The Super Bowl happens this weekend but you still have time to plan something to get the gang together to watch the game. Why not throw a Super Bowl Soup Showdown and recipe exchange? It's one of my easiest and fastest parties to pull together--- you can actually watch the game and have fun at your own party. A soup buffet is really the perfect foundation for a party. Warm, comforting, affordable, easy to serve, easy to prepare in advance, and everyone loves soup!
Invite your friends over to watch the big game and issue the SOUP SHOWDOWN CHALLENGE. Ask everyone to make a big pot of their favorite soup for the competition and bring printed copies of the recipe to share.
Also ask them to bring their soup in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker to keep it warm for serving. It is always a good idea to have guests tell you what they plan to bring so you don’t end up with six different versions of chicken noodle. One of our favorites was Jean's Reuben Chowder. Get the recipe...
One of my favorite soup recipes is this Sausage, White Bean, and Escarole Soup. Get the recipe...
You supply the beverages. Also supply loaves of crusty bread, crackers, and a condiment bar of mix-ins and toppings for the soup like: croutons, bacon, different cheeses, sour cream, green onions, chives, Tabasco or your favorite hot sauces.
Offer a few snacks, too. Wings, like my Spicy Diablo Baked Chicken Wings, are a Super Bowl standard but your menu doesn’t have to be heavy on the calories. Set out bowls of grapes, those small sugar pears, cherries, or toasted nuts. Make a cheese board and cut fruit or veggies with a healthy yogurt dip.
You’ll want to have dessert or something sweet. I’d keep it very simple with a one-pan recipe like brownies, bread pudding, or a pound cake. For something portable and extremely easy, my Indoor S’mores are perfect for a party. They take about 10 minutes to make and everyone loves them. Get the recipe...
It is okay to use disposable plates, spoons, and napkins for this kind of party. If you want to use disposable for the soup, I’d suggest the insulated paper coffee cups since guests will be tasting all of the different soups to vote on a favorite. You can find these at almost any store these days. (Tip: Chinet makes cute square disposable white plates that are made in the USA of recycled materials)
Make up a card for each soup with a number and the name of the soup. I have little chalkboards I use for this kind of thing. You can buy or make your own with some wood and chalkboard paint.
Make ballots so guests can vote for their favorite soup and award prizes for the winners. Kitchen gadgets are always a fun prize. Or a huge ladle "trophy" that changes hands each year.
ON GAME DAY:
Clear off all of your kitchen counters or the kitchen island. Or you can set up stations around the room to serve the different soups with a central condiment station. Be sure to have plenty of spoon rests, ladles, and bowls placed at each station.
Ice down your drinks and make sure to have plenty of clean ice available for serving.
Number all of the entries as they arrive.
At half-time, award the prizes.
Re-stock the bar and replenish condiments, utensils, and ice as necessary.