Wow, Superbowl 54, here we come! With attention focused on the scoreboard and the commercials, there’s really no need to stress out over elaborate and expensive food for friends, family, or party guests. Instead serve a simple yet hearty supper of soups and sandwiches.
Instead of hot dogs, hamburgers or pizza, I’ve dug out some favorite recipes (from my family recipe cookbook, of course) and found some comfort foods that will fill up your team without stretching your budget!
Here are two easy soups and sandwich combinations that will be on my Superbowl Supper table:
2 Easy Superbowl Soups
Potato Sausage Soup
You can’t lose with this simple potato and sausage combination.
Makes enough for 8-10 people and you may have leftovers.
- Slice a pound of kielbasa or any smoked sausage into coin sized slices and saute until slightly brown.
- Add chopped onion and several cloves of crushed garlic, and stir-fry with sausage until onions are soft.
- Dilute a packet of Lipton beef and onion soup mix in one quart water and add to sauteed mixture.
- Peel and coarsely chop one Russet potato per person and toss into soup pot.
- Cook until potatoes fall apart.
- Break up/mash up the potatoes to thicken the broth.
- Add a dollop of sour cream for an Eastern European flavor.
- Garnish with caraway seed.
Hearty Seafood Superbowl Gumbo
Feeds 8-10 with good portions and maybe some leftovers.
- Saute chopped onion, green peppers, and celery (about 1 cup of each) in a few tablespoons of butter and add to a pot of Swanson chicken broth (large can).
- Add 3 to 4 cans of diced tomatoes (with juice).
- Stir in one pound tiny frozen cocktail shrimp (rinsed), a pound of canned lump crabmeat, one 8 oz. can oysters, chopped, and one pound of any fresh or frozen whitefish, diced.
- Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Measure all the seasonings: 1 teaspoon each, or to taste, of garlic powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, ground oregano, basil, thyme, and fila powder (aka sassafras; it ain’t gumbo without fila).
- Stir seasonings into ½ cup flour and sprinkle into broth, stirring carefully to avoid lumps and to thicken the broth a bit.
- Let flavors blend and bubble together for another 30 minutes or so.
- Serve over hot cooked rice, or mix rice in with gumbo and eat with spoon from the mug.
Serve in mugs with spoons for easier eating.
2 Easy Superbowl Sandwiches
Tailgate Tri-Tip Rolls
- Buy a 3-4 pound beef tri-tip, pat your favorite barbecue seasonings all over and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for an hour. (Figure 3-4 thin slices per person and buy tri-tip accordingly.)
- You’ll have rare-to-medium-rare slices for those nice soft half-size French rolls found in most supermarkets.
- Have Superbowl guests self-slice and pile on the beef to their heart’s content.
- A spread of creamed horseradish mixed with Dijon is nice with this sandwich.
Chicken Vegetable Toast
This is so easy it shouldn’t be called cooking.
- Slice boneless chicken breasts in half (or even thirds if they are huge) to make uniform fillet slices.
- Season chicken with your favorite salt blend and broil the slices about four minutes each side until they are slightly charred. Set aside on platter.
- Slice crusty baguettes (or use French rolls) to the size of the breast fillets, and toast in toaster oven to a golden brown.
- Spread store-bought spinach and artichoke dip on the toast and top with a broiled chicken slice and a nice thin slice of Swiss cheese (and thin slice of fresh tomato, if available).
- Zap the open face sandwich in the microwave a few seconds to wither the cheese.
Get into the spirit of the Superbowl
With these four soup and sandwich ideas you really don’t need much else to get into the spirit of the Superbowl.
(Depending on the number of mouths to feed, you might get by with just one of each soup or sandwich.)
Serve a few potato chips or potato salad and you have a perfect Superbowl supper. You could also add a bit of extra crunch with some sliced vegetables and a homemade blue cheese dip.
Easy Superbowl desserts might include brownies, cookies, ice cream or cupcakes.
Good luck to your favorite Superbowl team, and happy cookbooking,