Let’s be honest, nobody cares about the NFL Pro Bowl. Nobody that is except for the player’s wives and the player’s agents and the only reason they like the NFL Pro Bowl is
because it takes place in (except for last year when they foolishly played it in ). They also get an extra paycheck and usually they trigger a clause in their contract that gets them a bonus. That’s sweet music to the ears of the player’s wives & to the wallets
of their 10% agents. The players on the other hand haven’t played in a couple of weeks and after wearing pads every day since mid July, they are
more than ready to call it a season since they aren’t playing next week in the Super Bowl. That game, of course, being the only game that every player wants to be playing in at the end of the season. In fact, the Pro Bowl used to be played
the week after the Super Bowl but it got changed last year (when they foolishly moved it to ) to the week before the Super Bowl as a way to keep football on TV and all other sports out of the spotlight if for even a minute.
So what does that mean for us in the National Food-Ball League ? Well it could mean that we honor the best of the best but we already have seen countless end of the year “Best
of” lists and to be honest, we aren’t about that anyway here in the National Food-Ball League. We have always been about the cuisine and/or
grub that best represents the team & it’s locale. Now since it’s hard to pick foods that represent teams called “American” & “National”, we are going to pick some foods that say
ALOHA !!! instead.
So come join me for a virtual food-ball luau as we sit back and watch a bunch of overpaid all-stars go through the motions.
Every food-ball spread needs some finger foods & some appetizers so in the spirit of all that is Shake I present to you our own food-ball
Pu Pu Platter
Hawaiian Chicken Wings
(because honestly, how can you watch football of any caliber on TV without some wings ?)
Hawaiian Hot Dog Surprise
(because how can anyone say no to little hot dogs especially with baked beans & pineapple ?)
Hawaiian Fried Won Tons (because while Spam may just be misunderstood meat in a can, in the islands it’s a tasty way of life)
Once the pre-game show is over (the college basketball game over on CBS or ESPN), it’s time to move into the main course offerings and once again we have taken an island twist
on a couple of dishes.
(because pizza & football belong together and I LIKE pineapple on MY pizza too)
(because pineapple sounds so wrong yet so right in a grilled cheese & bacon sandwich – serve it with a mango ketchup)
Hawaiian Chicken I
(because chicken & pineapple as a combo is as classic as sweet & sour chicken in a Chinese restaurant and it looks good heaped on rice)
(because while it doesn’t sound Hawaiian in name, the first time I ever had butterfish was in and it just melted)
Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker
(because PIG is Football and PIG is ALWAYS the star of any luau)
Aloha Coleslaw & Hawaiian Coleslaw
(because you always need coleslaw with any & all barbecue so since it’s the Pro Bowl, we have two)
and for dessert
Hawaiian Wedding Cake II
(because I needed a dessert with the word “Hawaiian” in it)
Pineapple Orange Sorbet (because we need something light to help cleanse our pallet just before we start in on the whole spread all over again)
So grab a Mai Tai or Pina Colada and dig right in. Enjoy the Pro Bowl. I know I won’t be watching the game myself but I did see a can of Spam in the kitchen cabinet near a can
of crushed pineapple and some coconut milk. Come back next week when we not only set up the Packers & Steelers menus for the “Supper Bowl” but when we also review the menu I will be making for the game. (I just found out that my father is coming up to watch
the game with us so the pressure is on.)
Mahalo & Aloha.