An Anti-Super Bowl Party

Sophisticated Fare

Sweet Potato Fries with Chutney Dip. Linda Larsen

Not everybody loves football. And the Super Bowl isn't special to a lot of people. For those of you who do love it, just read Super Bowl Snacks, munch some chips, and watch a game - there's almost always one on this time of year! For those who don't love football, read on, for here's an idea: throw an anti-Super Bowl party.

That doesn't mean you can't have a football party going on - perhaps downstairs in the game room or rumpus room (are there still rumpus rooms in America?).

But it's always a good idea to offer choices to your guests, and this party is an excellent alternative to chips and dip.

These appetizers are all wonderful, easy to make, and delicious. They don't necessarily cater to women - after all, among my close couple friends, Wendy is the rabid football fan and Kevin really couldn't care less. So make sure to offer a nice selection of appetizers that appeal to a variety of tastes. Mix and match from the selection below for a wonderful spread. Drinks should also be varied - offer some wines, beer, sparkling water, juices, and perhaps a punch or two.

A few ideas: rent some good movies, perhaps put out a board game or two, or just throw on some tunes, sit back and talk. When the game is over, the pro-football and anti-football factions can get back together again. And peace will reign once more.

Anti-Super Bowl Party Recipes

  • Sweet Potato Fries with Chutney Dip
    This easy and excellent appetizer is a dressed up version of fries and ketchup. The colors are beautiful too; just the thing for your elegant party.
  • Best Berry Salad
    You can serve this delicious combination as-is, or spoon it into mini filo tart shells or even little graham cracker tartlet shells for a nice treat. This is a splurge in the middle of winter, but so worth it.
  • Strawberry Dip with Fresh Fruit
    This dip is just rich enough to make this recipe feel like a treat. Choose the best looking fruits in the supermarket and be sure you buy them no sooner than the day before the party.
  • Roasted Corn And Lobster Dip
    This elegant dip combines roasted corn, which is sweet and tender, with real lobster, which is also sweet and tender. It's luscious.
  • Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
    Like a BLT sandwich in a tiny package! This excellent recipe is a tried and true favorite. It disappears first when I serve it at any party.
  • Blue Cheese And Apple Terrine
    This simple four ingredient recipe has such an excellent look and taste for no work at all. Serve it with toasted French bread slices and apple slices.
  • Pesto Brie Bruschetta
    Cherry tomatoes are in season all year round, and they are excellent on this wonderful combination of crisp bread, flavorful pesto, and melty cheese.
  • Strawberry Brie Bruschetta
    You can use the same brie cheese and crusty bread, but go a sweeter route. Adding strawberries and raspberry vinaigrette to this combination is fabulous.
  • Brie With Cherry Chutney
    This recipe makes chutney from scratch. But if you can find a nice cherry chutney in the supermarket, use that and save yourself some time!
  • Cheese Wellington
    Puff pastry and some cheese, baked together, form into an incredible appetizer recipe that's rich and delicious.
  • Crab Cakes With Fruit Salsa
    You can make the salsa and the crab cake mixture ahead of time, then shape and fry them just before serving.
  • Pesto Torte
    This elegant recipe is beautiful and delicious. You'll love it!
  • Turkey and Dried Fruit Pate
    Chopped turkey is blended with cream cheese, honey, and dried fruit and nuts for an unusual and delicious spread.
  • Rosemary Toasted Mixed Nuts
    A nibble like this one is a great treat to have on hand any time. Put them in a silver bowl for an elegant presentation.
  • Marinated Greek Vegetables
    This healthy recipe has lots of flavor. Feta cheese and pine nuts add great interest to cauliflower, broccoli, and mushrooms.
  • Napoleon Sandwiches
    All you have to do is cut and bake some frozen puff pastry and fill with any sandwich filling for an elegant choice.
  • Pecan Cakes
    If you want to impress someone, this is the recipe to make. Fluffy little cakes are frosted on all sides with the creamiest frosting and rolled in pecans. Wow.
  • Praline Cherry Munch
    I developed this recipe for a health fair - so it's fairly healthy even though it's rich and satisfying.
  • Sugar Crusted Melting Cookies
    These cookies don't change shape in the oven because they're a shortbread cookie. The sugar shell that you make with orange juice and granulated sugar after baking is so delicious and pretty.
  • Caramel Cream Cookies
    These easy little cookies are always a hit. Make sure the butter for the frosting is browned but not burned for the best flavor.
  • Minute Apple Tarts
    You have to have something sweet at any party. These simple little tartlets are elegant and easy to make.