Game On – Create the Perfect Super Bowl Party Menu Using Local Ingredients
The Super Bowl is this Sunday! Even if you are not a big football fan it doesn’t mean that you can’t put together a fun party by incorporating some local food, beer, and wine into your menu.
Make the perfect layered bean dip and serve with Casa Valdez tortilla chips made right in Caldwell. Include Idaho beans, sour cream from Meadowgold or Darigold, cheese from Ballards, Idaho onions, and delicious salsa from Treasure Valley Salsa available at Winco, Walmart, Boise Co-Op and Whole Foods. If you want to stick with the Mexican food theme, quesadillas made with Idaho cheese are a crowd pleaser and easy to make. Look for corn, flour and even whole wheat tortillas from Casa Valdez. Serve on the side with Idaho sour cream and Treasure Valley salsa. Better yet, try the turkey tostada recipes from the Live.Eat.Local cookbook. It uses lentils instead of refried beans.
Another great choice is hot dogs or chorizos. Look for Falls Brand and Gem Pack franks that can be found at most local grocery stores. Hardball Farms also has a variety of different pork products including Basque style chorizos and you can easily order them online. If you are located up North, Hog Heaven in Moscow makes a variety of different sausages as well. Serve them on rolls made by Zeppole, Alpicella, or Great Harvest Bakeries, all baked fresh daily in the Treasure Valley.
For something new and different try this Loaded Baked Potato Dip! It can be made in 10 minutes.
Loaded Baked Potato Dip (Recipe adapted from MyRecipes.com)
Yield: About 4 cups
16 ounces Idaho sour cream
16 slices (12-ounce package) bacon, cooked and crumbled Look for brands like Falls Brand or Hard Ball Farms
8 ounces sharp Idaho cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
1/3 cup thinly sliced Idaho onions
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving to allow flavors to meld together. Garnish with extra shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and chopped chives. Serve with homemade potato chips using Idaho potatoes. Dip can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Don’t forget the beverages…local beer, wine, and spirits are great for the adults and regular or chocolate milk for the kids from Cloverleaf Creamery, Darigold, or Meadowgold. Also offer your guests local bottled water. Rocks Water from Boise is available in several stores including Paul’s, Boise Co-op and Whole Foods.
For dessert, serve Cloverleaf Creamery ice cream made fresh in Buhl. It is available at Boise Co-Op and M&W Markets in several flavors so everyone can have their favorites!