Feb. 5, 2010— -- While the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints are revving up their engines for this Sunday's Super Bowl, party planners and cooks nationwide are revving up their menus -- along with their ovens and BBQs -- for their own Super Bowl Sunday feasts.
Last year, bloggers, foodies and newspapers around the nation heralded the Bacon Explosion as the hottest recipe for your Super Bowl party. The bacon-stuffed, bacon wrapped Italian sausage could make the gluttonous Ghost of Christmas Present blush, we were told, but it still found its way onto many a party table.
This year there is no runaway winner or "must have" item for your Super Bowl Sunday fare, but this collection of recipes we've chosen from around the Web will surely make a big statement at any gathering, while also perhaps tipping the scales to new heights come Monday morning.
In addition to the recipes and corresponding photos, you can check out the caloric intake of each item so you'll know just how many hours you'll have to spend in dance class, miles you'll have to bike and laps you'll have to swim to work off Sunday's food fest.
We calculated the exercise using a Mayo Clinic calorie table designed for a 160-pound person, so if you weigh less, you're in luck.
Pete Flores, host of the new Web show Hook, Line and Skillet whips up a variation of the traditional crab cake called Simon and Garfunkled Crab Cakes.
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Crab cakes are probably the healthiest item on this list so cook away. Each crab cake is roughly 150-200 calories, add about 50 more if you're dipping it in tartar sauce.
To work off the crab cake you'll probably need to do 18 minutes of high-impact aerobics.
Tammy Lakatos Shames, a registered dietitian, one of the "Nutrition Twins" and author of "The Secret to Skinny: How Salt Makes You Fat", says eating a small meal before going to parties is a good trick to avoid overeating.
"Have a veggie 'premeal' before heading out to the Super bowl party," she told ABCNews.com.
"The veggies will fill your stomach for very few calories and they will prevent you from being ravenous when you arrive at the party or dinner. You'll be able to make rational decisions without overdoing those tempting foods," she said.
It wouldn't be a Super Bowl recipe roundup without a nod to the 2010 NFC Champion New Orleans Saints. Jambalaya is quintessential Cajun, and if you don't have an emotional tie to either team on TV, you could develop an emotional tie to this cuisine.
Sarah Sprague, "The Starter Wife" and creator of Black and Gold Tchotchkes, is an indie sports blogger based in Los Angeles. She's contributed to sites such as Deadspin, Playing the Field and With Leather, and has been highlighted on ESPN the Magazine.
Sprague swears by the jambalaya recipe featured on "Good Morning America" by Emeril Lagasse.
Sprague says this jambalaya is approximately 500 calories a serving (based on a 12-serving yield) and approximately 355 grams per serving.
Her rule of thumb when eating heavy foods is ''Take less than you think you need and definitely less than you want!"
Sign up for your local water aerobics class and plan on spending one hour and 40 minutes in the pool doing aqua-cise after eating jambalaya.
If you like spicy, the popper is the way to go. But each popper packs a lot of punch as far as calories go. Best to grab one and walk away from the table.
For a tasty twist, try these sausage-stuffed jalapenos. You'll need the following ingredients: