A little food preparation for a lot of Super Bowl fun 

As the Green Bay Packers battle the Pittsburgh Steelers, there is one way to ensure you are a winner — have the best food and drinks. Here is a compilation of food and drink tips from The San Francisco Examiner for your Super Bowl party.


Tips for a better bash

Snack strategy: Plan on a minimum of two snacks; but better yet, three or four.

How much booze? For this strictly beer-and-wine event, prepare for one 750-ml bottle of wine for every two to three people, or one six-pack per two to three people.

Main dish: Keep it simple — something that can be held in one hand — and remember that people will be standing and cheering.

Sweet stuff: Serve two desserts, one warm and rich, the other light and fruity, so there’s something for everyone.

Make-ahead game plan: Pick dishes that can be made in advance so your stress level isn’t skyrocketing on Game Day. — www.aol.com

Try a healthy snack

New York-based celebrity nutritionist Alyse Levine shares easy, delicious and nutritious substitutions for classic party fare.

Naughty: Wings and blue cheese dressing
Smart: Shrimp with cocktail sauce

Guilt-filled: Potato chips
Nutrient-rich: Lightly salted pistachios

Mixed-up: Cereal party snack mix
Safe swap: Air-popped popcorn

Saturated fat-filled: Spinach and artichoke dip 
Super fiber-filled: White bean dip


Game-day recipe: Field of guacamole

Serves 16

6 ripe fresh avocados (approximately 8 ounces each) seeded, peeled, cut in chunks
3 limes, juice only
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 medium sweet white onion, diced
2 large ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded, diced
2 medium fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded if desired, diced
2 cups Mexican-blend finely grated cheese, or finely grated cheddar
½ cup chopped cilantro leaves
1 pint sour cream
Food coloring for team colors (optional)
Colorful tortilla chips for dippingg

Mash avocados with lime juice and salt in large bowl, until just creamy. Add diced onion, tomatoes, jalapeños and cilantro and combine gently. Stir in grated cheese. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt if desired. In a glass 9- by 13-inch pan, spread mixture evenly and smoothly.

If using sour cream for team colors, divide it into three bowls. Tint one portion with desired amount of food coloring, repeat for second bowl, and leave third bowl white. To create design of guacamole, follow next procedure for piping, using three separate plastic zipper bags.

Place sour cream in a zipper bag and squeeze carefully to let all air escape before sealing. Squeeze all the sour cream to one corner and snip a tiny hole in the bottom of that corner. Now use the bag as a pastry bag to pipe your design. Use plain white to pipe on the yard lines and colored sour creams to designate “X”s for the defense and “O”s for the offense.

Tuck a few tortilla chips around the edges of the pan to add color and eye-appeal. Place remaining chips in a serving basket. Serve and watch your guests tear up the field! — Haas Avocado Board


Simple, healthy dinner: Walnut-coated smart 'fried' chicken

Serves 6

1 3½ -pound chicken, cut into 10 pieces
2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 cup panko
½ cup finely chopped walnuts
½ cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon black pepper

Place the chicken pieces and garlic in a large bowl. Pour the buttermilk over the pieces and turn to coat. Cover tightly and refrigerate, turning the chicken occasionally, for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a large, low-sided baking pan; set aside.

In a large paper bag, large plastic bag or bowl, combine the panko, walnuts, cornmeal, garlic salt, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano and black pepper. Shake well or whisk to mix. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk allowing any excess to drip off. Set one piece at a time in the panko mixture. Shake the bag or toss in the bowl until well coated.

Arrange the chicken pieces on the prepared baking pan, leaving space between the pieces. Bake until deep golden brown, about 45 to 60 minutes. — Smart Menu campaign


The topper: Game-day drinks

UV Vodka, which is distilled four times and sweetened with natural cane sugar, offers some specialty cocktails created strictly for this year’s matchup between the Packers and the Steelers.

Green Gridiron

2 parts UV Apple
2 parts cinnamon schnapps

Pour all ingredients in martini shaker. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an apple slice.

Black Steel 

1 part UV Coconut Vodka
2 parts Trader Vic’s chocolate

Layer in a lowball glass.

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