Once upon a time, there was a girl (me) who really couldn’t care less about football. It was fun to go the games on Friday nights in high school, but let’s be honest, I wasn’t watching the game. Well, maybe the tight ends… (Get it? See what I did there?) I have also been to a number of Super Bowl parties, but it was all about the food, the commercials, and the halftime show. And maybe those tight ends again.
Then I met the man who would become my husband. He was a big football fan, specifically the San Francisco 49ers. Being the good girlfriend I was, I learned a thing or two about the sport. It was likely just that: 1 or 2 things. Not necessarily important things either.
Then, in 2013, everything changed: I found myself with a team in my husband’s fantasy football league. How did I, someone who knows so very little about the sport, end up involved in this gridiron gang? I volunteered. The league was short two teams so I said I’d take one spot. You’re welcome, League. I figured, what the heck, why not? I’ll draft some players (dibs on Peyton Manning!!) and just see where the season takes me. Now I’m the cool wife, right?
So, now you know a bit of my football story. I never really got it before, but I love it now. So, on that note, let’s get to something I bringing to my brother-in-law’s Super Bowl party, because the food is still a huge part of the game!I made something with jalapenos earlier in the week and since I bought them at Trader Joe’s, I had to get a package of them since they don’t sell them individually. I figured out the perfect way to use them. These jalapeno popper-inspired crescent rolls:
3 medium sized jalapenos
2 strips of bacon
1 8oz tub or block of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese2 tubes of crescent rolls
Over the flame on your stove, carefully char up the outsides of your jalapenos. Then add them to a ziplock bag and seal it, letting them steam for a few minutes. When they are cool enough to handle, take them out and rub the skins off.
Open up the peppers and clear out the seeds. Dice the jalapenos up very small.
Chop up the bacon and crisp it up in a small skillet.
In a bowl, add the jalapenos, bacon, cheese, and cream cheese. Mix until well combined.
Roll out the crescent rolls and add a heaping spoonful of the mixture to the dough. This is a tough balancing act, because you want enough filling to make them good, but you also want to make sure you don’t fill them too much or the filling will ooze out when you bake them.
Roll up the rolls and place them on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray (or lined with parchement, I was out of parchment).
Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes, until golden brown.
Enjoy them rooting for your favorite team!
PS For the record, I think Cam Newton and the Panthers are going to pull this on off (I really like them all as a team), but I think it would be great to see Peyton Manning end his career with a Super Bowl win. Looks like I’ll be happy with either team winning which makes for a much less stressful watching experience! Here’s to a good game, gentlemen!