Being the only child of a single mother, football was never a priority in my life. In fact, I don’t think I even watched a single football game until I met my husband, an ex-football player. In our early years of marriage he would put on a football game and I remember being completely bored or even when I really tried to pay attention to the game I was simply confused – never quite knowing where the ball was. After many years and many football games passed I found the only way to make things interesting was to judge the players on whether I liked their “outfits” or not – that at least made it tolerable to sit through a game.
And then as luck would have it I had a son – a son with a father as an ex-football player. I knew I was headed for many more boring games. Sure enough when my son got old enough, my husband enrolled him in football. Of course being the doting mother I attended all the games (mostly to make sure my sweet innocent son didn’t get crushed by the “mean” opposition). Rather quickly an amazing metamorphism happened…..I secretly started to like the game. I was no longer bored and confused on the sidelines but instead found myself screaming on the sidelines for my son to take the opposing line down. Who have I become? My son now has been playing football for 4 years and each year gets better. I now even like watching football games on TV with my husband….strange how things happen.
So what does this all have to do about the SuperBowl? Well, years have passed and I’ve never really cared too much about the big game – but this year is different. Entertaining for the big game actually sounds fun to me now. And I now know that people attending a SuperBowl party are actually interested in the game and don’t want foods that are difficult to eat or require sitting down at the dining room table to a plated meal (my husband would be so proud).
For gatherings like this I like to offer 1-2 main course dishes that are hearty but simple and an assortment of simple but yummy munchies. Here are some great ideas:
- Chef Jessica