Football season is coming to an end, but not with out the game of all games. What makes the Superbowl so epic that even non football people throw outrageous parties and eat all sorts of dips and chips? I was a Bronco's fan for all those years they made it the big game and lost. After that I sort of tuned out and moved to a state that I never really cheered for. I used to love working during the Superbowl because the shop was a ghost town. The grocery stores are always pleasantly empty and any restaurant without a TV has a very short wait during the game.
Now you can find me back in front of the TV, intermittently yelling and dipping and snacking. I decided why would one skip an opportunity to lounge about with family and it's more than acceptable to nosh for 2 hours. Plus, my son has taken to football and has only lost one game so far.
His playing has taught me much more about the game than I have ever gleaned from all those years of half watching men crash into each other, a bit of gabbing, and to honest here I usually thumb through a magazine during all those replays and analysis of each team. Check out his scowl. That would be one intimidating guy if he was coming at ya.
What I'm really in the game for is the food. I won't lie to you. That's the reason I show up to a lot of events. The Superbowl to me is the pulse of what people REALLY want to eat. So called 'low brow' food is desirable and sought after, and if you want to fancy something up it better still have soul. I took one of our favorite football foods and gave it a little change up. The family thought they were good enough to keep in rotation, and I thought I'd post them here incase you are still searching for that perfect game day meal.
Citrus Spicy Wings With Cilantro Dip
2.5 lbs chicken drummets and wings (you can buy the whole wings, cut off the drummet and remove the little end and use as stock) This has good pics for processing the wing.
juice and zest of one whole orange
1/3 cup soy sauce (Tamari sauce for gluten free)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 inch piece of ginger grated
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
1 scallion chopped (optional garnish)
1 Tablespoon cilantro chopped (optional garnish)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 large scallions chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper
In a large soup pot that has a steamer place water in the bottom until it hits the steamer basket. Add all the chicken pieces to the steamer and place over high heat and cover with a lid. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a gentle simmer to steam the wings.
While the wings are steaming add remaining wing ingredients (except garnish) into a large bowl and stir. After 15-20 minutes remove the wings from the steamer and place into the large bowl with the sauce and stir to coat. Heat the oven to broil around 425º. Now you want to crisp the skin and glaze the sauce over the top. Place the wings evenly on a baking sheet. Place on the second shelf under broiler and watch closely. After 3-4 minutes remove from the oven flip over and brush more sauce over the top. Broil again and continue this process until the skin is crisp. I like to place all the wings back into the bowl of sauce and coat them before placing on the serving tray, but this isn't necessary. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and scallions to garnish.
To make the dip place all ingredients in a small bowl and stir. Taste for salt and pepper and add as desired. Serve with the wings.
These wings had a nice heat to them, and some sweetness from the orange to balance it out. If you're feeling adventurous you could serve them with this beer punch that sounds interesting and I just may give it a try this year. Or my favorite beer lemonade, or if beer is not your thing this cucumber lime cocktail may do the trick. Another perfect pairing for this Super menu would be this spicy popcorn. If you want to go a completely different route and serve some awesome sammies may I recommend some over the top mayo to go with?
I'm still nailing down our menu, but this is what's in the works -
- Sliders (anyone have any suggestions for the best?)
- Some form of deviled egg - this is my all time fav
- Fried fingerling potatoes with homemade dipping sauces (recipe to come)
- Home made ice cream - flavor to be determined
- Drinky drinks - beer punch and a fruity peachy non alcoholic drink for the kids