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Food we enjoyed while watching NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football action, on Sunday, February 2, 2014.  Denver Broncos against Seattle Seahawks, with Seattle achieving a stunning 43 to 8 victory over Denver!

Photo:  Kickoff for Super Bowl 48 wasn't until 1530, West Coast time, but by 1100, I was in the kitchen mashing avocados for guacamole, and grilling potato slices indoors, on my George Foreman Grill.  I sliced each medium-sized Russet potato lengthwise into four equal sections, drizzled them with olive oil, added seasoned salt, and grilled on the Foreman for about 12 minutes, until grill parks appeared.  

Photo:  After the potato slices were finished grilling, I removed them from the grill to cool.  When they were cool enough, I sliced them lengthwise into equal sized pieces, each piece about 1/2" by 1/2" or so, with each piece being as long as the potato it came from.  For dipping, I used a mixture of half ketchup and half picante sauce that I'd purchased during my last trip to Mexico.  There were a few leftovers, which I saved, and used in a vegetable soup the next day.

Photo: Jalapeņo Pepper Poppers, cooking in the toaster oven, wrapped in bacon.  To derail the heat, I sliced each pepper in two, and scooped out off the seeds and stems with a spoon.  I whipped up a mixture of cream cheese and green onion, and loaded each pepper half with the mixture.  Each pepper was given a piece of bacon, held intact with a toothpick.  I cooked them at a temperature of 375 degrees for 20 minutes, and it all worked out.

Photo:  Finished Jalapeņo Pepper Poppers, on a plate, and ready for kickoff.

Photo:  My plate of Hors d'oeuvre,  consisting of grilled potato sticks, Jalapeņo Pepper Poppers, guacamole, tortilla chips, ketchup/picante dipping sauce, and lots of Mexican beer.  Just the appetizers for the Super Bowl!

Photo:  The main course... PIZZA, or course!  I acquired a "Papa Murphy's Favorite," combination pizza from our nearly Papa Murphy's Pizza outlet, click on the hyperlink for a review of the restaurant.  I am glad I had the foresight to go the day before, since it's a "bake at home" pizza, sitting in a fridge for 24 hours is not an issue, as during the game I "Googled" around and found there was a long wait to get pizza.  Plus, after a few Mexican beers, it would have been foolhardy to risk a DUI in order to get a pizza.

The food was great, the beer was cold - with plenty of it - the half-time show was excellent, and we enjoyed a great late Sunday afternoon and early evening.  The only "downside" was the fact that the Seahawks won, but at the end of the evening, it's only a football game, albeit a big one...

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