Super Snacks

Kick the habit of serving the same old, same old at your Super Bowl bash

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When the big game rolls around on February 7, your team may or may not go home victorious. But serving up just the right mix of food and drink can ensure that everyone at your Super Bowl party feels like a winner. “There are some basic rules that apply when it comes to pairings,” says the Culinary Institute of America’s Doug Miller. “One is that you don’t want the beer to outshine the food, or the food to outshine the beer.” He offers a few tips. “Beers that are crisp and refreshing — such as pilsners, light ales, and wheat beers — pair well with pizza, pasta, grilled chicken, and grilled fish. A hoppier beer, such as an Indian Pale Ale, is delicious with spicy cuisines such as Cajun, Mexican, and Thai food.” And while subs and sandwiches, pizza and nachos can certainly do the trick, sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a little bit. The following recipes from the CIA should really score a touchdown with your family and friends.

» The following recipes can be found in the Culinary Institute of America’s Gourmet Meals in Minutes (Lebhar-Friedman, 2004), available at bookstores or at


» First bite: Crostini with Dips
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