It’s that time of year again. Time for the Patriots to be adorned with yet another Super Bowl ring. I suppose maybe another team may have a fighting chance at winning. This is always a very important time of year in our house and is usually celebrated with a big ole’ Super Bowl watchin’ party. We cover our table in good food, fill our house with family, and fill our fridge with cheap beer, it is a glorious time and all diets are thrown out the window. Heavy dips, chicken wings, and salty chips are grazed on throughout the day and usually a proper dinner is skipped right over. I always end up feeling bad knowing the kids most likely had crackers for dinner.
These kinds of parties can be fun but the preparation it is always a lot of work and can cost a pretty penny. Wings and meats have to get marinated, cooked, and kept hot. Dips need to be layered, cheeses melted. It becomes so much work and the costs of all of those ingredients can add up quickly easily bringing my bill to over $60. If I spend all of my party money on the food how the heck am I going to buy Tom Brady posters to plaster all over my walls?
Prepping a Taco with Jalapeno Ranch
This year is going to be different. I plan on spending less time in the kitchen and less money at the grocery store. I’m setting up a taco bar! Not only does a Taco Bar allow guests to control exactly what they put onto their plate (those still dieting will greatly appreciate this) but I can whip the whole thing out in about 30 minutes and for under $30 while making enough food to feed an army. Everyone loves a good taco and supplying a plethora of toppings will insure my taco bar will be anything but boring.
Touchdown Turkey Taco Meat
Lean ground turkey flavored perfectly with southwestern spices and Litehouse’s Instantly Fresh Herbs will be like no other taco meat my guests have ever tasted, the men will have no clue they are eating healthy turkey meat. Platters full of fresh lettuce, onion, tomato, roasted corn, jalapeno, avocado, lime wedges and shredded cheese provide any filling combination one’s heart could desire and add great pops of color to the table. Should a guest choose to keep it light a Taco Salad is within their reach. The true creativity and excitement comes with the sauces. Simple salsa just won’t be enough. Creamy sauces are all the rage in taco building these days, and Litehouse has several to choose from. Try a Jalapeno Ranch, Salsa Ranch, or a Creamy Cilantro. These dressings and dips add a blast of exciting and unexpected flavors and create the perfect glue to hold a double decker taco together. That is a flour tortilla smeared with a creamy sauce then wrapped around a filled crunchy taco. Mind blowing. I know.
Tacos with Meat
Don’t go blowing your budget this year cooking up a complicated collection of football foods. Stick with something simple that gives guests a chance to use their culinary creativity and gives your wallet a break. With all the money and time I’ll be saving I can focus on finding some fun Patriots gear (I will wear it even if they aren’t playing) and following ole’ Tommy Boy on Twitter.