The anticipation has been steadily building over the past two weeks and this weekend it’s finally here……the Mother of all Sundays, especially if you’re a fan of football or commercials. That’s right folks, you know what I’m talking about – it’s Super Bowl Sunday! Part of me feels like I should be unbiased when writing a post about the Super Bowl. That I should go the politician route and say something like, “Well, it will be a great match-up. Both of these teams had a good season and I’m excited to see the Broncos top ranked offense go up against the Seahawks top ranked defense.” But, here’s the thing, I can’t say that and it’s not because I have anything against the Seahawks – it’s because I am a huge Broncos fan. I’m talking crazy, semi-obnoxious, “sorry I can’t hang out with you on Sunday – the Broncos are playing,” wish I could rename my dog Peyton Knowshon Von Miller…….fan.
The Broncos are a big deal in our house. J (my fiancé) and I are die-hard fans. Every Sunday we put on all our Broncos gear, open up some fine Colorado craft beer, turn on the game, and yell at the TV (either in glee or utter frustration depending on how they’re playing). And we always watch the game alone at home…..mostly because we don’t want to subject our friends and loved ones to the insane human beings we become during game time. Trust me, it only takes one “Shhhhhhhhh….I can’t hear Peyton yell Omaha” to ruin a friendship.
Now even if you aren’t a Broncos fan, you can’t not be a Peyton Manning fan. I mean it’s the comeback story of the decade and it’s happening to one of the most humble and likable players in the league. And let’s be real here, hating Peyton Manning is like hating puppies. Or, to be more specific, hating a puppy that also happens to be a stellar quarterback and takes your team to the Super Bowl. If you’re still not convinced that Peyton Manning is the greatest person ever, then maybe this SNL skit with him will convince you: Peyton Manning United Way Skit
Okay, now that we’re all on the same Peyton Manning loving page, let’s move on to why you’re really here…..food. It’s a time honored tradition for football fans to gather around the TV and stuff their faces with unabashedly greasy, delicious food and to wash that food down with a crisp, cold beer. It’s a good time. When it comes to Super Bowl food, I have two rules – it has to be easy to prepare before the game starts and it has to be easy to eat in front of the TV (preferably without the use of utensils). To me, perfect Super Bowl foods are things you can snack on like guacamole and chips, spinach and artichoke dip, spicy hot wings, or hummus and veggies if you want a healthier option.
As far as Super Bowl desserts go, the same rules apply. You want something that isn’t too messy and is easy to eat with your hands. This year I wanted to make a dessert that incorporated some traditional Super Bowl foods and had a salty-sweet quality. I also wanted something peanut butter…..no idea why. And that’s when I realized peanut butter pairs perfectly with two typical footballs snacks, pretzels and salted peanuts! So I decided to make a Peanut Butter Blondie, add in some salted pretzels and peanuts, and then top it with a decadent chocolate ganache. It’s the ultimate Super Bowl dessert. It has everything you could want – the salty-sweet peanut butter, the rich chocolate ganache, the crunchy pretzels, and you can totally eat it while watching the game. As an added bonus, it looks a bit fancy, but is actually super quick and easy to make well before the game starts (but you don’t have to tell your guests that!). I hope everyone has an awesome Super Bowl Sunday……and Go Broncos!!