Get the 'dish' for your Super Bowl party!

January 30, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
Super Bowl Sunday is a big party day. And if you're hosting friends or expecting to take food to a party, we have some unique ideas for you. Kemberly Richardson has the story.

It's that time of year again.

"You can get messy and watch the game and scream and yell and have flying crawfish if you want a big mess," said Mara Levi, of "Mara's Homemade."

It's time to wow your friends.

We're going to show you how to make an unforgettable Super Bowl spread. Victoria von Biel, of "Bon Appetit Magazine," says rule number one is do not cook up the old standbys.

"It's no longer just the guys down in the basement with beers and some nachos," she said.

Von Beil says punch it up a notch, with a mouth-watering mixture consisting of pom-ade.

So when life gives you pomegranates, make lemonade. In this refreshing version, a splash of pomegranate juice adds a sweet-tart note, as well as plenty of good-for-you antioxidants.

For an adult version, add 2 tablespoons vodka to each drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Preparation:
    Mix lemonade, soda, and pomegranate juice in a small pitcher. Fill 2 tall glasses with ice. Pour lemonade mixture over.

    Makes 2 servings.

    The recipe is in the February issue of Bon Appetit.

    Instead of chips, use raw vegetables to surround your dip. One staple, wings, can be baked.

    Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
  • 20 whole chicken wings, tips cut off
  • Preparation:
    Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir in chicken. Cover; chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day, stirring occasionally.

    Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange wings on 2 baking sheets. Pour marinade into small saucepan; reserve. Roast wings until tender and glazed, turning and basting occasionally with marinade, about 1 hour.

    Arrange wings on large platter. Boil reserved marinade until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Pour into bowl. Serve wings with marinade as dipping sauce.

    "They have Asian flavors or soy and ginger and honey," von Biel said.

    For the main course, try two-cheese palenta with black bean chili. The magazine's version includes espresso powder and another secret ingredient...

    "Chocolate, which like coffee sounds weird, but it adds this beautiful rich depth of flavor," von Biel said. "It has that kind of flavor in it."

    For dessert, a sundae, of course.

    "Put some more chocolate sauce, because you can never have too much chocolate sauce," von Biel said.

    For more Super Bowl recipes, visit BonAppetit.com.

    Also, one mother and son team are scoring big points in the kitchen at Mara's Homemade, where Cajun rules, from alligator bites to artichoke dip.

    "It's cream cheese, which mellows it out then jalapeno to throw back a kick," Mara said.

    Don't feel like making wings with a zesty creole sauce? Call in. They'll make everything, including ribs, pulled pork and crawfish.

    Visit MarasHomemade.com for more homemade goodies.


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