Kick off Super Bowl LII with Quick Cocktails, Half-Time Hummus, Fumble-Free Mozzarella Sticks & More!

With the big game day around the corner, check out these easy touchdown-worthy drink & app recipes sure to crown you MVP for this year’s Super Bowl!


Game-day Ginger Whiskey Cider courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted

2 oz. Hard Cider
1 oz. Whiskey
Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Traditional, to fill
Crushed Ice

In a 12-16 oz. high ball glass, combine the hard cider & whiskey. Fill the glass with crushed ice & top with Brooklyn Crafted.

Super Bowl Supercooler courtesy of Sparkling Ice

1 Part Riesling
1 Part Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry
Pomegranate Seeds
Teaspoon Agave

Mix all in a pitcher, pour into wine glasses, & add a mint leaf garnish.


Warm Black Bean Corn Pasta Salad courtesy of Explore Cuisine

1 Box of Organic Fusilli by Explore Cuisine
Corn from 3 ears of corn, cooked and removed from cobs
2 green onions, diced
1 c fresh cilantro
1 c black beans, cooked and rinsed
2 diced small tomatoes, diced
⅓ c queso fresco, crumbled
1 avocado, diced
Juice of 1 lime
½ c mayo
1 T sriracha

Cook pasta per directions on box.
Gently stir in corn, green onions, cilantro, black beans, tomatoes, queso fresco & avocado. Gently stir to combine.
In a small bowl, stir in lime, mayo & sriracha to make the dressing. Once well blended add to pasta mixture.
Serve while warm, ENJOY!

Flax-Hemp Blend Mozzarella Sticks courtesy of Carrington Farms

Mozzarella sticks
Carrington Farms flax-hemp blend (We recommend 1 tablespoon of flax-hemp blend per 2 string cheese)
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Salt (optional)
1 egg white, beaten

Beat egg white & set aside.
Mix flax-hemp blend with garlic powder, black pepper & salt (optional; as much as you like).
Prepare a parchment-lined baking sheet & set aside.
Dip mozzarella sticks in egg white, roll in flax-hemp mixture making sure to coat well, & place on baking sheet. Repeat until finished with mozzarella sticks.
Place baking sheet in freezer for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Take out mozzarella sticks & repeat the process (that’s right- double dipping & coating!)
Bake for about 7-10 minutes or until cheese sticks are ooey-gooey & slightly golden brown. Enjoy with a side of marinara sauce!

Halftime Hummus courtesy of GAEA

1 cup chickpeas
3 tablespoons sesame paste
3 tablespoons GAEA FRESH EVOO
1 bay leaf
1 lemon
2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 cloves fresh marjoram

Soak the chickpeas for 6 hours & boil with the bay leaf until they become soft, then remove from the water. Whilst the chickpeas boil, cover the garlic with aluminum foil & grill it for 20 minutes at 180ο C. Next cut the garlic in half & press each clove. Using a blender, mix the hot chickpeas, the garlic, the sesame paste, the olive oil & the lemon juice. If needed, dilute the mixture with some warm water. Add the cumin & a tablespoon of pine nuts. At this point give it a taste to see if it needs more salt or lemon in order to please your needs. Serve the hummus with GAEA FRESH Extra Virgin Olive Oil, marjoram & roasted pine nuts!

Fresh Tomato Salsa courtesy of T-Fal

¼ Small white onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 Small jalapeno pepper, quartered & seeded
1 Small garlic clove
4 Small plum tomatoes, quartered & seeded
¼ Cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
¼ Teaspoon salt

Using a paring knife, cut onion into 1-inch pieces and place into bottom of T-Fal Manual Chopper along with jalapeno pepper & garlic clove. Process until medium chopped. Add tomatoes, cilantro & salt chopping until coarsely chopped or desired texture. Serve with tortilla chips.

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