Who says Super Bowl food has to be all chips and dip? Be different: Serve food for television watching that’s good enough to be enjoyed around the table but is easy to eat.
This Italian-inspired menu is one of my favorite Sunday night suppers, and most of it can be done ahead. The eggplant lasagna is fresh-tasting and substantial without the usual amount of noodles; the eggplant partially takes their place. Pair it with a crisp romaine and endive salad tossed with roasted pepper vinaigrette and warm, crusty garlic bread. The meal calls for Chianti, which would work well with a cheese and salami board, a nice option to serve before the meal.
Mandel is author of “Celebrating the Midwestern Table” (Doubleday & Co., 1996).