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Super Bowl recipes & more: getting ready for the biggest Sunday of the year

It's that time of the year again, time to crowd around the TV and root for your team (or maybe the team you dislike the least) for the Super Bowl! Regardless of the teams playing, chances are you're attending or hosting a party. If you're the attendee, be a good guest and cook up one of these easy Super Bowl recipes, grab your jersey and hit the road. If you're the host, this post is all for you. Game day can be hectic, especially if you're cooking up a Super Bowl feast. Check out my game day plan that will help you save time and enjoy the game with your guests. When preparing game day treats, three things will help you save time: slow cookers, finger foods and prepping ahead of time. The more slow cookers, the better. Ask to borrow any of your guests' slow cookers that are coming over - or better yet, ask them to bring it over full as their contribution to the party menu! Here I'll provide you with four slow cooker and three finger food Super Bowl recipes that are sure to please - all of which can be prepped ahead.

Kickoff time: 6:30 PM EST on February 3, 2013. Note all times in this post are EST.

Slow cooker recipes

Slow cooker 1: Meatballs: Be sure to make these meatballs small enough for slider buns and turn this pot on by 11am in order to have ready by 6pm.

Slow cooker 2: Your favorite chili recipe (there's a GREAT recipe here, or you can follow one of the House Party Chili Cook-off chef's recipes). Be sure to turn this pot on by 12pm.

Slow cooker 3: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Prep this in the morning and turn on by 2pm.

Slow cooker 4: Spicy Sausage & Beer Cheese Dip - Prep this in the morning and turn on by 4pm.

Finger foods

1. This one's so easy and very addicting (make extra!). Simply get thickly sliced deli ham, spread some cream cheese on a slice and wrap a spear of pickled asparagus (for the over achievers, here's a pickled asparagus recipe) and roll up. Cut into 2 or 3 pieces and put out for guests to snack on. This is easy to make the afternoon of the big game, but you can also prepare these the day before.

2. Meatball sliders: use the meatballs from slow cooker 1, get slider potato bun rolls and allow guests to make their own! Mozzarella cheese is a good topper for this easy but delicious sandwich.

3. Crescent roll hot bacon poppers: What's a party without the bacon? I don't know and you shouldn't either. Prepare ingredients for this treat the day before and cook on game day day for 10-15 minutes.

Buffalo chicken, meatballs, chili, cheese dip - these cover all the major Super Bowl recipe food groups!

A few last tips:

  • Plan the menu ahead
  • Make plenty of room in the refrigerator for prepped foods and leftovers
  • Be realistic about how much you can handle
  • Don't be afraid to ask guests to bring a dish or dessert
  • Get the shopping done the week before
  • Prep as much as you can on Saturday
  • Turn on those slow cookers once Sunday rolls around

And finally, want a way to show some team spirit outside of the home? Check out these great NFL family car decals - what a fun way to let everyone know who you're rooting for on the big day (or next year)!

Happy Super Bowl, everyone! Be sure to share any other game day tips and Super Bowl recipes you depend on to ensure a fun party for the guests AND the host!

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