Tips and Recipes for a Fabulous Superbowl Party

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Let’s face it; come Superbowl night, you want to be in the hottest gathering and right in-front of the television.  Superbowl is like the Thanksgiving of sporting events in the country which pretty much shows it can bowl over other finals such as those of the NBA, the Major Leagues, and even the Olympics.  Superbowl night means lots of food, lots of beers, lots of shouting, lots of great company and lots of entertainment.  What else can best complement the perfect Superbowl night but compliments to the host?  Read on for some tips and recipes on how to make your own Superbowl night the talk of the office or your next big family event.

Tip #1 Be creative

Sure, it’s football.  But as far as creativity goes, you can get inspiration from past Superbowl highlights.  Review the memorable the scenes from the performances and even your favorite commercials.  Show this creativity in your decoration, small tokens, and even the name of your dishes and drinks. How about LT’s Long Island Iced Tea…could be good (If you are a Jets fan).

Tip #2 Create an interesting guest list

It is inevitable to extend the invitation to your boring boss or maybe your spouse’s annoying group of rah-rah friends.  Nonetheless, it’s your party, you can invite whoever you want to invite.  It is important to invite people who love football, those who love the Superbowl and do not mind the ruckus that may come with this event.  Although Superbowl is competitive, it is still a celebration for many, a gathering of those who have the same passion for the athletics and the spectacle.

Tip #3 Plan Ahead — and make sure you have the tube to showcase the game

Whether you are throwing a small or big party, plan ahead.  Send invitations as early as you can, plan the menu, plan which television and which part of your house will best accommodate everyone’s expectations. And if you have been jonesing for that HD projector, it may just be the day to treat yourself, besides you can watch No Reservations on it when your guests leave.

Tip #4 You can be unconventional with the dishes

There are the usual Superbowl staples like chili and wings.  Don’t be afraid to surprise your guests with interesting twists like using lemongrass as a barbecue stick or even an endive leaves to scoop up a spoonful of chili.  Skip the French fries and give your party a latin touch with yucca fries. And yes, feel free to experiment with cocktails.  Take some inspiration from these holiday champagnes, after all, bubbly makes for a great pairing with spicy food. Grab some artisinal beers, how about some hefeweizen or a delicious Trappist?

Now, let’s see what else can serve in your unforgettable Superbowl party.  Here’s a sample menu that takes the twist in your classic favorites, and new turns that can start a new Super Bowl snack tradition.  All in all, these recipes will bring in the flavor, the tradition, and the healthy in your Superbowl fiesta.

Turkey Chili

Turkey has been the all-star meat these days because it is leaner and is packed with a substantial amount of nutrients.  This turkey chili recipe can be a good replacement to the good ol’ beef chili recipes, but one thing is for sure: this chili is as meaty and as hot.

Ingredients

1 chopped medium onion

4 cloves of sliced garlic

1 pound ground turkey

½ pound dried navy beans, picked

Salt to taste

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp red chili flakes

½ tsp ground cumin

3 tbsp parsley

2 15-ounce can of tomato sauce

2 cups of chopped tomatoes

2 cups tomato juice

2 bay leaves

Extra virgin olive oil for sautéing

Directions

Soak the beans overnight, making sure that the beans are covered with about two inches of water.  The next day, drain the beans and cook them in enough water that covers them by two inches.  Simmer until tender for about an hour.  Drain.

Saute the onion and garlic in a pot using the olive oil.  Add the ground turkey.  Season with salt and then add the chili powder.  Cook until brown.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook the chili in low simmer for about 1.5 hours.

You can use the chili as a dip, or better yet, as a topping for your potato skins.

Potato Skins

The potato skin are the base for a hearty and tasty Superbowl snack.  To make nice potato skins, simply prep large russet potatoes by piercing them with a fork.  Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about an hour or until tender.  Cool the potatoes, slice them quarter lengthwise, and take out the flesh.  Brush the skins inside-out with melted unsalted butter, season with salt and pepper.  Have the oven prepped at 450 degrees F, and bake the skins skin-side up for about 15 minutes.

You can serve the potato skins bare or you can make some already topped with cheese.  Just add some grated cheddar cheese on the flesh side and bake for five more minutes.

Salmon Potato Skin Topping

Salmon may sound too gourmet for Superbowl, but any casual celebration does need a bit of elegance.  Line up you potato skin topping bowls with the usual guacamole and chili, but it is always interesting to offer something out of the blue.

To make the salmon topping, get some smoked salmon and flake them.  Saute the salmon with onion and wild mushrooms.  Top with chopped parsley and chives.  Simple.

Grilled Pizza

Before we get to firing up the grill for the meaty portion of your party, consider serving pizza cooked on the grill and enjoy the smoked goodness.  Make your own pizza dough by using this recipe.  As for the rest, let’s have a look for the perfect Superbowl topping.

Sauce:

Grill three ripe tomatoes for about 10 minutes or until charred.  Transfer the tomato to a bowl and add 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper and a finely chopped garlic.  Crush the tomato until it turns into a sauce.

Toppings:

8 ounces sliced mozzarella

3 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and sliced

Thinly sliced capicola or prosciutto

Sliced and grilled vegetables (your choice of onions, zucchini, fennel, stemmed shiitake mushrooms: tossed in olive oil, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, and then grilled)

A small handful of basil, chopped

A cup of your choice of microgreens or baby greens (i.e. spinach)

Olive oil

Directions

Roll out the pizza dough into a 1/8 inch thick, 7×12 inch rectangle.  Brush with olive oil on both sides.  Grill for five minutes.  Take out the grilled though and then top with tomato sauce, mozzarella, peppers, sliced grilled vegetables, and capicola or prosciutto.  Cover  and grill for eight minutes.

Smoky Beef Calzone

This smoky beef calzone is an incredible alternative to the traditional hoagie or sub.  Make sure to choose the leanest ground pork available in the market or in your favorite butcher shop.

Ingredients

1 pound pizza dough

8 ounces lean, ground beef

2 cups shredded mozzarella

4 1/3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 chopped red bell pepper

2 ½ tsp paprika

1 tbsp sherry vinegar

Kosher salt and pepper for seasoning

Mixed greens

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F

Divide the pizza dough into four portions.  Cover with a towel and set aside.

Saute ground beef in olive oil.  Add salt, pepper and paprika.  Cook for 15-20 or until browned.  Add bell pepper, and cook for two more minutes.  Remove from heat and let it cool.

Roll each portion of the dough into round pieces with 8 inches diameter.  Place the meat and the mozzarella on either side of the dough.  Leave about ½ inch border on all sides.  Fold the dough and crimp.  Slit the dough.  Brush with olive oil.  Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve with a side of greens tossed in vinegar and seasoned with salt and pepper.

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