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Published January 30, 2009, 12:00 AM

Fill your bowl with these super recipes

If you were going to guess which day is second only to Thanksgiving in the amount of food consumed, would you pick Super Bowl Sunday? You should, especially if guacamole is your thing.

If you were going to guess which day is second only to Thanksgiving in the amount of food consumed, would you pick Super Bowl Sunday?

You should, especially if guacamole is your thing.

According to the California Avocado Commission, an average 12 million pounds of avocado are sold as people prepare more than eight million pounds of the tasty dip for their Super Bowl extravaganzas.

What else do Americans like to chow down on while keeping an eye on the tube?

Potato chips and popcorn, and lots of them. Nearly 15,000 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn are expected to be ingested.

Looking at that from a different perspective – if you were to line up each chip end-to-end, you could stretch that line for 293,000 miles, or an average of six feet of chips for every American!

Popcorn end-to-end would produce a string that could circle the Earth nearly five and a half times.

There’ll be plenty of time for all that munching, too. The actual Super Bowl game itself is 60 minutes in length, but tack on another 30 minutes for commercials – an hour and a half of face-stuffing time!

And you’re not by yourself in your Super Bowl celebrating. According to Hallmark Cards, Inc., the Super Bowl is the number one at-home party event of the year; even bigger than New Year’s Eve, with the average party size at 17.

So, grab your grub and find a seat. There’s plenty for everyone!

SUPER BOWL FUN FACTS

•Total game time – 60 minutes

•Total commercial time – 30 minutes

•Guacamole consumed on Super Bowl Sunday – 8 million pounds

•Chips consumed on Super Bowl Sunday – 14,500 tons

•Increase in antacid sales Monday after Super Bowl – 20 percent

•Average number of people at a Super Bowl party – 17

•People who watch Super Bowl alone – 5 percent

•People who call in sick Monday after Super Bowl – 6 percent

•Super Bowls in top-10 most watched TV programs – 9

•Dot.coms in Super Bowl – 17

SUPER BOWL INFORMATION

•Who’s playing – Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals

•Minnesota connections – Larry Fitzgerald Junior, Holy Angels Academy in Richfield, MN (Arizona Cardinals); former U of M Golden Gopher football players Matt Spaeth (St. Michael-Albertville High School) and Gary Russell (Pittsburgh Steelers)

•Time – 5 p.m.

•Date – Sunday, February 1

•Place – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

•Television – Channel 11

•Records – Arizona 12-7, Pittsburgh 14-4

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LOCAL FOOTBALL COACHES

Mike Empting, Alexandria head coach

“I like to make spaghetti and meatballs for events like this. All the ingredient measurements are best guesses. My family is of Italian descent and these recipes have been in my family for generations. Growing up, I learned how from watching my mom and grandmother go by the smell of the sauce and [texture of] the meatball mixture.”

SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

TOMATO SAUCE

Brown a good roast in a large kettle with garlic and oil, salt and pepper.

Add one 15 ounce can of tomato paste and allow to cook with the roast for a few minutes.

Add one 12 ounce can of tomato puree and one large can of tomato sauce.

Season with one tablespoon of parsley, one-half tablespoon of basil and one-half tablespoon of crushed red pepper.

Add approximately one teaspoon of sugar.

Cook over low heat for several hours.

MEATBALLS

Begin with one-half pound each of ground sirloin, ground pork and ground veal.

Add one large egg, one-half cup moist bread crumbs, one tablespoon parsley, one tablespoon basil, one tablespoon crushed garlic, one teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes and one-half cup finely grated parmesan cheese.

Combine using your hands to form into golf ball sized meatballs. Cook in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

SUPER BOWL PREDICTION – Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pat Kalpin, Osakis head coach

CHEESY CHICKEN DIP

•8 ounces cream cheese

•8 ounces mayonnaise

•8 ounces cheddar cheese

•chopped jalapenos

•8 ounce can chicken breast

•4 ounce can green chilis.

Mix all together and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with crackers.

SUPER BOWL PREDICTION – Pittsburgh Steelers

Steve Hill, Minnewaska head coach

“My wife, Claire, makes this chili for the game each year. I really like it.”

SUPER BOWL CHILI

•1 pound hamburger

•1/4 cup chopped onion

•16 ounce can stewed tomatoes

•8 ounce can tomato sauce

•1 tablespoon chili powder

•1 teaspoon sugar

•small can of chili beans

•1/4 cup chopped celery – optional

Brown onion, celery (optional) and hamburger; drain. Mix all ingredients and cook until warm and bubbly.

SUPER BOWL PREDICTION – Go Vikes!! (We wish).

Dan Johnson, Brandon-Evansville head coach

“I am not much of a chef, but my favorite Super Bowl food is something called ‘Atomic Wings.’ The hotter, the better!”

RAY’S ATOMIC WINGS

•3-4 pounds chicken wings, cut up, washed thoroughly and wing tips removed

•1 large bottle Durkee hot sauce

•1 cube butter

•2 tablespoons liquid smoke hickory flavor

•1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

•1-1/4 teaspoons horseradish

•1-1/4 teaspoons crushed garlic

•1/4 teaspoon salt

•1/4 teaspoon pepper, to taste

•3 cups oil

After cutting up chicken and washing, make sure chicken is dried off before deep frying.

Also, season the parts with a little season salt before deep frying.

Fry chicken parts in oil for about 10 minutes per batch or until golden brown.

After cooking, drain all oil from cooking.

SAUCE: Heat over low heat the Durkee sauce with melted butter, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and crushed garlic in a saucepan until ingredients are well mixed.

Remove from heat and dip each chicken wing in sauce and lay them in a casserole pan. Any leftover sauce can be poured over the wings.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.

SUPER BOWL PREDICTION – Pittsburgh by 10.

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Since guacamole is the top dip on most Super Bowl party menus, here’s one from the group that knows those avocados the best – the California Avocado Commission.

GUACAMOLE RECIPE

•2 ripe fresh California avocados, halved and peeled

•1 tomato – medium, cored, peeled and seeded

•1/2 cup red onion – finely chopped

•1/3 cup cilantro – fresh chopped

•2 tablespoons lime juice

•1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

•3/4 teaspoon salt

•3/4 teaspoon jalapeno pepper sauce

Into a medium sized bowl, scoop the avocado flesh and mash with a fork until not quite smooth.

Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap snug against the mixture and chill for an hour or until ready to use.

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TIPS FOR THROWING A GREAT SUPER BOWL PARTY

SERVE GOOD FOOD – Choose foods that are easy to prepare like pizza, hot wings and barbecued meatballs. Add in chips, dips and popcorn, along with any other favorites.

INVITE LOTS OF FRIENDS, MALE AND FEMALE – Don’t let your wife or girlfriend be the only woman there, especially if she’s not a sports fan.

ORGANIZE AND PLAN AHEAD – Don’t leave things until the last minute. That way you don’t have to be the only one not watching the kickoff on your TV.

HAVE DIFFERENT ZONES IN YOUR HOUSE – Give people areas to hang out in, especially those who aren’t interested in the game, allowing them to visit and relax.

GET YOUR FRIENDS INVOLVED – Consider asking others to help bring food or decorations. That will help take the pressure off you.

CONSIDER RENTING A BIG SCREEN TV IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE – One TV for a large group of people doesn’t work very well and makes it difficult for everyone to see.

JAZZ UP YOUR HOME WITH SUPER BOWL DECORATIONS – It doesn’t have to be fancy, but makes everyone feel like they’re at the game.

SET UP A ROOM FOR KIDS – If your friends are bringing their children, give them a place to be. Add some toys, games and treats to help them enjoy the festivities.

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