That’s right, here is another article that promotes the food you should be serving at your annual Superbowl party. However, this is the 50th Superbowl and that means you have to take it up a few more notches as far as uniqueness, flavors and visual presentations. Go bigger, go better and go more! Challenge yourself to make this the greatest football buffet ever made on the planet earth since time began. Okay, that may be a little much, but try something new this year. Or better yet try EVERYTHING new this year.
We’ve all heard of Pigs in a Blanket, but, have you taken them to the next level? The basic recipe calls for cocktail wieners and biscuit dough. Boring! Let’s change it up a bit and go with chorizo sausage topped with in a thin slice of hot pepper jack cheese then wrapped tightly by one of those wonderful Pillsbury crescent triangles. Bake according to the crescent instructions and serve up with a bowl of guacamole or an avocado crema mixture for dipping. These are the next level as far as pigs in a blanket go. Muy picante!
Speaking of wrapping things in other things, why not wrap something in bacon? This year we go with those wonderful Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges. Preheat an oven to 425ºF. Wrap individual wedges with ¼ slice of thick cut hickory smoked bacon. Use a pre-greased wire rack and place each with bacon flap down to help seal together while baking. Sprinkle with your favorite barbecue seasoning and bake for 40-45 minutes until bacon is crispy and glorious. Make the awesome Ro*Tel® Famous Queso Dip in a medium bowl and serve for a great dipping sauce. Remove those bacon wrapped wedges from the oven, place on a serving platter and top with some chives. “Yee Haw, them some fine and dandy taters!”.
Next up, Chicken Wings. Buffalo may have created an iconic wing for the ages, but after a while, they seemed to have lost their zing at parties. Time to take them up a notch and go with an Asian Zing recipe that will leave your guests sticky and craving more. Heat up a pot of peanut oil to 375ºF. Dust some thawed wings with salt and pepper seasoned flour. Drop 6 at a time into the oil so the temperature does not drop too much. While those first 6 fry for about 10-12 minutes, move on to the sauce. Mix a dollop of each Hoisin sauce, vinegar and honey into a bowl. Mince some garlic and ginger together and add that to the bowl. Add a couple dashes of Siracha, a tablespoon of brown sugar and a splash of soy for saltiness. Check wings, remove if done and then drop 6 more. Melt a pat of butter and a tablespoon of cornstarch in another frying pan, whisking a lot. Pour the sauce into pan to heat, meld flavors and thicken the sauce. Pour heated sauce in large bowl and drop in wings. Flip to coat and organize on a plate. Top with sesame seeds and some chopped green onions. Serve with a bowl of Creamy Siracha Dipping Sauce. Banzai!!
Superbowl Desserts can also be driven through the roof. They can become sweeter, more decadent or even just lighter and fluffier. The can include unique flavors, fruit laced jellies or even be encrusted with salt. Sweet dips, bars, and pinwheels all fall into that wonderful category of desserts. And no Superbowl buffet in complete without desserts. Try any of these to ensure one and all have their sweet tooth’s satisfied:
- S’mores Rice Krispies Treats Pinwheels – Made with Rice Krispies, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate. These dessert chunks are all rolled up into a wonderful finger food dessert. The presentation is creative and the flavors bring back memories of summer camp. Although Michiganders have become accustomed to the January cold, these pinwheels are just another way to take our minds off the freezing weather outside. These treats are a great finish to any Superbowl buffet. To jack it up a bit more, try a thin layer of peanut butter in there someplace. “Hey, you got peanut butter on my chocolate!”.
- Bourbon-Pecan Blondies – What? Bourbon and pecans made into bite sized finger desserts! The concept should blow your mind. The flavors definitely will do so. Be sure to use a quality bourbon and do not skimp on the pecans. Chewy and crunchy and full of flavor, these are sweet and buttery at all the same. This recipe serves 32 and depending upon your party guest list that could be one a piece or maybe just a lot for you! Other notch up could include some tiny butterscotch chips in the mix for a wonderful creaminess.
- No-Cook Peanut Butter Dip – Okay, this may seem like just peanut butter and chocolate shaped like a football. But, the fact that it’s no bake and it uses beer nuts makes it a keeper. Whip cream and peanut butter topped with chocolate chips. The football is just chilled, placed on a plate and served up with, get this, vanilla freakin’ wafers! And if those were eaten by the kids late last night, try a handful of salty pretzels for dipping. Any way you look at it, this is a great buffet dessert.
On Sunday, February 7th, the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning will take on the NFC Champs Carolina Panthers led by Cam Newton for the 50th Superbowl and the Vince Lombardi trophy. The game matches up the NFL’s best offense (Carolina) versus the NFLs best defense (Denver). The game should be a good one, but it doesn’t really matter as long as you are with friends near this wonderful buffet of great food with a beer in your hand. Remember to try some things outside the box and be inspired. Broncos or Panthers doesn’t matter, but tackling a buddy for the last chicken wing does!
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em and don’t forget your bib!