By Martie Duncan, Contributor

The biggest party in football and the second largest day for food consumption (behind Thanksgiving) is Super Bowl Sunday. No matter if your team makes it to the big game or not, most of us will be huddled around the television to watch-- if not for the game, for the commercials. Instead of the typical wings and chips menu, enjoy some food trends I found at the New York City Wine and Food Festival’s Jets and Chefs Ultimate Tailgate party to help shake up your game day plan.


Curried Beef Short RibsHigh Braise: Braised Beef Short Ribs over Parsnip Puree and Fresh Horseradish at a tailgate? You bet. In fact, braising an inexpensive cut of meat can affordably feed a large crowd and because you can cook a day or two in advance, braising makes cooking for a party very simple. Serve Curried Beef Short Ribs or Cabernet Braised Short Ribs as small plates over mashed potatoes, grits, polenta, or couscous.


Suadero TacosGo Global with Street Food: The food truck craze has helped popularize some of the world’s best street food so it is no wonder chefs are creating street food recipes for tailgate parties. Because you can grab it and go, street food favorites like steamed buns, skewers, and tacos are perfect party fare. Try Chinese Steamed Pork Buns, Pork Sate with Peanut-Mirin Sauce or Suadero Tacos with Serrano-Cilantro Salsa to bring the world to your menu.


Buffalo Chicken Meatball SlidersMeatball Mania: Meatballs are hip again! Not so popular in recent years, the lowly meatball is back. And not just in marinara, either. No matter the mix: lamb, chicken, beef, pork, veal, or a combination of these… meatballs were everywhere at this tailgate. Easy to serve on skewers or on a bun like Italian Meatball Sliders or Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders.


Rosemary Grilled SteakSavory Jam: Savory, not sweet jams were present on several dishes including the Veal, Beef and Pork Meatball with Parmesan Cream and Tomato Jam from Bill’s Bar and Burger. Similar to chutney, savory jams like Tomato Jam, Bacon Jam and Onion Jam can be used as a condiment. Try this recipe for Rosemary Grilled Steak with Tomato Jam if you only have a few people coming over and be sure to make plenty of jam; it keeps up to a week in the fridge and you can eat it on everything from sandwiches and BBQ to roast chicken and eggs.


Honey-Sesame Grilled Chicken WingsUpgrade List: Classic chicken wings got an upgrade at this party with quality ingredients or unique seasonings. Try one of these wing recipes with a spin: Honey Sesame Grilled Wings, Lemon Drop Chicken Wings or spicy Tamil Chicken Wings which get their zip from turmeric and lemongrass.