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Fanfare and food for Super Bowl Sunday

Chef Laureen has the perfect mix of food and fun for any holiday or celebratory occasion, especially the Super Bowl.

Fanfare and food for Super Bowl Sunday

Editor's Note: This article orginally appeared on Patch in February 2012. Learn more about Chef Laureen here and follow her on Twitter @yellowbandchef.


 From pregame to postgame and all the commercials in between, Super Bowl Sunday lasts a long time. Create, quick simple and delicious Vince Lombardi Trophy-winning menu items that will hold up over time and temperature.

Skip the bag of tortilla chips and jar of salsa, hold off on ordering that pizza and put your game day cooking skills to work with a few of these sure to be super fan favorites.

For complete recipes, email me at  yellowbandchef@gmail.com

Game Day Dips

Served with flatbreads, bread sticks, pita chips and a variety of fresh vegetables like Belgian endive, carrots, cucumbers, red peppers, yellow squash and jicama.

Feta Salsa – tomatoes, feta, sliced black and green olives, basil, green onion, lime juice and cilantro

Skillet Pizza Dip – tomato sauce, ricotta, mozzarella and pepperoni baked and garnished with grated Parmesan and basil chiffonade

Spicy Hummus - chickpea dip flavored with tahini, ginger, cumin, and cilantro

Jalapeno Popper Dip – baked cream cheese, mayo, cheddar cheese, Parmesan, sliced jalapenos topped with a crust of panko and Parmesan

Bacon Guacamole - chopped crispy bacon, avocados, lime juice, diced jalapenos and tomato, red onion, cumin and cilantro with salt and pepper to taste

Super Sunday Snacks

Chorizo & Goat Cheese Rolls – goat cheese, chives and chorizo wrapped in phyllo, baked until crispy and golden

Chile Lime Peanuts – unsalted dry roasted peanuts tossed in lime juice, olive oil, paprika, sea salt and cayenne and baked for a crispy crunch

Garlic Potato Chips – thinly sliced potatoes tossed with garlic oil, cracked black pepper and salt, baked until golden brown

Chilling and Grilling

Grilled Chicken Wings – kick it up a notch and toss your wings in any variety of rubs and sauces such as honey mustard, teriyaki, Caribbean jerk, garlic peppercorn, spicy peanut or chili lime

Jalapeno and Beer Brined Beef Brisket – brine the Brisket in jalapeños, garlic, salt, pepper, brown sugar, lime juice, cilantro, 1 bottle of Mexican lager and water for at least 4 hours - Grill to desired temperature then slice and serve

Kielbasa Sandwiches – smoked kielbasa grilled and served on grilled garlic buns topped with a horseradish, honey, Dijon vinaigrette slaw

Fix It & Forget It – Super Slow Cooker Sunday

Corn Chowder – Sweet corn, Yukon gold potatoes, pimentos, shallots, bacon, cream, chicken broth and tarragon take the field for this hearty and delicious chowder

Gridiron Grinders – combine cooked ground beef, Italian sausage, chopped onions and garlic with green peppers, sliced mushrooms, Italian spices, crushed red pepper and tomato sauce in the slow cooker for 2 hours on high and serve with toasted hoagie rolls

Halftime Huddle

Taco Bar – pulled chicken, sliced chili spiced skirt steak, soft tortillas, taco shells and all the fixings: salsa fresca, cilantro, Monterey jack & cheddar cheeses, jalapenos, sour cream, shredded lettuce, Pico di Gallo and sliced limes

Fourth Quarter Sweet Treats

Dark chocolate bark with pistachios and sea salt

Chewy ginger cookies with cinnamon, cloves and molasses

Chocolate peanut butter whoppie pies

Even if you don’t have an allegiance to the New England Patriots or New York Giants, the Super Bowl is always a great reason to gather with friends, be an armchair quarterback, sideline referee, ad agency critic and take a time out to watch the Material Girl’s halftime performance.

Enjoy the game and score your own food touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday and always remember, Peace, Love, Food!

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