Super Bowl Sunday is not only the biggest football day of the year, it's the biggest pizza day as well. More pizzasbe they frozen or deliverywill be sold during the Super Bowl than any other day.
Pizza is logical game day fare. It's easy, cheap and most importantly, it feeds a hungry crowd efficiently. And Super Bowl parties do draw crowds. According to Jeremy White, executive editor of Pizza Today magazine, the average number of guests at a Super Bowl party is 17. With more than a dozen mouths to feed, pizza is a natural choice.
Domino's will deliver about 1.2 million pizzas on game day, which is about twice as many as on a regular Sunday. Sales will jump 42% at Domino's and its drivers will cover 4 million miles during the Super Bowl.
Pizza is really convenientand deliciousbut it's easy to rack up calories and fat if you enjoy too much of it. Two slices of typical delivery pizza can add up to 800 calories, a day's worth of saturated fat and over 1000 milligrams of sodium. We agree that pizza is perfection when it comes to watching the big game, but in order to keep saturated fat and calories in check, we suggest tackling the pizza making on your own turf.
Rolling in Dough
If you're starting from scratch, you'll need to make the dough about two to two and a half hours before baking the pizzas. Our Classic Pizza Dough is a great one. You can always save time and energy and buy ready-made dough from a pizza shop or a frozen crust from the grocery store.
For pizza purists, we have Basic Pizza, with tomatoes, oregano and mozzarella cheese. Other delicious vegetarian pies include our Grilled Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta Cheese, Grilled Pizza with Garden Tomatoes and Basil and Pizza with Mushrooms and Three Colored Peppers.
For those with more adventurous palates, our White Pizza with Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic rocks and Pizza with Red Peppers, Potatoes, Garlic and Mushrooms is an interesting culinary combo.
Seafood lovers shouldn't feel left out on game day with our zesty Pizza with Clams and Garlic. Those who like just a hint of meat on their pizza will enjoy Caramelized Onion Pizza with Prosciutto and Arugula.
Carnivores will salivate over our Pizza with Sausage, Peppers and Onions or Joyce Goldstein's super savory Lahmacun, which are 4-inch personal pizzas with lamb, peppers, parsley and pine nuts. This may be a truly Mediterranean combination, but that's OK, we're sure there are American football fans in Turkey too.
Frances Largeman, RD
Get ready to feed your hungry fans with these winning recipes:
Mary Sue Milliken
Classic Pizza Dough
Grilled Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta Cheese
Grilled Pizza with Garden Tomatoes and Basil
Pizza with Mushrooms and Three Colored Peppers
White Pizza with Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic
Pizza with Red Peppers, Potatoes, Garlic and Mushrooms
Pizza with Clams and Garlic
Caramelized Onion Pizza with Prosciutto and Arugula
Pizza with Sausage, Peppers and Onions
Lahmacun (Lamb Pizza)