Audible out of a Predictable Super Bowl Party Menu with These 10 Recipes from Pasolivo

When the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, football fans around the United States will gather in living rooms and man caves to watch the games and the commercials with varied levels of attention.

One thing that will be present at all of these Super Bowl parties will be the expectation of football food, and for most of these parties, the menu will look mundanely similar—chips with various dips, nachos, wrapped sausages, Bratwurst, and pizza.

What do you do if you want to watch the game, maintain a level of foodie flavor, but don’t want to spend 2 days in the kitchen getting ready for the feast?

Well, funny you should ask.

Here are 10 of our recipes that will wow your guests and allow you to enjoy the party like everyone else.

roastednuts1. Savory Tuscan Roasted Nuts

These savory morsels should be spread throughout the party. They are more flavorful and memorable than any pre-packaged assortment of nuts you can buy at the supermarket, and they’re small enough to not break your television if thrown.

white bean dip2. Rosemary White Bean Dip

This white bean dip is a healthy alternative to the dips you’d find at most Super Bowl parties. Really looking to impress? Make some homemade tortilla chips or crustinis instead of simply opening a bag of chips next to the bowl.

rosemary popcorn3. Rosemary Popcorn

This is the easiest item on this list, but it’s the one you should make the most of. It’ll go fast and by the handful in the tensest moments of the game. This is also a great table bowl in the viewing room. It breaks even fewer televisions and pictures than the Tuscan Roasted Nuts.

 

 

Lime black bean salsa4. Lime black Bean Salsa

Okay, we’re well aware that salsa is a mainstay at most Super Bowl parties, but none of them use the fresh, tasteful ingredients in our recipe. We’re not going to pretend that we don’t think it has a lot to do with a specific brand of extra virgin olive oil.

turkey burger5. Citrus Pesto Turkey Burger Sliders

This is the most substantial item of your Super Bowl spread. Who doesn’t love sliders? The unique texture of turkey burgers is set off by an explosion of citrus and pesto.

basil dip6. Basil Feta Dip

This rich spread replaces the normal cheese balls. Serve it up with simple crackers or oven baked crustinis. Either way, you’ll see your visitors return over and over to spread and eat until it’s gone.

spicy lime spread7. Spicy Lime Sweet Potato Spread

The unique texture and explosion of flavor will have people turning quizzical faces into surprised fans as they hurriedly fill their plate with more. This can be served with thick cut potato chips, homemade tortilla chips or crustinis.

pasolivo yam fries8. Pasolivo Yam Fries

This is the Pasolivo answer to boring old french fries or fried foods in general. Put these out and surround them toppings for a fun and costomizable experience. It’s like loaded french fries only sweeter.

 

grilled mushroom skewers9. Grilled Chicken Skewers with Mushroom and Green Onions

Warning! These will go fast, and as the host, you will probably not get any, so you might want to stash a couple away in your kitchen. Chicken; mushrooms; and green onion are can’t miss, and who doesn’t love food that comes on a stick?

ghost pepper wings10. Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip and Crudites

There are entire restaurants that survive solely because of the their wings. Make these wings, and before the end of the night, your guests will already be asking if you’ll be hosting again next year and whether there will be those wings again.

The Cheesiest Foodie Four Course Meal Imaginable

We’ve scoured our Pasolivo recipes to come up with this multi-course masterpiece—no cheddar, American, or processed cheese food allowed.

Click the name of each course for the recipe and a list of ingredients and directions.

Starter: Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

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Your guests have arrived, the music is set to your favorite dinner party music on Spotify, and drinks are being poured.

It’s time to bring out the first course.

Whether you are serving these butler-style or presented at the table, this first course will open your guest’s palate as the citrus olive oil and Tuscan balsamic vinegar set off the savory mozzarella

Salad: Harvest Quinoa Salad

harvest_quinoa_salad_lr-862_cnvThis is not your grandmother’s dinner salad. This winter salad is an explosion of textures and flavors, headlined by a sweet and savory mix of bacon and cranberries and a hint of ambrosia—yeah, ambrosia. We told you, we’re bringin’ it.

While your guests “ooh and aah” over your daring salad choice, hit them with this fun-feta-fact: feta cheese is normally made with goat or sheep’s milk instead of cow and is an excellent cheese alternative for those with a lactose intolerance.

Entree: Tomato and Asparagus Pasta

Pasta_3qrtView_Parmesan_ProductIt’s time to clear the salad bowls and bring out the main course, a colorful and alluring tomato and asparagus pasta tossed with asparagus and tomatoes in a roasted garlic sea salt and topped with an aged Parmesan cheese.

Not to leave you lacking in cheese knowledge, I’ll arm you with this: only cheese from the Parma and Reggio regions in Italy can legally be labeled Parmesan—short for Parmigiano Reggiano, the two major cities of its origin.

Desert: Mascarpone Tart with Orange Blossom Honey

635x635mascarpone_1The meal is coming to a close, but the night is still young. Bellies are full and plates are empty. The experience has been rich, but the human connections have been richer still.

Time to finish it off with a cheese that is known for accentuating the flavors of sweet and savory dishes alike without overpowering them—Mascarpone—that we have coupled with a tantalizing orange blossom honey.

With desert plated and served, we leave you to the rest of your hosting duties with this cheese inspired toast:

“May your night be rich and savory, and may all your conversations melt into yet another.”