February is going to be a great month for getting comfy and watching major sporting events on TV. Upcoming sporting events include the American Super Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, February 13th, and the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China from Friday, February 4th to Sunday, February 20th. These events are perfect for gathering with friends and family. Better yet, they offer a great reason to eat, drink, and, watch commercials (if that is why you’re tuning in). These upcoming events are a opportunity to mix it up with the party food options….
My Hungry Traveler has put together game day menu suggestions for you with party foods from America, Europe, and Asia. You can make some-or-all of each region’s menu, or have fun doing a mashup from them all. The key is to make as much as you can in advance so you can spend time with your guests instead of cooking in the kitchen. Buying vs. cooking from scratch some of the “lesser” sides, such as potato and corn chips, will make things easier as well. Let the games begin!
Pregame is all about spending time chatting with each other before the game begins. The food should be casual so guests can all talk with each other while munching. Put everything out at once just before guests arrive.
|Potato chips (buy) with onion soup dip (buy)||Danish sesame seed twists||Chinese candied walnuts|
|Tex-Mex shrimp quesadillas||Swedish shrimp toasts||Singapore shrimp sate|
|Corn chips (buy) with salsa||Portuguese olive dip with vegetables||Chinese fried wonton chips with sweet & sour dip (buy)|
First Half is a great time for munching on appetizers while yelling at the TV (if that’s your thing). The Olympics have a short viewing duration each night, so it’s best to serve dishes from either the First Half or Halftime menus, or combine them to create a single “food event”. The Super Bowl is a much longer event, so MHT recommends serving the First Half dishes and the Halftime dishes separately.
|Buffalo chicken wings||Portuguese chicken bites||Korean chicken wings|
|Pigs in a blanket||British stilton & walnut pinwheels||Thai galloping horses|
|Tlayudas (Mexican pizza)||French anchovy & olive flatbread||Chinese scallion pancakes|
|Baked empanadas||Polish pierogi||Chinese pan-fried dumplings|
|Crawfish Monica||Austrian Alpine cheese noodles||Chinese dan-dan noodles|
Halftime – As if the munching and small dishes of incredible food early in the evening isn’t enough, Super Bowl halftime is a time to take it up a level. This orchestrated break is the perfect time to put out a full meal hot foods and sides that have been prepared in advance. The key here to serving so many items at once is to keep warm foods warm through the first half of the game in heated vessels such as crockpots and your oven on low, and to remove cold dishes from the refrigerator right before serving. Plates can be assembled by your guests at a buffet-style table and brought back to their seats in time to catch all the halftime festivities.
|Cincinnati chili (5 ways)||Belgian Beef Carbonnade||Indonesian beef rendang|
|Spaghetti||Buttered egg noodles||Jasmine rice|
|Tidewater coleslaw||Greek cabbage salad||Korean kimchi|
|Fire and ice pickles||Danish cucumber salad||Thai cucumber salad|
|Collard greens||Spanish spinach with pine nuts||Japanese spinach salad|
Second Half – Once all the serious eating is over, leaving out sweets for folks to eat at their leisure is a great way to finish the culinary games. Decaffeinated or regular coffee is a nice digestive accompaniment to end this major feasting event. Who won? Who knows! All we know is that your event will be a dining event your guests won’t forget.
|Pecan pie||Austrian Linzer torte||Korean hotteok pancakes|
|Chocolate chip cookies||Rugelach||Chinese almond cookies|
|Banana pudding||Italian zuppa Inglese||Indian instant pot kheer|