It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday; football season went fast. At Beat of Hawaii, for Superbowl food on game day, a small number of guests will each enjoy a dish of Hawaii rambutan when watching the game outdoors on the lanai. Read more on that below. Here in Hawaii, game time is 1:30 pm (HST), so we can enjoy outdoor gatherings under the tropical sun. Sorry, East Coast…
As a reminder, the biggest game of the year, between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, broadcast on NBC, will take place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
Half-time is a breaking point for Superbowl food binging.
The Superbowl LVI half-time show will include Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige. All scheduled to entertain between the action of the biggest game of the year. Try this to whet your appetite.
For some of us (Jeff for example), Super Bowl parties are totally about the food.
Even for the most avid football fall (Rob the example here), it’s a great time to gather with a limited number of friends and family to enjoy the game as well as to sample iconic Hawaii party dishes.
According to news articles, your heart needs to relax during the game, so you might want to avoid fatty finger foods like dips, chips, and cheese for example. More on that follows. NPR reported this from the New England Journal of Medicine. As fans, we are emotionally connected to the game and, “heart rate goes up, blood pressure goes up…this increases the oxygen demand on the heart.”
Here’s betting that sitting in a lotus position with a plate of rambutan will do just the trick to stay healthy and calm without missing a heartbeat.
Rambutan Superbowl food | No recipes needed.
And now the relationship between rambutan and Super Bowl. Rambutan is an exotic fruit, and a favorite winter treat here in the islands on Super Bowl Sunday or anytime. You’ll see them for sale at roadside stands or farmers’ markets from December through February. These leathery-skinned fruits with pliable spines may seem odd at first. Whatever you do, don’t bite into them whole.
Here’s our playbook for the best way to prepare a plate of rambutan for the game as a snack, appetizer, or dessert:
- Score outside with a knife around the circumference.
- Pass the half shell without the fruit.
- Down and In. Hold the other half and squeeze the fruit in your mouth.
- Penalty if you eat the seed inside while you enjoy the sweet taste. Although some friends eat them and say they are like almonds.
Hawaii-style food choices top the list.
Here’s a day when many go for the gusto. So here you go with some other recommendations if rambutan is not on your playlist.
We scoured the web for authentic and top-rated Hawaii recipes and included some of our favorites too for each of these traditional treats below.
- Hawaiian mac salad.
- Hawaiian-style kabobs with pineapple.
- Pineapple upside-down cake.
Other great Super bowl food ideas | What’s your plan?
Interests and flavors range the gambit of course and Hawaii-style doesn’t suit everyone. Here’s a list of things others here in Hawaii have mentioned to us as we started writing. They ranged from chili bowls with spices to nachos cheese sauce with sour cream and black beans, tortilla chips with queso, guacamole, nachos, and chicken wings (real, buffalo wings, or vegetarian style), tater tots, meatballs chocolate, a creamy dip, easy appetizers, potato chips, pizza, pork sliders, bacon, and even a taco. These all make great super bowl snacks to be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.
Choose Super Bowl snacks, drinks, and food that are impressive, and irresistible. We like to pick a range of recipes that suit every guest. The ideal recipe selection for Superbowl combines a good mix of comfort foods, appetizers, and healthier options with party appetizers.
Superbowl drink ideas go Hawaii-style too.
And then there are the yummy Superbowl beverages. Everything from a traditional cocktail to mocktails.
For many, Superbowl and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly. But options are always good, from cocktails to wine to those who love shots, and don’t forget the soft drinks.
Hawaii-themed Superbowl drink recipes start with Mai Tai, to Zombies, tropical-flavored margaritas and punches, and lemonade. These can be traditional alcohol-based or not. They’re delicious either way.
Who doesn’t love a Hawaii-themed Super Bowl Party?
Super Bowl parties are a great time to both watch the enigmatic game, eat Hawaiian foods, and schmooze with friends with COVID protocol in place.
Of course, food is always key, as are beverages. Choosing a mix of both classic dishes like burgers or wings with sides, together with a healthy mix of veggie trays and awesome salads.
We heard of a recent study (we didn’t find the link) that indicated that the most popular Superbowl party foods in recent years have been veggies. Are we talking cauliflower and sweet potatoes, and could that even be right?
Get the party started a couple of hours before the game starts, which is 1:30 pm here in Hawaii, or 3:30 pm on the west coast. And if Super Bowl isn’t on your agenda, it’s the perfect time to go shopping when stores are empty. Here on Kauai, Monkeypod Jam is offering a Chocolate Dessert Class during the game for those wanting a time out.
What’s on your Super Bowl plate this weekend?