This Sunday, not only will Punxatawney Phil determine how much longer we have to endure this realm of the never ending, deja-vu-Groundhog-Day-esque Arctic winter, but a little thing called the Superbowl is also happening. Which means that it’s time to party!
We could go on and on about football, Peyton Manning, Denver, Seattle, and even Omaha (huh?), but since I’m not really up on any of that we’re going to cut to the chase and give you a list of our top recipes for Superbowl Sunday. (It’s not that I don’t like football, but Tony, a.k.a. “The Lost Italian” – although lately I’ve taken to just calling him “Lost” – is a Dolphins fan, so I am never aware of what’s happening with the winning teams.)
Also, be sure to check out our Party Dip Recipes section for a ton of great recipes from last fall’s recipe contest in search of the Perfect Party Dip.
Cranberries Gone Wild Dip – This was the winner of our fall party dip recipe contest, and was ever-present on the holiday party circuit. Fresh cranberries are now out of season, but frozen will also work. Serve this with a lime margarita and lime tortilla chips to make it extra festive!
Hot Beef Taco Dip – This hearty ground beef dip is full of the classic taco flavors and will help keep you warm and happy throughout the game.
Jalapeno Popper Dip – It’s hard to believe, but this party dip tastes exactly like a jalapeno popper, and is almost embarrassingly delicious.
Cincinnati Chili – We serve this regional specialty 4-way or 5-way over spaghetti or Coney style over hot dogs, but it’s so good you can even eat it on a spoon.
Italian Sausage, Peppers & Onion “Sangwich” – Serve it up like they did in Tony’s old Toronto neighborhood. In Fargo, we like to use Mexican Bolillo rolls or Portuguese hard rolls for this sandwich, er, sangwich.
Gio’s Meatballs – Keep these Italian-style meatballs warm in a crock pot and serve with our Easy Tomato Sauce over spaghetti or in sandwich form on ciabatta rolls or a French baguette. Easy to make and mild in seasoning, this is a great recipe for kids to make and eat!
Blackened Sirloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce – Super easy to make, this sirloin is served chilled and can be prepared well in advance. Every time we serve this we get asked for the recipe – and the horseradish cream sauce is so good you’ll find yourself looking for reasons to make it. (It’s also great with bison, roast tenderloin, grilled sirloin roast, potatoes, on a spoon…you get the idea.)
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Crostini – We can all use a mid-winter splash of summer, and this Italian tri-colored appetizer does the trick. Forza Azzurri! (I know, I know, that only works for FUTBOL, not football, but I’m justItalian-by-Marriage after all…)
Easy Vinaigrette Potato Salad – Easy to make and always a crowd pleaser, this simple salad consists of Yukon Gold potatoes, green onions, cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper.
Honey Gorgonzola Hearts of Romaine Salad – We love to showcase North Dakota whenever we can, and this salad is the perfect way to do it since ND is the #1 producer of honey in the nation! We also know a thing or two about football…
Basil Pesto Pasta Salad – This colorful, delicious pasta salad can be made in advance and served at room temperature. And it makes me happy to see flowers again, since I’m pretty sure this winter is never ending. Did I already say that or am I having deja vu?
Tiramisu – Because every party deserves a little Italian “pick me up.” Need we say more? (Phil, if you promise not to see your shadow on Sunday, I’ll save some tiramisu for you.)
Buttermilk Brownies – Skip the peppermint extract and festive candy cane topping for this occasion and enjoy the wonderful deliciousness of these moist and airy brownies with their incredible cooked chocolate frosting.
We hope you find this list fun, festive and helpful. We would love to know what’s on YOUR menu this Superbowl Sunday, so be sure to leave your answer in the Comments section below.