Maybe it’s because the Bears have been out of contention, but I haven’t been paying that much attention to the football playoffs this year. So when I realized that the Super Bowl is in a couple of days, I knew I needed to get it together and head to the grocery store.
We usually have a themed menu for the big game. Last year we had “Soup-er Bowl Sundae” — either chicken noodle soup or chili in a bread bowl with a make-your-own-sundae bar as dessert. It was a little silly — but then again, so is most of the 14-hour Super Bowl pre-game show.
This year, we’re taking a break from the themes, although a New Orleans food-fest would be pretty simple to arrange. My oldest has requested that we have an ongoing Nosh-O-Rama. Because any time you add “o-rama” to a word, it has to be fun. Try it: “Laundry-O-Rama!” sounds much jazzier than saying “Laundry. Oh, Man!”
He asked for all the usual appetizers — veg and dip, fruit and dip, crackers and dip. Pretty much anything that’s not nailed down works for him with the addition of dip. But he also wondered if we might be able to have a “your hot dog, your way” buffet.
For some people like my Chicago-born-and-bred husband, the ingredients for a real Chicago Dog are sacrosanct. There are rules, you understand, such as no ketchup if you’re older than 18. Until I moved here, I always thought ketchup and mustard were the two cornerstones for building a good frankfurter. I quickly learned otherwise. As a college student, I went to a local hot dog joint in the heart of the city with friends who
set me up told me to ask for extra ketchup on my order. I can still hear the guy behind the counter scoffing at me.
Without wading further into that great debate (and honestly, I don’t think most Chicagoland suburbanites are quite so cut-and-dried about the ketchup taboo), I plan to include the following toppings for our buffet:
- poppy-seed covered buns
- hot dogs (grilled)
- dill pickle spears
- tomato slices
I’m going to leave the ketchup bottle in the fridge. I’m not saying it’s not going to be used — we do have children, after all.
But they’re going to have to get it themselves.
What are your go-to party recipes for watching a big event on TV? After all, the Academy Awards are right around the corner. I’m clicking through your blogs to look up good dip recipes now….