We have reached the eve of one of the biggest food days of the year. No, not Thanksgiving, not Easter brunch, not even Fourth of July barbecue…Super Bowl Sunday. While I am not the biggest football fan in the world, I certainly do love the festivity surrounding this day as well as any opportunity to create delicious twists on popular dishes.
When it comes to football food, I immediately think of gut busting, ranch laden finger foods. There is definitely some nostalgia there, but also a lot of heartburn! This year, we will be sticking to the tried and true but going with a seasonal (and bit lighter) fare.
Chicken is in for 2013, so bring on the wings…
Wings are almost the #1 quintessential football food and tomorrow will be no exception. Winter is the season for citrus and my pantry is stuffed with homemade citrus marmalades from foodie friends. I will be using a delicious orange marmalade from the local farmers market to glaze these deliciously sticky wings. Any fruit preserve will work though!
Spicy Orange Marmalade Chicken Wings
2T Asian-style chili paste (I use Sambal Oelek)
1 cup orange marmalade
⅓ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup hoisin sauce
1T soy sauce
combine all ingredients in saucepan and heat until melted and combined
~ Season 5 lbs prepared chicken wings liberally with salt and pepper
~ Coat wings in flour (I use a large, clean bag to toss wings in flour)
~ Place wings on a single layer on a greased cookie sheet (I also recommend spraying wings with oil for better browning)
~ Bake 30 mins each side in a 400 degree oven
~ Toss cooked wings in glaze and serve!
Nachos come in as a tie with wings when it comes to game watching grub, but like its counterpart they are often soggy and overwhelming. If you choose a delicious (and sturdy) base, there is no need to drown the chips with toppings. Instead, I am choosing bright and flavorful ingredients that will allow me to savor each bite, and each chip! Check out Bon Appetit for amazing nacho advice but in the meantime, here are my personal game time nacho toppings…
thick, sturdy tortilla chips (I like Mission brand)
seasoned black beans (drained)
grated sharp cheddar and monterey jack cheeses
fresh diced tomato
good quality sour cream (look for one with only milk and enzymes)
hot sauce (I love Tapatio)
fresh chopped cilantro
fresh squeezed lime juice (to taste)
~ layer the first 5 ingredients on a cookie sheet, making sure each chip has sufficient cheese and toppings.
~ bake at 350 degrees for approx 15-20 mins or until cheese is melted.
~ finish with remaining 5 ingredients and enjoy!
The final must have for a Super Bowl party is beer. While I am a beer drinker, I much prefer it out of a tap and unless you have beer on tap at home you will be drinking out of bottles or cans tomorrow. For something a little lighter and different, I will be serving beer ” cocktails”. While some of my favorites include liquor, the ones for tomorrow will only have beer and mixers (it is a Sunday after all!) Here are two of my all-time favorites.
Balance out the spiciness of wings with a Shandy by mixing equal parts beer and carbonated lemonade or ginger ale (I recommend a lighter, wheat style ale).
A Michelada pairs perfectly with nachos…simply add a dash of hot sauce and the juice of one lime to your favorite Mexican beer (serve in a glass with salted rim)