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Spiced-Up Super Bowl

America's favorite annual sporting event is about to kick off once again and along with it, parties across the country. Super Bowl XXXVI—destination New Orleans—the city known for Mardi Gras, revelry, jazz music and amazing Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Hosting another Super Bowl party and not sure what to serve those screaming, hungry fans? FoodFit has decided to take a twist on the traditional football menu this year with inspirations from the flavorful cuisine of the host city. So win big and spice up your party playbook with some of these healthy Creole favorites. Someone once said that people in Louisiana are either having a party, planning a party or recovering from a party, so laissez les bon temps roulet! In other words—let the good times roll!

Pre-Game Prep

While the players are still warming up on the field, start the evening off by serving Roasted Red Pepper Spread with fresh vegetables and a Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Torte with whole-wheat crackers. These delicious recipes will give your guests the spark they need to cheer on their favorite team.

First Quarter Line Up

Finish up that first quarter and keep your fans going with a cup of hearty soup. Resting on the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans is famous for its abundance of fresh seafood. Our Shrimp and Corn Chowder or Crab Chowder make a perfect play for a first down. Incorporate the city's French Quarter flavor into the first quarter with Endive and Roquefort Salad.

Half-Time Helpings

No matter which team is leading the score board, your guests won't be able to resist taking a time-out for some of our New Orleans style Spicy Gumbo or Susan Spicer's Jambalaya. Packed with meat, seafood and vegetables, these dishes are hearty enough to ensure a spirited second half. Make sure to touch down on Louisiana Pecan Rice or Red Beans and Rice for vegetarian sports fans.

Fourth Quarter Fixings

Finish the game strong and head to the end zone with classic Creole side dishes like Steven Raichlen's Grilled Okra and Smoked Oyster and Greens Spoon Bread from John Fleer. Asparagus and Red Potatoes with Romesco Sauce is another a savory side.

Post-Game Wrap

No matter who wins the championship, a New Orleans celebration wouldn't be complete without a sweet ending. Round up your guests one last time for a light treat like Pecan-Raisin Bars with Bourbon whip cream or a variation of Café Du Monde's renown café au lait with Emily Lucchetti's Espresso Granita with Chantilly Cream. If you're celebrating your favorite team's victory, indulge in a slice of Frozen Banana Cream Pie. With a recipe line up like this, you'll be the champ no matter which team wins!

Appetizers:
Roasted Red Pepper Spread
Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Torte
Endive and Roquefort Salad
Shrimp and Corn Chowder
Crab Chowder

Main Course:
Susan Spicer's Jambalaya
Spicy Gumbo

Sides:
Louisiana Pecan Rice
Red Beans and Rice
Grilled Okra
Steven Raichlen
Smoked Oyster and Greens Spoon Bread
John Fleer, Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Asparagus and Red Potatoes with Romesco Sauce
Joyce Goldstein

Desserts:
Pecan-Raisin Bars
Espresso Granita with Chantilly Cream
Emily Luchetti, Farallon, San Francisco, CA
Frozen Banana Cream Pie

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