What will your guests be eating and drinking during Super Bowl XLVII? This is a long event that requires easy food that will safely stay at temperature. Think food safety as you prepare and limit the use of items like mayonnaise that can spoil if left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
For team colors of Raven's purple or 49ers red, the following recipes will work well. An easy, make-ahead crowd favorite is chili, which can be served with blue corn chips that despite the name, are rather purple in color. Make your own pizza dough and top it with red sauce and your favorite red toppings (red pepper, fire roasted peppers, minced pimento, sundried tomatoes, sliced fresh tomatoes, red pepper cheese, etc.) for an all-red theme or go with blue cheese, BBQ chicken or duck breast, and caramelized red onions that will retain a purple color on a white pizza that has no red sauce. Wash it down with Abita Purple Haze or Killian's Irish Red. For a no-alcohol drink, punch in either color is easy (make Perfect Party Punch and add 1 pint of cranberry juice for red or 1 pint of cran/blueberry juice for purple).
For dessert, make or buy a pre-made cheesecake and top with mixed berry or cherry pie filling. These toppings can both go on one cheesecake if you gently place a divider in the middle (have someone hold a chef's knife, blade down, or a thin plastic cutting board, while you spoon on both toppings, each over half the cake and then remove the divider carefully). It's best to keep the colors separated (and perhaps the guests, too), so use caution. Fruit toppings work well with cheesecakes that have a rim or lip to hold the fruit on the top and keep it from dripping down the sides. If yours doesn't have an indentation, press gently to make one all around the top edge. The top will be covered by fruit, so your fingerprints or spoon marks won't show, but avoid pressing into the sides because they any marks here will be visible. A tip for making precise cheesecake slices is to remember to wipe the knife or cake server between slices.
Have a great party and may your team win!
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