#GraciousEats | Soup-a-BOWL & Other Gracious Game Day Tips

by Mindy Lockard on January 27, 2014

Well my Gracious friends, the Super Bowl is just around the corner and I am honored to participate in a #HostessHQ blog round-up. Tips from some of my favorite lifestyle experts from around the country. This series is sure to keep every hostess graciously on the offensive. Let’s be honest, as soon as a host/hostess starts on the defense… everyone loses. Can I get an “AMEN!”
So, friends if you are hosting a big BOWL bash, here are my favorite recipes and tips for serving a crowd without a mountain of dishes.
Are your ready? I call it my Soup-a-Bowl.
First start with a large brioche roll, cut the top 1/4 cut off and hollow it out.
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Now, fill ’em up with your favorite soups….
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Mark with our  game day flags made from a cut triangle and toothpick.
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Pop into the oven on warm until you are ready to serve. Your guest will love them and you wont have any dishes to do.
That’s what I call a WIN! WIN!
Here are the Soup-er Bowl recipes…
Seafood and Corn Salsa Chowder
Shopping List
Olive oil
5 strips Bacon
1 sweet onion
4 cups seafood stock
2 cups heavy cream
1 lb golden potatoes
1 jar corn salsa or fresh corn (I use the corn salsa from Trader Joes)
1 pound Salmon (bones removed and cut into cubes)
Bunch green onion
Heat oil in a stock pot add onions and bacon. Cook until the onions are translucent and bacon is crispy but not burnt
Add salmon and cook until salmon is pink
Deglaze the pan with seafood stock and slowly add cream. Stir together
Add corn and potatoes. Cook on low until potatoes break down and the base thickens, stirring often to keep the soup from burning
Top with green onions
The Gracious Girl’s GO-TO Chili
Shopping List
1 lb ground sirloin
4 cups kidney beans
2 yellow onions chopped
24 ounces fire roasted tomatoes
1/4 cup chili powder
4 peppers chopped (the more colorful the better)
salt and pepper to taste
Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream
Add the shopping list to a slow cooker for 8 hours.
Top with avocado, cheddar cheese and sour cream
Chicken Tortellini
Shopping List
2 Chicken Breasts
4 cups kidney beans
1 chopped onion
2 chopped carrots
2 cups un-cooked cheese tortellini
4 chopped zucchini
2 cups chopped kale
16 ounces chicken stock
32 ounces of stewed tomatoes
4 cups Veggie Juice
salt to taste
Shaved Parmesan Cheese.
Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook for 8 hours
Top with Parmesan Cheese
Gracious Guide for Enjoying the Game
1. Don’t arrive empty handed. Bring a little something for the host/hostess.
2. If you are hosting. Be ready when your guests arrive so you can greet them at the door and mix and mingle before kick-off.
3. Go easy on yelling, at the television and other party guests. It might seem like a no brainer but let’s be honest… some of us actually think they can hear us on the field.
4. Know the room. Some Super Bowl settings are fine with talking and asking questions during the game. Others are not. If you are watching the game and not following every play, quietly ask questions… and if no one is answering. Google is a great resource.
5. Don’t drink too much. This helps with number 3.
Here are more game day tips from the Team Hostess Headquarter Round Up!


Tonya Staab – Create Celebrate Explore: Super Game Day Dessert Recipe!  
Kitchen Living With Coryanne Ettiene: Two Big Bold Dip Recipes For The Big Game >
Chris Nease – Celebrations At Home: Host A Beer Tasting For Super Game Day Fun>
Elizabeth and Dawn – The Party Bluprints Blog: 10 Simple Super Bowl® Recipes Plus Party Game Plan! 


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The BIG GAME - Big Blog Round Up from the Team #HostessHQ
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Tori @ Thoughtfully Simple 01.28.14 at 4:40 pm

What a great idea. I love that this feels like “football food” but is actually hearty and not as unhealthy as typical Super Bowl grub. And less dishes? SCORE!

Debbie @TheHipHostess 02.01.14 at 5:02 am

What a fun idea! So warm & inviting for guests.

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