For all you grid iron followers, playoffs are in their final brackets. Certainly one of the biggest party days in our household, the NFL’s contest between the AFC and NFC conferences is right up there with Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and Thanksgiving! No matter which pair up of teams you are routing, NE Patriots vs New Orleans Saints or Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Rams, you are gearing up for the biggest game of the year. The NFL’s “Super Bowl” sums up the best of the best teams.
This year’s Super Bowl marks its 53rd kickoff! Los Angeles, CA hosted Super Bowl I where the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs faced off. Remarkably for its 1967 premiere, more fans, in fact 61,000 of them, viewed the game on television from home. Even more amazingly is that back in the day, when there were only THREE NETWORKS, the game aired on TWO of them!
Where will you be watching the game?
As one of the original Super Bowl teams, Kansas City Chiefs has a chance to battle Los Angeles Rams, the inaugural Super Bowl’s host city’s team. In contrast, 1967 our present day version of the Super Bowl will air on only ONE NETWORK. While CBS is this year’s chosen network, the game’s popularity has prompted multiple media to stream the contest live. Subsequently, whether you are at home, work, or anywhere else on Super Bowl LIII, you will be able to enjoy the game along with an estimated 112 million other viewers! On the other hand, Sunday February 3, 2019 Atlanta, Georgia’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the game to at least an expected 70,000 fans.
So no matter where you end up entertaining, kickoff your game day with a game plan that your guests will score highly! Will you want a buffet style spread? Are finger foods your preference? Even “tailgating ideas” have become very inventive, ranging from the typical to elaborate endeavors.
Easy host game plan
But, for me, I like simple and easy! That is to say, I want something I can prepare largely ahead of time and set out for all to enjoy. As a result, I am able to watch and join my guests with the game rather than trying to catch the replay of a great play!
So, we all want our top line up for our game table. You will be able to find a wide field of ideas to feed your guests with the best of the best snacks out there. While the most popular item for recent Super Bowl, chicken wings weren’t a game player for the first Super Bowl. But, why not look back at the beginning of the biggest game’s history itself for ideas?
Easily reach your first down with these 10 vintage food ideas!
- Cold cut Loaf
- Italian Meatball Grinders
- Hot dogs/Pigs in Blankets
- Grilled kabobs
- Grape jelly meatballs
- Fruit Salad/Ambrosia
- Mac and cheese
- Baked Beans
- Stuffed Eggs
- Simple salad
Super Bowl Vintage Recipes
Game Table Winning Entrée Lineup
Game Scoring Cold Cut Stromboli/ serves 9 to 18
Certainly one of my favorites, this recipe is open for adaptation. That is to say, get creative with it! Your key players for this recipe can be found in your freezer section. Frozen ready to make bread loaves layout the field for your favorite fillings. For example, throw in your favorite deli meats or cheeses, or make a play with pizza influenced fillings, and it’s your decision to serve it hot or cold. As a result, you end up scoring touchdown for game day or an easy everyday dinner!
- 1 pkg of 3 Rhodes Frozen bread loafs
- 6×3 slices of Assortment of deli meats per loaf
- 6×3 slices Choices of sliced cheese per loaf
- Sliced onion
- Sliced Roasted Red Peppers
- Mustard or desired condiment
Game Kicking Footlong Italian Meatball Grinders
Similarly, you maybe more familiar with its name as “sub” or “hoagie” because of your region. Here in New England, they are known as “grinders”! Unlike our previous form of game day sandwich, our grinders offer even more ease as hosts. For instance, picture a crockpot, frozen prepared meatballs, jarred tomato sauce, and bakery rolls. However, if you don’t mind putting in some time before the game, you can start off this way… <\p>
- 3 lbs Hamburg
- 1 1/2 lb Salt Pork
- 3 cups Bread crumbs
- 3 Tbs Grated Parmesan
- 3 Eggs
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 3/4 tsp Pepper
Form into about 50 meatballs by rolling out a scoop of meat mixture in your handS. Fry out (render) salt pork. Remove salt pork scraps. Place meatballs into pan, cooking until browned on all sides. When well cooked, add tomato sauce (recipe below), and simmer 2 1/2 hours.
- Tomato Sauce
- 3 sm cans Crushed Tomatoes
- 3 cans Tomato Paste
- 3 cups Water
- 3 cups Tomato Sauce
- 3 cloves Garlic
- Salt and Pepper
- Basil, Parsley, and Italian Seasonings
- 1 Whole diced onion
Cook until thick. Combine with meatballs to simmer. Subsequently, this is where you can convert over to a crockpot setting up your table.
Now if you want a kicking appetizer rather than running with meatball sandwiches, there’s a simple play in our playbook for that too! Instead of using a marinara style sauce, a retro recipe from the Sixties is always a good offence for great taste. This “Blast” play is so easy with big results!
Spicy Grape Jelly Meatballs
A game day advantage for any host! Using your top player in your kitchen, the crockpot, these spicy grape jelly meatballs only need 3 ingredients.
- Meatballs (recipe above)
- sm jar Grape Jelly
- 2 bottles Chili Sauce
If you need to switch it up a little, this is another versatile recipe. I use sliced Kielbasa, “Lil Smokey ” cocktail wieners, or even sliced hot dogs in place of the meatballs.
Pigs in Blankets
Icons to game day tables, pigs in blankets play big in the finger food category. Their ability to adjust to your guest list needs is a great ace in the hole. You can make regular sized hot dogs or substitute cocktail wieners for winning yields.
Tailgate Gameday Grilled Kabobs
If you are one of the thousands fortunate enough to go to the game, tailgating and grilling are certainly part of the experience. However, that does not mean for us at home we cannot serve up the same feel foods. Grilling and barbecuing became popular with 1960’s suburban families. Introduced during this time was the Shish Kebob. While fans of the first Super Bowls weren’t up to today’s tailgating standards, who’s to say grills weren’t geared up in backyards.
- Chunks of chicken, beef, or shrimp
- whole mushrooms
- cut bell pepper
- pearl onions
Soak wooden skewers in water at least 1 hour before using. Alternate meat chunks and veggie ingredients on skewers. Grill or for indoor option the oven will work.
Game Sideline Stars
Five Yard line Fruit Salad
Any referee won’t drop a flag with this dish. A side line sure to keep the play in motion is this fruit salad. Just huddle these ingredients together and its as easy as that!
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- 1 can Mandarine oranges (drained)
- 1 can Pineapple (drained)
- 1 cup Tiny Marshmallows
- 1 cup Coconut
- few Maraschino Cherries
Another sideline favorite, Macaroni and Cheese completes the pass! Again, there is a shortcut available in your grocery aisle and that’s fine. However, I am going to give you a recipe for a homemade style.
- 1 lb box Elbow Macaroni
- 2 Tbs Flour
- 1 cup Cold Milk
- 2 Tbs Butter
- 2 Tbs Spicy Brown Mustard
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
Start by cooking your macaroni and drain. Next, make your Rue. Melt butter in sauce pan and stir in the flour. Whisk until Rue becomes smooth and then add cold milk. Constantly stirring until boil and thickens. Add mustard, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to season. Stir in the cheese a little at a time until melted. Combine Cheese Sauce with cooked macaroni into a baking dish. Additionally, at this time you can add an assortment of crumble toppings you choose. Like bacon, crushed cheese crackers, crushed nacho cheese chips, or just buttered bread crumbs to bring a game changing bite!
Boston Baked Beans Blitz
A New England Game day star, even if the Patriots aren’t playing, Boston Baked Beans are sure to bring a smile to your guests’ face. However, my mother’s recipe most likely would not make you smile. It is very time consuming! But if you’re willing to go for it, you would score big for points.
- 1 bag dry Navy Beans
- 1/2 cup Molasses
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 12 oz. Salt Pork
- 5 cups Water
- 1 Lg. Onion
- 1 1/3 Tbs Dry Mustard
- Salt and Pepper
After reading the traditional recipe process, you will understand why I call this Boston Baked Beans Blitz. Unlike, my mother’s time, I have the convenience of many acceptable canned beans at hand. By pairing my canned beans and some added coaching from her vintage ingredients, I am able to simplify it.
Of course the original recipe would bake in the oven for hours. To clarify, its six hours of cooking time. But preparation time is another thing that comes into play.
You see, you start out by having to pick over the bag of dry beans. There could be small stones or other foreign objects in the bag. Then you wash them in a colander. Because these are dry beans, you need to soak them overnight.
On the morning of game day, you place all but the beans and Salt Pork into a 6 qt. Dutch oven. Bring to boil dissolving the sugar. Sear your scored Salt Pork and place into your baking dish (An Aluminum Foil Pan, crockpot, Dutch oven, or beanpot). Add your beans and then pour your liquid over covering them at least 1/2 inch. If you need more liquid, add water. Bake 6 hours at 350 degrees.
No party, game day or any other get together isn’t complete without a version of deviled eggs. These are clubhouse seats worthy stuffed eggs!
- 12 hard boiled eggs
- 1 cup crabmeat
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 2 Tbs chopped green pepper
- 1 Tbs French Dressing
- 1/3 cup Sour Cream
Cut eggs in half. Mash yokes and mix in remaining ingredients. Spoon mixture into eggs. Chill.
Along side the eggs, a nice and simple salad of greens adds another element for your guests to choose.
To conclude our vintage style Super Bowl Game Day Table, there are several dessert items to finish your game plan. For example, hand held Whoopie pies, Magical Layer Bars, and Individual Pineapple Upside Down Cakes. I hope you enjoy the game and the food!
Is your team one of the best of the best this year? Do you have favored team, if your team didn’t make it this time? Even being from New England, the Patriots don’t need another win yet. So, I think I’m leaning toward Kansas City, myself, since our team Green Bay Packers didn’t make the cut. Good Luck!
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