No Super Bowl party would be complete without the usual spread of chicken wings, chips and dip, buckets of ice cold beer, and of course, salsa. After all, munching on junk food, getting a bit tipsy, and throwing any semblance of a New Year's resolution out the window as comically enormous men battle on a field of grass is half the fun. While it may be tempting to simply pick up a few jars at the store, pop them open come game time, and call it a day, it's really not that hard to do a whole lot better.
Choose from one of six winning salsa recipes featured here to keep the party going strong, including FoodNetwork.com's charred tomatillo margarita salsa, a tequila-spiked twist on the traditional salsa verde; a mushroom salsa from New York-based gourmet food purveyor D'Artagnan, fantastic on its own and even better on top of a juicy slider; and Denise Woodward's grilled pineapple salsa, for those who are lucky enough to live somewhere still warm enough to fire up an outdoor grill.
FoodNetwork.com's Bloody Mary guajillo salsa
The flavors of the classic cocktail — tomato, Worcestershire, and horseradish — are a great match for the smokiness of guajillo chiles in this vodka-spiked salsa recipe from FoodNetwork.com.
D'Artagnan's mushroom salsa
D'Artagnan, a purveyor of fine gourmet meats and food products to top restaurants in New York, created a fantastic mushroom salsa that's not just good as a dip, but also as a topping for steaks, sliders, and burgers.
This is a tropical salsa recipe I developed that's one of my favorites. It's fairly spicy, but the sweetness of the mango balances everything out, and it's very addictive.
Grilled pineapple salsa
Denise Woodward shares her grilled pineapple salsa on Chez Us for those lucky enough to live in warmer climes where grilling is still an option. A surefire hit at the party.
FoodNetwork.com's charred tomatillo margarita salsa
FoodNetwork.com offers a tequila-spiked twist on the traditional roasted tomatillo salsa verde in this crowd-pleasing recipe which features smoky poblano peppers.