This is it.
Thirty two teams have played a combined total of five hundred twenty two games to get to this point.
Two teams are left – The Green Bay Packers & The Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday February 6 at 6:30pm Eastern Time – Live from the shrine that Jerry Jones built to himself in .
Super Bowl XLV
The Super Bowl, however, is much more than just a football game. It’s an event that has outgrown even itself. It is a media circus with hundreds of reporters from all over the
world looking for a fresh angle to a stale story. It’s television commercials costing $2.8m for just 30 seconds that can make or break a company the next day in the USA Today Ad Meter ratings. It’s millions & millions of dollars being bet legally & illegally
in casinos and 100 square office pools.
And finally, it’s food and lots of it because no one watches the Super Bowl without a Super Spread.
Every year I somehow get my wife & children to leave the house soon after breakfast on Super Bowl Sunday. Every year I make a last second rush to the grocery store for things
I have forgotten or things I think I might need. Every year I come home and do some work outside to get my head right before entering the kitchen. Every year I try to out do myself from the year before. And this year I have some added pressure in that when
my wife & kids come home from their day of “forced exile”, they will be bringing my father with them as well as my wife’s friend Vilma. I need to deliver like I never have before.
Like any good coach, I have been working on my menu/game plan for a couple of weeks. Actually, I started working on this year’s Super Bowl as soon as last year’s Super Bowl
was over. What worked ? What didn’t ? Which dish needs to be retired ? Which dish needs to transform ? I continue working on it all season as I travel from city to city trying new foods. I then start to focus in as the playoffs begin and we can get a sense
of the regional aspects we need to address. There are old stand-bys who play every year. There are new kids trying to break in and make a splash. There are going to be audibles called as the game goes on based on time & ingredients.
But for now, there has been too much talk. Let’s meet the Super Bowl XLV Menu Line-up for this Sunday.
ALLIGATOR CHILI – This recipe has been a Super Bowl
standard since 2006 and I could not imagine a Super Bowl now without it. You can even see me make it if you click on one of the links below.
HONEY ORANGE CHICKEN WINGS – a long time favorite
in our kitchen starts with a base of Uncle Dougie’s Chicago Style Chicken Wing Marinade (http://www.originaluncledougies.com/index.html< ) and adds in OJ, Honey,
Mustard & Key Lime Juice for juicy fall off the bone chicken wings.
BABY BACK RIBS – cook them low & slow with a rub
or sauce to be determined at the moment they hit the pan. This is one of those decisions best made on the fly.
CHEDDAR BACON DEVILED EGGS – as simple as their name
implies in that I add shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon bits & some hot sauce to the mustard, mayo & paprika that usually is found in the center of a deviled egg.
PITTSBURGH HAM BBQ CRESCENTS – this one is a mashup
of 2 recipes here on AR in that I plan to make the ham bbq and then instead of serving it on a bun, I am going to roll it up into Pillsbury Crescent dough and then slice it into rounds that I will then bake. I may make this a bi-partisan dish by introducing
cheese to the mix but I need to taste the sauce first.
CRAWFISH & CORN NACHO SCOOPS – (for lack of a better
name) I saw a recipe booklet for 50 kinds of nachos the other day stuffed into a magazine and it had a crab & corn recipe that looked interesting. Now I am going to play with it a little but picture cheesy crawfish goodness spilling out of a tiny tortilla
BASIL ROASTED RED PEPPER JACK CORN MUFFINS – it’s
a mouthful to say and a mouthful to eat. I do believe that this was actually the very first recipe I ever saved into my AR Recipe Box and I also believe that this is the first time it has ever been served at the Super Bowl. It’s also the first time I will
make muffins instead of a loaf pan.
CHERRY BALSAMIC DUCK WITH SPINACH & GOAT CHEESE PANINIS
– here’s a wild card entry this year. I have had really good luck with paninis in the past and I have had really good luck with duck too. I wanted to do something fresh & interesting and this combo caught my eye as a salad on a menu recently and then grew
from there as I thought it out some more.
EGGS BENEDICT WITH KEY LIME HOLLANDAISE – This is
the dish that least likely fits in with the rest of the menu (also a tradition – see yellow pea & apple daal from last year) and this is easily the most likely dish to not get made. Which of course means that I will go out of my way to make it at the expense
of some other dishes. There is no way it will be as good as I see it in my mind but I will serve it anyway. Wish me luck.
SWEET POTATO FRIES – I always order these whenever
I see them on the menu. I always screw them up when I try to make them. Despite that, everyone always loves them. I don’t know why I try every year but I do.
MOM’S BLONDIES – I am making these especially for
Dad this year. Mom passed away back in August and I know he hasn’t had these in well over a year. I’ll use mom’s recipe and I will use her nasty old non-stick cookie sheet that has been responsible for countless trays of this goodness.
and finally –
MINI SUNDAE BAR WITH PHYLLO CUPS – 3 or 4 kinds of ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate syrup, cut up bananas, whipped cream & sprinkles – use a melon scooper to drop the ice cream
into the phyllo cup and have at it. Always a hit at the end of the meal with the kids.
So there you have it. That’s the game plan as of right now. There will be additions and there will be subtractions. There will be success and there will be failure. Not everything
will come off as I hoped it would but if you have watched enough cooking shows like I have, you know to expect the unexpected. (I know I can also plan on my wife making her kick butt guacamole.) Who cares who wins (my team was out of the race by late September)
as long as everyone enjoys themselves and is fat & happy after the game.
So what’s on your menu for Sunday ?