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Superbowl party planning

I’ve been told the Superbowl is this weekend.  As the majority of the people are concerned with who is going to win and what the best commercial will be, I’m more interested in Superbowl party menus.

To be completely honest, I’m not even sure what two teams are in it.  Tom Brady and the Patriots vs the Giants?  Is that right?

A quick google search confirmed that I am actually correct. Go me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love football. But my football interest peaks at the college level and slowly dwindles as we move into the professional field.  Of course, I do love attending the Cowboys games; the atmosphere and food at the games are both awesome!  I used to be a huge Packers fan, but this was prior to college.  Now, I’m all about rivalry week, game day, and traditions. Of course it looks like it might be a very sad year for my Aggies, so perhaps I should refocus my energy on professional football.

In light of the big game this week, I thought it would be fun to share some of my absolute favorites appetizers, entrees, and desserts though the week. These recipes will be sure to make your party a hit and will be appreciated by all those in attendance at your Superbowl party. Or, if you are a guest at a party, ask the hostess if you could bring a little something that might fit into his/her menu.  These recipes are a little different then the infamous 7-layer dip, queso, and sliders, but are just as easy to throw together.

And by no means am I hating on 7-layer dip, queso, and sliders. These are all integral parts of any good Superbowl party. This is just an additional appetizer that would be fantastic to serve.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pesto Mini Tarts
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3 packages Athens mini-fillo tarts
1 1/2 cups Mezzetta roasted red bell peppers
2 cup spinach (or handfuls)
2 cup basil leaves (about 2 packages)
2 clove garlic
1/2 cup almonds
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup goat cheese crumbles
Shredded chicken breasts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a food processor, add roasted red bell peppers, spinach, basil, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper. Pulse until chopped up. Add in yogurt and pulse until a pesto consistency forms.  Taste and adjust spices if necessary.  Assemble tarts by layering a little bit of shredded chicken, covering in pesto, then sprinkling goat cheese on top.  Repeat process until all the tarts are filled.  Bake for 5 minutes, broil on high for 2.

These are deliciously easy. No need to spend hours whipping up mini tart dough; use the pre-packaged Athens tarts. They are so yummy and are the perfect size for appetizers. And, if you are wanting to make things even easier, try purchasing a pre-made pesto to combine with the roasted red bell peppers.  For more variety, try a steak or meat-free version to appeal to all of the guests at the party. I also offered an even easier version of this recipe here.

They are just so cute. And because they are so small, I think they are relatively guilt free. They really do make a perfect little appetizer!

I’ll be featuring several other Superbowl party approved recipes this week including a taco salad pizza, guilt-free pesto quinoa, and some kind of delicious dessert that is yet to be determined.  So for those of you interested in all things Superbowl party related that don’t actually have to do with football, I recommend stopping by a few times this week. Do you have any must make Superbowl party foods?  Anything you would like me to recreate? I’m taking suggestions!

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January 31, 2012 - 2:03 am

MyFudo™ - I leave the cheering and the strategic analysis to my husband and the buds…
I am more into the meal planning and food prep too, ( as most wives are 😉
I love the mini treats you have featured. I find them very convenient especially when the people who would be eating them would have eyes glued to the TV set. Food should be shoved in 1 bite. Great post!

January 31, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Medifast Diabetic Plan - So much food is going to be consumed this weekend with the super bowl. We do go to the parties but I go for the food 🙂 Thanks for your little tart idea, and look forward to trying and sharing.

January 31, 2012 - 5:51 pm

Linds - Thanks for the comment! You will have to let me know if you try them!

April 26, 2012 - 8:53 pm

Melissa - Thanks for the recipe, I would try this some time. I have a suggestion for your party-planning next time. Why don’t you try having your party in a limo bus and dance while moving on the road. It adds more fun to all the delicious food and drinks that you got. party bus nyc

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