A week from today, homes across the country will host Super Bowl parties. And Super Bowl parties of course mean Super Bowl food.
Preparing some quick and easy appetizers and food entrees will help the cook who is uncertain as to what to create for their guests, and planning and prepping in advance will give time to enjoy the day’s festivities.
The Super Bowl is a national treasure and I would like to share a quick history of its beginnings.
History.com gives these facts to readers:
“The Super Bowl is an enormously popular sporting event that takes place each year to determine the National Football League (NFL) champion. Millions of fans gather around televisions on a Sunday in January or February to celebrate this de facto national holiday. Broadcast in more than 170 countries, the Super Bowl is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, with elaborate halftime shows and new commercials adding to the appeal. Though the NFL officially formed in 1920, the Super Bowl wasn’t played until more than 40 years later. In 1960, a group of businessmen who wanted to own football franchises—but were denied by the NFL—launched an alternative league, known as the American Football League (AFL). For several years, the NFL and AFL were rivals, competing for fans, players and support. Then, in 1966, owners negotiated an agreement to merge the leagues by 1970. In Super Bowl I, the NFL champion Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Although ticket prices averaged $12, the game was not a sellout—the only non-sellout in the game’s history. The game drew 61,000 fans and was televised by CBS and NBC.”
For many of us the game is important, but the halftime show, commercials and food may edge into first place. I like to make easy, simple finger foods and possibly a pot of chili or soup to serve to my guests. But here are a few of my personal favorites that you may like to try for the Big Game.