3 New & Fresh Super Bowl Recipes

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and, for me, this day is just as much about food and friends as it is about football. Sure, it’s easy to order a bunch of greasy pizzas and a six pack of beer, but how about some game day snacks and drinks that are fresher, more colorful and almost as easy as take out?
Salsa
Mango Salsa
I’m going to kick things off on a light note with homemade mango salsa. Dips and salsas are a football staple, but this is a sweet and unexpected alternative to what you might find in the chip aisle. What’s great about this recipe, is that you only need a few ingredients and you can make it the day before.
  1. Start by peeling and dicing a whole mango. Mangos can be a pain in the you-know-what to break down, so if you want a short cut – grab some already prepped in the fruit section at your grocery store. They usually come in big chunks, so just dice it into smaller pieces, about a quarter to a half of an inch.
  2.  Finely chop half of a red onion and mix that in bowl with the mango. (Hang on to the other half of that onion, you can use it in the next dish.)
  3. Next, seed and finely chop two jalapeños. If heat isn’t your thing, you can always leave one or both of them out – or substitute it with a red bell pepper, to keep some texture and color.
  4. Squeeze the juice from a whole lime into the salsa and toss with a couple pinches of coarse sea salt. If you have some fresh cilantro around, that’s a great finishing touch to add right before serving.
You can easily double this recipe if you have a big crowd coming over. Don’t worry about leftovers, this holds up really well in the fridge for a couple days. You can snack on it the next day or use it for Monday night’s dinner – with tacos or over grilled chicken.
Sliders
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Next up are buffalo chicken sliders. Just like the salsa, you can get a head start on this by making the shredded chicken the night before:
  •  Place three or four boneless skinless chicken breasts in your slow cooker with a sprinkle of garlic salt, a packet of dry ranch dressing mix and enough buffalo sauce to completely coat the chicken. Cook them for 3-4 hours on high, or 6-7 hours on low, until the chicken is easily shredded with a fork.

If it’s a causal family gathering, people can make their own sliders with the pulled chicken straight from the slow cooker and their favorite toppings. If it’s a party, I would assemble them for a more impressive presentation. I used Hawaiian rolls sliced in half for my sliders, because they’re soft, but sturdy.

  1. Start with a generous spoonful of blue cheese crumbles on the bottom. This way, when you put the warm buffalo chicken on top, it starts to melt into the bread. It gives you that great flavor right on your tongue when you bite in and keeps it from coming out the sides.
  2. Then top the chicken with red onion, celery, and carrot, all thinly sliced. Add the the top of the roll and secure with a toothpick.
Team Spirit Spritzers
Team Spirit Spritzers
Finally, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without cocktails. I’m going to keep things simple, but fun, with a twist on the classic white wine spritzer. I suggest something light and dry like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. In place of club soda, I’m using lemon-lime soda. That way if there are kids or non-drinkers at the party, you can omit the wine and people will still have something tasty to drink.
  • Spritzers are refreshing and so easy to make, just mix three parts wine to one part soda. I added a shot of triple sec just to give it a little extra something. Doesn’t everyone seem to always have a bottle of that stuff lying around, never being used?
Colored Ice
  • To add some team spirit, try using fresh fruit and food coloring to make ice. This year, both the Broncos and Panthers can be represented by bright blue ice cubes. Denver fans can garnish their drink with an orange slice and Carolina fans can counter with blackberries.
  • If you want to show your pride for teams that did not make it to the big game (maybe the Ravens, for example? wink, wink), you can make ice in whatever colors you like – just be prepared, everyone’s going to have some crazy colored tongues at the end of the party.
So this year, skip all that heavy, fried, monochromatic food and treat yourself to something delicious that won’t weigh you down. It’s absolutely a day to indulge, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay for it when Super Bowl Sunday turns into football-free Monday.

 

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