Football Food: Get the flavor of Super Bowl 47 with New Orleans cuisine

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Tampa, Florida -- Forget chicken wings and bean dip! To get the real taste of Super Bowl XLVII, serve up New Orleans cuisine at your Super Bowl party.

New Orleans is hosting its record-tying tenth Super Bowl this weekend, and generations of fans have chowed down on great food before and after the big-time football.

To help you capture that same flavor for your Super Bowl party, we talked with Louis Robert, owner of Second Line Cafe -- formerly NOLA Cafe -- in Hyde Park.

His restaurant specializes in three New Orleans dishes as perfect for parties: Jambalaya, Seafood Gumbo, and Shrimp Etouffee.

All three are bold, filling dishes that feature meats with distinctive sauces served over rice.

What makes the cuisine of New Orleans so special? "It's the way it's seasoned," Robert said.

"Lots of people think that New Orleans food is hot or spicy," but that's not true, he said. Instead, it's the perfect balance of seasoning that makes the food of the Big Easy so easy to enjoy.

To finish off your meal, Robert recommends a king cake. It's a New Orleans tradition that the ring-shaped cake is sliced and one person finds a small plastic baby inside, representing Jesus Christ.

If you find the baby, you have the honor of hosting the next king cake party.

You can visit the Second Line Cafe website to check out party platters and other catering options for Super Bowl parties.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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