SMAM: Super Bowl Edition

February 2, 2013

Happy Super Bowl weekend, Readers!  I do realize that Sunday’s festivities are good reason to give yourself a free pass on the diet. Face it: football food is delicious! Deep-fried, festive deliciousness. Hard to resist those hot wings and potato skins and nachos and gooey, cheesy dips, isn’t it?

In fact, a few years back, I read somewhere (dang, why is my memory so shitty?) that people actually consume more calories on Super Bowl Sunday than they do at Thanksgiving!  I think beer consumption definitely plays a part in that statistic, but you have to admit, that’s kind of surprising.

And yet not, if you really think about it. Thanksgiving dinner only takes an hour or two and people sit down at a table, pausing to chew and converse. It’s a civilized, albeit caloric affair.  The Super Bowl?  It’s a five-hour (more if you follow all of the pre-game hoopla) Swill-and-Munch-Fest.

Super Bowl food is so cute, is it not? Tiny hot wings, mini-pigs-in-blankets, bbq sliders…little morsels you can just pop in your mouth as you cheer and swill booze and not even realize how many you’ve eaten. Plus, there are those handy commercial breaks interrupting the game, allowing you time to haul ass and re-fuel before the next snap.

Forgive me. I do not mean to kill your buzz about Super Bowl Sunday. Feel free to indulge and enjoy every minute of it. I’ll be shoving guacamole down my gullet in mass quantities, so I am not one to judge. Not at all.

But can I make one leeeetle suggestion? If jalapeno poppers are on your game day roster, try this recipe for grilled jalapeno poppers instead? I posted this recipe a few years ago, but I’m running it again because it’s a keeper. These little guys are so delicious and satisfying that you won’t miss the dip in the deep fryer. Promise.

And don’t think that I’m little Miss Virtuous, because my Super Bowl menu is as follows:

  • Libations
  • Homemade guacamole/chips
  • Spiced grilled shrimp
  • Cheese board/hummus/veggies
  • Grilled jalapeno poppers
  • Jambalaya (hey, the game is in N’Awlin’s y’all!) with shrimp, andouille sausage and chicken
  • Big fat green salad
  • Libations


So yeah, I’ll be indulging a bit, but then it’s on to SMAM, the February edition. February is usually one of my dark months, so it will be a challenge not to assuage my winter blues in giant bowls of mashed potatoes and buttered rice. I’m going to give it a shot, though. And I’ll be eating this poppers. No guilt allowed.

Have a terrific weekend, whether you enjoy football or would rather get a root canal than watch the game. GO BRONCOS!!  Oh, wait…


Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Chilis 

slightly adapted from Bobby Flay

serves 6

4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature

2 oz. soft goat cheese

1 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat white or yellow cheddar cheese*

2 green onions (green and pale-green part), thinly sliced

few dashes ground cumin and hot sauce

salt and black pepper

12 large jalapeno chilis, halved lengthwise, stemmed and seeded

1 heaping tablespoon ancho chili powder

Heat grill to medium.

Whisk together the cream cheese and goat cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Fold in the cheddar, green onions, cumin and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Fill each jalapeno half with about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture; sprinkle the top with ancho powder.

Place chilis on the grill (or use a grill basket, if preferred), filling-side up, and cook until slightly charred and tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.

**Cabot brand or Cracker Barrel reduced-fat, block cheese only, please. Otherwise, just run a few extra laps and use the full-fat stuff.


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Maggie S. February 2, 2013 at 8:49 am

Could I chuck them under the broiler? Can I trade the goat for some gorgonzola?


TKW February 2, 2013 at 11:17 am

Maggie S.,

Yes to both!


Mr TKW February 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

So looking forward to the Super Bowl menu! Except the libations, since I’m on call. :(


TKW February 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

:p suckage


elizabeth February 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

Nice menu! We’re making fried chicken (with octo vin), a tomato-tofu salad, and probably a little pizza. I have very little interest in the game, but I am a little curious about the ads.


Contemporary Troubadour February 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Guacamole doesn’t count against SMAM, Kitch. It’s nature’s backside reducer if only because of its digestive effects when eaten in mass quantities! Indulge away, I say.


dawn February 3, 2013 at 6:53 am

Love the game (even though it is not between Broncos and Vikes) and LOVE the food. In fact, if I were in FOCO with family, I would be tempted to ditch them and drive over to your place to indulge in those foods! How fabulous.

And, yes to the commercials – each year I am astounded at what they cost.


ayala February 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

Great post…and I am definitely indulging today :) Happy Sunday :)


The Curious Cat February 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Hmmm…they sound delicious! Hope the Superbowl was fun! xxx


Lisa @ The Meaning of Me February 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

These look awesome – gotta take the extra laps option, though, because I can’t stand reduced fat cheese. :P


TKW February 7, 2013 at 11:30 am


Reduced fat cheese sucks. I admit it.


Barbara February 4, 2013 at 5:46 am

I bet you only ate the jalapenos! You are being sooooo good.


TKW February 7, 2013 at 11:30 am


I ate dang near everything but the kitchen table. *hangs head in shame*


ck February 4, 2013 at 8:43 am

oh man…so wish I could’ve been at your place!


TKW February 7, 2013 at 11:31 am


Me too.


Alexandra February 4, 2013 at 8:54 am


I’ll add please to that.



Jenna February 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

Due to a lack of TV (and a lack of interest in football), I’m afraid we also missed out on the gloriously unhealthy array of food options available. Dangit!


TKW February 7, 2013 at 11:32 am


Good for you! Perhaps that’s why you’ve already lost the pregnancy weight and look fantastic?


Arnebya February 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

I wish I’d have seen these when I was thinking of something spicy Saturday. No matter; I’ll make them this week. Screw a game.


Stacia February 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I would give up people who belong to me for just a taste of your homemade guacamole.


TKW February 7, 2013 at 11:33 am


You crack me up. But no sacrifices necessary. Bring your people over to my place and we’ll eat together.


Jennifer February 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I ate cold steak and ranch style beans out of the can after coming home from being at the hospital all day (everything is fine, and the sick have been discharged).


TKW February 7, 2013 at 11:34 am


Ouch! I’m glad, however, that the sick are doing better. I’m home with both of mine today.


Tiffany February 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

These are one of my favorite things. I haven’t had them in a LONG time!!!

P.S. I had a dream about you last night. We were on vacation together with our hubs and kids…it was awesome!!! :) Don’t thik I’m weird…


TKW February 7, 2013 at 11:28 am


I want a good dream like that one! I had a dream (nightmare) where I was Paula Deen’s hairdresser and she was screaming at me because I wasn’t back-combing it enough.

I woke up and thought, “seriously?” That’s the best you can do, sub-conscious brain?


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