Today, we know something about Super Bowl XLVIII that we didnt know when preseason games started way back in August. We know that crab and beer need to be on the menu because the Seattle Seahawks will be playing the Denver Broncos in Sundays game. (6:30 p.m. kickoff, Fox , from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.)
Beer? When isnt beer on a football party menu?
Yeah, its there for drinking, but since Denver is one of the nations hot spots for microbreweries, and home to the annual Great American Beer Festival (Oct. 2-4), think about adding beer to food. (Seattles no slouch in the microbrew arena either.)
So to satisfy the beer requirement, we recommend Beer Dip.
So beer, check.
Now the crab. Seattle, like San Francisco, whom the Seahawks beat for the Super Bowl berth, is known for its Dungeness crab. The sweet meat is typically pried from the shell, dragged through melted butter and devoured. Alaskan king crab is on plenty of Seattle menus, too.
A great way to stretch expensive crab for a party crowd is to incorporate it into dip. In fact, dip is a required offering at any party, football-centric or not. Today, we recommend several dip recipes that will work as totable potluck contributions or as yet another dish on your own party table.
Dips can be made in advance. Even hot dips can be assembled a day ahead and baked just before guests arrived. Make sure you bring ice-cold glass baking dishes to room temperature before putting into a hot oven or you'll risk cracks or worse.
We wont be so picky about what crab is headed for our dip. I let my wallet guide me. Ive had good luck with pasteurized crabmeat from the seafood counter at the grocery store. If I am flush, I go for lump crab meat, and mix it with claw or backfin. Canned crabmeat works, but I find this the least satisfying because the meat itself breaks apart and becomes almost like canned tuna. Whatever kind you use, mix it gently to keep the meat in pieces as big as possible.
Crackers and other salty, sturdy dippers, like pita and bagel chips, are good with hot dips. But dont forget the crudites: Cold, fresh and crunchy vegetables are always welcome on a party menu that trends toward over-the-top.
Dont have a favorite for this years Super Bowl game? Make Loaded Baked Potato Dip and stay neutral. No potatoes in the dip - that comes from the chips.
And finally, a football party favorite no matter what teams are in the Super Bowl is Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip. This dip pulls together all the flavors of wings without the mess of the bones. Ice-cold celery and sturdy crackers are great dippers.
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