What makes for the perfect Super Bowl party? Whether you have a vested interest in the game, or just the commercials, a few Boston area experts have you covered with tips to improve your experience via all five senses.
Many would consider the television to be the most important part of the big game, and we went to the best in the business for the right recommendations. “You need a big TV for the big game, and the bigger the better,” says Brian Gibson of Elite Media Solutions in Wellesley. Gibson recommends having at least a 55-inch screen, but if your wallet allows he’d gladly push you to go for the 60-inch Sony BRAVIA 810 Series. The BRAVIA will give you the smoothest motion in fast action sports and it’s 3D ready, so whether you are rooting for the Packers or Steelers, you are sure to have a sensational viewing experience while watching the game.
Boston-based celebrity chef Rebecca Newell of The Beehive, has done it all, from the Food Network to Martha Stewart Living, but now we know what she’ll be cooking up for the Super Bowl. Her favorite Super Bowl dishes have a unique take on classic tailgating fare.
Newell starts guests off with one of her favorite snacks, Rosemary Truffled Parmesan Popcorn.
Add two cups of popcorn kernels to a heated deep pot with canola oil. Shake vigorously until all kernels are popped. Add freshly shaved parmesan, white truffle oil, dried rosemary and salt and pepper to taste.
While her guests are on the offensive with the popcorn, Newell rubs pork tenderloin with cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Heating the oven to 425 degrees, she adds fresh garlic cloves, poblano peppers, tomatillos and red onion and cooks for 15 minutes or until medium. Take out and let rest for 15 minutes. Sliced on the bias, she adds the pork to warm flour tortillas with the freshly roasted veggies, avocado, cilantro and crème fraîche.
For the last dish, Newell turns a pedestrian standby into a new classic. For her Savory Sweet Chicken Wings she marinates chicken wings in soy sauce, maple syrup and Srirachca for 24 hours. If you don’t have access to a grill, Newell recommends broiling these savory-sweet gems in the oven on high with the oven rack in the center, turning occasionally to ensure perfect caramelization.
Finally, with all the effort you’ve put forth on the perfect experience, ditch the beer and select wine instead. Tina Messina of the Wine Connextion in North Andover recommends both red and white. “Sasyr, is a great Tuscan red and the Rosenblum Paso Robles Zinfandel will go great with any appetizer. However, I would recommend The Villa Mount Eden Chardonnay; that way it won’t matter if guests get too excited and spill a white.” Valued at $10 or below, these wines will wow your guests at a reasonable price.