My idea for what to make for our Super Bowl party changed about a thousand times over the course of the week. We knew we wanted to do something sandwichy. We thought about Togo's (too many choices). We thought about getting a bunch of Vietnamese sandwiches (J. thought peeps might think they were too weird, but god I love them) then we thought about a build-your-own sandwich bar. Which is what we intended to get fixin's for when we set out for Costco this morning.
But then, we had another, final change of course mid-stream and it became all about chili dogs. So chili dogs are what we are having.
It all starts with chili, about six-gallons-worth. (6 lbs of extra lean ground beef, 6 lbs. of whole peeled tomatoes, 3 lbs of tomato puree, 3 lbs. of beans, 3 onions, half a head of garlic, 4 bay leaves, fresh oregano, secret homemade chili powder, extra-super-spicy chili powder from a friend, a bottle of beer, and lots of love.)
To go with the chili we have hot dogs (all beef and the "healthier" *snort* chicken) with all the usual condiments, plus chopped onions and tomatoes, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Also on deck is tuna mousse (photo above).
I'm also making deconstructed deviled eggs "a la Ikea" (where I got my inspiration, photo above). I'm halving eggs and topping them with a squiggle of salmon pate and black and red lumpfish caviar. Some will simply be sprinkled with truffle salt.
Since I was at Ikea buying pate and caviar, we'll also be having an assortment of Sveeeeedish cheeses including one made with aquavit which I am excited to try.
I'm making guacamole since we picked up the trash-can-sized bag of chips at Costco.
And to wash it all down. Sweet, sweet beer.
Friends are potlucking the rest of the appetizers and I can't wait to see what gets added to the mix. Back to stirring chili. If you have your menu planned, please share it!