By Michael Slezak
Updated February 06, 2010 at 05:22 PM EST
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The nation may come to a collective standstill on Sunday to witness Super Bowl XLIV (between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts), but then again, standstill isn’t quite the right word. Because while the eyes of football addicts and casual watchers alike will be glued to their respective TV sets, their hands and mouths will be decidedly distracted by a wide variety of delicious shnacks (the bonus ‘h’ is for ‘heavenly’). And so while most blogs would pose the question “Which team are you rooting for?”, PopWatch dares to ask “What will you be eating on Super Bowl Sunday?”

Me, I won’t be hosting or attending any parties on Sunday, since I need to keep my sharp focus on Super Bowl ads. (Yes, shortly after the game, I’ll be posting an item about the best and worst commercials from the telecast right here at PopWatch, so be sure to ch-ch-check it out.) But since my husband is giving up any claim to Sci-Fi-related viewing for the day, I’m thinking of whipping up a high-calorie dip to help him get him through hours of lycra-clad dudes running around a grassy rectangle while random gentlemen say words like “first down,” “penalty flag,” and “sack.” My tortilla dip involves taking a shallow ceramic dish, and layering it with (from the bottom up) a block of cream cheese, a jar of salsa, a can of bean-less chili, and a layer of shredded cheddar. (If I’m feeling a little contoversial, I might even add some diced tomatillos!) Pop it in the oven at 350 for about 20-30 minutes, and (voila!) you’ve got yourself a diet-busting delight.

So that’s my food plan for Super Bowl Sunday, but what’s yours? Share your Colts-vs.-Saints menu in the comments below, and do tune in to PopWatch during the game, where my colleagues Wendy Mitchell and Darren Franich will be live-blogging all the non-game-related hijinks. EW’s Music Mix blog will be reviewing Carrie Underwood’s National Anthem and The Who’s half-time show, so don’t miss those hot-ticket items, either. And happy pigskinning to all! (Urgh, that didn’t sound right, did it?)

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