Super Bowl: “Big Play” Game Day Recipes

What I like about these recipes is (1) they are simple to make, (2) they are not your typical fried fare so you can add some variety, and (3) they are all Super Bowl tested and approved - meaning I get lots of smiles, thank-yous, and NO left-overs.

Loni's California Kitchen
"Sunshine in a Bite" Sundried Tomatoes and Salami Crackers: I like to serve these on a fun, colorful plate or a wooden board.
Loni's California Kitchen
"Sunshine in a Bite" Sundried Tomatoes and Salami Crackers: I like to serve these on a fun, colorful plate or a wooden board.

I always look forward to the Super Bowl. Everyone gets together, and I get to see a lot of friends and family I haven’t seen in a while. The conversation is great, and so is the food. Madonna’s Cirque du Soleil produced half-time performance should be a jewel of a performance.

2012 Super BowlOh, yes, there’s usually a football game on too.

But no one is watching that because we’re usually too busy talking up a storm about which mega-TV commercials are best. Will Matthew Broderick and his homage top the charts ?

I’ve rounded up some of my all-time favorite recipes here. What I like about these ones is (1) they are simple to make, (2) they are not your typical fried fare (nothing wrong with that!) so you can add some variety to the dishes, and (3) they are all Super Bowl tested and approved – meaning I get lots of smiles, thank-yous, and NO left-overs.

While no one can guarantee an exciting game at least you can field the best possible foodie spread possible!

Enjoy the Game!

Recipes from Loni's California KitchenLoni’s California Kitchen – Super Bowl Recipe Playbook

Recipe: Caprese Salad (with Mia Sebastiani)

Loni's California Kitchen

This Caprese Salad is sure to be a favorite. In the words of Mia, “We took a traditional Italian dish, and we just spiced it up!”

“How gourmet!” Macadamia nut goat cheese log

Loni's California Kitchen

Squeezed for time? Here is an idea that turns a ho-hum cheese and cracker plate into creation that had one of my guests exclaiming, “How gourmet!”

“Sunshine in a Bite” sundried tomatoes and salami appetizer recipe

Loni's California Kitchen

I love this recipe because it is easy to make, looks fabulous, and the saltiness of the salami paired with the sweetness of the sundried tomatoes is delight for the taste buds. The slight tartness of the sundried tomatoes also provides a nice contrast to the flavorful fatiness of the salami.

“To Family, With Love” Yellow Chicken Curry Recipe

I’ve been perfecting my Yellow Chicken Curry recipe for the past two years, waiting for the moment it was ready to share with others, and here it is!

‘Memories of childhood delights’ raspberry shortbread kisses

Recipe from Loni's California Kitchen

One of my favorites that I often selected was a cookie made up of two disks of buttery vanilla cookies, sandwiched between was a white creamy vanilla center.  What made it special was that one of the cookies had a circular hole cut out and a red jam center. Sometimes I would twist the cookie apart and punch out the red center with my tongue. Other times I would just bite in and try to get a little bit of the jam, cream center and cookie all in the same mouthful.

‘Easy As Pie’ Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Pie - Loni's California Kitchen

You’ll love this recipe if you:

  • don’t want to spend hours laboring over a “home-made” apple pie
  • love apples and hate to see the taste cluttered by too much sugar-sweetness
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