I am a big football fan and I’m really looking forward to the Super Bowl; alas, this is somewhat rare for a female and this is a party geared to men.

What do men like to eat at a Super Bowl party?  I know exceptions, but in general I think basic, hearty, good, and meaty.  I ran into a reader at the Y the other morning and he asked me if my slow cooker chili recipe from last week was really good.  I assured him it was and he said he might try it—but he would have to use at least one pound of meat (instead of the ½ pound called for).  I think he’s typical.

With that in mind, I came up with a menu that fits all the above conditions:  basic, hearty, good and meaty!

Sausage Rolls
Chips, dips and veggie sticks
Sloppy Joes
Potato Salad
Bean Salad
Super Bowl Brownies

Sausage Rolls






1 ¼ pounds bulk pork sausage
1 medium onion, chopped fine
½ tsp. dried basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. paprika
½ tsp. salt
Black pepper
1 17.3-oz. pkg. frozen puff pastry, thawed

Combine sausage, onion, basil, garlic, ¾ tsp. paprika, salt and pepper.  Unfold pastry onto a lightly floured surface.  Roll each pastry sheet into an 11 x 10-in. rectangle.  Cut crosswise into 3 ½ inch strips.  Spread ½ cup of sausage mixture down the center of each strip.  Fold pastry over and press edges together to seal.  Cut each roll into six pieces.  Place seam side down on a rack in a shallow baking pan.  Sprinkle with remaining paprika.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden.  Yield 3 dozen

Sloppy Joes

2 pounds ground beef
1 large green pepper, chopped
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, with juice
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
1 6-oz can tomato paste
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. celery salt
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
16 hamburger buns

In large kettle, cook beef and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and seasonings.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.  Uncover; cook 30-40 minutes or until thick.  Serve on buns.  (Or put into slow cooker on low and hold until serving time).

Winter Potato Salad

6 white or red potatoes (or mixture), peeled and cubed
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 medium onion chopped
1 cup full-fat mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. vinegar (any flavor)
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. dill weed
½ tsp. pepper

Place all potatoes in a Dutch oven; cover with water.   Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cook for 30 minutes or until tender.  Drain and cool.  Place potatoes in a large bowl; add onion.  Mix remaining ingredients in separate bowl and pour over potato mixture. tossing gently to coat.  Refrigerate overnight.

Festive Bean Salad

1-16-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 14-oz can corn, rinsed and drained
½ cup minced fresh cilantro
1 medium size sweet red pepper, chopped
1 medium sized green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. sugar

Combine first 10 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a jar with a tight lid and shake well.  Pour over ingredients and refrigerate overnight.

Super Bowl Brownies

1 ½ cups butter, divided
¾ cup cocoa, divided
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp. salt
1 18-oz jar smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup milk
1 large jar marshmallow crème (7-oz)
3 cups sifted powdered sugar

In saucepan melt 1 cup butter; stir in ½ cup cocoa until smooth.  Remove from heat.  In mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar and vanilla; beat for 1 minute.  Combine flour and salt; gradually add to egg mixture.  Beat in cocoa mixture; mix well.  Transfer to a greased jelly-roll baking pan. Bake at 350 for 19-22 minutes.  Place on wire rack to cool.  Meanwhile, place peanut butter in microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave uncovered at 50% power for 2 minutes, stirring once.  Stir until peanut butter is blended.  Spread peanut butter over warm brownies.  Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until peanut butter is set.  Melt remaining butter in heavy saucepan; add marshmallow crème.  Stir milk and cocoa together until smooth; add to marshmallow mixture in saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is smooth.  Remove from heat.  Gradually add powdered sugar.  Spread over peanut butter layer.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Yield:  4 dozen squares.

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