Broncos vs. Seahawks; just a few days left now to kick-off! But don’t worry, there is still time to throw together a fun and delicious party. Today, I am going to share my own Superbowl Party Menu with you along with some tips for feeding a crowd with ease.
But first things first; an easy, messy and oh so delicious twist (literally) on a classic.
A few days ago, I shared with you my love for the Broncos and the Perfect Hot Wing. Today I am focusing on a game day appetizer that features something near and dear to my heart; bacon.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
While they aren’t the prettiest dish at the part, I’ll bet there won’t be a one left on the platter! How can you go wrong with a delicious pepper generously filled with a rich cheese mixture all lovingly swaddled in a piece of smoky bacon.
Just give me a moment. Sorry, I thought I smelled bacon.
The perfect bite. Well, two bites really. But hey, if you just need one, well that’s okay too.
- 8 Jalapeno Peppers, halved and seeded
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese (Monterey jack, pepper Jack or cheddar work great)
- 1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
- 18 slices of bacon
- Salt and pepper to taste
Using a sharp paring knife, halve the jalapenos lengthwise and remove the seeds and ribs, making a “boat” for your cheese filling. I do my best to keep the stem in tact because, well it looks pretty.
Mix the cream cheese, grated cheese mayo and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. You have some fun options when it comes to the cheeses so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Fill the peppers with the cheese mixture, evenly distributing it.
Wrap each pepper in a slice of bacon, being careful to overlap, leaving no seams if possible. The cheese is going to melt out a bit but we want to keep as much in as possible. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes and then crisp the bacon under the broiler for a few minutes if necessary.
See, I told you. Messy.
The good news is, they clean up nice and there is still plenty of ooey gooey goodness waiting under all that bacon! Besides, you have a baking sheet dotted with crispy melty cheese just waiting for you to grab a spoon!
My Superbowl Party Menu
Game day, we will have a houseful of hungry football fans (hopefully all rooting for the Broncos).
Here is what I will be serving …
- Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Slaw
- Crispy Hot Wings with Blue Cheese
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
- Pigs in a Blanket Bites (for the kids) with ketchup and mustard for dipping
- Veggie Tray with Hummus
- Relish Tray
- Chips and Dips
- Broncos Cupcakes
- Beer, Iced Tea, Lemonade and an “Orange Crush” Cocktail
Now, how to pull it all together and still enjoy the game …
1. Delegate, in other words let your guests help you. They will offer. Say yes. This is not easy for me. But over the years, I have learned my lesson. Plan your menu and then decide what you want to make and what you want to answer with when a friend asks “what can I bring?” Or if a friend says “can I bring __________________”, say yes and modify your menu a bit.
2. Decorate and have your house ready the day before. You think you will have time the day of. You won’t. Trust me.
3. On that note, set out and label all of your serving platters ahead of time so you know what you need and you have them ready. Arrange them on your “party table” so your layout is set. Frantically searching for a serving platter and a spot to squeeze it in on the table is not what you want to be doing game day.
Right now, the friends and family who know me well are rolling their eyes and chuckling softly to themselves. Oh yes, they have seen me frantic. More than once. Don’t let it happen to you. A bit of early preparation will save you from the last minute crazies!
Which brings me to number 4. When your guests ask if there is something they can do, say yes. Have some tasks already predetermined to delegate. They want to help. You need their help. Let them help. Yes, I am talking to myself. Hopefully you’re listening too.
5. Be flexible. Did you hear that collective gasp? That went with the eye roll and soft chuckle of those who know and yet still love me. If you run out of time or find you were a little overzealous with your plan … let stuff go. I know, I can hardly believe I just said it either. Focus on having fun and being with the people you love – or at least like to hang out with.
I know I am certainly going to need a little help, it is also the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby this weekend. Heck, I may even have to let some stuff go. I promise you, it won’t be the Jalapeno Poppers.
His car is almost finished. Are you sensing a theme here?
I’ll share the party and the Pinewood Derby with you in upcoming posts.