Before any of you dudes haul off and clock me, let me just say (and I’m sure your wives, girlfriends, mistresses, sisters, and even mothers would agree) that it’s time to get out of your SBR–otherwise known as Super Bowl Rut. How many sliders and bowls of chips and dip can you down anyway? (Wait, don’t answer that.)
Granted, why should you take Super Bowl advice from a man whose most athletic feat to date has been jumping to a conclusion? I may not know who’s playing this year (the Knicks and Bruins, right?), but I certainly know food. And by girlie-man recipes, I don’t mean tea sandwiches or feathery snacks you have to eat with your little finger perfectly arced. But if some of you bruisers want to eat with your pinkies perfectly arced, who am I to judge?
What I mean is, aim for more refined flavors. Think outside of the box. For example, instead of cheeseboards buckling under their own lactic weight, why not intensely cheese-alicious Cheddar and Parmesan crisps? Why slog through plain ole pizza when you can toss around the Spanish version, with Manchego cheese, chorizo, and poblano peppers? (Although the recipe doesn’t call for it, black Empeltre olives from Aragon aren’t a bad thing, either.) And why reach for those grotty dips in a tin when you can whip up a batch of Green Goddess Dip? Too frou-frou? I thought as much. So add a bit more herbs and call it Badass Green Bay Dip. Problem solved, masculinity intact.
There’s also a fringe benefit to getting your game day grub on, that is if you include some lady friends in the mix: All you guys without wives, girlfriends, and mistresses just might score a date for Valentine’s Day next week. And don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered with all those dishes, too.–David Leite
Svelte Green Goddess Dip
This evocatively named dip isn't the same as the one of yore. It's got the same sumptuous taste, the same creamy texture, the same luminous color, just not the same calorie count.
These crackers are filled with all kinds of cheesy goodness, dry mustard, and a hint of cayenne pepper for heat. Can you say addiction?
Chicken Wings with Garlic and Paprika ~ Pollo al Ajillo
No need to wait for a big game to make these Spanish-inflected, finger-lickingly outstanding chicken wings. Trust us.
Southwest Chile Cheese Fondue
This Southwest chile cheese fondue is brimming with chile ingredients, cheese, and spices. This is a fondue with brio. Dip chorizo for a flavor blast.
Spanish Pizza with Chorizo and Peppers
A United Nations of flavor adorn this Spanish pizza, with chorizo and Manchego mingling with mozzarella and poblano chiles.
David Leite's Chocolate Chip Cookies
We're bewitched, thanks to this aged cookie dough–yes, aged COOKIE DOUGH–that indulges us in an adult cookie with notes of rich butterscotch and bitter dark chocolate.