Suddenly, it’s Super Bowl Sunday!

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Sunday is day! Ice cold beer, comfy couches, stretchy pants – North America is seeking respite from the world’s woes by enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.

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This year, the Cincinnati Bengals will face the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. , and Kendrick Lamar.

And, although it’s an American game, Canadians love to enjoy it too – last year’s game drew 8.8 million Canadian viewers.

It’s a game for everyone – from die-hard fans to those curious about what this year’s commercials will be (the word is that NBC is charging around US$7 million, for a 30-second commercial ) to what’s on the menu this year.

Yes, the Super Bowl is known for many things – but truth be told, food still plays a huge part in this exciting day. Research shows that this is the second most food-consuming day of the year!

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And there is always a dispute over the number one favorite fan food. Various sources, including the National Chicken Council, point out that chicken wings are the rule! But then pizza sales, both take-out and frozen, also explode.

According to a recent poll commissioned by Frank’s RedHot sauce, nearly a quarter of Canadians (23%) seek out chicken wings when watching the Super Bowl, second only to pizza (27%). More than half of Canadians prefer drums to flats, and a quarter enjoy them natural.

When it comes to pizza, according to Dr. Oetker, Super Bowl week is the number one time for frozen pizza consumption in Canada – just over 3 million frozen pizzas were consumed during the game period of the game. year – more than the average for all other weeks.

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When it comes to takeout pizzas, people placed their orders days before the game as it is considered one of the busiest delivery dates of the year. Last year, around 12.5 million pizzas were sold during the 2021 Super Bowl game.

“Super Bowl Sunday is one of Canada’s most popular dining dates with sports – our customers have placed their orders ahead of time to ensure they nibble on their favorite pizza and wings on time. for the game,” notes Angelo Contardi, president of Pizzaville (https://www.pizzaville.ca. “People have been preparing for days before the game.”

But it’s not just greasy, crispy wings – you’d be surprised to learn from NPD Market Research that the most consumed foods on Super Bowl nights are vegetables! People are paying attention and looking for ways to incorporate healthy eating into special events.

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RedHot Caesar Wings

In the battle of sweet versus heat, this recipe wins out for heat lovers, hands down, plus it nods to Canada’s national cocktail! Recipe courtesy of Frank’s RedHot Sauce (franksredhot.com).

1 1/2 cups Caesar cocktail mix

1/2 cup cayenne pepper sauce

1/2 tsp. celery salt

3 pounds. pieces of chicken wings

2 tbsp. butter

3 slices crispy bacon, coarsely chopped

Lime wedges, optional

Combine Caesar mix and hot sauce in medium bowl. Place the chicken wings in a large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add 1 cup of mixture, turning to evenly coat. Refrigerate 1 hour or more for more flavor.

Place 1 cup of remaining mixture in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Remove from fire; add butter, stirring to combine. Put aside.

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Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place wire rack on large foil-covered baking sheet. Spray with stickless cooking spray. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Discard the remaining marinade. Arrange the wings in a single layer on the prepared rack. Bake 40 minutes or until cooked through and skin is crisp, turning halfway through cooking. Transfer the wings to a large bowl. Drizzle with sauce mixture; toss to coat well. Sprinkle hot wings with bacon and serve with lime wedges, celery sticks and ranch or blue cheese dressing, if desired.

Chicken, guacamole and pico de gallo quesadillas – courtesy of Tre Stelle
Chicken, guacamole and pico de gallo quesadillas – courtesy of Tre Stelle Photo provided /Tre Stelle

Chipotle and Mozzarella Quesadillas

A riff on a favorite classic; serves: 6. Courtesy of Tre Stelle Cheese. trestelle.ca, @trestellecheese

1/4 cup pitted and sliced ​​black olives

12 slices of mozzarella, sliced

1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

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1/4 cup olive oil

2 canned chipotle peppers

1/2 cup mayonnaise

12 8-inch flour or corn tortillas

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a blender, combine chipotle peppers and mayonnaise, blend until smooth; put aside. Place 6 tortillas on baking sheet; spread chipotle mayonnaise mixture evenly over tortillas. Also garnish with black olives, two slices of mozzarella and sprinkle with cilantro. Top with remaining tortillas and brush each side with olive oil. Bake for 6 minutes, carefully remove from the oven and flip the tortillas to brown the other side. Remove from oven and cut into wedges. Serve hot.

– supplied Cointreau
– supplied Cointreau Photo provided /Cointreau

Margarita on game day

This margarita is richer in citrus, green floral and fruity notes. Recipe courtesy of Cointreau. cointreau.com.

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30mL Cointreau (or favorite orange liqueur)

50ml Tequila Blanco (or favorite tequila)

20ml fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well chilled. Pass through a coupette lined with salt and garnish with a slice of lime.

Hot ricotta cheese, parsley and garlic dip – courtesy of Tre Stelle.
Hot ricotta cheese, parsley and garlic dip – courtesy of Tre Stelle. Photo provided /Tree Stelle

Baked ravioli with mozzarella and ricotta dip

Makes about 24 delicious starters. Courtesy of Tre Stelle Cheese trestelle.ca

Soak:

1 tub (275 g) extra smooth ricotta

1 package (300 g) frozen spinach, chopped, thawed, drained and dried

1 clove garlic, minced

½ cup grated mozzarella cheese

½ cup sour cream

2 green onions, thinly sliced

Ravioli:

1 packet of fresh crescent-shaped ravioli

3 tbsp. butter

1/4 cup grated parmesan

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine all dip ingredients and pour into baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the ravioli in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente; drain. Return ravioli to pan; add the butter and stir gently to melt the butter. Using your fingertips, scoop up the ravioli and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with Parmesan and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve with the garlic and spinach ricotta dip.

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