To set the stage for my BIG Super Bowl Party I designed a tablecloth inspired by classic cowboy bandanas. Take a close look at the pattern… it not only features Texas Icons like the Texas Star, CB Boots, Horse Shoes, etc… but I’ve also added the Super Bowl 45 logo, the NFL logo and the contending teams helmets. Making the cloth is easy, I already done the hard part – designing the bandana pattern! So now you just have to download the pattern, print it on iron-on transfer paper (found in any office supply store) and then iron on an in expensive white table cloth – and bam! You have a Texas-style tablecloth with a Super Bowl twist. Your guest will love it!
The pattern is available in Blue, Red, Steeler’s Gold, & Packer’s Green
To “kick-off” your super bowl party, I recommend a tried & true Tex-Mex favorite! Chips and Salsa!
But not just your average combination: spice it up with authentic Texan salsas and dips. Spice up the standard chips with gourmet chips that add a ton of flavor and… Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but might be a bit healthy with blue corn and white corn with quinoa plus other grains and seeds. Serve it all up in my cowboy hat… I used my own cowboy hat! (I am all about being purposeful and careful by using what I already have in an unexpected way and protecting by lining it with plastic wrap and a section of my custom bandana print.)
During my Dallas research expedition, I encountered many tasty and fiery salsas. Each an authentic Texan salsa from Verde (green) [Native Texan Roasted Green] to Picante [D.L. Jardine’s Texacante] and a Dallas favorite: El Fenix Salsa from a famous Tex-Mex restaurant of the same name.
On my Dallas expedition I ran into a quite an unusual salsa! A Creamy Jalapeno Salsa, very unusual… first, it’s creamy and it also is quite spicy with a mega dose of jalapenos and cilantro! Unusual to some but a must-have for Texans who dunk just about anything in it… it is the Ranch dressing of Texas. Check out the recipe below -
I made this salsa tasting experience more fun by notating the spice factor with Texas Stars – one for mild and three for wild!
Creamy Jalapeno Salsa
(1) Cup Ranch Dressing
(1) Jalapeno – Chopped
Fresh Cilantro – Chopped
Combine, Chill, & Serve!
Have opposing team fans at your party? Keep the rivalry going with my signature Dueling Dogs. These dogs are loaded with tons of toppings inspired by each hometown’s favorite food traditions. And if you look closely, I’ve branded each bun with the Team’s name. They are a nod to the team’s home, but Texas-style! Click here to buy my Super Bowl Must-have Culinary Tool.
The Packers Dog is a loaded with beer marinated onions, sauerkraut, pickles and spicy brown mustard. We are using classic hot dogs for both to keep the playing field fair, but a die hard Packer would use Bratwurst at their tailgating party.
Hot Dog Buns
Hot Dogs – Cooked
Spicy Brown Mustard
Sandwich Sliced Pickles (or Relish)
Beer Marinaded Onions*
(1) Onion Sliced
8oz Dark Beer
¼ Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Heat oil in frying pan & add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and soft. Stir in sugar and beer. Bring to boil and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated and onions are caramelized.
Assemble & Serve!
The Steelers Dog is just as loaded, it just includes the kitchen sink (almost). This is inspired by the Primanti Sandwich in Pittsburgh which starts with meat (our hot dog), swiss cheese, french fries, coleslaw, topped with tomato slices. Good luck eating that with out a knife or fork!
Have fun with the dogs and use your favorite hometown condiments to create a truly regional hot dog in honor of your Super Bowl team! These dogs give your guests something else to fight over other than the game!
Hot Dog Bun
Hot Dogs – Cooked
French Fries – Cooked & Crisp
Assemble & Serve!
sweet + meat = Texas Sundae
End the game with my own creation called the Texas Sundae! My Texan friends told me that this is what a New Yorker would think Texans would eat… I am confident it will take off!
I’ve topped off a crispy fried ice cream balls with gourmet toppings – sautéed bananas, chili chocolate sauce, and are you ready for it… Chocolate Covered Bacon Bits! What is more Texan than to eat meat at every meal…? To be really fun & creative – serve this in a mini plastic cowboy hat!
Don’t freak out… this is so easy to make. Melt chocolate, dip crispy fried bacon in it then use the melted chocolate to make the sauce by adding cream, a pat of butter and a dash of chili powder. Sauté some bananas in butter and brown sugar and put it all together with corn chips crusted vanilla ice cream balls – DONE!
Chili Chocolate Sauce
• 1 2/3 cups dark chocolate, roughly chopped (not baking chocolate, 8 oz)
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 1 ounce butter
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
Combine chocolate, cream, butter and chili pepper in a heavy sauce pan.
2.Cook over very low heat until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
3.Serve warm or cold.
Can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks and gently reheated.