Super Bowl Food

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).

Super Bowl Sunday

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

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:

Reicpe 2Pico de Gallo or Fresh Salsa

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. 

Here’s the Link:

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

chili cheese fries

  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:

Recipe 4:  Stromboli

Homemade 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:

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.

That’s the Cheap Bastid Way:  Eat Good. Eat Cheap. Be Grateful!

About Walter Blevins

My wife started to call me Cheap Bastid a while back because I enjoyed coming up with dinners that cost next to nothing--and making them taste good. Yeah, I love to cook. And I love to cook good food cheap. I'm not a chef and I'm definitely not anything close to a gourmet. I'm just a home cook who grew up in a home where cooking was from scratch and was a little bit Midwest and a little bit country. That's because my Mom was from Michigan and my Dad was from Kentucky. I started sharing recipes when my daughter called me in 2006 and asked for my recipe for Swiss Steak. That year for Christmas I put together a cookbook for my 2 kids called "Dad's Everyday Cookbook and Kitchen Survival Guide". And I heard back that they both use it regularly. It was full of basic recipes that I had cooked for them when they were growing up. I work hard at creating recipes that are original and creative and inexpensive. You won't find a foo-foo foodie approach to my recipes and style. I believe that it's OK for food to go up the side of a plate. Food is for eating--it doesn't have to be pretty. And I write about my cooking and my recipes so that I can share them. I hope you enjoy these posts. Leave me a comment--that you liked something or that you didn't, it doesn't matter. I'd love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to Super Bowl Food

  1. Linda Seccaspina says:

    As someone with celiac disease I would gratefully get sick to eat some of that delicious looking stuff

    • Walter Blevins says:

      Well Linda, perhaps you can do the bean dip and the pico de gallo and come up with something you can dip into each of them. Thanks.

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