4 Super Bowl Appetizers to Try for the Big Game

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The big game is still a few weeks away but we've got our mind on these four mouthwatering Super Bowl appetizers, the perfect way to kick off any viewing party!


1. Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs
Executive Chef Caleb Lara, Harbor View Hotel, Martha’s Vineyard

Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs

To prepare Chipotle BBQ Ribs:

  • 10 lbs. of pork ribs
  • Rub the racks with prepared seasoning rub and refrigerate for 6-8 hours, or overnight
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and roast the pork rib racks slowly for three hours until done
  • Glaze with Chipotle BBQ sauce during the last hour

BBQ Pork Rub

Ingredients:

  • ½ tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ tablespoon ground onion
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup kosher salt

Whisk together all the ingredients and store in an airtight container

Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 4 Cups ketchup
  • 1 1/3 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Cup lemon juice
  • 6 Chipotles in Adobo
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Preparation:

  • In a sauce pan, sauté garlic in butter until soft
  • Add all other ingredients and simmer until thickened
  • Puree and season with salt and pepper


2. Crispy Rock Shrimp With Sriracha Aioli
Executive Sous Chef Richard Pelliccia, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

Crispy Rock Shrimp With Sriracha Aioli

Ingredients:

  • Rock Shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  • Buttermilk – as needed
  • All-purpose flour- as needed

Sriracha Aioli

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Champagne vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • ¾ Cup Sriracha
  • 5 each Scallions, fine dice
  • 1.5 Tsp Cayenne pepper
  • ½ Tsp Celery salt
  • ¼ Tsp Coriander, ground
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  • Pre-heat fryer to 350 degrees
  • For the aioli sauce, combine all items together with a whisk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place aioli in cooler for use later.
  • Place shrimp in a separate bowl. Add buttermilk to shrimp, just enough to coat the shrimp.
  • Add a small amount of salt and pepper to the shrimp and thoroughly mix until coated
  • Add shrimp slowly to the bowl of flour
  • Mix shrimp with hands until coated with flour and no longer feels wet
  • Place shrimp in fryer basket and lower into the fryer
  • Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove shrimp from fry basket and drain off excess oil
  • In a separate bowl, add shrimp and small amounts of sriracha aioli to taste
  • Place in a serving dish and enjoy
Ham and Jam Sliders

3. Ham and Jam Sliders
Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, AZ

Cheddar Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbs. buttermilk
  • 5 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion, including tender green tops

Preparation:

  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, black pepper and kosher salt until well mixed.
  • Mix in butter until pea sized. Add cheddar cheese and green onion and stir and toss lightly to combine.
  • Stir in 1 cup buttermilk until the mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky ball.
  • With lightly floured hands, divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Form each portion into a rough ball and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Space the balls about 1-inch apart. Brush the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
  • Bake at 350˚F for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Red Pepper Jelly
Yields 2 1/8 quart

Ingredients:

  • 3 large red peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 3/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 package Certo liquid pectin

Preparation:

  • Place peppers in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped, but not pureed.
  • Place chopped peppers in a large bowl with cider vinegar, sugar, salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well.
  • Put mixture in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add Certo and continue to cook at a slow rolling boil for 35 to 40 minutes, until you can "drag" a spoon around edges of pan or until it passes the jelly test coating the back of the spoon or dripping from spoon very slowly.

Bone-in Ham 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Bone-in Ham

Preparation:

  • Heat oven to 275˚F. Place ham in a roasting pan and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Heat for approximately for 12-15 min. per pound. When center of ham reaches 125˚F allow the ham to rest for 15-30 min. Keep covered with foil while resting.

Assembly:

  • Slice biscuits in half and rub with a generous portion of red pepper jelly. Slice ham thinly and place in between biscuit halves.


4. Mediterranean Swiss Chard Wraps
Executive Chef Patrick Leibacher, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

Mediterranean Swiss Chard Wraps

Ingredients for Wraps:

  • ½ cup goat cheese (low fat), crumbled
  • ¼ cup black olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
  • 6 medium Bright Light Swiss chard leaves, blanched
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • pinch sea salt (optional)

Preparation:

  • Remove Stems of Swiss chard and put aside for relish
  • Cut Swiss chard leaves into six squares, approximately six inches squared.
  • In a shallow pot, bring two cups of water to a gentle boil. Using a slotted spoon or spatula, dip one square at a time in the boiling water for 15 seconds. In a medium bowl, place the freshly blanched Swiss chard into cold water to stop the cooking process. Repeat with other leaves. Let cool.
  • Place a leaf square on a work surface, tap dry with a paper towel and layer in ½ tablespoon of cheese, a few olives, 2 tbsp. of tomato, a sprinkle of pine nuts and one or two basil leaves on top. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top of mixture.
  • To create rolls, first fold in the sides of the chard, then roll the leaf up tight until sealed.

Ingredients for Relish:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Swiss Chard Stems from above ¼ inch dice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ½ cup finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • ¼ cup chopped mint

Preparation:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet
  • Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened
  • Add the chard stems and onion, season with salt and pepper and cook until the onion softens, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the raisins, vinegar, honey and half of the mint.
  • Cover and cook until the chard is crisp-tender, about 1 minute longer.
  • Transfer to a bowl and let cool, then mix in the remaining mint.