I have come to terms that I am a corny kind of gal.
I love corny jokes.
I love corny gestures of love.
I love corny corn muffins.
Mr. Speedy wanted to host a Super Bowl party and naturally, I had to decorate with corny signs. I also made corny corn muffins (it pairs nicely with chili).
Can I just once again stress how amazing FREE PRINTABLES are for parties??? Just google any theme and you can pretty much find some decorations.
If you enjoy parties or need some recipes, read ahead…
I found some great ones at Three Little Monkeys Studio (find them here) perfect for a football fiesta:
Although time consuming to cut, totally worth it.
The day before tha game, I did lots of prep.
I did all the prep after doing the following:
- Ran 14 miles after 14 days off.
- One of my eyes froze shut due to large clumps of snow and my lashes catching it all, fusing together in the cold.
- Showered and then had my hair trial for the wedding.
- So while prepping all the food, I had a rather nice curly look going on and felt pretty:
My eye is no longer frozen. Hair is so tamed and pretty. Rare look.
Moving on from frozen eye story and good hair, what was prepared?
I made a pretty banner, complete with a gold glitz ribbon:
FOOTBALL just got classy.
I made really ridiculous food labels:
Yes, go tackle it. Right now.
Hut Hut Hummus MIGHT be my fav.
I thought this was a term…
FREE THROW apparently is NOT a football term. Mr. Speedy’s friend informed me that it is actually a basketball term.
Whoops…. good thing I didn’t put anything with ‘goalie’ or ‘net.’ Whatever, these corny little signs were adorable.
I relied heavily on recipes from Mr. Speedy’s mom (her family Deviled Eggs), my mother’s chili, and The Pioneer Woman‘s recipes. And speaking of my mother, she was awesome and not only let me use her crockpot (it has a ‘warm’ setting and mine does not) but also came over and helped me prep the chicken and chili. Moms are the best.
- Buffalo Chicken, Deviled Eggs, Corny Mini-Corn Muffins, Crockpot Chili
SO MUCH FOOD.
BUFFALO CHICKEN BITS – warning: VERY spicy. I did not eat these because I’d die.
From The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook- A Year of Holidays. Also, I tripled the recipe (it has 8 servings) but I could have easily added another serving or two (we had 30 guests and it was all gone, gone, gone!)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbl. cornstarch
- 1 tsp. salt
- One 12 ounce beer
- 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into bites
1. Combine flour, cornstarch, salt in a medium bowl.
2. Then pour in beer, whisking. Keep adding beer and whisking until the batter is somewhat thin but still thick to coat chicken.
3. Add a few pieces of the cubed chicken, tossing and coating with batter.
4. In a large pot, fill with 3-4 inches of oil and heat over medium-high heat.
5. Fry up the chicken that is coated until it is a deep golden brown.
6. Set fried chicke on paper towels to drain-cool.
7. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (make sure the sheet has little sides, not flat), and place chicken evenly on it. Set aside.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- One 12 ounce bottle cayenne pepper sauce (I used Lousiana)
- 5 dashes of hot sauce
- 3-4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
2. Melt it all together, whisking to combine.
3. Pour it over fried chicken evenly (you can also put the chicken in a large bowl and mix sauce on it that way).
4. If you use a baking sheet, I suggest then popping the chicken in the oven on WARM for about 10 minutes to let sauce fuse with chicken.
Serve it on a platter with toothpicks. I had ranch dip on the side. A blue cheese dip would be great too.
DEVILED EGGS (made these the day before)
- 18 eggs
- miracle whip (or mayo)
- vinegar (I used balsamic)
- pepper, salt
1. Boil the eggs and peel. Slice them down the middle, long ways.
2. Take out all the yolks and put them in a medium mixing bowl.
3. Add about 1/2 c. of miracle whip, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1-2 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. salt, and a few hefty squirts of mustard.
4. Mix and mash until smooth. Taste and add more ingredients if needed.
5. Spoon a hefty spoonful in each open egg white. Sprinkle paprika on top.
EXTRA- add capers on top of paprika. Made some mixed with a honey mustard or horseradish.
CORNY CORNBREAD MUFFINS (made these the day before)
- 2 packages of cornbread mix
- 1 can of corn
Just follow the direction on the package but add can of corn (drained). I like mini muffins because you can grab a handful and pop them in your mouth easily. Apparently, I don’t like to take bites or chew?!?
CROCKPOT CHILI – easy to make a day ahead, store in cold area, and plug it in a few hours before party.
- 2 lbs. ground beef (I generally choose a lean one)
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 chopped peppers (red, green, whatever you wish)
- 2 large cans Brooks Chili Hot Beans
- 2 small cans chili ready diced tomatoes
- 1 can dark red kidney beans
1. Chop up all the onions and peppers.
2. Saute onion, pepper in a large skillet. Add meat and saute it all together, until cookied. Set aside.
3. In large crockpot, pour all the beans and saute-cooked mixture. Mix well. Cook on low for 4 hours.
4. Serve it with shredded cheese, sour cream, and crackers. Yum!
And now…… desserts are very important in any party.
Generally, I try to keep desserts very healthy- replacing eggs and oil with greek yogurt or applesauce. Omitting large amounts of surgar. Using shredded carrot for moisture. But since it was a football party, I thought I’d just stick to regular recipes and nothing too healthy.
- Chocolate Nutella Berry Cake, Lemon Bars, Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Covered Pretzels
This cake was zeeee best.
NUTELLA CHOCOLATE BERRY CAKE
Find the recipe here. Boy oh boy, was this a treat-
A cocoa chocolate cake, thickly spread with nutella, then a hefty layer of homemade whip cream, sugared strawberries and boysenberries, and then repeated.
I had no leftovers. This was all gone. The recipe only called for strawberries but I would add any berry or fruit that suits your fancy.
Don’t like nutella? Use peanut butter. 🙂
The Lemon Bars were made from a box. They are super easy and super tasty.
The cookies were store bought because…. that is what happened.
The chocolate covered pretzels my dear fried made (she even drizzled them in team colors) and they were perfecto!
So tell me…
Did you watch the game? Did you make anything crazy good to share? Did you eat too much and have a food baby the entire night? I did not watch the game and did not figure out who was playing until about half-way through it… and I think all these food items were crazy good. Guests brought lots of great dips and appetizers too! And… I still have a food baby from yesterday. It is poking out, I can feel it.
But it was so worth it.