Monday, February 1, 2010

Super Bowl Party Menu Extravaganza

This Sunday February 7th 2010 is the biggest day in football, the Super Bowl!

To help everyone out with game day prep, I have assembled an quick and easy watch-party menu that is still fun and flavorful.

Feta-Peppercorn Spread

Serves 10-12


  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Place ingredients in a food processor or blender; pulse until smooth.

Serve with Pita Chips, such as Stacy's Pita Chips

Onion Rings

Serves 6


  • 2 medium yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning blend, such as Cajun, jerk or Old Bay
  • Olive oil or canola oil cooking spray


  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450°F. Coat 2 large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. Cut off both ends of each onion and peel. Slice into 1/2-inch-thick slices; separate into rings. (Discard the smallest rings or reserve for another use.) Place the rings in a medium bowl; cover with cold water.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder in a shallow dish. Lightly beat eggs in another shallow dish. Combine breadcrumbs and seasoning in a third shallow dish. Working with one ring at time, remove from the water, letting any excess drip off. Coat in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then coat in the breadcrumb mixture, shaking off any excess. Place on the prepared baking sheets. Generously coat the onion rings with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn each onion ring over and return to the oven, switching the positions of the baking sheets. Continue baking until brown and very crispy, 8 to 10 minutes more.

Lemon-drop Chicken Wings

Serves 8


  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings, tips trimmed off
  • Preparation

    1. In a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine vodka, lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir to dissolve sugar and salt. Add the chicken wings and mix to coat. Cover bowl or seal bag and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

    2. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 9- by 13-in. baking pan with two layers of foil. Arrange the chicken wings in a single layer in the pan, and pour the marinade evenly over all. Bake until meat is well browned and pulling away from the bone, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

    Roasted Pepper Pesto-Tomato Pizza

    Serves 6


    • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
    • 1 cup basil leaves
    • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 (5.2-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, drained
    • 1 (1-pound) Italian cheese-flavored pizza crust (such as Boboli)
    • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    • 3 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 6 ounces)
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


    Preheat oven to 450°.

    Drop garlic through food chute with food processor on; process until minced. Add basil and next 6 ingredients (basil through bell peppers), and process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl once.

    Place pizza crust on a baking sheet. Spread pepper mixture over pizza crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; sprinkle with mozzarella. Arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on top of the cheese. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes. Sprinkle pizza with oregano.

    Bourbon Fudge Brownies

    Serves 20


    • 1/4 cup bourbon
    • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/3 cups sugar
    • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs
    • Cooking spray
    • Preparation

      Preheat oven to 350°.

      Bring bourbon to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from heat. Add chocolate chips, stirring until smooth.

      Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

      Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined. Add vanilla and eggs; beat well. Add flour mixture and bourbon mixture to sugar mixture, beating at low speed just until combined.

      Spread batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

      Beer 'Garitas

      Serves 4


      • 1 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
      • 1 cup tequila
      • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
      • Crushed ice
      • 1/2 to 1 cup cold beer


      1. Stir together first 3 ingredients until well blended. Fill 4 medium glasses with crushed ice. Pour limeade mixture evenly into glasses. Add beer to taste.

      Hope this simplifies your party prep!

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      Happy Watching!

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