Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Super Bowl Party At Almost Heaven South

Thanks to Mary at deep Dish South, I learned my links have been logging you off.  I don't know what I was doing wrong, but techie support daughter, Wende, told me how to fix it and hopefully it will happen no more.

I grew up about 75 miles from Pittsburgh so I have a draw to the Steelers – I was a big fan of Vince Lombardi (who? you young folks ask) so I have a draw to the Packers. But the truth is I'm not a big pro football fan and generally only watch the big, end of season games, but the Super Bowl does provide a great excuse to get together.  Rather than root for anyone, my plan was to enjoy the game, enjoy our 14 guests, have a good time, and try to stay up until the end of the game (I’m a hit-the-hay about 9pm guy).  I wore a gold WVU shirt that matched up close enough to bothe teams colors and I could be for whoever won.

It’s been great reading blogs the past two weeks with all of the terrific Super Bowl food suggestions, but we ended up being pretty traditional.  One of our goals was to prepare items that required little attention from us during the party.  During winter get-togethers, we always like to have a soup and while we started out providing three things for the menu, Bev kept coming up with additions, so we ended up with these provided by us:

Sausage bean chowder - click for the recipe, one of our favorites - I used 1 lb of hot sausage
Wings – hot & sweet BBQ
Salmon spread and crackers
Fresh salsa and chips (Bev makes great salsa)
Mixed nuts
Corn nuts
Strawberry’s dipped in chocolate

And our guests provided:
Veggie tray with ranch dressing
Chex mix
Pineapple cheese ball
Chili cheese dips - regular and white
Roast beef and spinich roll ups piwheels
Mini chocolate pies
Two very different carrot cakes and
One cake shaped like a stadium

It obviously had a snow event before I took the shot.

Bev and I had everything ready to go and relaxed a little in mid-afternoon - here are some shots of party central. 
My preferred wing preparation method is smoked, then deep-fried to crisp the skin, then tossed in wing sauce.  But for this meal, I didn't want to have to fry them during the party, so I smoked them on Friday, then on Sunday, I let them come to room temperature and stuck them in a 500* oven for 7 minutes to warm up and get crispy.  I tossed half of them with Tennessee River BBQ Sauce and the other half with Hot Sriracha Garlic Sauce that came from Hot Sauce Daily via Chris over at Nibble Me This.  I sided them with celery sticks and bleu cheese dressing using the recipe from Dennis over at More Than A Mountful.
Unfortunately, by halftime when I served them, I forgot the pictures.  I only ate the hot ones and I liked both the wings and the bleu cheese, the rest of which will become salad dressing.

I think I've settled on the recipe for my Smoked Salmon Spread as follows:

8 oz smoked salmon
8 oz softened cream cheese
8 oz sour cream
2 tbsp finely diced onion
1 tsp lemon pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
4 tbsp roughly chopped capers, drained but unrinsed
1 1/2 - 2 tsp dried dill weed

I smoked my own salmon for this batch and while it was delicious to eat, it wasn't quite smoky enough for the spread.  Next time I'll cook it at a lower temp so it can spend more time in the cooker and take on a little more smoke.  I made double this for our party to ensure leftovers.

I took some shots of the individual foods, but they were nothing special (the pictures not the food).  I think I sampled all of the food and thought everything was delicious.  It's like going to a pot luck supper - everyone wants to bring their best.   Perhaps I shouldn't single out one item, but it's been a 50 year wait.  When I was young, my family always made Chex Mix at Christmas, with lots of butter and garlic.  I've eaten many versions since then and none of them measured up until Laurie Myers brought hers.  It tasted just like Grandma's and I ended up with the left overs to enjoy.

Serious football watching is happening and serious talking over to the right.

All-in-all it was a successful event and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves - Bev and I perhaps a little too much.  And how does one kick off Super Bowl Sunday.

We still had one of these laying in the fridge from all of the rib roasts carving.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. 



  1. Seeing Marjie's Superbowl food was torture enough - then dear Larry, you come up with this!

    I even watched parts of it all - yes, live here in New Zealand. Despite my intense concentration I'm none the wiser to understanding "American Football". Never mind - I did join in! ... I even ate a bit too!

  2. Looks like the party was a success! Than again, any party with a food spread like that is gonna be kick ass!!

  3. Wow you all ate very well! I rustled up some chili nachos and s'mores for us and that was it. My kids were pretty let down that I did not do a huge spread of food. But even I need a day off of cooking. I see you have your salmon spread down pat- I will have to try it out some time as I love smoked salmon and love serving it at parties.

  4. Were you able to get the recipe for the Chex Mix? Sounds like a perfect SB party. I did the same as you. Nothing needed fussed with during the game. Chili Soup and lots of dip type things.

  5. Awesome food spread! I like the traditional approach you took to Super Bowl food. Simple and delicious is best.


  6. This totally beats my horrid split pea and barley soup!

  7. Looked like a great Super Bowl Party, Larry.. You have such a beautiful home--perfect for events like that.

    Your menu --plus the food people brought, made for some delicious eating! That stadium cake is neat!!!

    Have a good day.

  8. Larry, Let me say that the best way to start off Superbowl Sunday (or any morning) is always with a nice ribeye steak! Dang that looks good! It was a great party with great food and nice folks...loved the soup, the salmon spread, the hot wings and the chili cheese dips. Laurie will send you the Chex Mix recipe she used...no worries! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  9. As always... slice of heaven you have carved out for yourself.

    It was a pretty good game at least..

  10. The stadium cake is amazing, despite the snow event. Your party room is nice and bright; it looks like everyone had a good time. I cheered for both teams equally. The boys were most confused - or not, since they know me.

  11. it looks like you really had a great party!! Those smoked wings sound delicious, and thanks for using my bleu cheese recipe and the mention!

  12. Quite the event! I love those sriracha wings too.

    "Mixed nuts" is that a menu item or guest list? ha ha ha

    You sure know how to entertain. Looking forward to brunch/breakfast


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