Super Bowl Party Cookbook: Bon Appétit’s Lenny Melnick

With the Super Bowl 11 days away, we asked Bon Appétit editor, Lenny Melnick, to give us his personal Super Bowl parties. When did this whole experience start? It started in college. All my…

Super Bowl Party Cookbook: Bon Appétit's Lenny Melnick

With the Super Bowl 11 days away, we asked Bon Appétit editor, Lenny Melnick, to give us his personal Super Bowl parties.

When did this whole experience start?

It started in college. All my family and I rooted for the Redskins, my ultimate childhood favorite team, and I rooted for them no matter what time of the year. When they started drafting, we’d have our gigantic dart board with us and somehow we got one of the picks on it. Washington got three in four drafts and lost four of them! I remember going to Manhattan with my friends for Halloween and getting a Redskins bra and socks and ‘v-neck’ shirt.

What can your Super Bowl party be like?

We’ll be bringing a lot of familiar snacks from Bon Appétit, like crisp spinach dip and apple sweet-potato wings. We’ll have guests bring their favourite games they’ll play during the game. We’ll have some ping pong, foosball, and mini pool tables. And you should bring your own bubble gun.

Favorite game:

Boilers

For me, it’s Wing Bowl! It’s exciting to see the guys who competed and sometimes win actually come and watch the event afterward, and walk away with cash.

How do you get started for the Super Bowl?

Get a few options [for food] off the Internet. Then we get a menu from somebody else and we can cut our own. Some seasons are better than others for picking things off of menus. We love a pumpkin pie! The lines of people that are lined up in line at the supermarket on Mondays and Wednesdays to buy Pumpkin Pie in a can—I just love to look at that.

For snacks, make a list. Keep the list of each type of item. It is really fun to pick out the appetizers and desserts on your list. There’s no shame in a potato chip platter. I love them—I get them by the case every week for a toast at dinner.

What’s a game you’re likeliest to play during the Super Bowl?

Cheers to Card Games!

Have any snacks you’ll not miss for the Super Bowl?

My great love for tofu and salmon. I make it by hand every week in the week leading up to the game. We take a fork in a brine with soy sauce, garlic, and water. It freezes really well and can be eaten like a meat pie.

And unless you’re in Cleveland with my brother-in-law, you don’t really get to see pizza, right? It’s only if you’re in Cleveland where it’s actually cooked and done well on the grill. [We like to make] meatloaf pie.

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