A super party

THE DISH

January 28, 2004|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff

Although the Ravens aren't in the Super Bowl this year, there's still lots to cheer about -- new television commercials, exciting football

and great food to eat.

A mountain of avocados

The Avocado Information Bureau reports that 43.5 million pounds of avocados will be eaten during the Super Bowl -- enough to cover Houston's Reliant Stadium football field with 7 feet of guacamole dip.

For a more modest serving, there's Progressive International's avocado-shaped guacamole dish. The ceramic dish holds up to 1.5 cups of dip and is dishwasher-safe. Look for it in kitchen stores for a suggested retail price of $7.99.

Sweet wings that are jammin'

The folks at J.M. Smucker Co. want cooks to know that their jams and jellies aren't just good on the breakfast muffin.

Here's a recipe for wings and dip that makes use of the company's apricot and strawberry preserves.

Mix together 1/2 cup apricot preserves, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 to 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1/2 large, minced garlic clove.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut tips off 2 pounds of wings and discard. Cut each wing in half at the joint. Place the wings in a large baking dish and bake for 30 minutes; brush wings with the sauce during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

To make dip: Mix together 1/2 cup strawberry preserves, one 3-ounce package cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream and 1 rounded tablespoon of onion-soup mix. Makes 6 servings.

Super totals

How's this for a Super Bowl party? Aramark, the official food provider for Super Bowl XXXVIII, will be serving 3,000 10-ounce rib-eye steaks, 8,000 pounds of brisket, 500 pounds of shrimp and 500 pounds of lump crab meat to suite holders at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Other foods the company will serve at the game:

* 100 pounds each of guacamole, sour cream and refried beans

* More than 5,500 tortillas

* 15,000 foot-long hot dogs

* 4,000 hamburgers

* 261 gallons of chili

* More than 9,000 gallons of soda

Party pointers

Can't make it to Houston? Here are some ideas from Kraft for how to have a super party of your own.

* Give your party a Texas flair: Pass out cowboy hats and bandannas.

* Organize your food by categories of the game: starting lineup (appetizers), game time (entrees), fourth quarter (dessert) and sideline support (drinks).

* Split your guests into separate squads representing each Super Bowl team and make the losing team responsible for helping with cleanup.

EVENTS

* Learn to make fast Mediterranean chicken 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Donna's on Snowden River Parkway in Columbia. $25 per person. Call 410-659-5248, Ext. 112, for reservations.

* Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 720 Aliceanna St., will hold a winemaker's dinner featuring the wines of Schug Winery at 6:30 p.m. Friday. $80 a person. Call 410-332-1666 for reservations.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail food@baltsun.com.

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