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Super Bowl XLVIII the Right Way

It’s time for Super Bowl 2014, XLVIII (that’s 48 in roman numerals). I’ve always been a football fan. It has really come in handy when hanging out with my boyfriend or even going home to visit my dad. Vikings are my team of choice – unless you’re from Minnesota, you don’t know how hard it really is to be a fan of any sport up here.

Anyway- I’ve always wanted to host a Super Bowl party. I pretend I care about the calories. I “shh” people so I can hear the commercials. I love rooms full of people yelling and cheering. This is my first year living by myself, but sadly my tiny apartment can’t fit more than me and Mina (my cat). So instead, I have planned an imaginary Super Bowl party for the one day I get to host one in a house.

So let me be a pretend hostess:

Multiple TVs

I went to a party last year that had the food and game in different rooms so they put a smaller TV in the kitchen so we could stuff our faces and not miss a single play.

Plenty of Seating

We aren’t young anymore. Sitting on the floor for 3-4 hours is not pleasant. Actually, it’s almost impossible. If you don’t have enough sofas or chairs, ask guests to bring camping chairs.

Chit Chat Corner

If possible, it would be nice for guests who would rather chit chat than watch the game to have their own space to do just that.

Food. Food. Food.

Besides the TV, the most important part of a party. If you’re anything like me, you don’t enjoy cooking 12 appetizers. If I were you…or you me… I would ask each guest to bring a dish- potluck style. If you need to exercise some control over the issue, specify warm or cold, app or entre, fruity or chocolate-ly. Recipes below! I suggest labeling every food item as people bring them to you. You’ll save everyone from asking and answering a million times.

Drinks: another must have.

Beer, wine, water, and more beer. Have several types for every palette. Don’t forget not everyone wants to drink alcohol- after all some people have to drive. Pop with and without caffeine is a necessity. The most needed and most often forgotten item- ICE. Don’t forget it. Serving drinks in a lemonade dispenser like this.

Clean up

If people bring dishes, make sure they bring those home. Rinse them out if your guests gobbled their dish out. Hopefully you were smart and used paper products for serving. Who wants to do dishes on a full stomach? I’m the freak that hates my food touching so more than just plates are recommended. Paper plates that have the sections so food doesn’t run together is great for dips AND wings.

Resources for you:

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Modified Pizza Rolls (Homemade-kinda)

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups

Delicious Trash Balls

Amount of Food You Need
Salsa: 1/4 to 1/3 cup salsa per person.

Chips: 2 ounces per person

Chicken wings: 3 pounds for 6 as a starter

Chili: 2 pounds of meat to serve 4 people

Drinks: Make it 2 people per bottle of wine, and 2 people per six-pack

Create a Super Bowl Drinking Game: Here’s a jump start:

Drink Once

  • Every point (field goal = 3 drinks)
  • Random camera zoom on hot chick (cheerleaders count)
  • Team you’re not rooting for gets first down
  • Team you’re not rooting for stops you on third and short (under 2 yards)
  • Every incomplete pass by your teams QB

Drink Twice

  • Double Entendres (e.g. gaping hole, ball handler, tight end, penetrates the defense)
  • Injury (finish it if they bring out the stretcher)
  • Missed field goal
  • Failed 4th down attempt

Tell me what you think! Comment with suggestions or success stories!


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Modified Pizza Rolls


  • 1 can refrigerated reduced fat crescent rolls
  • 40 slices pepperoni
  • 4 pieces of string cheese, cut in half (Low fat string cheese doesn’t melt well)
  • garlic powder
  • pizza/spaghetti sauce

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip
(16 servings)
Credit: Key Ingredient


2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
¼ cup canned chopped green chilies
¼ cup canned diced jalapeno peppers
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
Chips or buttery crackers


In a large bowl, beat the first five ingredients until blended; spread into an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; top with bread crumbs. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 16 servings.

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Spicy Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups

Spicy Chicken Rollups

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups
Credit: Homemade by Holman

1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can Ro-tel diced tomatoes, drained
12 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tsp ancho chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt (I like Lawry’s)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
6 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
6-8 large flour tortillas

Season the chicken breasts with salt, half of the cumin, and 1 tsp of the chili powder. Add chicken to a skillet and add about 1 cup of water. Cover and cook on med-high heat until cooked through. Add more water if necessary. Once the chicken is cooked, cool slightly and shred with 2 forks.

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, drained tomatoes, cheese, remaining spices, garlic, cilantro and scallions. Mix together until well-incorporated. Add cooled chicken and stir together.
Lay out tortillas and divide mixture evenly in the center of each. Spread into a thin layer leaving the edges clean. Roll each tortilla tightly. Do not fold in the ends like you would with a burrito but leave them free. Use a sharp knife to cut into 1″ thick slices and transfer to a serving platter. (The end pieces will likely unroll a little so just eat the extras). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Trash Balls



    • 1 (6 ounce) package sliced pepperoni 
    • 1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
    • 2 (10 1/8 ounce) packages Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Roll dough


  1. Take out the crescent rolls, and separate into the individual triangles.
  2. Flatten each triangle and slice it so that it becomes three small triangles.
  3. Dice pepperoni into very tiny pieces. (I use my Ninja)
  4. Add the pepperoni into the cream cheese, mixing well.
  5. Take a very small spoonful of cream cheese/pepperoni mixture and put it in the middle of one of the crescent rolls triangles.
  6. Pinch up all of the sides around the filling, rolling into a ball.
  7. Repeat and place them all on a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for the amount of time stated on the crescent rolls (usually 10-13 minutes at 375°F).
  9. Let cool for a few minutes before serving!
  10. Enjoy!


  • Add some Italian seasoning and serve w/ pizza sauce for Pizza White Trash Pockets.
  • Add a little Mozzarella cheese for a gooier cheese center.
  • try adding some black olives, and green onions!

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Loaded Baked Potato, Buffalo Chicken Casserole


Dinner for Two + Leftovers

What you need:

  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 6 Medium Potatoes
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 4 ½ TBSP Hot Sauce
  • 1 ½ TBSP Garlic Powder
  • ¾ TBSP Paprika
  • ¾ TBSP Black Ground Pepper
  • 1 1/8 TSP Salt


  • 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • Bacon Pieces to taste
  • Green onions to taste

1. Preheat oven to 500º F

2. Cube potatoes.

3. Mix olive oil, hot sauce, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, and salt.

4. Coat potatoes in sauce.

5. Spread out in a greased baking dish.

6. Bake potatoes for 30 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes.

7. While potatoes are cooking, cube chicken.

8. Place chicken in leftover sauce from potatoes. (We had to mix up more.)

9. When potatoes are fully cooked, put coated chicken on top of potatoes.

10. Reduce heat to 400º F.

11. Return dish to oven for 12 minutes.

12. When chicken is fully cooked, sprinkle on the cheese, bacon, and green onions.

13. Put dish back in the oven until cheese is melted.

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