Okay, just because the Patriots aren’t in the Superbowl this year doesn’t mean you have to sit around and sulk all day. This Sunday represents an opportunity to drink, eat and drink some more. You’re probably good to go on the drinking front, so I’m going to focus on the food. Superbowl Sunday is a day for guilty pleasures and meat; just try serving 12 guys screaming at the TV a nice steaming bowl of eggplant parm. Instead, try one of these ideas. They’re all super easy to make and won’t require you to miss a minute of the big game. And guys, don’t wait for your girlfriends to whip up these tasty treats. They’re all man-proof and easy as can be!
There is nothing more delicious and easy than a pile of tender, barbecue flavored pig. It takes just these simple steps:
- Buy a big pork butt.
- Toss it in a slow cooker with about 3 cups of water and a ton of BBQ sauce.
- Cook on high until pork pulls apart easily with a fork (6 to 8 hours).
- Slap it on some buns and watch it disappear in minutes.
The great thing about chili is you can throw pretty much anything you want in there. Here’s what I do:
- Put a big pot on the stove over low heat and pour in a big can of crushed tomatoes and a can of spicy chili beans.
- In a skillet, saute garlic and chopped fresh hot peppers (I use a lot; it just depends how spicy you want it) with ground beef or turkey. Throw in a little salt and pepper.
- When the meat is done cooking, put it in the big pot with the tomatoes. Let the flavors mingle for as long as you want, or serve it right away with cheddar sprinkled on top.
These are just as easy as the previous two but slightly more time consuming. Here’s what to do before people arrive:
- Buy a can of easy homemade croissants, like the kind Pillsbury makes. Unroll the triangles of dough. Cut each triangle into three strips (they will be slightly different sizes). Spread mustard lightly on each strip. I like to put a small piece of cheese inside as well.
- Roll up a cocktail wiener in each strip, along with the cheese or relish or whatever little bit of deliciousness you can fit in there.
- When the game is on and you’re ready to eat them, stick them in the oven for the time given on the croissant can. Serve with BBQ sauce or ketchup.