It’s Another Patriots Super Bowl Weekend Special

New Englanders are beside themselves with excitement. Tom Brady and the boys are in Minneapolis for Super Bowl 52! They’re going for number six … that’s six Super Bowl wins. It’s party time throughout the region. Football fans will be watching (and eating) in fancy screening rooms and ordinary family rooms. Man caves will be packed and, invited or not, women will be there in their number twelve jerseys.

Now for the spread … how about Italian? … because – who doesn’t love an Italian feast. Here are a few ideas for a delicious spread:

Let’s start with beautiful antipasto platters. To start, arrange some of your favorite cheeses, sliced sausages and prosciutto on a platter, add some fruit and a few nuts. Next, roast some of your favorite veggies. Think Cauliflower, Beets and Butternut Squash as well as Mushrooms, Leeks, Shallots & Pearl Onions. If you like, add a small pitcher of Balsamic Reduction Finally, fill a basket with artisanal crackers, toasted baguette slices and a few breadsticks and invite your friends to make their own crostini.

Enjoy your favorite pasta at halftime. Now you can keep it simple and toss up a big batch of Penne alla Vodka. (Hint: make the sauce in advance.) Or take the make ahead route with Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Bake or everyone’s favorite Four Cheese Lasagna Bolognese with Spinach. Serve the pasta with a colorful Romaine & Radicchio Caesar Salad.

For dessert? How about a cupcake? Of course you’ll want to bake one with a white frosting … so you can add a few drops of food color to celebrate your favorite team. You might like my Sour Cream Cupcakes with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting. Not enough chocolate? Well, then give my Double Trouble Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes a try. Too much, then maybe you’d like my favorite Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Touch down and bon appétit!

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Weekend Special – Super Bowl Sunday

And just like that it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Except for a few lone, hopelessly football-impaired people, everyone but everyone will be watching the game. Even those who don’t’ really care about football will watch the game. If only for the commercials or the halftime show.

footballFan or not, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl without a happy crowd crammed around a wide screen with a few beers and some fabulous food. (Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving for great food traditions.)

So what’s on your Super Bowl menu? Looking for a little inspiration? Here are a few ideas:

Start with finger food! Always a crowd pleaser, try my Grilled Corn, Black Bean & Avocado Salsa with a few chips. Or step it up a notch with my delicious Flatbread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Spinach. And don’t forget the chicken wings … I’ve got two great recipes … try one or both … Spicy Tequila Wings and Hoisin Wings.

By half time, maybe before, you’ll be ready for the main event. How about chili or chili or maybe more chili? I’ve got two great chicken chilis. Give my My Favorite Chicken & Black Bean Chili or My Other Favorite Chicken & Black Bean Chili. Had enough chicken? Try my Red Bean Chili with Pork & Butternut Squash.

Serve the chili up with crispy Jicama Slaw, Crunchy Slaw with Cilantro & Peanuts or a delicious Salad with Apples & Grapes.

Eventually, you’ll be ready for something sweet! Finger food is always a good idea. How about a brownie? Try my <a href="; target="_blank"Espresso Brownies or Peanut Brownies (or both) for a tasty finish to a great game.

Enjoy the game and bon appétit!

What will you be serving on Super Bowl Sunday? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2013