Make us your home page

From the food editor: Quick ideas for your Super Bowl spread

There are certain national events and holidays we celebrate where food easily upstages what's really going on. Your love of football may be greater than mine, but I think we can all agree that without a mighty spread full of hearty finger foods, Super Bowl Sunday wouldn't be nearly as much fun.

This week's 5 Ideas feature is dedicated to different ways to cook and sauce a Super Bowl staple: chicken wings. But if you need more ideas for noshables to make this weekend, here are a couple of easy-to-prepare options. (And one that's a bit more involved for this week's recipe suggestion.)

Assemble a guacamole station: Make the classic party dip fresh at home by peeling, pitting then mashing two avocados in a medium bowl. Add 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice and 1 teaspoon salt, and mix. To take things up to another level, set out guac accompaniments in small bowls — like deseeded and finely chopped jalapeno, chopped red and white onion, and tomatoes — so your guests can customize their own dip. Serve with a large bowl of tortilla chips.

Pizza caprese bites: Give a nod to the host city with pizza topped with California olives and olive oil, and made into smaller pies for easier eating. Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees. In a bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons each olive oil and balsamic vinegar and ¼ cup chopped fresh basil. Add 1 cup halved grape tomatoes and toss to coat with the oil. Roll a pound of prepared pizza dough out, then cut into 16 pieces and stretch each one into a small circle. Spread a couple tablespoons of the tomato mixture evenly across pizza dough and top with some shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with halved California olives, season with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet or pizza stone. Repeat with remaining dough circles. (You might need to cook the mini-pizzas in batches.) Bake for 10 minutes, then check them. If not cooked, continue cooking until crust is golden brown.

Make a snack mix: Your guests won't be able to stop popping this mix by the handful. To make, preheat your oven to 275 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 6 cups Rice Chex cereal, 1 cup roasted and salted cashews, 1 cup roasted and salted pistachios, 1 cup roasted and salted almonds, 1 ½ cups sesame sticks and 1 ½ cups mini pretzels. In a small saucepan, combine 1 stick unsalted butter, ¼ cup maple syrup, 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste (optional) and Sriracha hot sauce to taste. Whisk until everything has dissolved, then season with salt and pepper. Pour over snack mix in bowl, and toss gently to coat. Spread the mix out on 2 to 3 large baking sheets and bake for 35 minutes, stirring often, until mostly dry. Let cool completely, stirring occasionally, then serve. Recipe from Food and Wine.

Contact Michelle Stark at or (727) 893-8829. Follow @mstark17 on Twitter.



Quick Three-Bean Chili


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 slices of bacon, cut crosswise into ¼-inch strips
  • 1 onion, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Chopped cilantro and sour cream, for serving


  1. In a medium soup pot, heat the oil until hot. Add the bacon, onion, jalapenos and garlic and cook over moderately high heat until the onion is softened and the bacon fat has been rendered, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chili powder and cook over moderate heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the beans, tomatoes and stock and bring to a simmer.
  3. Simmer the chili over moderately low heat until thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve with cilantro and sour cream. Serves 4.
Source: Food and Wine


From the food editor: Quick ideas for your Super Bowl spread 02/01/16 [Last modified: Monday, February 1, 2016 2:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik backs film company pursuing global blockbusters


    TAMPA — Jeff Vinik's latest investment might be coming to a theater near you.

    Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner, invested in a new movie company looking to appeal to a global audience. | [Times file photo]
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 19


    Monster Jam Triple Threat Series: Come early for the Pit Party ($15 or free at local Ford dealers) to meet the drivers and get pictures with the trucks. 7 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15-$80. (813) 301-2500.

    A crew member from the El Toro Loco monster truck, installs a truck tire, Thursday, 8/17/17 in preparation for Saturday's  Monster Jam Triple Threat Series at Amalie Arena, Tampa. The event will be held Saturday at 1pm and 7 pm.
  3. There's a bar in Tampa where you can roller skate and eat sushi

    Food & Dining

    Roller skating, it's not just for kids birthday parties and the 1970s anymore.

    The exterior of Pattinis features this mural by Art Aliens! [Pattinis South Tampa via Facebook]
  4. At 'American Idol' auditions in Orlando, there are life lessons in line

    Music & Concerts

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — From her spot across the lawn, Sasha Orihuela studies her son.

    Jeremy Joshua Dorsey reacts after past American Idol contestants walk by ahead of his audition at the Disney Springs in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, August 17, 2017. 

Hundreds of people showed up for the first auditions for ABC's reboot of 'American Idol'. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  5. Carnival announces five more cruises from Tampa to Cuba


    TAMPA — Carnival Cruise Line is adding five more cruises from Tampa to Cuba in 2018, Port Tampa Bay announced Thursday.

      Carnival Cruise Line announced additional cruises to  Cuba. Pictured is its Paradise cruise ship departing on its inaugural voyage to Cuba from Tampa. | [MONICA HERNDON | Times]