Ok, so maybe the Super Bowl didn’t turn out quite the way we’d hoped, but we still had fun spending time with our friends. Ben and Lauren were back from their honeymoon so they came over. Plus, our neighbors, Pete, Torri and their adorable baby Jack, were able to come by for a while. Shane and I had a great time and really enjoyed our first Super Bowl at the new house!

We had plenty of food, but I’ll just post a few things here. First and foremost, we had wings because you really can’t have a Super Bowl party without wings! I also made football shaped treats in the spirit of the game. Shane’s favorite snack for the Super Bowl is huge subs so he put together a fun arrangement of cold cuts.

Buffalo Wings
from Allrecipes.com

I followed the recipe exactly with only one exception. I baked the wings instead of frying so they’d be a little healthier. I baked them at 350 for 45 minutes then sprayed them with cooking spray and cooked for 5 minutes more at 375 (to get them crispy). These were great and went fast! (Sorry, I forgot to take pictures before these were gone!)

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup hot sauce
1 dash ground black pepper
1 dash garlic powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 chicken wings
oil for deep frying

Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 F. The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.

In a small bowl mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Place chicken wings in a large nonporous glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.

Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown. Remove from heat, place wings in serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Serve.

Chocolate Football Crispies
from Good Things Catered

These were really easy to make and so fun for the Super Bowl! They were a little too rich for me, but others really seemed to enjoy them.

6 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate
½ cup light corn syrup
1 Tbsp butter
½ tsp vanilla
4 cups Cocoa Pebbles Cereal
white decorating gel

Microwave chocolate, corn syrup and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high 2 1/2 min., stirring after 1 ½ min. Blend in vanilla. Add cereal, mix well.

Let cool 10 min and then shape into football shapes on parchment with moistened hands.

Let cool completely and use decorating gel to add lacings. Let stand until gel is firm.