’s content to Baker’s Man. After all, he is “The Man” around here, and according to my way of thinking, his opinion should count when we’re planning a menu for Superbowl Sunday, or any big game. What follows are Baker’s Man’s selections or as we like to call it “The Man’s Menu for the Big Game?”
There are a few criteria that Baker’s Man says are required to ensure that The Man’s Menu for the Big Game is not a flop.
- There should adequate food to last for the entire game. You don’t want to run out of food at half-time and have to order a pizza. Everyone else who ran out of food will be ordering a pizza, and it will take forever to be delivered.
- The buffet needs to be composed of a variety of different foods. No one wants to be stuck eating the same boring food for all four quarters. You must have a wide range of flavors to ensure that there’s something for all of your guests.
- The foods should be portable and easy to eat, preferably finger foods. People will be eating in front of the TV, so foods that require cutting or complicated use of utensils aren’t really practical.
- Bring on the heat. Baker’s man likes things spicy, but realizes that not everyone shares his love of heat, and he really likes spicy. It wasn’t until Sue Chef bought him a bottle of ghost pepper sauce that we ever heard him say something was too spicy. At the very least include a couple of things on your buffet that contain some heat.
What does “The Man” include on his menu for the big game?
Here are Baker’s Man’s recommendations for your Superbowl Party:
The recipe for this Shrimp Dip is one that I’ve been making for years, and whenever I prepare it, Baker’s Man is always pleased. It’s a very simple recipe that’s loaded with flavor, and can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. All you need to do is set it out on your buffet a few minutes before the guests arrive. This recipe is best served with corn chips for scooping. This one is a definite crowd pleaser.
Stuffed Jalapenos are loaded with a creamy cheese and bacon filling. They are topped with either shredded cheese or crumbled tortilla chips. These are spicy, but the cream cheese in the filling helps to tame the heat from the jalapenos. Stuffed jalapenos can be filled a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator until it’s time to bake them.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip is one of our favorite dips. The best thing about this dip is that all you need to do is put all of the ingredients into the slow cooker, and it pretty much takes care of itself. Just give it a good stir before serving time. This dip is delicious served with pieces of celery, tortilla chips, or crackers as dippers. My favorite is celery. Baker’s man prefers the tortilla chips.
Stuffed Mushrooms are another recipe that can be partially prepared ahead of time. We remove the stems from the mushrooms and prepare the filling the day before. (The stems go into the filling.) Then, on game day, all you need to do is fill the mushrooms with the already prepared filling and pop them into the oven.
No game day menu is complete without wings.
Baker’s Man doesn’t care which recipe I choose, but he would like one of the following for his Superbowl Party.
Hot Wings from the Pressure Cooker have to be the most tender and moist wings I have ever made. They’re loaded with flavor, too thanks to being cooked under pressure which helps to drive the seasonings deep into the meat. I think that for ease of preparation in making a large number of wings, this recipe is the definite winner. You can make a 6 quart pressure cooker full of wings in under 30 minutes. That includes the time it takes to crisp up the skin in the oven. These can even be made with frozen wings.
Two Ingredient Party Wings are perfect if you don’t have any special kitchen equipment, like a pressure cooker. These wings are prepared on the stove top and are ready in about 30 minutes, too, but you need to remember to thaw the chicken wings beforehand or it will take much longer to cook them. The best part of this recipe is that it’s very easy to keep turning out batches of different flavored wings over the course of the game by simply changing the sauce you toss the wings in after they’re cooked.
Baked Pizza Sliders is another recipe that can be partially prepared ahead of time. The sandwiches can be assembled and stored in the refrigerator. On game day, they can be removed from the fridge, arranged in a pan, topped with the melted garlic and herb butter and baked. These sandwiches are exquisite thanks to the flavors packed into them from the meats and the savory buttery topping.
Fudge is what Baker’s Man selected for dessert. He considered a few other favorites–Chocolate Eclair Cake, or Canned Fruit Cobbler, but he really wanted to stick with finger foods. The banana pudding in a jar was a close contender because of its portability, but was it ultimately rejected. He also recommends a pan full of brownies cut into serving sized pieces and arranged on a plate if you don’t want to make the fudge. Of course, this is 5 minute fudge, so it’s actually less time consuming than baking a pan of brownies. Like so many of these recipes, this can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container on the counter until game day. Actually, you might want to hide it in the pantry behind some canned beets so it doesn’t disappear.
The Man’s Menu for the Big Game definitely meets his criteria. There’s lots of food included here to feed the gang, there’s a variety of flavors, and it’s all very portable. There’s even some spicy food. I recommend having lots of napkins handy for those wings.
When I asked if he wanted to add any vegetables to his menu, Baker’s Man pointed out that both jalapenos and mushrooms are vegetables, and there will be celery served alongside the Buffalo Chicken Dip. He has a point, but I may still add a crudite tray to the table, but if I’m feeling lazy, I may not.
The Man’s Menu for the Big Game meets my criteria, too. Many of the items can be partially, or completely, prepared ahead of time. That means I won’t be a slave to my stove on game day. I’d say this menu is a winner. All we need to do is have some cold beverages available for our guests, and we’re all set.
What do you think of The Man’s Menu for the Big Game? Would your spread for Superbowl Sunday look different? What would be the same? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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