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Weekend Wine Pairing: Some Different Superbowl Snacks with…


There are four cities left. Sunday’s matchups will tell us who makes their way to Dallas for the big game. Even if you’re not a fan of New York, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, and Chicago…the Superbowl is still a reason to throw a party. Normally you will see a table full of chips, dips, and other quick grabs while folks are cracking open some beers. However, you can drink wine too! 

Instead of offering some recipes and thoughts on the same old tried and true snacks, and if you’re tired of the same old light beer, taco dips, wings, and peanuts…here are some other ideas to shake it up and surprise your friends.


Buttery Soft Pretzels

Ingredients (credit: allrecipes.com)

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  •  1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water. 
  • Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
  • When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.

Wine Pairing: Medium bodied Chardonnay or a nice Rosé
 


Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Ingredients (credit: allrecipes.com)

  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut in half
  • 1 pound pitted dates
  • 4 ounces blue cheese

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Slice dates in half, and open them up. Pinch off pieces of blue cheese, and place them into the center of the dates. Close the halves of the dates, and wrap a half-slice of bacon around the outside. 
  • Secure each one with a toothpick. Arrange in a baking dish or on a baking sheet with sides to catch any grease.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bacon is crisp. Turn dates over after the first 20 minutes for even cooking.

Wine Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon
 


Hot and Spicy Pecans

Ingredients (credit: allrecipes.com)

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • In a medium bowl, mix butter, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Stir in the pecans, and gently toss with chili powder to coat.
  • Spread coated pecans on a medium baking sheet, and cook 30 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring approximately every 10 minutes

Wine Pairing: Sparkling Wine, perhaps Prosecco

Cheers!

The Hello Vino Team