Tag: Super Bowl

How to Make a Party-Ready Ice Ring for the Punch Bowl

by in Entertaining, How-to, January 28th, 2014

Cosmopolitan Fizz PunchPunch is always a crowd-pleasing party drink, but keeping it chilled throughout the fun can be tricky. Individual ice cubes melt quickly and tend to water down the mix, while a large citrus-speckled ice mold stays frozen longer and imparts extra flavor to the punch. You can use any ring mold or Bundt pan to freeze the ice, which doubles as an eye-catching centerpiece. Get the party started by floating this ice ring in a big batch of Cosmopolitan Fizz Punch, which combines the cosmo — a favorite ’90s cocktail — with the classic ’50s ginger ale punch for a palate-pleasing mashup that will keep you cool as the game heats up.

Begin by layering lime and orange slices in a ring mold and scattering fresh (or frozen) cranberries in between. Then mix together 3/4 cup each cranberry juice, orange juice and water, and pour the liquid over the fruit. Freeze the ring mold until firm, about 6 hours.

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How to Make Perfect Blondies — Big Game Sweets

by in Events, Recipes, January 26th, 2014

How to Make Perfect Blondies
For some, the big game next Sunday is all about the Seahawks and the Broncos. For others, who wins the football matchup is secondary to what’s on the game-day menu. While football-watching favorites like Buffalo wings and multi-layer dips are best made the day of the game, we like to zone in on make-ahead desserts. All that spicy, salty game-day food needs to be balanced out with sweet treats, and these hand-held blondies are sure-fire crowd-pleasers that take just 30 minutes to prepare. Even the die-hard chocolate fans at your party won’t be able to resist them.

Check out our step-by-step how-to for touchdown-worthy blondies.

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Grilling Indoors for Game Day

by in Entertaining, Events, January 25th, 2014

In keeping with the spirit of the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl next weekend, we rounded up a few grilled favorites that make great game-day eats no matter what the temperature. If you’re not down with donning gloves though, never fear; all these recipes can also be made indoors on a grill pan.

1. Texas Hold-ums Mini Chipotle Beef Burgers with Warm Fire Roasted Garlic Ketchup (pictured above)
Rachael’s mini burgers can feed a crowd and only take 16 minutes to come together. They’re spiced up with chipotle peppers, onions and grill seasoning, then topped with smoky cheddar cheese and a homemade fire-roasted ketchup.

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Party-Ready Punch Recipes

by in Drinks, January 21st, 2014

Big-batch drink recipes are great for serving your game-day crowd. Inspired by classic cocktails that are normally mixed in a shaker a few at a time, these punches are a great make-ahead solution for your party.

1. Hurricane Passion Punch (pictured above)

This New Orleans classic is a crowd-pleaser no matter what city you’re cheering from or which team you’re rooting for. The key to the fruit juice-filled cocktail’s nutty undertones? Almond extract. Garnish individual glasses with an orange wedge and a maraschino cherry.

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Enjoy the Big Game From Food Network Kitchens

by in Holidays, February 3rd, 2013

Enjoy the Big Game From Food Network Kitchens

There’s Still Time to Whip Up a Big-Game Party

by in Events, Holidays, February 2nd, 2013

Guacamole for the Big GameOK, I have a confession: I don’t understand football. Never have. Never will. It’s just the way I was made. I do, however, love throwing Super Bowl parties. You wouldn’t actually find me watching the game, but I love to have all my friends over and cook a big feast and let everyone else enjoy the game while indulging on great food.

The key to a great big-game soiree is to have lots of finger foods — things that are easy to eat while you’re on the couch watching TV and screaming for your favorite team. You also need recipes that are simple to make so you don’t spend the whole day in your kitchen.

The big game may be tomorrow, but there’s still time to organize a feast. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that always make an appearance at my party:

Alton’s guacamole. I once heard a fact that some obscene amount of guacamole is consumed every year during the Super Bowl — something like two football fields’ worth. But since guacamole is awesome, I can believe it.

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Hot Corn Dip and Onion Dip From Scratch — The Weekender

by in Entertaining, Holidays, February 1st, 2013

Hot Corn Dip and Onion Dip From ScratchWhen it comes to sporting events, I’m really only in it for the food. As a kid, when I went to baseball games with my dad, my mind was on killing time until the seventh-inning stretch, when I’d be allowed to have ice cream. In high school, football games were all about the soft pretzels (and flirting, of course). And to my mind, Super Bowl Sunday is about snacks, dips and wacky commercials.

While there’s nothing wrong with classics like queso dip (made from only the very best processed cheeses) and blender salsas, I do get a kick out of making fancied-up versions of traditional dippy dishes. I’ve entertained a number in recent days and two that have bubbled to the top of my big game hit parade are Trisha Yearwood’s Hot Corn Dip and Alton Brown’s Onion Dip From Scratch.

The Hot Corn Dip is one of those addictive creations where you mix up a few ingredients, scrape the whole mess into an ovenproof bowl and bake it until bubbly (I’m drooling a little just thinking about it). It can be prepped ahead of time and baked off just before the game starts. Served with tortilla chips, it’s a good snacking time.

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Jeff Mauro’s Big-Game Favorites

by in Events, Holidays, January 29th, 2013

Jeff Mauro's Big Game FavoritesIt’s no surprise that Jeff’s a big football fan. Though his home team (Chicago Bears) didn’t make the playoffs this year, he’s still excited to celebrate the upcoming big game.

Here are 5 things you can catch Jeff either watching, eating or drinking during the Super Bowl:

1. Commercials: I love watching the one-up manship of these mini movies. Some are very clever and entertaining, sometimes even more so than the game.

2. I eat and make sandwiches (obviously). They’re minimal-cleanup necessary and their one-handed operation permits high-fiving and remote-controlling. It’s also an easy and economical way to feed a bunch of people.

3. I’ll be drinking a lighter beer so my tiny tummy doesn’t fill up so quickly, thus being able to enjoy much more of my personal game-day trifecta: salt, meat and carb.

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Behind the Booklet: 50 Wings

by in Food Network Magazine, January 28th, 2013

Supreme Buffalo wingsI have a deep and unconditional love for chicken wings. To me, wings are the perfect bar-snack and party food. I love them every way: spicy, sweet or savory. The only no-no for me is flabby skin!

Whether you decide to fry them, bake them or grill them — the three cooking methods we show you in Food Network Magazine’s booklet of 50 wings (page 168, January/February 2013 issue) — you’ll produce a perfectly crispy wing. And the options are truly limitless. Check out my sesame version below, then serve these for the big game with an Asian chili sauce like Sriracha:

Sesame: Spread wings on 2 oiled pans, season with salt and pepper. Roast at 425 degrees F until crispy, about 45 minutes. Toast 3 tablespoons sesame seeds in a dry skillet until golden. Toss hot wings with seeds and 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil and 1/4 cup chopped scallions.

4th-Quarter Desserts — Football Fare

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2013

Pull Apart Touchdown CupcakesCome the fourth quarter of the big game, when the last bit of meat has been chewed off the chicken wings, the bowl of chips is dotted with just measly crumbs and nothing is left of the tray of sliders, only one thing remains: your sweet tooth. After a long afternoon of deliciously salty, savory snacking, it’s about time you dig into a game-day dessert to take off the sweet edge, right? Curb that craving at last by shifting the focus from hearty meats and cool dips to must-try baked treats and chilly ice cream sundaes with these must-try recipes from Food Network Kitchens, Alton, Paula and Giada.

Perhaps the ultimate game-day dessert, Food Network Kitchens’ Pull Apart Touchdown Cupcakes (pictured above) bring the football field to life with an edible landscape complete with end zones, a 50-yard line, a miniature football and rival players that is impressively realistic. To create, start with a batch of two dozen chocolate chip-studded cupcakes, then when they’ve cooled, get to work on setting the scene. If you’re baking with little ones, let them help you decorate these light, fluffy cupcakes with creamy peanut butter frosting, a blanket of grass-colored sprinkles, white-icing yard lines and colorful gummy “players.” You can get as creative as you’d like with the assembly, but remember, even if your final product looks more like an oblong hockey rink than a rectangular football field, this easy-to-eat dessert will still be satisfyingly sweet and a sure-fire win with your party guests.

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