When hosting a Superbowl party, there is always the desire to tackle some really exciting and fun dishes. Keeping that in mind, it’s always good to have some impressive looking bites that take no time to really fill up your table.
During the rest of the year, these are so great for elevating an otherwise lackluster salad.
Servings: 12 1 Inch Balls
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
When preparing some really delicious Superbowl bites for this weekend’s game menu, I came across these all too perfect football shaped breads from a company called Eat The Ball on the FreshDirect website. Instantly, I needed to know more. Immediately, I jumped from liking them, to obsessed with them, to “need to get my hands on those right this minute” crazy.
I’m not entirely nuts, there are real reasons that I got so excited about them. I’ll state a few, but just know, you’re so going to be on the same page and immediately need to get your hands on them. So, before I go on, in addition to FreshDirect, here’s where you can get them.
Eat The Ball is a European company just now traveling across the pond to the US of A with a great product and huge backing. With athletes like Seahawks quarterback and Superbowl winner Russell Wilson, a truly innovative fermentation process that keeps their all natural breads fresh and flavorful even when frozen for up to a year, incredibly playful shapes that take all sports foods to the next level, and me being the first blogger to work with them (yes, I’m putting myself in the same stream of consciousness and sentence as Russell Wilson) you’d be crazy not to love them. I know you don’t want to be the bad kind of crazy here, I promise you, you want to be the truly obsessed kind of crazy.
All of this, plus, I so love playing with my food—not just mixing flavors and enjoying the cooking process, but really having fun with it. With Eat The Ball, there is no question, these breads beg to be played with. I dare you not to try to toss a spiral before diving into this recipe (when you do, take a video and send it to me, I beg of you)!
I’m taking the idea of these Eat The Ball balls to a truly baller level. Just in time for the Superbowl, I’m turning them into spicy tomato meatball subs. Dive on in! This way, when your mouth is full while you’re jumping up yelling “TOUCHDOWN!” you’ll be happy it’s filled with these incredibly delicious game day subs!
Servings: 4 Mini Meatball Subs (15 Meatballs)
Prep Time: 7 Minutes
Bake Time: 20 Minutes, Divided
Total Time: 27 Minutes
Pop Gift Box | 4 Piece – $18, 8 Piece – $35, 15 Piece – $54, 24 Piece – $82
While sitting back and sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on ganache filled and flavored macaron in the La Maison Du Chocolate cafe, I learned all about the incredible attention placed on their Valentine’s Day Chocolate boxes. For months, flavors are tested, balanced, foraged and explored until finally, every blue poppy seed is perfectly placed and the essence of the chocolate combinations have come together to take you on a flavor journey around the world.
This one’s tough. While you can’t go wrong exploring La Maison Du Chocolat’s “Heart Gift Box” with a mix of their store’s more iconic flavors alongside two of the ones created especially for Valentines Day, their “Pop Gift Box” has all four of the limited edition flavors—Red Enchantment, Blue Frisson, Orange Passion and Yellow Fusion. I say get both! If you’re particular about getting one, for some weird reason, I vote for going with the Pop Gift Box and coming back the week after Valentine’s Day to try every single chocolate in their shop.
I like to think of myself as edgy, cool and super sweet to those who deserve it. And, now, I’ve officially discovered my Valentine’s Day chocolate box counterpart at Vosges. With it’s trendy, seriously prickly exterior contrasting its complexly sweet chocolaty interior, consider me obsessed!
This individually hand studded Renegade Box filled with sixteen exotic truffles infused with spices, roots, herbs and flowers from around the world, is perfect for your cooler other half or even better for you, your awesome self and, well, you (again).
FYI, they have several other amazing Valentines-y boxes and treats to explore—I highly recommend getting them all!
After meeting master pastry chef Jacques Torres (though I’m 100% sure he’d prefer to be called “Mr. Chocolate”), I am not at all surprised by the super fun and sexy chocolates he has created for this Valentines day. From a kissing game chocolate box, where under each chocolate you are told where or how to kiss your lover, to the “do not disturb” door sign created entirely out of chocolate, to the “spanker” sticks that well, I think you can figure those out in a hands on demonstration kind of way (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). there is so much fun to be had!
In case this is a new relationship and you are being extra cautious about being, let’s say, “super forward”, or you simply prefer a more classic and romantic vibe, there is a gorgeous heart box filled with Jacques’ signature praline bonbons, ganache bonbons, exotic tea and spice infused bonbons, fruit and wine bonbons some even with great pop art details—like a kiss or love bug. You simply can’t go wrong.
Signature Assortments Box | Petite 10 Piece – $16, Small 16 Piece – $22, Medium 32 Piece – $38, Large 64 Piece – $68
I couldn’t contain myself. It was too cute! I immediately fell in love with L.A. Burdick’s little mouse chocolate—and isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about? Love? In visiting L.A. Burdick to pick up a Valentine’s Day chocolate box for this feature, I ran into their chocolatier Michael Klug. It immediately became clear how we both shared this strong love for his chocolates—I, the love at first sight with sir mouse and he with, well, all of them. We spent some time chatting and he shared some incredible insight into the practices and care that they put into their exquisite chocolates.
I’m told all of their chocolates are made once a week in small batches. The hope is that people will make their Valentine’s Day purchase closer to Valentine’s Day. The closer you eat chocolates to the day they were made, the better they taste. Much like most foods, they are fresher and more flavorful. So, don’t feel like a slacker walking into the shop day of to nab your Valentine amazing chocolates, think of yourself as an educated chocolate connoisseur! That said, it should be noted that since the batches are small, there may be a slight gamble going in day of.
As a side note, if you are buying a Valentine for a scotch lover, they have a great box of scotch infused chocolates. It’s a killer flavor tour!
Each individual Stick With Me bonbon is more beautiful than the one next to it. They are show stoppers! Biting into one, you will see that they are just as beautiful on the inside as on the out. Getting these bonbons is almost like buying your love, friend, or family member a bouquet of flowers. Each one is handmade and individually painted—like a flower, no two are exactly the same.
These bonbon all too perfect for that trendy, artsy, sophisticated, dorky, cool—you see where I’m getting here, they’re the perfect Valentine for everyone. Ooh, and they are packaged in boxes constructed to look like books. Keep that faux book forever and hide your treasures in it. With these chocolates being as amazing as they are, I plan to have a faux home library one day soon.
Of all the shops on this guide, these bonbons are the most unique when it comes to texture and flavor. The “Black Sesame & Passion” is exactly what it sounds like. It has an exciting savory flavor that you wouldn’t expect to get when your teeth crunch through the shell of a beautiful bonbon. It’s such a fun flavor journey.
With twenty-four flavors to try you’re going to want to get their faux book that fits one of each. I’m envisioning the perfect date as exploring each one by eating half and having your date eat the other half. Such a perfect journey together.
If you weren’t sold already, it should be noted that I first encountered Stick With Me at the Dessert Professionals Magazine event where they were being honored as one of the top ten chocolatiers in North America.
I first met the chocolatiers of Voila Chocolat at Dessert Professional Magazine’s event where they were being honored as one of the top ten chocolatiers in North America, These masters of chocolate have taken their expertise to a whole new level. Walk into their shop, take a seat, and they’ll teach you how to mold and decorate your own chocolate creations. Much like going out to paint your own pottery, you select what you want to make—a lollipop, a turtle sculpture, bark to name a few—and then you customize it using their guidance. In case you haven’t already gotten the gist of what I’m getting to, you can make your valentine thoughtfully crafted custom chocolates! How sweet (pun totally intended)!
Of course they also have packaged Valentines for your sweetest to pick from. There are chocolate lollipops, a heart shaped box of bonbons, heart shaped chocolate puzzles—the works! While you’re making these tough decisions, sip on one of their super unique matcha hot chocolates, it’s incredible! I hear on some days they have a banana hot chocolate—so going back STAT!
I first met the wonderful people behind La Brea Bakery’s breads at an event at the Tasting Table Test Kitchen where the whole menu was built around their amazing breads, then again at the Taste Talks Food Festival where I found myself demolishing sandwiches from their bread truck. The point is, there has never been a moment where I’ve encountered their bread and it wasn’t amazing. These breads truly bring any dish they’re in to the next level—it’s no wonder they’re the number one selling artisan bread in the country!
I used the La Brea Bakery Telera Sliders to build this recipe for you. It was the hearth-baked, golden brown, sourdough with a touch of sweetness that both caught my eye and stomach. Like all other dishes they are in, they truly elevate these burgers.
FYI, you can easily find them stocked at Costco, Safeway and Kroger amongst several other shops. There is a great bread locator tool on their site.
La Brea Bakery is used to taking life to the next level, but I’m not only talking about with their delicious breads. They blew my mind with their recent Superbowl sweepstakes (closed now). They sent a lucky winner all expenses paid to the Superbowl! I know, there’s so much to love when it comes to the world of La Brea!