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Sunday, February 5 on FOX
NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

 

The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the United States, and each year it continues to get bigger, in scope, size, price and just about everything else. When it comes to watching the Super Bowl, nine out of 10 watchers are going to be at a home — either their house or someone else’s. That’s a lot of Super Bowl parties and if you are hosting one we got you covered with GameDay entertaining tips, recipes, party games, a list of prop bets you can wager on, and much more.

No matter how much we eat, it’s going to be quite a feast. In fact, the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. Get your jacket and scarf ready because Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular grilling day of winter with 62% of owners firing up the grill — even if it means they have to shovel a path to get to it.

It’s truly a worldwide event. Super Bowl XLIX was distributed to more than 185 countries and broadcast in 30 different languages. The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17, and only five percent of viewers will watch the game alone – while one out of every 12 people watching are just watching to see the commercials. So whether you will be cooking for 17 or for just one here is some great information to make your GameDay, one to remember.

The game is just a part of Super Bowl Sunday or any GameDay really. What’s more important is:

  • What you are going to do?
  • Where you are going to do it?  and,
  • What you are going to eat?

After a Preview of the Big Game. We’ll start things off with what you are going to eat. Sure there are hundreds of websites out there where you can get recipes for the big game and we know we are just one of them. We also know what we like to eat, what is good.

 

Links:

 

NFL.com

Houston Super Bowl Host Committee

Super Bowl LI – Wikipedia

FOX Sports GO

 

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Super Bowl LI Preview

 

Super Bowl LI will take place on February 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. This will be Houston’s third time hosting the Super Bowl, first featuring the Miami Dolphins against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl VIII in 1974, and again when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.

This season’s Super Bowl will be broadcast on FOX and FOX Sports GO with the announce team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman providing play-by-play and analysis in their fifth Super Bowl together. Erin Andrews will report from the sidelines at the Super Bowl for the second time in her career.

The Super Bowl LI halftime show will be headlined by Lady Gaga.

 

Super Bowl LI

 

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The Patriots and Falcons will meet in the Super Bowl LI

Teams: AFC champion New England Patriots vs. NFC champion Atlanta Falcons

When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

Where: NRG Stadium, Houston

Time: Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analysis), Erin Andrews and Chris Myers (sideline reporters)

Halftime show: Global superstar Lady Gaga, winner of six Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominee, will headline the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show

Preview:

from si.com:

It’s all about the quarterbacks: Just about any way you slice it, this is a matchup between the top two passers in the league. Whether you look at passer rating, QBR, yards per attempt or FootballOutsiders.com’s DVOA efficiency ratings, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New England’s Tom Brady ended up No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the stats department. They are masters of their craft, have plenty of weapons around them, and have two of the best playcallers (Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels) at their disposal. To beat Brady, you have to disguise and change up both the pressure and coverage looks on just about every snap. The Falcons, to this point, have not shown the ability to do that. That will be an important factor in the game. Ryan has trouble with tight, disciplined coverage. With Malcolm Butler locking up either Julio Jones or Mohamed Sanu, and Logan Ryan on the other with safety help, Ryan may have to make a living throwing to the running backs and TEs Levine Toilolo and Austin Hooper. The Patriots have had more issues with supporting actors than those in starring roles. The Falcons have the ability to exploit that.

 

Running backs will be a huge factor: Sure, the quarterbacks may get all the attention, but the running backs from each team are used to taking advantage of the shortcomings on opposing defenses. The Falcons have one of the most talented duos in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Freeman is the better runner, but Shanahan loves to use both to exploit mismatches in the pass game. McDaniels likes to use Dion Lewis and James White in a similar fashion via the pass, and Lewis has taken over as the every-down running back. LeGarrette Blount is the short yardage and finish-the-game bruiser.

 

What’s in common?: The Falcons and Patriots each had five common opponents (Denver, Seattle, Arizona, Los Angeles and San Francisco) and went 4–1 (each team lost to the Seahawks, with Atlanta losing on the road and the Patriots at home). The cumulative scores were 168–88 for Atlanta; 119–82 for New England. The Falcons had an average margin of victory of 20.5 points, and the Patriots were at 11.0. The Patriots didn’t have Tom Brady in their two-point victory over the Cardinals, a team the Falcons beat by 19.

 

Atlanta’s offense is exceptional: Under the spotlight of the Super Bowl, this Falcons offense may finally get its due. We’re talking about a unit that can rival the Greatest Show on Turf Rams for explosiveness. They scored 540 points this season, which is tied for eighth all time with those 2000 Rams. Sure, the team is uber-talented with WRs Jones, Sanu and Taylor Gabriel, and RBs Freeman and Coleman, but don’t underestimate the job coordinator Shanahan has done. At this point, everyone thinks it’s all about the talent. But remember, Sanu was an underachieving No. 2 with the Bengals and Gabriel was a Browns castoff before this season. Freeman and Coleman were thought to be nice players, but not game changers. That all changed this season because of the way Shanahan designs plays and attacks defenses. There are few better at taking an opponent’s tendencies and using them against them.

 

The Patriots defense will have a say: New England’s defense certainly proved its “best scoring defense” was no fluke in the win over the Steelers. And remember who put an end to those 2000s Rams teams (Spoiler Alert: It was the 2001 Patriots). New England may not have many big names on defense (Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty and Malcolm Butler are about it), but the sum is better than the parts. Certainly the Falcons will be a huge challenge, but everyone knows Bill Belichick and his staff can defend anything with two weeks to prepare.

 

The Patriots’ offensive line should have an advantage: After a shaky outing against the Texans, the Patriots’ offensive line completely dominated the Steelers. The Falcons’ unit is certainly solid but it’s not quite as good as the Patriots. The Patriots have the edge at left tackle (Nate Solder), right guard (Shaq Mason) and right tackle (Marcus Cannon), while the Falcons have an advantage at center (Alex Mack) and left guard (Andy Levitre).

 

Experience doesn’t matter: Expect a lot to be made this week about how this is Matt Ryan’s first Super Bowl appearance vs. Tom Brady’s seventh (with four victories). Certainly the disparity is notable, but it ignores the fact that several passers have beaten those with more experience in recent years. Some of those on the list: Russell Wilson over Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers over Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning over Brady and Brady over Kurt Warner.

 

You have to stop more than one guy: Each QB has a security blanket. For the Patriots, it’s Julian Edelman (158 targets in the regular season). Atlanta has Jones (129). Certainly a lot of attention needs to paid to each of those players, but both quarterbacks are deft at distributing the ball. The Patriots had seven players catch at least three touchdowns (TE Martellus Bennett led with seven), and so did the Falcons (Jones and Gabriel tied with six). In the postseason, both Sanu (Falcons) and Chris Hogan (Patriots) had two touchdowns receiving.

 

Where’s the pressure?: It looks like the opening over/under line for the Super Bowl is an astounding 59 points. No shock there, considering these two offenses. But it also says something about the defenses, which were both great on Sunday but don’t exactly get a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks. The Patriots didn’t affect Roethlisberger that much and don’t have a dominating rusher, although Trey Flowers is solid. And the Falcons’ only true pass rushing threat is Vic Beasley. The game may very well be determined by which team is able to dial up the most pressure and make that top quarterback move off his spot in the pocket.

 

Tecmo Bowl LI Results:

 

 

here is the video of the highlights:

 

 

 

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FOX Sports will offer a live, non-authenticated stream of Super Bowl LI on FOX Sports GO, the streaming platform that showcases all of FOX Sports’ live events and studio programming. Fans around the country will be able to stream the biggest television event of the year at FOXSportsGo.com, using iOS, Android, Windows, and Amazon tablets or through connected devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and XBOX One. For the Super Bowl broadcast, users will not need to enter their pay TV credentials for viewing.

The live stream of the Super Bowl will also feature local advertisement integration on a nationwide basis from more than 170 FOX affiliates around the country. Participating affiliates will have access to same ad inventory for both the linear and digital broadcasts of the February 5 game.

The FOX Sports Super Bowl LI production effort includes more Super Motion and 4K cameras than ever before, and will use three production trucks and more than 30 cameras to deliver more than 20 hours of programming a day from Discovery Green in Houston, in addition to 70-plus cameras at NRG Stadium covering the game.

“We, as broadcasters, are always trying to provide the viewer with something they’ve never seen before,” said Zac Fields, FOX Sports SVP Graphic Technology and Innovation. “With this new ‘Be the Player’ technology, it is now achievable and we are incredibly excited to debut this at the Super Bowl on FOX.”

 

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Thirty-second spots during Super Bowl 51 (LI) are selling for an average of $5 million, which is up about the same as ads from 2016. The Super Bowl will be broadcast on FOX NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas – (Home of the Houston Texans) on Feb. 5, 2017. Super Bowl 51 will feature the champions from both the AFC and NFC, and the Texans won the AFC South, so it could be a home game if they can win during the playoffs. The Pepsi sponsored halftime entertainment features Lady Gaga.

Expect to see these brands grabbing for your attention during Super Bowl 51 (LI) on Feb 5th! (and the weeks surrounding the big game) Automotive: Audi, Buick, Honda, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and WeatherTech. Food and Beverage: Anheuser-Busch, Avocados From Mexico, Pepsi, Skittles, Snickers Packaged Goods: Febreze, GNC, Mr. Clean Retail: 84 Lumber
Neilsen Ratings 2016: According to results from The Nielsen Company, the broadcast of Super Bowl L (2016) on CBS had an average audience of 111.9 million viewers, and was viewed in an average of 54.3 million homes and had a preliminary 46.6 U.S. household rating. Preliminary estimates also found that 72% of U.S. homes with televisions in use were tuned into the Super Bowl 50 telecast—the highest household share since Super Bowl XVI in 1982. In regard to the social nature of the big game, Nielsen Social noted that 16.9 million Tweets were sent by 3.8 million unique authors about “Super Bowl 50” on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Included within this total Twitter activity for the TV event, 4.6 million Tweets were sent by 1.4 unique authors about the advertisements that aired in the live TV event. Additionally, the most-Tweeted minute during the TV event was at 8:44 p.m. ET, when 162,000 Tweets were sent in the minute following the Super Bowl halftime show.

In this era of the DVR, it’s not uncommon to intentionally not watch a show while it’s live so that you can fast-forward through the commercials.

The Super Bowl is probably the only time when people can’t wait for commercials — some people only “watch” the game for them.

According to Forbes, in 2014 a 30-second commercial costs an outrageous $4 million and double that for a 1-minute commercial — and that doesn’t include the cost to make the commercial.

Last year the Super Bowl was the most watched event in America with more than 108 million viewers, but the really fascinating thing is why people watched. Several studies have proven that 50% of the Super Bowl audience tunes in just to watch the ads.

Commercials are often considered interruptions to the entertainment we love. But Super Bowl ads are different—instead of being intruders, they are like the “must have” guests that keep a party rockin’.

Some might make you laugh, others might make you tear up — you don’t have to like them but you’re probably going to watch them.

 

- CLICK HERE for the FANFOOD TOP 10 Super Bowl Commercials of ALL-TIME - 

 

SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS: Continuously updated during the game, NFL.com, SuperBowl.com and NFL Mobile from Verizon will post all of the Super Bowl commercials after they have aired on the television broadcast. Users can view the commercials, rate them (thumbs up or down), comment, and sort them by quarter, brand and top rated. Visit NFL.com/SuperBowlCommercials.

 

 

To view the commercials from Super Bowl 50

NFL.com/superbowl/50/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLIX

NFL.com/superbowl/49/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII

NFL.com/superbowl/48/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVII

NFL.com/superbowl/47/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVI

NFL.com/superbowl/46/commercials

 

Links:

nfl.com/superbowl

CBS Super Bowl Commercials

 

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GameDay Recipes

 

  1. John’s Wings
  2. Crockpot Meatballs
  3. John’s Pico de Gallo
  4. Cheese and Sausage Dip
  5. John’s Championship Chili
  6. Chicago Mix Popcorn
  7. Union Square Nuts
  8. Smoked Tuna Dip
  9. Zesty Ranch Mix
  10. Homemade Guacamole

 

NEW! for 2017

 

What’s great about these recipes is that you can make then all, serve them separate or include some of them for a great Nacho Bar. John’s Championship Chili is perfect for this and so is the cheese sauce, pico de gallo, and guacamole.  Grab some shredded cheddar cheese, refried beans, sour cream, lettuce and sliced black olives and with the pico and guac, you got the makings of a great 7-layer dip (which you can turn into an edible football field for your Snack Stadium).

 

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John’s Wings

 

If you don’t have a deep fryer, here is a great way to get perfectly cooked wings in the oven; then tossed in our signature buffalo sauce.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

12 whole chicken wings

John’s Signature Buffalo Sauce:

6 ounces unsalted butter
1 small clove garlic, minced fine
1/4 cup hot sauce (“Red Hot” brand)
1/8 cup Louisiana hot sauce (“Louisiana” brand)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons pancake syrup (not maple syrup)*

 

PREPARATION

 

Place a 6-quart saucepan with a steamer basket and 1-inch of water in the bottom, over high heat, cover and bring to a boil.
Remove the tips of the wings and discard or save for making stock. Using kitchen shears, or a knife, separate the wings at the joint.
Place the wings into the steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry.
Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Replace the paper towels with parchment paper.

Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes. make sauce

To make the sauce:

Pour the hot sauces in a large saucepan, add butter, and garlic and salt.

Heat on medium until butter is almost melted, stirring occasionally.

using a immersion blender or wire whip, blend all ingredients well, taste.

Add more butter if needed.

Add syrup and mix well.

Lower heat.

 

Turn the wings over and cook another 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown.

Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to a big bowl and toss with the sauce. Serve warm.

 

MAKES 24 WINGS: 4 SERVINGS

*=secret ingredient

 

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Crockpot Meatballs

 

Perfect for cocktail parties and holiday gatherings, we have been making these meatballs for years

 

INGREDIENTS

4 pounds of Italian Meatballs, cooked, frozen
3-4 bottles of Chili Sauce, Heinz
2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce
2 Tbs of minced garlic
1/2 cup of chopped green onion

 

PREPARATION

Fill half of a Large Crockpot with frozen meatballs, add remaining ingredients.
Stir well
Top off pot with more balls and stir again.
Cook on low for 4 hours,
Check one hour before party and turn up heat if needed.

 

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John’s Pico de Gallo

 

Like your “salsa” chunky and fresh? here is how you make it with my special ingredient.

 

INGREDIENTS

½ cup Onion, diced fine
1 Jalapeno Pepper (small), seeded and diced fine
¼ cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
¼ cup Dill Pickle, diced fine (I prefer Boars Head)*
4 Large Tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 Tbs. Fresh Lime Juice
½ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

 

PREPARATION

In a medium bowl, combine the onion, jalapeno pepper, bell pepper, dill pickle, and diced tomatoes.

Stir in lime juice and cilantro; season to taste with salt and pepper. Or I should have said everything.

Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving, preferably overnight.

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Cheese and Sausage Dip

 

4 Ingredients, 1 great dip!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 (1 pound) package Velveeta Cheese

1 can Chili – no beans

1 pound medium or spicy sausage, browned and crumbled

1/2 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

 

PREPARATION

Combine Velveeta cheese, chili, and browned sausage in crockpot.

You can heat this on the stove until the cheese melts and it all mixes together. Top with cheddar cheese, stir to combine

It’s better if you put it in the Crock Pot on low until blended and then keep it there to serve.

 

 

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John’s Championship Chili

 

This is the chili to make, perfect for nachos or chili dogs.

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 lb Lean ground chuck
1 lb Lean ground pork
1 Cup Finely chopped onion
4 ea Garlic cloves; finely chpd.
1 cn. Guinness Beer (14.5 oz.)
8 oz Hunt’s tomato sauce
1 c Water
3 tb Chili powder
2 tb Ground cumin
2 tb Wyler’s beef-flavor instant-bouillon (or 6 cubes)
2 tsp Oregano leaves
2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp Ground coriander
1/2 tsp Louisiana hot sauce,to taste
1 tsp Flour
1 tsp Cornmeal
1 tb Warm water

 

PREPARATION:

In large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown half the meat; pour off fat. Remove meat.
Brown remaining meat; pour off all fat except 2 Tbsps.
Add onion, garlic; cook and stir until tender.
Take a big swig of beer, and put the rest in with the meat and remaining ingredients except flour, cornmeal and warm water. Mix well.
Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer covered for at least 2 hours.
Stir together flour and cornmeal; add warm water. Mix well.
Stir into chili mixture.
Cook covered 20 minutes longer.
Makes 2 quarts.

 

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Chicago Mix Popcorn

 

Don’t knock it until you try it, you will be hooked!

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup coconut oil, divided
2 cups popcorn kernels
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt, divided (fine-grained)
1 1/2 cups butter (3/4 lb)
2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cheddar cheese powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon chili powder

 

PREPARATION

For the caramel corn:

Preheat the oven to 250F.

Melt half of the coconut oil in a large pot with a lid over medium-high heat. Add 3-4 popcorn kernels, cover the pot and wait until they pop. Add 1 cup of the kernels and shake well to coat in the oil. Continue heating, shaking every few minutes until the rate of popping slows and most of the kernels have popped.

Empty the kernels into a brown paper bag, add 2 teaspoons of salt, and shake to distribute the salt and drain the excess oil. Then, spread the popcorn in a large roasting pan or several baking sheets.

Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, 1 cup of butter, and the baking soda in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring and insert a candy thermometer. Cook until it reaches 235F, which should take about 8 minutes.

Immediately remove the caramel from the heat and add the vanilla carefully—the caramel will bubble & spit molten candy at you, so you want to drop it in and immediately pull your hand away. After the bubbling subsides, stir in the vanilla, and pour the caramel over the popcorn. Then, stir to coat evenly.

Bake for about an hour in the preheated oven, stirring every 10-15 minutes. It’s done when the caramel is no longer dripping onto the bottom of the pan and instead has hardened into a crisp shell around every piece. Remove and let cool completely, and then break apart any large clumps by hand.

For the cheese corn:

Repeat steps 2 and 3 above with the remaining coconut oil and popcorn kernels, but this time return the popcorn to the pot.

Melt the remaining 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan or microwave, pour over the popped corn, and shake or stir to coat evenly.

Whisk together the cheese powder, mustard powder, chili powder, and 1 Tablespoon salt and pour that over the buttered popcorn. Again, shake or stir to coat. Taste and add more salt if desired.

Combine, or don’t. Store in airtight containers.

You could always just buy some caramel corn & cheese corn and combine them or get it right from the source:

 

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Union Square Nuts

 

These “Hot” nuts are great for the holidays and even better for Gameday.

 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups unsalted mixed nuts (including peeled peanuts, cashews, brazil, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans & whole unpeeled almonds)
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary (from two 3 inch sprigs)
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted)

 

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven 350 ºF.
Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a baking sheet.
Toast in the oven till they become light golden-brown, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt and melted butter.
Thoroughly toss the toasted nuts in the spiced butter and serve warm.

And once you eat these, you will never want to stop.

 

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Smoked Tuna Dip

 

This is often called crack dip. or try this other version.

 

INGREDIENTS

6-8 ounces smoked tuna, skin removed, meat chopped in coarsely
1/2 block cream cheese
2 jalapenos
juice of one lime
1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
1/4 cup mayo (or less, depending on how wet your mixture is and how well it is blending)
salt, pepper to taste
1 tablespoon lime zest

 

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients together in a food processor.
The fish is dense so you”ll need to add a little bit at a time to make sure it mixes uniformly in the food processor.
It’s better to make it almost whipped so it is great for scooping up on crackers.

 

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Zesty Ranch Mix

 

This is our favorite take on homemade chex mix, that is sure to be a hit.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Nonstick cooking spray
5 cups bite-size rice square cereal
2 cups plain pita chips, broken into bite-sizes pieces
2/3 cup  shelled cashews
2/3 cup butter snaps (pretzel squares)
1 1 ounce packet dry ranch salad dressing mix
2 tablespoons dried dill weed
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel

 

PREPARATION

Lightly coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In prepared slow cooker combine cereal, pita chips, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, salad dressing mix, dill weed, and rosemary.

Drizzle mixture with oil, tossing gently to blend.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 2 1/2 hours, stirring every 40 minutes or on high-heat setting for 80 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes.

Sprinkle lemon peel over mixture, tossing gently to blend. Spread mixture in an even layer on a 13x9x2-inch baking sheet; cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Homemade Guacamole

 

Sure you can just by it, but here is how you make it like the pros. Be sure to place the avocados into the fridge for an hour or two before you open them up. This guac is much better when slightly chilled.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 medium ripe avocados, chilled1 lime wedge
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1/2 tablespoon minced jalapeno
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons diced tomato
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt

 

PREPARATION

Mash avocados in a medium bowl, then add the juice of one lime wedge.
Stir in onion, jalapeno, cilantro, tomato and salt to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.

Serves up to 4

 

 

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SB50 2016 Recipes

 

 

Hot Crab Dip

Easy Moist Cornbread

Charred Salsa Verde

Baked Pita Chips w/Fresh Hummus

Brat Reubens

Pittsburgh Chipped Ham Barbecue

 

Drinks:

Gridiron Punch

Block and Fall

 

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Hot Crab Dip

 

We all know how to make a hot crab dip. Everyone has their family recipe, but does yours have cornbread in it? If if doesn’t, then this one is for you. Don’t buy the cornbread, make it yourself (see below), and reduce the amount of sugar. This dip should be savory not sweet.

 

Ingredients

6 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Creole mustard
1 tablespoon horseradish cream
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
Kosher salt, to taste
Tabasco sauce, to taste
1 pound fresh crabmeat
1 cup coarsely crumbled cornbread (recipe follows)
Toasts or celery sticks, for serving

 

Preparation

Begin by mixing mayonnaise, Creole mustard, horseradish cream, Old Bay Seasoning, and finely chopped celery and onion. Season with salt and Tabasco, then stir in plenty of fresh lump crabmeat. Place this mixture in an ovenproof dish and top with crumbled cornbread. Bake in a medium-hot oven until brown and bubbly, and serve at once, with toast triangles or celery sticks for dunking. Creole mustard has a nice little kick of heat and works well in this recipe—substitute Dijon mustard if you can’t find it. Horseradish cream is sometimes labeled “horseradish cream style” or “prepared horseradish.”

Note: The crab mix can be made up to 1 day ahead—just leave out the salt until you’re ready to bake it.

 

 

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Moist Cornbread

This recipe is an easy basic cornbread recipe that you can use for the crab dip above. It’s a moist, crackly-topped cornbread recipe that calls for ingredients you probably already have lying around in the fridge and pantry. It’s lightly sweetened, but you should reduce the sugar if you are using in the dip and/or mix in some corn kernels or jalapeños if you are not mixing it in with the crab.

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups finely ground yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 large eggs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), melted, plus more for coating the baking dish

 

Preparation

 

Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter; set aside.

Place the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

Place the milk and eggs in a medium bowl and whisk until the eggs are broken up. Pour the milk mixture into the cornmeal mixture and, using a rubber spatula, stir until just incorporated. (Do not overmix.)Stir in the melted butter until just incorporated and no streaks of butter remain.

Pour the mixture into the prepared dish.Bake until golden brown around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the dish to a wire rack and let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

 

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Chared Salsa Verde

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds tomatillos, peeled and split in half (680g; about 10 medium)
1 medium white onion, peeled and split in half (about 6 ounces; 170g)
2 to 4 Serrano or jalapeño chilies (adjust according to spice tolerance, remove seeds and ribs for milder spice), split in half
10 to 15 sprigs cilantro, tough lower stems discarded
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Kosher salt

 

Preparation

Adjust oven rack to 4 inches below broiler and preheat broiler to high. Place tomatillos, onion, and chilies on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil until darkly charred and blackened on top and tomatillos are completely tender, 6 to 12 minutes

Transfer vegetables and their juice to a blender, food processor, or the cup of an immersion blender. Add half of cilantro. Blend in pulses until a rough puree is formed.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over high heat until shimmering. Pour salsa into the hot oil all at once (it will steam and sputter). Immediately start stirring and continue to cook, stirring, until salsa is darkened and thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Finely chop remaining cilantro and stir into salsa. Season to taste with salt. Let cool, then serve. Salsa can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

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Baked Pita Chips w/Fresh Hummus

 

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon herbes de Provence or Old Bay or Ras el hanout
3 (5-inch) pitas, sliced into 8 wedges each
1 tablespoon olive oil

 

Preparation

Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Combine the salt and ras el hanout in a small bowl; set aside.

Place the pita wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with half of the olive oil and sprinkle with half of the salt mixture. Flip the wedges over and repeat with the remaining oil and salt mixture.

Bake until the chips are golden brown and crispy, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately transfer the chips to a wire rack until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Note: You’ll need a pastry brush to make these chips. These pita chips can be seasoned with just about any spice blend or dried herb like thyme, herbes de Provence, or even Old Bay. Ras el hanout is a North African spice blend with sweet and floral notes and can be found at Middle Eastern grocers. For a sweet twist, use 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and swap out the salt for some granulated sugar instead.

 

Easy Hummus

 

Ingredients

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium garlic clove, peeled and smashed
Juice of 1 medium lemon
1/4 cup roasted tahini
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
Salt

 

Preparation

Place beans, garlic, half of the lemon juice, tahini, water, olive oil, and a big pinch of salt in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and process until smooth.

If the hummus is too thick, pulse in more water, a tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.

Taste, adding more salt and lemon juice as needed. To serve, place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.

Serve with raw or roasted vegetables, pita bread, or chips. You can also use it as a sandwich spread.

Note: Make sure to buy roasted, not raw, tahini. If you’re not sure which is which, check the label for roasted sesame seeds.

 

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Brat Reubens

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 large hard-cooked egg, peeled and finely chopped
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
Six 4-ounce bratwursts
1 small onion, thinly sliced
One 12-ounce beer, such as Budweiser
Six 8-inch rye hoagie rolls, split and toasted
6 slices of pastrami or corned beef
6 slices of imported Swiss or provolone cheese
Confetti Giardiniera, for serving

 

Preparation

In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the ketchup, relish and Worcestershire sauce.

Fold in the chopped egg and season the dressing with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cover the bratwursts and onion with the beer and 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Simmer over moderately low heat until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of each brat registers 165°, 8 to 10 minutes.

Transfer the brats to a plate.

Heat a grill pan or large cast-iron skillet.

Cook the bratwursts over moderately high heat until browned all over, about 5 minutes.

Fill the rolls with the pastrami, cheese and brats. Top with some of the dressing and giardiniera and serve.

 

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Pittsburgh Chipped Ham Barbecue

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
Small onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 bottle Heinz chili sauce
1 1/2 Heinz chili sauce bottle’s water
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 1/2 pounds Isaly’s Original Chipped Chopped Ham

 

Preparation

Melt butter in skillet, add onion and celery and cook until softened. Add remaining ingredients (except chipped ham) and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add chipped ham, stir until hot and serve on sandwich buns.

 

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Gridiron Punch

 

Ingredients

18 ounces (2 1/4 cups) naturally sweetened pineapple juice, chilled
6 ounces Yellow Chartreuse, chilled
6 (12-ounce) bottles amber ale, such as Fat Tire, chilled

 

Preparation

Place the pineapple juice and Chartreuse in a 3-quart container or punch bowl and stir to combine. Add the beer and gently stir to combine. Sweet pineapple juice and herbaceous Yellow Chartreuse work well with the malty flavors of amber ale in this beer punch. If you’re bringing this punch to a tailgate or party, mix the pineapple juice and Chartreuse beforehand and keep chilled. Add the cold beer when ready to serve.

 

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Block and Fall

Old Overholt and Iron City Boilermaker

 

Ingredients

1 shot Old Overhol
1 Iron City Beer
old-fashioned glass

 

Preparation

Knock back the Old Overholt and chase it with the Iron City Beer. Some folks like to depth-charge the whiskey into the beer, but no need for this. The boilermaker first turned up in 1932 in James Wiley and Helene Griffith’s Art of Mixing under the name, Block and Fall (“drink two, walk a block and fall”). “the boilermaker and his helper,” the “one and one,” the shot and the beer, make up a drink that nobody can screw up.

Old Overholt It is one of the few straight rye whiskies available at most liquor stores in the U.S. It is aged for three years and bottled at 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume). Old Overholt was originally distilled in BroadFord, Pennsylvania and was called “Monongahela” It is reputed to have been the alcoholic beverage of choice of the gunfighter and gambler Doc Holliday

The Iron City Brewing Company (also known as the Pittsburgh Brewing Company) is a beer company that until August 2009 had been located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. On June 11, 2009, it was reported that the brewery was “moving” to Latrobe, Pennsylvania. That move was recently completed and Iron City is now produced in the Latrobe Brewery that was once used to produce Rolling Rock.

 

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New Super Bowl Recipes For 2017

 

Homemade Pretzel Bites

 

New England

Clam Fritters

Baked Onion Dip

Providence Wieners

Whoopie Pies

 

Atlanta

Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread

Georgia Cracker Salad

Southern Fried Shrimp With Cornmeal Batter

Chess Pie

 

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Homemade Pretzel Bites

 

These soft, salted pretzel bites are perfect for a snack or game day party — they are delicious with beer! Or add them to kids’ lunch boxes with a small container of yellow mustard for dipping. You can use a flaky sea salt, but coarse kosher salt may be used as well. Serve these tasty pretzel snacks with yellow or honey mustard or a mustard dip, or try them with a chocolate dip.

Yield: Makes About 4 Dozen

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup warm water, 8 ounces, about 105° F
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 cups (13 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 quarts water
2/3 cup baking soda
kosher salt or sea salt, for sprinkling

PREPARATION

In a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer, combine the water, yeast, and sugar.
Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
It should be slightly foamy.
Add the flour, melted butter, and salt and mix until the dough comes together.
Knead by hand on a floured surface or with stand mixer and dough hook on medium-low speed for 8 to 10 minutes.
Add more flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to hands, the counter, or bowl.
The dough should be firm but still slightly tacky.
Oil a large bowl.
Gather the dough into a ball and place in the oiled bowl.
Turn to coat all sides with the oil.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Or spray the baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Put 2 to 3 quarts of water in a large saucepan or deep saute pan.
Add the baking soda to the water and stir.
Just before the dough has finished the rising cycle,
bring the water and soda mixture to a boil over high.
Heat the oven to 400° F.
Cut the dough into 4 or 5 portions and roll them on a floured surface to make thick ropes.
Cut into 1-inch lengths. Place on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Using a skimmer or similar large slotted spoon, immerse several of the dough pieces in the boiling water and soda mixture.

Let them boil for about 10 to 20 seconds, then lift them out and put them back on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.

Sprinkle the pieces of dough lightly with the coarse kosher salt or sea salt.

Bake for about 10 minutes, or until they are a deep golden brown color.

Makes about 4 to 5 dozen, depending on the size.

Serve with plain yellow mustard or a mustard dipping sauce.

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NEW ENGLAND

 

 

Clam Fritters

 

INGREDIENTS

1 egg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1 cup minced clams
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons minced green bell pepper (optional)
1/2 cup vegetable oil

PREPARATION

Beat the egg and gradually beat in the flour.
Slowly stir in the milk, clams, salt, pepper and onion.
If desired, stir in the green pepper. With hands shape mixture into 2 inch diameter patties.
In a medium skillet heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot.
Fry the patties in the hot oil until golden brown.
Place cooked fritters on paper towels to soak up any excess oil.

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Baked Onion Dip

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Vidalia Onions
1 cup FreshParmesan Cheese
1 cup Swiss or Mozzarella
1½ cups Mayonnaise
dash of garlic powder
dash of onion powder
1/2 chives if you have them

 

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together in 8×8 baking dish.
Bake at 350° F for 20 minutes.
Serve with crackers or crostini.

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Providence Wieners

 

This is a hot meat sauce that is put on hot dogs (wieners) in Rhode Island. It’s usually added after the mustard and chopped onions and topped with celery salt.
The most authentic wiener is made by Little Rhody Brand Frankfurts of Johnston, Rhode Island, the company that supplies wieners to all of the New York System-style restaurants in the state. If these aren’t available to you, experiment with whatever you can find in your local grocery store, but steer away from jumbo-sized franks and anything smoked or filled with cheese!

Wieners can be fried, boiled, or steamed. In the case of frying, use very low heat. The object is merely to make the wiener hot, not to add unattractive scorch marks. Remember—hot dogs and wieners come pre-cooked, they just need to be warmed up.

The building of the wiener itself is accomplished in specific sequential steps:

  • Put a cooked wiener in a bun.
  • Put mustard on the wiener (yellow mustard is traditional).
  • Put hot wiener sauce over the mustard.
  • Put raw chopped onions on the sauce.
  • Sprinkle celery salt on top of the onions.
  • Hint: Throw your weiner buns in a microwave for five seconds to approximate that wonderful steam table sponginess.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon of Celery Salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon beef bouillon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon white sugar

 

PREPARATION

Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet.
Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown.
Stir in the onions and garlic.
Cook and stir until onions are tender.
Mix in tomato sauce, and everything else
Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer 20 minutes before serving hot over frankfurters.

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olneyvillenewyorksystem.com

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Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies

 

Rich chocolate cakes filled with a homemade cream filling, these old-fashioned whoopie pies are a favorite for generations New England families.

Yield: About 15 pies

 

INGREDIENTS

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk

 

PREPARATION

Preheat your oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition.
Add the vanilla extract; then add the milk and the dry ingredients, alternating, and mix until just combined.
Spoon heaping tablespoons of batter, roughly 3 inches apart, onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the cakes are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

For the Filling:

 

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

 

PREPARATION

Combine the flour and milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
Whisk continuously until the mixture thickens, like pudding, about 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and press through a fine-mesh strainer into a mixing bowl.
Cool to room temperature.
Once the mixture has cooled, add the remaining ingredients and beat until fluffy and creamy, about 10 minutes.
Spread filling onto the flat bottom of one cake; then top with another.
Repeat with the remaining filling and cakes.
For a nicer presentation, put the filling into a large zip-top bag, snip off one corner, and pipe a thick spiral onto the flat bottom of one cake, then top with another.
Repeat with the remaining filling and cakes. –

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ATLANTA

 

Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread

 

Pimiento cheese spread is an important and much-loved Southern food, and it’s super easy to prepare. Serve it as an appetizer with grilled bread or crackers or use it to fill sandwiches or celery sticks. It makes a fabulous topping for grilled burgers, too! According to Chattanooga’s Public House (they make an incredible pimiento cheese appetizer plate!) pimiento cheese spread can be traced back to the early 20th century.

Pimiento cheese can be made a little chunkier with some chopped dill pickle or pickled jalapeno peppers, or leave it smooth and creamy. Most like it with some grated onion or onion powder, but that’s optional. Many others also like the combination of cream cheese and mayonnaise with the cheddar, and a dash of Texas Pete or Frank’s Hot Sauce adds some pleasant heat. Some make it with no cream cheese, just the mayonnaise. Every Southern cook has his or her own special family recipe, and no two are the same.

The pimiento is a large sweet red pepper. The peppers are heart-shaped and they’re sweeter than a sweet red bell pepper. Paprika is made from pimientos. You’ll likely find pimientos in jars in the vegetable aisle of your local supermarket. If you can’t find them, roasted red bell peppers can be used in a pinch, or roast your own red bell peppers

Yield: 2 Cups

 

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded *
3 tablespoons (about 2 ounces) softened cream cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grated onion, optional
dash hot sauce (Texas Pete, Frank’s, Tabasco, etc.)
4 ounces chopped drained pimientos
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

PREPARATION

Shred the cheese and put it in a mixing bowl.
Add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and grated onion, if using, along with the hot sauce.
Mix with a wooden spoon or flexible spatula until well combined.
Add the drained and chopped pimientos and continue mixing until well blended.
Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed.
Store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week.
*If at all possible, shred the cheese from a good quality block of cheddar cheese.

 

How to Roast Fresh Pimiento Peppers or Red Bell Peppers

Preheat the oven to 500 F. Place bell peppers on a baking pan and place in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, turning frequently to char all sides. The skins should be charred and wrinkled. Remove the peppers from the oven and cover the pan tightly with foil. Let stand for about 25 to 35 minutes, or until the peppers are cool enough to handle. Quarter the peppers and remove stem, peels, and seeds. Chop the peppers and use in the recipe or put them in a container, add a few tablespoons of olive oil, and cover the container. Refrigerate the peppers for up to 2 weeks.

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Georgia Cracker Salad

 

This is a traditional Southern salad. Best if eaten immediately upon preparing

 

INGREDIENTS

1 (4 ounce) packet saltine crackers
1 large tomato, chopped
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 hard-cooked egg, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

PREPARATION

Coarsely crumble the saltines into a medium bowl.
Mix in the tomato, onions and mayonnaise.
Stir in the hard-cooked egg, and season with salt and pepper.

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Southern Fried Shrimp w/ Cornmeal Batter

 

INGREDIENTS

3 cups large fresh or frozen raw shrimp
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg
1/2 cup half-and-half or milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
oil for deep frying

 

PREPARATION

If the shrimp is frozen, thaw. I put them in a colander and run cold water over them.

Peel the shrimp, including the tails.

To devein, run a small, sharp knive down the back of each shrimp.

Pull the dark vein out. You might have to loosen it or scrape part of the vein out with the tip of the knife.

Season the shrimp with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and the pepper; let stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.

In a bowl whisk the egg with the cream or milk until smooth.

Add the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt; stir until the batter is well blended and smooth.

Add more milk or cream if the batter is very thick.

Put about 1 quart of vegetable oil in deep fryer or a deep, heavy pan. Heat the oil to 350° F.

Add the prepared shrimp to the batter and stir to coat them thoroughly.

When the oil reaches 350° F, carefully drop several shrimp in deep, hot fat. Don’t overcrowd. Adding too many shrimp will cause the temperature to drop significantly, resulting in an oilier coating.

Fry until light golden brown, about 2 to 4 minutes.

 

Notes:

If the batter is too thick or if it’s consistency is too thick for the shrimp, add a bit more half-and-half or thin it with a little milk.

You can replace Old Bay seasoning as a replacement for the salt.

Try peanut oil for deep frying.

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Chess Pie

 

This old-fashioned pie typically has two distinctive ingredients, cornmeal and vinegar, plus other on-hand ingredients such as sugar, flour, eggs, milk and vanilla. This version is made easy with the use of refrigerated pie crusts.

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs, lightly beaten

 

PREPARATION

Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp.
Line pastry with aluminum foil, and fill with pie weights or dried beans.
Bake at 425° for 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove weights and foil; bake 2 more minutes or until golden. Cool.
Stir together sugar and next 7 ingredients until blended.
Add eggs, stirring well. Pour into piecrust.
Bake at 350° for 50 to 55 minutes, shielding edges with aluminum foil after 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning.
Cool completely on a wire rack. If desired, garnish with powdered sugar.

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Entertaining Tips & Tricks

 

Schedule a couple of days to go shopping for the items on your lists. Here is a simple countdown to take you through the final two weeks leading up to the big day.

 

Two Weeks Before:

  • Confirm your guest list and give out specific assignments to guests that are contributing meals.
  • Finalize your shopping lists.
  • Inventory your table and kitchen supplies.
  • Make arrangements to borrow or rent any items that you lack.

One Week Before:

  • Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks.
  • Shop for non-perishables.
  • Select music and think about your TV viewing.
  • Make a plan for cleaning your house, particularly the rooms that will likely be seen by guests. De-clutter the messiest rooms first.

Two Days Before:

  • Purchase all perishable ingredients.
  • Begin cleaning and chopping any vegetables for the side dishes.
  • Bake and freeze any pies or other desserts that can be frozen.
  • Prepare recipes such as dips, soups and pie dough.
  • Make a written plan for cooking your food.
  • Make a plan for TV viewing.

One Day Before:

  • Clean the powder room, dust and vacuum all rooms guests will be using, especially the dining room and kitchen.
  • Set the table; take out all of the serving pieces.
  • Finish preparing and bake your pies if need be.
  • Prepare and refrigerate salads.
  • Set up TV viewing stations if that is your plan.

GameDay:

  • Ask someone to pick up any bread or rolls or ice, etc.
  • Finish preparing appetizers, etc.
  • Turn on your music or TV for pregame.
  • Take fifteen minutes before guests arrive to freshen yourself and relax.
  • Welcome guests.
  • Set out the food, and count your blessings!

 

Having a GameDay party doesn’t need to stressful. Many dishes can be prepared many hours in advance of the game. Some preparations benefit from sitting for a time before being served. Even if the whole dish cannot be completed early in the day, the preparation of the ingredients can be. Ingredients can be cleaned, cut, blanched, and otherwise made ready for their final cooking.

 

Plan Ahead

If you decide what to cook early, have all ingredients on hand, and cook some of the meal ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of stress. On the day before you can finish preparing and bake your pies, and prepare and refrigerate salads.

 

Simplify Cooking

If you can take shortcuts, take them. Buy your appetizers from the store and food from the catering department; buy pre-made pies.

 

Cut Down On Food

If you’re cooking for only a few people, you may consider sticking with just apps.

 

Let Others Help

Another fun way to simplify your GameDay is to let others help with the apps. If you’re having other people come, you can just let everyone bring an app or dessert while you supply a main dish. If you’re only cooking for your own household, you can let everyone in the house be responsible for one app. This lets everyone feel good that they’ve contributed to the joy of the GameDay.

 

Final Tips

Try to relax and enjoy your guests. Accept help when it’s volunteered – you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to build those long-cherished memories. Many times it’s the little imperfections that nestle into the warmest spot of your heart.

 

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Super Bowl Wagering and Prop Bets

 

Click Here for the FULL SB 51 Prop Bets -

Click Here for the FANFOOD 2017 Prop Bet Guide

 

If you just want to have some fun with game prop bets, Click Here for the 2017-Super-Bowl-LI-51-Prop-Bet-Sheet

You can print out a few copies and bring it to you Super Bowl Party on Gameday. It even incudes a QR code to you can use to check the results with your smartphone.

The Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas is annually the first shop to set the market — and to great fanfare. Sports book director Jay Kornegay and his staff release more props on the game every year. Their betting options go well over 400 deep in 2017.

 

Oddsmakers like the New England Patriots by a field goal over the Atlanta Falcons in what experts think will be a high-scoring Super Bowl LI.

Most are also expecting an offensive showdown, with an over/under of 59 at some sports books the biggest ever in Super Bowl history.

“You’ve got the Patriots and then you have this scoring machine in Atlanta,” said veteran oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro at the South Point. “There should be a lot of points on the board.”

The AFC title game had barely entered the fourth quarter when oddsmakers around town began putting up their numbers. There was agreement all around that the Patriots should be a 3-point pick, though some had the over/under at 58 instead of 59.

There was also agreement that the legal handle on the game could exceed the record $132.5 million bet on last year’s Super Bowl.

“I think we have a real shot at a record handle,” said Chuck Esposito, oddsmaker for Station Casinos. “These teams are huge offensive teams and you’re going to see a lot of action on the total.”

Oddsmakers had plenty of history on their side in finding a line that could stick at 3 points all the way until kickoff. The Patriots have won four Super Bowls and the margin of victory in all but one was 3 points.

Nearly one-third of U.S. adults are likely to bet on the big game.

Nevada sports books took a record $119.4 million in bets on last year’s Super Bowl. One reason for the big draw was the standing of the teams.

A proposition bet, also known as a prop bet or a side bet, can be made two ways: on the occurrence (or not) during a game and on specific aspects of the pageantry surrounding the game. After odds for everything from who will be the MVP of the game, to what team will score first. Novelty props include the length of the national anthem to bets on what color gatorade will be dumped on the coach. You can bet on anything from whether or not the national anthem will run longer than 2 minutes, if the score will be tied at half time, basically anything.

Sure you can just pick what team will win the game, but prop bets is where it’s at.

 

 

 

A sample of Super Bowl LI props already posted 

 

Click Here for the FULL SB 51 Prop Bets -

Click Here for the FANFOOD 2017 Prop Bet Guide

 

If you just want to have some fun with game prop bets, Click Here for the 2017-Super-Bowl-LI-51-Prop-Bet-Sheet

You can print out a few copies and bring it to you Super Bowl Party on Gameday. It even incudes a QR code to you can use to check the results with your smartphone.

The Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas is annually the first shop to set the market — and to great fanfare. Sports book director Jay Kornegay and his staff release more props on the game every year. Their betting options go well over 400 deep in 2017.

 

SPREADMONEYLINETOTAL
NE-3 (-125)-16059½ (-105)o
ATL+3 (+105)14059½ (-115)u

 

First Touchdown Scorer:

The Falcons have scored an opening-drive touchdown in eight-straight games now, so the odds are pretty good the first six points will be put up by a guy in red.

Julio Jones (ATL)+750
Devonta Freeman (ATL)+800
Julian Edelman (NE)+800
LeGarrette Blount (NE)+800
Tevin Coleman (ATL)+1200
Chris Hogan (NE)+1200
Dion Lewis (NE)+1200
Martellus Bennett (NE)+1200
Mohamed Sanu (ATL)+1400
Taylor Gabriel (ATL)+1600
James White (NE)+1800
Malcolm Mitchell (NE)+1800
Austin Hooper (ATL)+2200
Danny Amendola (NE)+2200
Tom Brady (NE)+2500
Matt Ryan (ATL)+2800
Justin Hardy (ATL)+3300
Levine Toilolo (ATL)+3300
Eric Weems (ATL)+6600
Joshua Perkins (ATL)+6600
Any Other Touchdown Scorer+550

Super Bowl 51 MVP:

Remember last year when Von Miller was a game-wrecker on defense and took home the MVP? Yeah, that’s not going to happen again. Neither defense has a player like Miller in the front-seven who can take over. Neither QB is going to throw enough picks for this to go to a defensive back. Seven of the last ten MVPs have gone to quarterbacks. Don’t overthink this one. In a battle between two high-scoring offenses, the pivots will get the plaudits. Unless Chris Hogan does another Julio Jones impression. (Or is it Julio Jones doing a Chris Hogan impression?)

Tom Brady (NE)+160
Matt Ryan (ATL)+250
Julio Jones (ATL)+750
Julian Edelman (NE)+1600
LeGarrette Blount (NE)+2000
Dion Lewis (NE)+2500
Devonta Freeman (ATL)+2500
Chris Hogan (NE)+2500
Tevin Coleman (ATL)+3300
Vic Beasley (ATL)+3300
Mohamed Sanu (ATL)+4000
Logan Ryan (NE)+5000
Martellus Bennett (NE)+5000
Austin Hooper (ATL)+6600
Matt Bryant (ATL)+6600
Taylor Gabriel (ATL)+6600
Stephen Gostkowski (NE)+6600
James White (NE)+6600
Malcom Butler (NE)+6600
Devin McCourty (NE)+7500
Deion Jones (ATL)+10000
Dwight Freeny (ATL)+10000
Eric Weems (ATL)+10000
Keanu Neal (ATL)+10000
Danny Amendola (NE)+10000
Dont’a Hightower (NE)+10000
Malcolm Mitchell (NE)+10000
Patrick Chung (NE)+10000
Rob Ninkovich (NE)+10000
Levine Toilolo (ATL)+15000
Chris Long (NE)+15000
Field+2000

 

Odds to win Super Bowl LI

New England Patriots: 9/10
Atlanta Falcons: 10/9

The early Vegas lines favor the Pats, but this game is a true toss-up. The Falcons have the better offense, while the Patriots are the more complete team. New England gets the slight edge because Tom Brady and Bill Belichick already have four resplendent rings on their fingers. That’s experience you can’t replicate on the practice field.

O/U on the final score: 57.5

Atlanta’s offense has been indomitable over the last couple weeks. Look at who they’ve played though: a Seattle team lacking its most important player in the secondary, and a Packer team lacking … a secondary. The Pats quietly led the league in scoring defense this year and have the DBs to possibly slow Julio and company. “Slow” is relative, of course. Holding the Falcons to, like, 31 would be a good showing.

The other side of the ball is a different story. This is the worst D New England will have faced in the playoffs. Unless Atlanta turns them over on multiple occasions – which isn’t likely – the Pats are going to get theirs.

O/U total points after the 1st quarter: 13.5

O/U total points at halftime: 29.5

O/U total points after three quarters: 43.5

Odds on the Super Bowl going to overtime: 75/1

There were 13 games from the 2016 season that needed extra time to determine a winner. But not one playoff game has gone beyond the fourth quarter thus far. Looking to the big game, no Super Bowl has ever gone to overtime. Don’t expect that to change this year.

Odds the Super Bowl winner returns to the Super Bowl next season: 18/1

Odds a kicker misses an extra point: 7/3

Odds on which team gets more sacks

New England: 4/5
Atlanta: 5/4

Though Atlanta boasts regular season sack king Vic Beasley, he ain’t the type of player who can feast on good offensive lines. Overall, these teams are pretty even in sack statistics (sacktisitcs?): they both had 34 in the regular season; Atlanta has five in the playoffs; New England has three. Where they differ is in sacks allowed. Brady is a master of getting the ball out quickly and the Pats only surrendered 24 sacks on the year. Atlanta gave up 37.

That said, how mobile did Matt Ryan look in the NFC Championship? That was Aaron Rodgers-esque.

O/U total sacks: 3.5

O/U total turnovers: 1.5

Odds on which team will force more turnovers

New England: 8/9
Atlanta: 9/8

It’s rare for either of these teams to come out behind in the turnover battle, as they both finished tied for the fewest giveaways in the league this season. The Falcons have a takeway in ten-straight games, while the Pats have one in eight-straight. But overall, New England has slightly more takeaways on the year.

Odds there is a completed Hail Mary: 66/1

Odds a defense scores a TD: 4/1

Odds a kick/punt is returned for a TD: 13/1

Odds a kick/punt is blocked: 12/1

Odds to throw more TDs

Tom Brady: 10/9
Matt Ryan: 5/3
Tie: 5/1

Both quarterbacks are playing at a level two steps above elite. Matt Ryan hasn’t had a passer rating below 120 since Week 13 and Brady has tossed 3-plus TDs in over half of the games he’s played this season. But not only is Brady far more used to the game’s biggest stage, he’s also playing the worse pass defense.

Odds to score the most TDs

Julio Jones: 4/1
Devonta Freeman: 6/1
LeGarrette Blount: 7/1
Chris Hogan: 7/1
Julian Edelman: 9/1
Tevin Coleman: 9/1
Dion Lewis: 11/1
Mohamed Sanu: 11/1
FIELD: 12/1

Turf toe or not, Jones will be the most terrifying player on the field in Super Bowl 51. New England can gameplan to stop the impressive physical specimen, but that just means there will be openings for Atlanta’s others stars to succeed. Of course, as Hogan and the Pats proved, anyone on their offense is capable of going off too.

Odds to throw more INTs

Matt Ryan: 6/5
Tom Brady: 7/3
Tie: 3/1

Brady set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio this season, but it’s actually Ryan who enters the Super Bowl without throwing a pick in the last six games. Don’t be shocked if neither of these QBs makes a crucial mistake in this game.

Odds to rush for the most yards

LeGarrette Blount: 9/4
Devonta Freeman: 5/2
Tevin Coleman: 3/1
Dion Lewis: 6/1
FIELD: 28/1

Blount led all ball-carriers last week with a measly 47 yards, but should see more action against a mediocre Atlanta run D. That is, if they don’t fall behind big like Green Bay.

Odds to have the most receiving yards

Julio Jones: 2/1
Chris Hogan: 5/1
Julian Edelman: 5/1
Mohamed Sanu: 8/1
Martellus Bennett: 10/1
Taylor Gabriel: 10/1
FIELD: 14/1

Odds both QBs throw for 300+ yards: 5/1

Odds multiple WRs have 100+ yards: 2/1

Odds the game breaks the Super Bowl record for most combined points: 8/3

Odds the game breaks the Super Bowl record for most combined TDs: 7/3

Super Bowl XXIX between San Francisco and San Diego is the current record-holder for both points (75 combined points; 49-26) and touchdowns (ten). The offenses taking the stage at NRG Stadium certainly have the potential to light up the scoreboard, but the game also features two defensive-minded coaches. Bill Belichick and Dan Quinn may not be able to shutdown the opposing offense – as the game total O/U above suggests – but 75 is a mammoth number.

The efficiency of both redzone offenses makes it slightly more likely that the total touchdowns record will fall than the points record.

Odds the game breaks the Super Bowl record for most combined yards from scrimmage: 5/1

Washington and Denver combined for 929 yards from scrimmage in Super Bowl XXII. The Falcons have eclipsed 500 net yards three times this season and the Patriots just once. It should be noted those games came against Cleveland, San Francisco, Carolina, and Oakland. Both defenses will give up their share of yards. Neither is going to get downright embarrassed.

Odds the game breaks the Super Bowl record for combined QB passing yards: 3/2

The current record is 649 from Super Bowl XXXVIII between the Panthers and Patriots. New England’s third-ranked rush defense will ensure the Falcons keep the ball in the air, while Brady and company will be able to pick on a 28th-ranked pass defense without its best corner.

Odds the game breaks the Super Bowl record for combined QB TD passes: 2/1

Super Bowls XIII and XXIX both saw a record seven touchdown passes. Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels are brilliant play-designers and will find ways to get their respective receivers open in the redzone. But I expect both defenses to sellout trying to take away the pass when their back is up against the wall.

Odds both teams score on their opening possession: 1/1

With two weeks to prepare a gameplan and script their first drives, McDaniels and Shanahan will have their offenses prepared and firing from the opening whistle.

 

Patriots Props

Odds Tom Brady breaks the Super Bowl record for most passing TDs: 49/1

Brady already possesses the record for most career touchdown passes in the Super Bowl, but the four he threw in his last appearance (a personal best) were still two less than Steve Young’s Super Bowl record (six). As exciting as it would be, we won’t be treated to seven Brady touchdown passes.

Odds Rob Gronkowski plays in the Super Bowl: 1,000/1

The dude just had back surgery in early December. I have a better chance of playing in this game than he does.

Odds Dion Lewis scores a rushing, receiving and return TD in the Super Bowl: 499/1

Lewis became the first player to accomplish the feat in postseason history in the Patriots’ Divisional Round matchup with the Texans. As poor as the defense is that he’s playing, the trifecta is just too rare.

Odds on Bill Belichick’s hoodie color in the Super Bowl

Blue: 3/4
Grey: 5/3
Red: 9/1
No hoodie: 9/1

In his first two Super Bowl appearances as head coach of the Patriots, Belichick sported blue pullover jackets that cannot be categorized as hoodies. Belichick then wore a dark grey hoodie in the next, followed by red, dark grey again, and blue in his most recent trip.

It should be noted that Belichick has never matched his hoodie with the color the Pats are wearing. The Falcons are the designated home team for this Super Bowl, and will likely choose to wear their red jerseys, meaning New England will wear white. This leaves all colors on the table for Belichick’s Super Bowl LI hoodie. My money goes on blue; he’s 3-0 in the Super Bowl in that color. He’s 0-1 in red.

 

Falcons Props

Odds Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman both score TDs in the Super Bowl: 5/3

The two have both found the endzone in six games this season, and it has happened in each of the Falcons last three games now. With Julio Jones likely drawing a ton of attention in the redzone, Freeman and Coleman will have their opportunities.

Odds Matt Ryan scores a rushing TD in the Super Bowl: 12/1

Ryan has six career rushing touchdowns in his nine seasons in the league, one of which came in the NFC Championship game. Don’t expect him to make it two straight.

 

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You can print out a few copies and bring it to you Super Bowl Party on Gameday. It even incudes a QR code to you can use to check the results with your smartphone.

The Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas is annually the first shop to set the market — and to great fanfare. Sports book director Jay Kornegay and his staff release more props on the game every year. Their betting options go well over 400 deep in 2017.

 

 

 

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Game of Squares

 

Super Bowl Squares is one of the most popular ways for Americans to bet on the Super Bowl. It’s played on a 10 by 10 grid of squares, which people buy for a fixed price. Each square is assigned two numbers that aim to match the score of the Super Bowl.

There are many different variations of how people play football squares, also known as Super Bowl Squares. Most people play during the Super Bowl, but squares can be played for any other game, or in some cases you can use the same squares for multiple games (Example: NFL Playoffs). Basics of the Game:

  • Start with an empty 10 by 10 grid. This will give you 100 Squares that you can let your Users select.

  • Now assign one team to the columns, and one to the rows.

  • Begin recruiting your Users to join your Football Squares pool. If you use our site to Play Football Squares Online, this will be a much easier process since you can simply email everyone the link to your site and let them choose their squares. If you decide to use a Spreadsheet or Printable Sheet, then this process will take you a lot more time simply because of having to try and share a single sheet or spreadsheet.
  • Once all the squares have been filled, it is time to assign the numbers. Randomly assign numbers 0 through 9 to each column, followed by doing the same for each row. Now each square represents a specific score in the game based on the column and row numbers.

  • Your Football Squares grid is now complete, and you just need to wait til the game is played to determine who will be your winners. A winner is usually determined at the end of the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, and Final Game score. The winner is determined by looking at the last number in each of the teams’ score, and then matching those numbers on the grid and seeing which square intersects those two numbers. An example would be if the Miami Dolphins were playing the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, and the score at halftime was Miami Dolphins 33, and NY Giants 24. The last number for the Dolphins is 3, and the last number for the Giants is 4. The square on the grid that has the Dolphins with a number of 3, and Giants score of 4, would be the winner.

 

  • Payouts for the winners vary depending on your setup, but usually the 1st through 3rd quarter get about 20% of the pot each, and the final score would get the remaining 40%.

 

Other Options

  • Assign a different set of numbers per Quarter

  • Assign a different set of numbers per Half

  • Use a 5 by 5 grid, where each square has two numbers for each team

 

To get you ready, we crunched the numbers — more than 14,000 games — to see which numbers have the best odds of winning.

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Gameday Beer Cocktails

 

So while no party would be complete without Beer, it’s possible you’re bored of drinking the same old warm, domestic stuff straight from the can. Luckily, there are beer-based cocktail recipes that can ramp up even the blandest of brews.

 

FANFOOD Top 10 Beer Cocktails

 

1. Black and Tan

 

 

 

Black-and-tan

 

 

 

This popular mixed-beer cocktail simply layers Guinness over Smithwick’s Ale. The trick to perfecting this mix is pouring the Guinness into the glass over a spoon.

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2. Raspberry Beer Cocktail

 

 

 

Raspberry-beer

 

 

 

This fruity cocktail blends Corona, vodka and raspberry lemonade, and tastes similar to a punch.

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3. Michelada

 

 

 

Michelada

 

 

 

This multi-step recipe requires ingredients you probably already have lying around your kitchen, including Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and ground pepper. And Corona, of course.

IMAGE: FLICKR, ULTRAMEGA

 

4. Black Velvet

 

 

 

Black-velvet

 

 

 

Black Velvet cocktails dress up one part classic Guinness stout to two parts champagne or prosecco.

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5. Snakebite

 

 

 

Snakebite

 

 

 

The Snakebite is a cocktail made up of equal parts dry hard cider and stout beer.

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6. Beer Mojito

 

 

 

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This unusual take on the classic mojito adds your favorite India Pale Ale into the mix.

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7. Lambic Sangria

 

 

 

Lambic-punch

 

 

 

This recipe calls for mixing Hoegaarden with Framboise lambic, a type of Belgian beer mixed with raspberry syrup.

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8. Chelada

 

 

 

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The Chelada mixes light lime juice and coarse salt with a light lager for a refreshing alternative to the classic Michelada.

IMAGE: FLICKR, ULTRAMEGA

 

9. Lemon Shandy

 

 

 

Lemon-shandy

 

 

 

This refreshing shandy blends mild Pilsner with fresh lemonade.

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10. Shock Me

 

 

 

Beer

 

 

 

A teaspoon of maple syrup compliments the bourbon and Southern Comfort in this brown ale-based cocktail.

 

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Super Bowl Fun Facts

 

  • The Vince Lombardi Trophy stands 20 3/4 inches tall, weighs 6.7 pounds and is valued more than $25,000. It is made of sterling silver by Tiffany & Company.
  • Each player on the winning team in Super Bowl XLIX will receive $92,000. Each losing player gets $46,000.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos have both been to a record eight Super Bowls. The Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with six.
  • Only four teams (the Browns, Lions, Jaguars, and Texans) have never appeared in a Super Bowl.
  • No Super Bowl has ever gone to overtime. The closest it ever got was in Super Bowl XXXIV when the Tennessee Titans were stopped one-yard short of scoring a game-tying touchdown against the St. Louis Rams as time expired.
  • Of the 10 most-watched programs in U.S. television history, nine of them are Super Bowls. The Super Bowl between the Packers and Steelers were viewed by 111 million people and is still not the most watched game.
  • It’s truly a worldwide event. Super Bowl XLIX will be distributed to more than 185 countries and broadcast in 30 different languages.
  • When it comes to watching the Super Bowl, nine out of 10 watchers are going to be at a home — either their house or someone else’s.
  • The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.
  • Roughly 48 million Americans will order takeout or delivery food from a restaurant instead of cooking up grub at home.
  • 51.7 million cases of beer will be sold to quench Super Bowl fans.
  • Super Bowl Sunday ranks among the biggest drinking nights of the year along with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day and Thanksgiving Eve.
  • Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular grilling day of winter with 62% of owners firing up the grill.
  • 1.23 billion chicken wings will be eaten by fans will be eating on GameDay, and that adds up to more than 100 million pounds of chicken wings.
  • 11.2 million pounds of potato chips will be chomped on by fans in front of the television during the big game.
  • 8 million pounds of avocados will be mashed up. Hass Avocado says that’s 71.4 million avocados.
  • You’ll need some Tortilla chips to go with all that guacamole, how about the 8.2 million pounds that will be consumed by fans.
  • 3.8 million pounds of popcorn will be placed in bowls.
  • All this shows that it’s going to be quite a feast. In fact, the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.
  • Because of this, Antacids sales are expected to increase 20% on the day after Super Bowl.
  • Nearly one-third of U.S. adults are likely to bet on the big game with men outnumbering women who decide to put some cash on the line.
  • The most points scored by a team in a Super Bowl were San Francisco‘s 55 in 1990 against Denver. The fewest were Miami’s three in 1972 against Dallas.
  • The Super Bowl brings 150 million to an area. That includes all the money spent by fans, sponsors, media and other visitors.
  • Phil Simms from the Giants became the first player to say “I’m going to Disney World!”

 

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Thirty-second spots during Super Bowl 51 (LI) are selling for an average of $5 million, which is up about the same as ads from 2016. The Super Bowl will be broadcast on FOX NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas – (Home of the Houston Texans) on Feb. 5, 2017. Super Bowl 51 will feature the champions from both the AFC and NFC, and the Texans won the AFC South, so it could be a home game if they can win during the playoffs. The Pepsi sponsored halftime entertainment features Lady Gaga.

Expect to see these brands grabbing for your attention during Super Bowl 51 (LI) on Feb 5th! (and the weeks surrounding the big game) Automotive: Audi, Buick, Honda, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and WeatherTech. Food and Beverage: Anheuser-Busch, Avocados From Mexico, Pepsi, Skittles, Snickers Packaged Goods: Febreze, GNC, Mr. Clean Retail: 84 Lumber

Neilsen Ratings 2016: According to results from The Nielsen Company, the broadcast of Super Bowl L (2016) on CBS had an average audience of 111.9 million viewers, and was viewed in an average of 54.3 million homes and had a preliminary 46.6 U.S. household rating.

Preliminary estimates also found that 72% of U.S. homes with televisions in use were tuned into the Super Bowl 50 telecast—the highest household share since Super Bowl XVI in 1982. In regard to the social nature of the big game, Nielsen Social noted that 16.9 million Tweets were sent by 3.8 million unique authors about “Super Bowl 50” on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Included within this total Twitter activity for the TV event, 4.6 million Tweets were sent by 1.4 unique authors about the advertisements that aired in the live TV event. Additionally, the most-Tweeted minute during the TV event was at 8:44 p.m. ET, when 162,000 Tweets were sent in the minute following the Super Bowl halftime show.

 

In this era of the DVR, it’s not uncommon to intentionally not watch a show while it’s live so that you can fast-forward through the commercials.

The Super Bowl is probably the only time when people can’t wait for commercials — some people only “watch” the game for them.

According to Forbes, in 2014 a 30-second commercial cost an outrageous $4 million and double that for a 1-minute commercial — and that doesn’t include the cost to make the commercial.

Last year the Super Bowl was the most watched event in America with more than 108 million viewers, but the really fascinating thing is why people watched. Several studies have proven that 50% of the Super Bowl audience tunes in just to watch the ads.

In 2016, a thirty-second spot during Super Bowl 50 (L) is selling for an average of $5 million, which is up about $500,000 from 2015. The Super Bowl will be broadcast on CBS from Levi’s® Stadium – (Home of the San Francisco 49ers) located in Santa Clara, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area on Feb. 7, 2016. The halftime entertainment includes Coldplay, with both Rihanna and Beyoncé taking part.

Neilsen Ratings 2015: According to results from The Nielsen Company, the broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on NBC had an average audience of 114.4 million viewers, which surpassed the previous year’s Super Bowl, and became the most watched television program of all time. The game peaked at 120.8 million viewers during its final minutes. Katy Perry’s performance was also the most watched halftime show in the 49 year history of the event.

Commercials are often considered interruptions to the entertainment we love. But Super Bowl ads are different—instead of being intruders, they are like the “must have” guests that keep a party rockin’.

Some might make you laugh, others might make you tear up — you don’t have to like them but you’re probably going to watch them.

Even if your favorite team is not playing during the biggest night in football, fans can always look forward to the awesome commercials that play during the Super Bowl. And in our social media-driven age, some companies have begun to debut online trailers to build anticipation for their content during the game.

 

 

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‘Mean Joe’ Greene Reunited With The Kid From His Famous Super Bowl Commercial, And It Was Heartwarming

from uproxx

best one is probably the Coca-Cola commercial featuring ex-Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman “Mean Joe” Greene and a young fan whose real name is Tommy Okon. If you haven’t seen it in a while, stop what you’re doing and watch it, because it never fails to warm your heart.

CBS has decided to do a special on the best ads in the history of football’s biggest game with the special Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2016. There’s no word as to what will happen, outside of this preview which reunites Greene with Okon. Despite not seeing each other in years, the duo immediately knew they were meeting up with one another. They also discussed why they believe this ad is so beloved by everyone.

Greene no longer looks like a hard-nosed football player, while Okon is now in his 40s, but it’s still heartwarming to see the pair from one of the best commercials of all-time reunite.

 

 

Superbowl Commercial Links:

 

You can Watch all the commercials after they air by clicking here

YouTube Super Bowl 2016 ADs

 

To view the commercials from Super Bowl 50

NFL.com/superbowl/50/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLIX

NFL.com/superbowl/49/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII

NFL.com/superbowl/48/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVII

NFL.com/superbowl/47/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVI

NFL.com/superbowl/46/commercials

 

 

SB AD Links:

nfl.com/superbowl

CBS Super Bowl Commercials

superbowlcommercials.tv

autoblog greatest SB car commercials

SB commercials Wiki page

USA Today AD Meter

New York Post SB Commercials

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