Readers of this site might possibly be more interested in fútbol than football, but the Super Bowl is always a fun opportunity to get together with friends and eat great food. To help plan your Super Bowl feast, the About.com guides have gathered their favorite recipes for football noshing, and I will be featuring them in my blog this week, right up until the big day.To kick things off, About.com's guide to vegetarian food Jolinda Hackett offers some fantastic bean dip recipes. Avoid the sodium-laden canned stuff and try one of these quick and easy vegetarian bean dip recipes. Or, try some Meatless "Buffalo Wings" made from seitan and cooked up with hot sauce and margarine for a traditional spicy flavor.
Spicy eats and the Super Bowl go hand-in-hand. These Chile-Spiced Candied Peanuts, from Herbs & Spices Guide Miri Rotkovitz, have a salty-sweet crunch and a cayenne kick that's terrific with beer.
Lisa and Tony Sierra, our Guides to Spanish Food, offer three great ideas; Croquetas de Jamón - Ham Croquettes A "croqueta" is a small, lightly breaded and fried sort of fritter. They are creamy, smooth and very tasty. The best part is you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. Then, take the croquetas out of the freezer and pop them into the frying pan. Pinchos Morunos - Pork Kabobs are delicious pork kabobs, marinated for a day beforehand. These are a very popular "tapa," and easy to make and great for beginner Spanish cooks! Tortilla Espanola - Spanish Omelet, also known as tortilla de patata is the most commonly served dish in Spain. Cook it ahead. To serve, cut it into small squares and place one atop small slices of a baguette.