The time has come again for another Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVI. A wonderful site to visit for any Super Bowl information you may need, is http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/46. There is a countdown ticker along with all of the relevant information. To reiterate, what you have in all probability already heard, the game is Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 6:30 ET on NBC at Lucas Oil Stadium. Actually, Alabama has a direct connection to this game through former Troy University Trojan, Lawrence Tynes. Tynes’ 31-yard field goal in overtime against the 49ers “sets up a rematch of Super Bowl XLII with the New England Patriots…Troy will also be represented by wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan and defensive end Osi Umenyiora in the game,” says Jeff Shearer of WSFA. http://www.wsfa.com/story/16582778/trojan-trio-helps-lead-new-york-giants-to-super-bowl. For a full list of Alabamians in the Super Bowl, go to http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20120123/SPORTS/201230308/Alabamians-Super-Bowl.
With the traditional hype over the Super Bowl, ‘throw’ a different kind of party…one for the health-concious to include any vegetarians. What a twist that would be. This is the day to show your colors, both on and off the field. As far as enjoying team spirit, whether you are a Giants’ fan or a Patriots’ fan, plan a party to be remembered. This does not necessarily mean fattening or only animal-based foods. Be diverse and give it a new spin.
For appetizers, there are some great recipes on the net. The mentioned ones are easy to prepare ahead to save time. A very cute and definitely appetizing one is http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/cheesy-football-50257.aspx. It is a pecan and cream cheese dip in the shape of a football. It is quite appropriate to start the game and is fantastic with wholegrain crackers. Then, try a homemade french onion dip with some chips as opposed to the dips available on the market. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/french_onion_dip.html. Also, another magnificent idea that is quite appealing to the palate and will keep the excitement flowing is energy bars. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/michaels-energy-bars-recipe/index.html. These will be an intriguing variant from the norm and maintain the pace of the game.
Now, moving on to the main course, firing up the grill is always an enjoyable experience. Skewers are great because they, for one, can also be prepared ahead of time, as were the appetizers, so as to not distract from the game. They cook quickly. And, they are easy to eat…basically can be eaten as a finger food. Two dishes that go well together and are both skewers are 1) vegetable and tofu skewers (obviously may leave off the tofu and serve plain as veggie skewers or add a lean meat) http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianbarbecuerecipes/r/Tofu-And-Vegetable-Skewers.htm and 2) grilled cherry tomatoes skewers http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/marinated-grilled-cherry-tomatoes-skewers-recipe/index.html. A complementary addition to this that is simple and fulfills the complex carbohydrate is baked sweet potato fries. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/potatoesandsweetpotatoes/r/sweetfries.htm. These three recipes combine nicely for the entree portion of the meal, are colorful and are legitimately healthy.
Finally, the dessert is an absolute must! A staple sweet with a twist is cheesecake brownies. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/swirled_cheesecake_brownies.html. These are decadent, easily eaten and the last evidence of a pride-inspired healthier meal. Guests will certainly enjoy these. While devouring this scrumptious menu, be on the lookout for a commercial filmed at the Hyundai plant in Montgomery. http://blog.al.com/montgomery/2011/11/hyundai_films_super_bowl_ad_in.html. Furthermore, for some added fun in decorating, the following site has some great ideas: http://local.creatingkeepsakes.com/Super_Bowl_Party_How_To_Montgomery_AL-r1333578-Montgomery_AL.html.
All in all, this meal will make your party ‘super.’ This provides a respectable entertaining meal for everyone to relish. It is health conscious and time efficient to provide for a total emphasis on the real focal point of the party, the game. Hopefully, this is at least an option to consider in mixing the traditional football fun with an unconventional ‘strategy.’