- Pre-make whatever you can pre-make.
- Have enough booze.
- Don't make dessert - someone will bring it.
This year, the line up was as follows, and if I used a recipe, I've cited it below so you can make it, too!
Buffalo Popcorn from Bon Appetit
|I was a big fan. You can make it ahead and it's like kettle corn, but on fire.|
The Cheese Bowl
|When making a cheese plate, always have different types and textures!|
Clam Chowder from Food Network
|A little thinner than I wanted it, but if you steam your own clams and reserve the juice, the flavor will be great!|
|I feel like I have Salsa and Guac down to a science, and no game is complete without it to munch on.|
Smoked Salmon Bagel Chip
|Next time I'd cut the bagel chips a little thinner, but definitely make your own! 350°F for about 15 minutes and they'll be crisp!|
Pigs in a Blanket (the upscale version) from Food and Wine
|Andouille in puff pastry - one yummy item + one yummy item = one yummy item?|
Pretzel Bites from Sally's Baking Addiction
|If you can get your hands on Beecher's a combo of Jack and Flagship is the way to go. Same blend they use for their Mac N Cheese. Pretzel recipe is legit and I've been asked to make them again next year.|
|A lil lobster, a lil buttered roll, a lil mayo, a lil celery salt. That's all she wrote.|
Xi'an Wings from Serious Eats
|The second hit of the night. Spicy but addicting! I would definitely make wings this way, because the extra effort upfront keeps me from having to stand by a fryer half the night. You gotta have wings right?!|
Not pictured is the brisket, which I thought came out a little dry - and I didn't get a good picture of it.
I might have overdone it a little, but hey, the only food holidays greater than the Superbowl are Thanksgiving and Chinese New Year, so really, I was right on the money. I like to go big or go home (except I'm already home) because when you have fun with the food for a party, your guests have fun too.