Superbowl! A day traditionally filled with lots of beer, various potluck dishes- some awesome, some awesomely bad.
Prepare many items ahead of time and serve them a quarter at a time. I promise you no one will go hungry, and people can then enjoy the dishes they are eating while rooting on their favorite
Bronco, or Seahawk!
Here is a fun menu suggestion for a small group:
1st 1/2 of game:
Kale Spinich bites
Carrots Sticks and Hummus
Grilled Corn on the cob
Apple Maple Slaw
Dessert: Fruit Fondue!
Recipe play by play:
Popcorn- A old standby that is a good grain- Get bagged. oil free, unsalted pre-popped corn and put in small bowls.
Fried Pickles- *Disclaimer- I would not consider this a "healthy" option, due to the frying , and not something I would advise as a regular dining item. I was urged to try this southern delicacy while on a recent trip to Florida, and fell in love with the tangy pickle and spicy sauce, it seemed a natural to share it for a Superbowl party. Go for a brisk walk after the game, enjoy the guilty pleasure, if you can afford the hit of cholesterol!
2nd 1/2 of game:
Grilled Bratwurst- Ask your store butcher for his ground bratwurst vs, the sodium packed pre-packaged varieties, Yes, you can taste the difference! Soak them in a can of beer, or non alcohol beer over the stove on a very low heat before placing on a very hot grill. Grill strips in the dogs. Serve with a variety of spicy mustards, without the buns! and junk calories!
Corn on the cob- An old favorite, soak the peeled ears in salted water for :45 minutes
Then rub the corn cobs with a even coating of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) season with Salt and Pepper and Cumin- before BBQ'ing on a hot grill.
Apple Maple Slaw: I like to mix up seasonal fruit and finely dice it to make a fruit slaw. You can make this dish up to 2 hours ahead, providing apples have been well prepared with lemon juice and the finished slaw is covered and refrigerated until served.
-Thinly slice apples with a mandolin, stack and slice pieces into thin match sticks.
- Toss apples into a medium sized metal mixing bowl
- Squeeze a lemon over the apples, tossing the apples well (the citric acid keeps the apples from going brown)
-Add several handfuls of broken walnut pieces, sliced almonds, sliced strawberries, or dried cranberries, if strawberries are not available.
- Thinly slices several leaves of fresh basil and add them to the Fruit, nut mix.
- In a small cup stir in 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar, and 1 tbsp of maple syrup, stir together until the liquids are emulsified.
- stir into fruit, nut mixture, add cracked black pepper, cinnamon and a pinch of salt and toss until all the fruit is coated.
-You can make this dish a hour or two before you serve it, cover and refrigerate until serving.
Dessert: (If you got room for something sweet after watching Bruno Mars!)
Fruit dipped in chocolate:
In a double broiler heat up 4 squares of 85% chocolate appx 1/2 c almond milk and stir it up until it melts.
On a plate cut up spears of pinapple, bananas, berries, to dunk in your melted chocolate.
Have fun with your Super-bowl menu! Enjoy this 2014 ad reminding you that anything can happen!
Links in this blog:Kale spinach bites: http://skinnysupper.blogspot.com/2012/12/spinach-kale-bites.html
Fried Pickles: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-fried-pickles-recipe.html
Bruno Mars http://localtvktvi.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/web_bruno_mars_super_bowl.jpg%3Fw%3D400
Bud lite link: http://www.superbowl-commercials.org/cat/2014
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