On Feb. 3, Super Bowl Sunday XLVII will commence. Some people look forward to the game, the funny commercials, and the halftime show (Destiny’s Child reunion!). But others are solely there for the wings, the nachos, and the pizza—and rightfully so.
There’s something about Super Bowl food that gives the day an almost Thanksgiving-like aura. Both events boast a big, communal meal—except on Super Bowl Sunday, it’s usually deep fried and covered in Buffalo sauce.
In Manalapan and Englishtown, there are plenty of local places that offer catering, and many restaurants that have special Super Bowl menus.
Coal Fired Pizza is offering a variety of Super Bowl menus including:
- The Bleacher: 2 large pies (one topping each), small wings, house salad - $39.95
- The Mezzanine: 3 large pies (one topping each), large wings, house salad - $59.95
- The Luxury Box: 4 large pies (one topping each), 2 large wings, house salad - $89.95
Wegmans is having a "Monster Party Bar" on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Stock up on a variety of wings and appetizers to serve during the game. Or, you can call Wegmans in advance and order pizza, subs, and wings - just order and pay online and then pick-up in the store!
A&S Salumeria, located right over the border in Millstone Township on Route 33, is offering a major feast for the Super Bowl! If you're having a large party and do not want to cook, consider this spread for $279:
- 3 foot Italian or American sub
- buffalo wings
- sausage and peppers
- 20 cheese rice balls
- 20 potato croquettes
- and your choice of baked ziti, stuffed shells, or penne with vodka sauce
Want something sweet? The Baskin-Robbins on Gordons Corner Road in the Yorktowne Shopping Plaza is selling football-shaped ice cream cakes! Pictures of the cakes and the prices are attached to the article above.
If you’d rather whip something up yourself, try these easy recipes:
Wendy’s Super Easy Super Bowl Guacamole
- 1 bag of ripe avocados (4) from Trader Joe’s
- 1 container of fresh salsa from Trader Joe’s (spiciness dependent on your taste)
- 1 – 3 large cloves of garlic, pressed or finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 bag of tortilla chips
- Peel and pit avocados.
- Mash the avocados in a non-metal bowl (if one or more of them seems a wee bit under-ripe, chop instead of mashing).
- Drain the fresh salsa well (I usually use the lid to squish the salsa down and pour the liquid into the sink) and add it to the mashed avocados.
- Add the pressed or chopped garlic and the cumin.
- Mix well, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (adapted from Rachael Ray) - serves 8
- 2 pounds ground white meat chicken
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
- 1 cup cilantro or parsley, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
- 1 cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s or Cholula)
- 3 scallions, green and white parts thinly sliced
- Store-bought, good quality blue cheese dressing for dipping
- 1 bag pre-cut celery sticks
- 1 bag pre-cut carrot sticks
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken with the onion, garlic and cilantro or parsley, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Shape the chicken mixture into balls—you should have 32 meatballs in total.
- Arrange the meatballs on a wire rack on a foil-covered sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake until the meatballs are cooked through and golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
- While the meatballs are baking, melt the butter in a large, flat bottom pan over medium heat.
- Add the hot sauce and whisk to combine.
- In the pan, toss the baked meatballs in the hot sauce to coat (you may do this in batches) and transfer to a serving platter.
- Place the blue cheese dressing in a small serving bowl and garnish with chopped scallions.
- Serve the meatballs with toothpicks alongside the blue cheese dressing, celery and carrot sticks.
If you want to enjoy Super Bowl food without the super mess, head to LOCALIZE: ADD LOCAL PUBS WHO WILL BE HOSTING SUPER BOWL VIEWING PARTIES.
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