That’s right, Super Bowl Food 2012 is this post’s title because we all know it’s not about the commercials, it’s not about the football, it’s about the FOOD on Super Bowl Sunday! To be honest, this may be my favorite food holiday. It certainly beyond-tops Thanksgiving. Not that Thanksgiving at the Gerber home this year wasn’t delicious, but they had us over again on Sunday to enjoy a crazy delicious spread before and during the epic Patriots vs. Giants match-up. And maybe some beverages too…
I enjoyed a few glasses of Cabernet throughout the evening. Joe had to help me out.
First thing’s first (well, after drinks) – we had to get our Super Bowl bets in place.
I helped my dad and Mr. Gerber draw numbers out of a hat to randomly assign them to squares.
OK, enough gambling. I’ve made you wait long enough to see the food, right?
I of course munched on some of the pickles on the condiments tray, and a corner piece of cornbread.
I had a few of those wings – they were amazing! Not sure where they were from, d’oh.
May or may not have dipped a wing in that Sabra hummus. Yum.
This famous dip makes a comeback!
Both a beef and chicken chili option – love it! I had some of the chicken chili and it was fantastic. A famous Gerber recipe!
I had one of the meatballs above – it was amazing, amazing, amazing. Joe had several IN his chili. Genius!
I had a couple pieces of the above beauty and even dipped one in the buffalo cheese dip, oh yes I di-id.
Best dish of the evening – CHEESE PLATE obviously! I posted-up by this thing for about 30 minutes and gabbed to anyone who would stand still long enough about what pairings they had to try (blue cheese on Lorna Doone cookies, WOW) because a couple glasses of wine had gotten my cheese cravings going in full swing. Another one of the cheeses was a brie, and I’m not sure what the third was. I stuck mostly to the bleu, mmm.
We had two TVs going since this was quite an event. Joe and I split our time between upstairs and the basement.
My favorite commercial was the one with the M&M’s – it had me CACKLING. No other words can describe my laugh when I think something is hilarious.
I also REALLY enjoyed Madonna’s halftime performance. I’m a sucker for cameos, so as soon as LMFAO made an appearance, I was sold. Then Nicki Minaj…then CeeLo…I was in cameo heaven! I actually really like her new song, it is just so damn catchy, as much as I dislike Madonna herself (she’s too snobby for my taste).
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And don’t forget dessert, which made its entrance around the same time Madonna did during halftime, though her entrance may have topped the dessert’s.
Oh. I take that back. The dessert table was bangin’ this year. I had a cheesecake brownie, oatmeal cookie, chocolate chip cookie, and scoop of apple crisp. A little taste of everything I really wanted, and enjoyed every bite.
FYI I did not win any money. Booo! Mr. Gerber won the first two quarters (see him above looking smug) and my dad won the big end-game money!
It was such a great party, though I have to admit, when I got home and the next day I was feeling guilty about the indulgent foods I ate. I don’t normally do wings and cheese dip, or cheesecake brownies. I also had plenty of whole foods like fresh cheeses and lean chili. But I felt focused on feeling bad for eating things I felt I shouldn’t have, especially with all the negative self-talk going on the morning after the Super Bowl, just like the morning after Thanksgiving. I hate it!
But I had my normal breakfast and went about my day eating the usual whole foods that I love, like fresh fruit, huge salad beasts, and my fave whole wheat English muffins. I went to the gym after work and had a kick-ass Step class (and the floor kicked my ass too – I fell – oops!) that left me sweaty. I’m not perfect when it comes to this whole balance thing, but dammit, I’m working on it!
What was the best thing you ate on Super Bowl Sunday? What do you think the best thing I ate was?
Did you deal with hearing others – or your own mind – express a lot of negativity about post-Super-Bowl indulgence?
Do you have any Super Bowl traditions? Any fun betting/gambling games?