Super Bowl Spread

-Whitney Barton

Of the people who watch the Super Bowl, most seem to fall into one of two categories; those who care about the game and those who are in it for the commercials.  Personally I think it’s most fun to watch with a mix of both types, and with plenty of food (food that preferably does not require the use of utensils.)  Regardless of your personal interests, or those of your company, this meal is sure to please.

The Spread:

Tips:

Prep. Most of the time I like to believe I can handle cooking on the fly.  With this though, I recommend making all the dips and marinades/sauces before beginning to actually cook (maybe even slice all the veggies too.)  This is a piece of advice I wish I had followed before I began this delicious project.

The wing recipes are accompanied by a buttermilk blue cheese dip.  However, it required more time, energy and resources than I was in the mood to invest.  I used this recipe instead, adding ¼ tsp. cayenne and a pinch of lemon zest.

For the wraps:  once the phyllo sheet is buttered, I sprinkle grated Parmesan, freshly ground pepper AND dried basil.  Also, I prefer just one asparagus spear per wrap.  These adjustments change the heat and cook time required to 425°, for 5-7 minutes.  Lastly I quartered each wrap once cooked.

The veggies:  I chose smaller portions of all my favorites, as opposed to heaping piles of one or two kinds.  I selected red and yellow peppers, cucumbers, radishes, carrots (the kind that come with greens) and the traditional pairing for wings– celery.

I love this dressing recipe for a veggie dip (or any kind of dip really), but I chop the herbs instead of pureeing in a food processor.  I also added the zest of half a lemon, and about ¼ tsp. of cayenne for a little heat. These last additions are optional.

The brownie recipe includes a chocolate glaze.  With my wonderful mother’s help, I decided on our family’s brownie topping recipe instead-  One-Minute Fudge Frosting*.  I added a tablespoon of the Guinness reduction for good measure, though.

*One-Minute Fudge Frosting

  • 1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate cute into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients, except vanilla, in saucepan.  Let come to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Boil 1 minute and remove from heat.  Beat with spatula until it thickens (about 3-5 minutes).  Add vanilla (and Guinness if you like) and continue beating until of spreading consistency.

Bon apétite!

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