Last year, through Visa’s “#MyFootballFantasy” campaign,
“Green Bay Packer fan Kelly wanted Clay Matthews to drop by for a tea party with her daughter Atti, and Visa made it happen. Clay joined Atti and her whole family for a pink balloon-, treats-, and boa-filled tea party, then they all hit the gym”.
That is a great fantasy not only for Atti, but for Superbowl Parties this year. As Ali Rosen writes in her Huffington Post Article, there’s no reason you can’t bring some tea party class to your Superbowl party. You can cheer on your favorite teams AND much on a delicious tea sandwich. One great recipe comes via thirstyfortea.com in the form of football shaped tea sandwiches:
Buffalo Chicken Tea Sandwiches
Makes about 12 tea sandwiches.
2 chicken breasts, roasted
1/4 cup light mayo
3 Tbsp buffalo dipping sauce (I used Frank’s)
1 large celery stick, diced into small cubes
2 Tbsp grated carrot
3 green onions, green parts only, sliced
fresh ground black pepper
light squeeze of lemon juice
2 Tbsp crumbled bleu cheese or grated parmesan cheese
1 loaf rye or whole wheat bread
extra mayo for piping
wheat grass (optional, on platter for serving)
football cookie cutter (mine was 2″ across and 3.5″ long)
#3 piping tip and piping bag (or just a small plastic sandwich bag)
1.) Remove skin and bones from chicken breasts. Tear chicken into large chunks, and place in food processor. Process chicken until it is processed into small bits, then place into large bowl.
2.) Add mayo, buffalo sauce, celery, carrot, green onions, lemon juice, and black pepper to the ground chicken and mix in. Add bleu or parmesan cheese and lightly mix in.
3.) Cut out 24 footballs from rye bread using football cookie cutter. For each slice of bread you should get 2 football bread pieces.
4.) Using the same cookie cutter, place one piece of football-shaped bread into the cutter. Spoon about 2 Tbsp of chicken filling atop the bread inside the cutter, then press down with back of a spoon, making sure to evenly pack the filling down. Place another bread piece on top of the filling, then use your thumbs to press down lightly on the sandwich while pulling the cutter up and away from the sandwich with the rest of your fingers. Repeat this process for all 12 sandwiches.
5.) Place about a 1/4 cup of mayo into a bag fitted with a #3 pastry tip. Pipe one vertical line and three lines across in the center of each sandwich to resemble football stripes. Place finished sandwiches atop cut wheat grass for a festive presentation and enjoy watching the game!
Your tea party level class doesn’t have to stop there- you can serve all kinds of tea alongside screaming fans in your living room. This isn’t to suggest you should have high tea in front of your flat screen, but to have fun with it. You can have a refreshing iced green tea, or your classic Southern Sweet Tea. With the Superbowl widely known as a time where people throw back a couple of beers, you can make some really nice hard iced tea. Here, via Food Republic, is a Hard Sweet Tea Recipe:
Ingredients2 ounces sweet tea vodka1/2 ounce simple syrup1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice4 ounces fresh-brewed iced black tealemon wheel
1. Shake all ingredients together with ice in a cocktail mixer.
2. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
3. Garnish with a lemon wheel or mint sprig.
Whether you go for these recipes or not, implementing a little bit of tea into your Superbowl party could make it even more super. Or if you’re one of the non-partiers this superbowl, these are great recipes to make and eat while you watch the Puppy Bowl.