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Latin & Fusion Super Bowl Food: Lemon Pepper Wings w/Mango Habanero, Sage Chili, Yuca Fries & Sour Cream & Ginger Pound Cake Recipes

American Football…the Super Bowl to be precise, is the 2nd largest eating day in the US. Really, it is.

On Sunday, millions, worldwide, will be congregating in pep rally fashion (high school style) to support their team — or not — while talking smack, cracking team jokes, wishing ill on the more popular players (kinda sick, but I’ve heard people say some foul things about Brady, etc… — especially after that private email Latina supermodel Giselle sent her family and friends asking them to keep her sexy hubs in their prayers during this weekend’s hopeful win) and exhibit the highest form of gluttony.

Because that’s what we Americans do: Eat until we can’t take it anymore.

And drink like wahoos in all cases I know of.

Oh yes, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the real highlight of watching the Super Bowl is keeling over the hysterical commercials, some of which have already been leaked; seemingly in an act of marketing desperation. And, the halftime show — this year being performed by the iconic Madonna.

It’s a production of  tremendous mass and emotion. Rings and millions are at stake, here! Sometimes I think it’s quite over-the-t0p and replete with narcissistic characteristics, but it’s the American way.

And while I’ve questioned the millions of dollars spent to produce a 4-hour game of “catch”, I’m very guilty of being all up in the mix. I get excited, make plans, do stat research, sometimes bet, make predictions, eat like a fool and drink like a remorseful saint.

So yes,  I’ll be joining in and taking part of all the madness that ensues every February.

Because any football gathering is not a legitimate one without good eats, allow me share with you a few goodies I’ve made specifically for Super Bowl and others for other reasons but are good options and might make your hosting (or your contribution) a bit more glossy than those ordering greasy pizza and soggy wings!

Make your own yumminess! It’s always so much better!

Wings! Wings! Wings! Yes! Wings are the staple food at Super Bowl fiestas, but do yourselves a favor and make your own. Make your own dipping salsa, too. These right here my friends kick ass!  They’re lemon pepper with a mango-habenero sauce I made and still remember so vividly. You’ll turn on every man in your presence. Tried and true.


Latinos don’t eat French fries. We eat  yuca fries! They’re the hautest starch you could possibly indulge in! These are spiced up with a dash of red pepper flakes. They’re already on the menu for Sunday. And all thoughts of keeping to my diet are on hold.

Chili is an all American classic dish that satisfies the soul. It’s hearty, robust, meaty, fantastic on its own, great with tortilla chips. This recipe is worth the time spent making it. It’s quite decadent with notes of sage. You can make this today or tomorrow for heightened flavor on Sunday when you’re ready to dish up.


Pico de gallo is a natural salsa and way better than anything canned you have on your list to buy at the grocery store. It’s extremely easy and flexible to make as spicy or mild as you like. And, it’s just so much prettier than lackluster reds salsas we’ve all had.


(photo courtesy of The Duo Dishes)

You have to have something sweet to balance all the savory eats, right. I’m not really familiar with go-t0 desserts at parties or dinners hosted on Super Bowl, but I recommend this sexy sour cream cake as originally made my good friend Chrystal from the blog The Duo Dishes. I was in sweet heaven, pun totally intended, when I saw this post last year. I bookmarked it to make and finally the time has come to make my version of it. I didn’t deviate so much from hers as I found it to be pretty on point– I mean the picture alone is tasty. But I had to switch it up a bit. My twist on it was to add freshly grated ginger. It gives it a fabulous bite and complements the sour cream better than you could ever imagine.

Since I’m not hosting a party, rather barging my Latina girlfriend’s house (because everything she’s making is guaranteed to be intoxication, literally and figuratively), I committed to bringing something other flan, drinks, hummus, or a delicious black bean dip (which I still may make). Chrystal’s poundcake hit the spot and took no time convincing myself to labor this week.

So, for this Sunday, consider these appS, snacks and bites that will keep you satisfied the entire evening, that’s if you pace yourself and your guests.

All hail to the winning team! Next up on Sunday, I’ll be teasing you with beer options, though I’m far from a connoisseur, and don’t even drink it, but for the sake of sharing some options, I’m on my way to a tasting! Come back on Domingo for foamy, flavorful beer options. I’m thinking it’ll be a post for the fellas, mostly.

Other basics, but crowd pleasers you may consider: 

Artichoke & Spinach Dip  Pineapple Guac  Garlicky Hummus  Bean Salad  Nachos Libre

Eat well, love unapologetically, pray with true intention, and take care of yourself.

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Olive Oil, Sour Cream & Ginger Pound Cake (adapted from The Duo Dishes recipe)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar (raw sugar is optional)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil; and additional  teaspoon to grease the pan
  • 3/4  cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. grated ginger
  • Powdered sugar, optional
Coat the bottom, sides and edges of a 9×5″ non-stick baking pan with olive oil. Line the pan with parchment paper, trimming the edges as necessary but leaving enough to create ‘handles’ that will make it easy to remove the cake from the pan. Rub the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil along the paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, eggs, sugar, olive oil and lemon juice and gigner until combined. Combine the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk  until smooth, leaving no lumps. Pour the batter into the oiled pan and bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until browned. To check for doneness, stick a toothpick or butter knife on a corner and see if it comes out smooth. If so, cake is done. If inserted stick comes out a bit gooey, bake for an additional 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cake to cool for at least 30 minutes, then carefully lift it out of the pan with the edges of the parchment paper. Cool for another 30 minutes on a cooling rack. Move to a serving plate or cake platter and dust with powdered sugar if desired.
Homemade Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings


  • 1 lb. chicken wings, legs and thighs
  • 2 cups mango-habanero sauce   (recipe follows)
  • canola oil for frying
  • 2 lemons
  • salt and pepper to taste (add more pepper for a spicier wing)


Rinse and pat dry chicken pieces. Season with salt, pepper and juice from fresh-squeezed lemons. Cover and let marinate for 30 minutes. In deep fryer or large skillet, heat oil and cook chicken for 10 minutes or until gold brown all around and somewhat crispy. Place paper towel on large plate and transfer chicken to plate allowing excess oil to be absorbed. Transfer chicken to large glass dish or large bowl. Pour mango-habanero sauce over chicken and cover all pieces. Use a wooden spoon to blend will if needed.

Mango-Habanero Sauce


  • 3 tbsp. peanut oil
  • 2 small Spanish onions, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 habanero chiles, minced
  • 2 tbsp. grated ginger
  • 3 cups apple vinegar


Heat oil in medium saucepan on medium high. Add mangoes, habaneros, onion and garlic and cook down until onion is transparent. Reduce heat to medium and stir in sugar, vinegar and ginger. Add salt to taste. Reduce heat to low and cook sauce for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add sauce to blender or food processor. Pulse for a few minutes until sauce has thinned out.

66 thoughts on “Latin & Fusion Super Bowl Food: Lemon Pepper Wings w/Mango Habanero, Sage Chili, Yuca Fries & Sour Cream & Ginger Pound Cake Recipes

  1. Wow Bren! This looks amazing!! You are killing me here..and I’m seeing this as I am heading to the gym…the chicken wings with the habanero sauce look amazing! I have never been a fan of wings but these wings are calling me! I love pico degallo and am always looking for new versions to try! Thanks for always having such amazing recipes to enjoy!

  2. This looks amazing!! I absolutely adore Yucca fries. Eventhough cassava is a part of our cuisine we just don’t fry them like that. I had a taste at a Latino restaurant and have been hooked ever since. Think I might have to try that Mango-Habanero sauce…

  3. Love it! These look so good. I wonder if I might try and make them for tomorrow? Thank you!! (PS – your pictures always make me so hungry!!)

  4. OMGoodness does this look mouthwatering! I swear next time you drive to DC and pass by my neighborhood, I’m going to snatch you off the highway so I can take you to my house and you can cook for me & and my familia! (don’t worry, I’ll eventually let you go off on your way. 😉

  5. Nice! These look perfect for any and every armchair quarterback. habaneros …spicy! I might turn as red as my hair. ha!

  6. Itzel: I’m not the biggest fan of chicken wings either, but I fried these to perfection and then the added sauce just took them over the top! Worked just lovely!

    Jehan P: Yucca fries are the bomb!

    Peruvian Delights: I know I saw yours! Great minds think alike! I’m sure you’ve seen my comment on your by now. Fantastic!

    Sanura: Yuca fries any day over French!! And I have to say the chili is quite delicious.

    Monica: If you made them, let me know! You won’t be disappointed at all!

    Lisa: Yes! I love the way you think! Any excuse to feed people my food, and I’m there!! Plus, a break in my drive is always in good taste.

    Rosa: Thanks!

    Chris: Hahahahaha. They were banging!

    Noemi: I’m just sayin’– it’s what I do, girl! Pls DO follow the instructions and tweet me if you need help! 😉

  7. You had me at chicken wings! I love them. Really addicted. And I love fries. So, yeah. This may be my favorite post of yours ever lol.

  8. It’s a good thing that I’m not actually in front of all this magical nom nom food. I would so fall off of the pescetarian wagon and right on my head–with one of those wings in my mouth. And the pound cake? {Sigh} Can’t wait for the beer suggestions.


  9. titi this looks so yummy. mami made some food for papi yesterday. but her chicken did not good this good. i love you.

  10. girl, those yuca fries look amazing! I didn’t watch the game, but if I had hosted some friends, all of this seems to have been so perfect for entertaining. I know that habanero sauce has the right amount of heat. Love your work!

  11. bueno! bueno! bueno! ahi todo se ve muy rico. La yuca. El pollo. La ensalada. Todo esta rico, mijo. Tengo ganas que me cocines.

  12. Ooooooo my taste buds! I want lots of them right now 😀 Seriously yummy! Forget the diets and bring me Mango Lassi to down all those yummilicious finger lickin goodies!

  13. Lemon oil may be used in aromatherapy. Researchers at The Ohio State University found that lemon oil aroma does not influence the human immune system, but may enhance mood.

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