ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

The moment has arrived for all the football fans to huddle together to watch the season’s most anticipated game. It’s time to break out our favorite game day foods to graze on while watching the game, the much-anticipated commercials, and my favorite part, The Half-Time Show.

The Super Bowl is also the second-largest event for American food consumption, behind Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you are hosting at your house for family & friends or taking a potluck dish, be sure to include some of the known “lucky” foods to bring good vibes to your favorite team.  

If you are from the South, you probably think about eating those black-eyed peas to ring in the New Year. However, many other foods are known to be famous for bringing good fortune to those who consume them. I can’t think of a better day to add several of these lucky foods to your table than Super Bowl Sunday. Hopefully, you will gain some luck while placing those bets on whatever team you are rooting to win!

 

Some of the popular food items revered for bringing good fortune to those who consume them are:

  • Pork. Succulent, rich, and fatty, pork symbolizes wealth and prosperity. 
  • Fish. Scales represent coins, and so fish is deemed a culinary item of good fortune. 
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Greens
  • Cornbread 
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranate
  • Noodles
  • Pineapple (represents gold chunks)

 

I usually add my favorite Cowboy Caviar dip to my grazing table. However, this year I decided to switch up the recipe and add pineapple chunks instead of avocado. I had my friends at THV11 “The Vine” taste the new twist on my Segment. They all loved it! The pineapple gave a delicious sweet and sour flavor to the dip. The dip alone gave us two known “good luck” food items.

For our Sunder Supper Spread tonight, we are having some of my favorite appetizers, cowboy caviar, pulled sloppy pork joes, cheese tray, homemade slaw, and a variety of sweets to graze on.

I am going to share three of these favorite recipes with you. These three appetizers combined make for a great meal!

 

Sloppy Joes Superbowl

 

PULLED PORK SLOPPY JOES (INSTA POT)

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin or pork butt 
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 1/2 Cups Honey BBQ Sauce 
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions:

  • Place your trimmed tenderloins in pot.  Add in vegetable oil, garlic powder, and onion and let sear on both sides are lightly browned.  
  • Add in the remainder of ingredients. Close lid and set to sealing.
  • Cook on manual high pressure for 45 minutes. Once the cooking time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Remove the meat from the instant pot and shred.  Add any additional salt/pepper or BBQ Sauce desired.

FOR CROCKPOT:

  • Spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large cast iron skillet. Using tongs or 2 forks, sear pork on all sides until lightly browned. Transfer pork to slow cooker.
  • Add all the pork ingredients and stir. Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours. When tender, shred pork and allow to cook an additional 30 minutes, or until the pork absorbs the excess liquid.

 

Slaw Superbowl

 

HOMEMADE SLAW

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Broccoli Slaw (I use Simple Truth)
  • 1/4 Cup mayonnaise (I use Duke’s) 
  • 2 Teaspoons sugar or to taste. 
  • 1 Tablespoon (pickle juice or cider vinegar) 
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon smoked paprika.
  • Salt/pepper to taste.
  • 1 Teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add in the slaw. Fold in mayonnaise until combined. 
  • Add in the remainder of ingredients, except for chili powder. Stir until combined.
  • Top with Chili Powder, and place in fridge to chill.  Let chill for 2-3 hours or overnight. 

Pineapple Caviar Superbowl

 

PINEAPPLE COWBOY CAVIAR

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can black-eyed peas (drained)
  • 1 Can sweet whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 Cup chopped fresh tomato. 
  • 1/2 Cup mild Rotel
  • 1 Can pineapple chunks (drained)
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar

Instructions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add drained black-eyed peas, corn, and pineapple. 
  • Stir in Rotel
  • Add additional ingredients until combined well. 
  • Cover and let chill for 2-3 hours or overnight.

 

READ ALSO: Sunday Supper: Pat’s Southwestern Quiche