OK, on Sunday, February 2 they’re going to play Super Bowl XLVIII. If it wasn’t for the Super Bowl nobody—especially males—would have the faintest idea of Roman numerals.
That’s something that an old fart like me had some exposure to in elementary school—maybe because it was a lot closer to the days of the Roman Empire than today. And, I even got it hammered into my skull in the year of Latin I took in 9th grade (that’s IX by the way). But, tempus fugit.
What Super Bowl Sunday means for many people is getting together with other people…and food. Lots of food. Super Bowl Food. (What it means to Mrs. CB is Puppy Bowl VIII on Animal Planet).
So are you ready for some Super Bowl Food that’s also Cheap Bastid food? Following are links to 4 different Cheap Bastid posts that are really some pretty good Super Bowl eats that are also really inexpensive. And…only one of the 3 has any involved cooking and preparation. That’s what Super Bowl food is all about–easy, tasty and cheap.
Recipe 1: Bean Dip
Here’s a super simple, super tasty and super cheap way to come up with real bean dip. It only takes about 5 minutes to make and it only costs about a buck. Put it out with chips and some pico d’gallo and it’s a surefire hit.
Here’s the link: http://www.cheap-bastid-cooks.com/homemade-bean-dip/
Reicpe 2: Pico de Gallo or Fresh Salsa
You can make this the day before or Super Bowl morning. If it sits for a few hours first, the flavors will “marry” together better, the juices will develop and it’ll make for a tastier dip. What’s great about this is that this costs maybe $2 to make (at most) and it makes about twice as much as that jar of salsa that’s $3.50 at the grocery store. One thing you definitely won’t be able to taste in the jarred salsa from the store is the “freshness” of this salsa.
And, if you’ve squeezed the juice of an orange into it and then chopped up the flesh and put it in the salsa, you’ve got “something extra” to provide you extra flavor and just a tiny question mark on the tastebuds that asks “hmmm, what’s in this that makes it different and really, really good”?
Recipe 3: 2D’s Toots
We love this dish. It’s named after my daughter who shall forever be lovingly known by her dad as 2D. And the Toots? When she was little, that’s the word she used for flatulence (oh hell, we all know it’s another word for fart don’t we?). This is a simple dish served on a platter that combines potato wedges, no-bean chili and cheese. It’s great football party food.
Here’s the link: http://www.cheap-bastid-cooks.com/2ds-toots-chili-cheese-fries/
Recipe 4: Stromboli
This is an Italian Classic. The way I like to make it is fully rolled although some cooks and restaurants just fold the over once to cover the filling. But, to me, the “jelly roll” look—like cinnamon rolls—is a great way to fix it and eat it. Plus, if you’re with a group of people, this makes a fantastic presentation sliced about an inch thick filled with pepperoni and cheese and a bit of sauce.
It looks great and tastes great and it’s a terrific finger food for during the big game. This is also something that you can make up the morning of the game—and you can even start the dough the night before. If you make it all from scratch it’s going to set you back maybe $3.50 per Stromboli.
Here’s the link: http://www.cheap-bastid-cooks.com/homemade-stromboli/
Cheap Bastid’s basic pizza dough recipe will make enough dough for 2 strombolis. Then you can pop one into the oven shortly before kick-off and it’ll be ready halfway through the first quarter (or sooner) and you can pop the second one in during halftime and it’ll be ready during the 3rd quarter when the rest of the food is starting to run out.
So that’s it. If you’re looking for some good eats to make for the Super Bowl, here’s some ideas for you. The main thing is to enjoy the game, enjoy the food, enjoy the commercials and enjoy the fellowship of friends and family. What’s even better is that your friends will never be aware that you made the recipes here so inexpensively.