Ali Larter Helps You Throw the Tastiest Super Bowl Party Yet
Last year, 111.5 million Americans watched the Super Bowl—the greatest number in history. After Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl may be the most eating-oriented American tradition. Even people who don't watch football are prone to take an interest on game day, often because they want to be huddled where everyone else is, eating and drinking the most delicious snacks of the whole darn year.
At my house, we go big. My Bloody Mary bar pumps guests up to tackle make-your-own artisan pizzas, and Stilton dip with crisp celery. The activity-bonus aspect of the Bloody Marys and the pizzas gives guests who may need a break from the couch something to do (with delicious results), while the Stilton dip provides a decadent bite to keep the party fueled.
Just don't show up to my house on Super Bowl Sunday in Seahawks colors...
BLOODY MARY BAR
Serves: As many as you have ingredients for!
Total preparation time: As long as your guests want to experiment.
Celery stalks with leaves
Green olives stuffed with blue cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Chilled cooked shrimp
Allow your guests to create their own concoctions, as spicy or salty as they wish.
STILTON DIP WITH CRISP CELERY
Total preparation/cooking time: 20 minutes
12 oz. cream cheese, broken into 1-inch chunks, room temperature
6 oz. Stilton cheese (or other blue cheese), coarsely crumbled, room temperature
2 1/2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup packed coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 oz.)
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup 2 percent milk
1/4 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts
Celery sticks for dipping
Combine the cream cheese and the Stilton cheese in a medium bowl. Sprinkle 2 1/2 tbsp. flour over the cheese and toss lightly to coat. Toss the cheddar cheese with the remaining 2 tsp flour to coat in a small bowl. Set aside.
Preheat the broiler. Combine the hot sauce and the milk in a heavy medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the cream- and blue- cheese mixture, and stir until it’s melted and smooth. Remove from the heat. Pour the melted cheese mixture into a broiler-proof one-quart baking dish. Sprinkle lightly with freshly ground black pepper and half of the green onions. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese mixture evenly over the cream- and blue- cheese mixture, covering the melted cheese in the baking dish completely.
Place the dish under the broiler, about six inches from the heat source, and broil just until the cheddar cheese is melted and starts to brown in spots, watching closely to avoid burning (approx. 2 to 3 minutes). Remove from the broiler. Sprinkle the dip with the remaining green onions. Serve immediately with celery sticks for dipping.
Ingredients for pizza sauce
28-oz. cans plum tomatoes in juice
4 1/2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. dried oregano
6 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed
3 tsp. sea salt, or more to taste
2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Directions for pizza sauce
Place the tomatoes and their juices in a large bowl. Using a knife and fork, cut the tomatoes into smaller pieces, but still lightly chunky. Add the olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper and mix thoroughly. Serve back in the original can.
Ingredients for pizza and toppings
Total preparation/cooking time: 30 minutes
10 portions of store-bought pizza dough or premade crusts
2 1/2 pounds coarsely grated mozzarella cheese
Topping suggestions: Goat cheese, asiago cheese, sliced prosciutto, crumbled Italian sausage, oil-cured black olives, fresh basil leaves, fresh arugula, thinly sliced red onion, wild mushrooms, broccoli rabe
Directions for the pizzas and toppings
Preheat the oven to 450° F. If using pizza dough, roll out the dough for each pizza to desired thickness. Allow each guest to spread the sauce atop the dough or prepared crust, and scatter any desired toppings over the sauce. Place the pizzas on baking sheets and bake them until the cheese melts and the crust is golden brown, approximately 12 to 20 minutes, depending on what kind of crust is used. Transfer to plates and serve.
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