On Super Bowl Sunday, no one, not even the cook, will want to stray far away from the television set. An easy solution is to prepare as much of the food as possible ahead of time and rely on the supermarket service deli for the main ingredients. Then, arrange both food and beverages as close to the action as possible for convenient self-service.
Hearty finger foods are easiest to eat and guaranteed to keep a team of armchair quarterbacks satisfied through the final play. Top nachos with wedges of spicy pepperoni, use turkey breast instead of ground beef to make mini tacos or add julienne strips of hard salami or pepperoni, grated Parmesan and melted butter for popcorn with pizazz.
The appetizer suggested here is Cheesy Pepperoni Bites. These bite-size corn muffins are zipped up with diced pepperoni, green chiles and Jack cheese. Mix and fill muffin pans just before game time, cover and refrigerate. Or, bake them ahead and reheat before serving.
CHEESY PEPPERONI BITES
1/2 pound sandwich pepperoni, unsliced
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper