Thursday, January 22, 2009

Super Bowl Eats

I'm tossing around a few ideas for Super Bowl food. Super Bowl Sunday isn't the time to force people into fruit and veg, but there's no reason to pig out on total junk. I'll be rooting for the Steelers, but Cardinals fans won't be forced to eat celery. ;)

It won't necessarily be vegan-friendly, although vegans can find a few things to eat, and vegetarians who allow seafood and dairy will have a few more choices.

  • Tortilla chips with homemade salsa (diced tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, lime juice, and chopped cilantro)
  • Crudites, with a chive dip that uses plain low-fat yogurt with a pinch of sugar, instead of sour cream
  • Pretzels
  • Crispy potato skins, filled with mashed potato and a few bacon bits, topped with extra sharp cheddar, a little bit of the plain yogurt with sugar substitute for sour cream, and a sprinkle of scallions for garnish. I'll make a few that skip the bacon, and have chili beneath the cheese, to give people a choice.
  • Bruschetta, some with a topping of well cooked-down mushrooms, and others with a thin slice of fresh mozarella, thin slice of roma tomato, and a chiffonade of fresh basil
  • Mushroom caps, stuffed with crabmeat
  • Four-cheese mac & cheese, for those who feel really decadent (cheddar, swiss, fontina, and a little bit of morbier, which I love)
  • Pasta with an olive oil pesto sauce
  • Gingerbread (recipe from James Beard's Beard on Bread)
  • Fruit salad (clementine supremes, grapes, and pineapple, since the only fresh berries and melon we can get this time of year are rather tasteless)
I probably won't make all of these, but if I make an assortment of things that include a few veg-friendly items, nobody's going to starve.

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