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My Super Bowl XLV Menu Review - what worked & what failed 
Feb. 8, 2011 1:49 pm 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2011 9:02 am
Cheeseheads Rejoice ! The Anthem has been botched. The commercials have been watched. The Half Time Show has shown which super group is really nothing more than a very generous mixing board. The food has been consumed. The time has expired and the confetti cannons have been fired. The Green Bay Packers have taken the Lombardi Trophy back home to the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field with a thrilling 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday. For Steelers fans there is always “next year”. (A phrase that I am sure Buffalo Bills fans got awfully tired of hearing a while back when they lost 4 Super Bowls in a row). And that can only mean one thing, it time for the Super Bowl XLV Menu Review. What worked ? What didn’t ? Who got the MVP & the trip to Disney World and who got the bench & a trip to the showers ? And which dish just never made it to the game ?

ALLIGATOR CHILI  - This rock solid favorite once again anchored the buffet table during the game. We had two alligator “virgins” try it and they both were converts. This may have been the best batch I ever cooked up and that includes the time that What’s Cooking ? came to tape. (and how did you do dragonfly22 – I am dying to know)

HONEY CHICKEN WINGS – These had a hot sticky sweetness to them that matched the golden color that low & slow in the oven gave them. The chicken was just about falling off the bone. I can’t remember the last time I screwed these up.

BABY BACK RIBS – I put these in a pan with some orange juice & maple syrup, covered them tight with foil and let them cook at 275 for a couple of hours. A second saucing during the last uncovered half hour gave them a little more flavor. The meat was again falling off the bone but I think I might have liked them a little firmer. By the time I got done slicing, the rib bowl was starting to resemble a pile of pulled pork. Not the best I have ever done but a good solid contender.

CHEDDAR BACON DEVILED EGGS – These get better every time I make them. I threw in a slice of bacon for each egg and shredded a lot more cheddar then I needed. Mayo, Spicy Brown Mustard, a dash or two of Hot Sauce and a sprinkle of Paprika and these bad boys looked like they were on steroids. The filling was just overflowing out of the eggs and my deviled egg loving daughter was in heaven.

HAM BARBECUE CRESCENTS – having never made or tasted Pittsburgh BBQ before I wasn’t sure what to expect. (I wasn’t however surprised to see so much ketchup in the recipe considering which company is based in ) I was pleasantly surprised by the sauce I started to put it all together. It reminded me a little bit of baked beans and when the ham got mixed in, it really started to come together. I probably should have cooked it down a bit more than I did because it was a little runny and difficult to roll on the crescent dough with the shredded swiss. Once I got it rolled up into two separate rolls, I wrapped them one more time in parchment before throwing them into the freezer for a couple of hours. Just before game time, I pulled them out and sliced them into rounds. A distraction due to the kids coming home early meant they stayed in the oven a few minutes longer than intended so they had a little char on the edges but that added to their character. I will definitely continue to experiment & mash up recipes with these rollups.

CRAWFISH & CORN NACHO SCOOPS – This sounded so good in theory but in practice, it probably was my biggest failure/disappointment. The original recipe that I was freestyling off of called for crab & mayonnaise but I wasn’t making a dip so I left out the mayo. I also added some cilantro, green onion & diced red pepper so it looked great when I scooped it into the nacho scoops but I think that key lime juice I used made the scoops soggy and the jack cheese wasn’t enough of a binder. I think what I really needed to use was something more like a cilantro lime cream sauce or a white fish taco sauce. This idea has tremendous potential and I think the next time I try it, we will be singing it’s praises and making little statues in the backyard in it’s honor.

BASIL ROASTED RED PEPPER JACK CORN MUFFINS – the picture at the bottom says it all for this idea. Clearly a visual masterpiece as well as being a taste great sensation. The pepperjack cheese gives it a little bite and they can almost be a side dish on their very own.

CHERRY BALSAMIC DUCK WITH SPINACH & GOAT CHEESE PANINIS – TOUCHDOWN !!! MVP !!! THIS IS GOING TO DISNEY WORLD !!! FAR & AWAY THE CROWD FAVORITE !!! The only change I would make on this sandwich (and I am going to submit it to AR in the very near future) is to make sure I used duck breast. By the time I got to Shop Rite, they only had duck leg quarters left and while good, I think shredded duck breast would have made the Panini that much better.

EGGS BENEDICT WITH KEY LIME HOLLANDAISE – This was the No-Show. I just plain ran out of time. Every time I thought about getting them going, something else needed my attention. Combine that with the family coming home early thus throwing off the feng shui of my kitchen and this plan was toast. In a small consolation, they have been requested for Sunday breakfast this week. We shall see.

SWEET POTATO FRIES – I didn’t screw them up but they didn’t impress either. Probably my best effort to date but still severely lacking in the eyes of this particular chef. One of these years I will treat them with the respect they deserve or I will get that bag of Ore-Ida sweet potato fries and just tell everyone they were mine.

MOM’S BLONDIES – she must have been watching because they were great. Not quite as cakey as I remember hers being but still god enough to cause catfights in the office yesterday when I didn’t bring in enough of them to share. Thank you all for your kind words in your comments too. That made making them feel even a little more special. In a side note, they were the first dish made on Sunday and the last dish served.

and finally – MINI SUNDAE BAR WITH PHYLLO CUPS – ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles and no limit on how many mommy & daddy say you can eat. Can you say awesomeness ? I bought some Neapolitan Ice Cream to make sure I had every base covered plus I had some Mint Chocolate Chip for me on the side. A great way to end the meal.

Combine all of that with 4 out of combo 5 bets made in Las Vegas paying off (I didn’t get any money down on Christina Aguilera and the National Anthem but I would have bet the under) and it made for a fun game for all involved.

So what worked for you ? What didn’t ? Did you go to anyone’s party and find a platter of something you wanted to smuggle home under your jersey ? Was there something you took a bite off and then immediately looked to see if anyone would notice if you stuffed it into the seat cushions ?

And come back next time when we try to get out of the habit of writing sports related food blogs and get back to writing food related blogs about nothing.

Basil Monterey Jack Roasted Red Pepper Corn Muffins
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Pittsburgh Barbecue Ham Crescents
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Crawfish & Corn Nacho Scoops
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Cheddar Bacon Deviled Eggs
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Pull Apart Baby Back Ribs
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Honey Orange Chicken Wings
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Cherry Balsamic Duck with Spinach & Goat Cheese Paninis
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Mom's Blondies
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Feb. 8, 2011 2:02 pm
Looks like a real winner! (Get that duck recipe up for us soon!). A feast for the eyes as well as tummies! Thanks for sharing, Doug - and Way To Go!!
Feb. 8, 2011 2:09 pm
Great job Doug! You really went all out! What a feast! I was just telling BF's son about your deviled eggs, as he loves bacon. His mouth is practically watering- guess I will have to try them out! Those wings look right up my ally. Everything sounds pretty darn good actually! Nice pics too. That being said, not such a great day for me as you can imagine. Nothing went right- I missed almost the whole first quarter (listened on the radio though, so I got to hear the botched Anthem), almost ran out of beer, dang near had a heart attack from the stress lol, and then we LOST! Oh, the devastation...I am still not over it. And I didn't end up serving or eating anything the whole day :( I have enjoyed all of your blogs, thanks for sharing with us! And like you said- Next year, baby, next year!!!!
Feb. 8, 2011 2:46 pm
Good grief!! How did you find time to make all this AND watch the game?!? Amazing is all I can say, Doug! Let me guess? TV in the kitchen? Kitchen overlooking the family room?! Glad to hear all went well! Those eggs look oustanding! And the wings? My mouth is watering just looking at the picture! TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!
Feb. 8, 2011 3:18 pm
Hi Staci - I promise to get that duck recipe up soon because I need to know where to find it. It can also be done as a salad
Feb. 8, 2011 3:22 pm
Hi Puck - I could feel your pain as that final pass hit the ground. Thanks for all the blog comments - it's been my pleasure. Good luck in the offseason and good luck next year.
Feb. 8, 2011 3:30 pm
Hi MrsRPM - I started with the blondies & boiling the eggs at noon and didn't stop until all the food was on the table at 6pm. It helps to have 6 burners, 2 ovens and a warming drawer. And yes, TV in the kitchen - 20"HD mounted next to the oven. Thanks for stopping in. I have some extra wings....
Feb. 8, 2011 4:10 pm
Wow! The pictures are great! Those monterey jack roasted red pepper corn muffins look amazing, and I am also a deviled egg fan and will be trying that recipe as well. Broccoli Cheese soup turned out great, btw. Thanks for sharing.
Feb. 8, 2011 4:41 pm
Everything looks so good! I can't wait to try the paninis. I'm bummed about the nachos, I was hoping they would be as awesome as they sound and look. (I wanted to make them for Valentines Day) My most popular dish was the beer battered cheese curds with sour cream-horseradish dip. I was also really happy with the cherry galette with frozen custard and hot fudge sauce. The cranberry salsa was not the greatest-I think some avacado would have made it better. But best of all- The PACKERS!!!
Feb. 8, 2011 4:43 pm
Wow I just LOVE the blog! Thanks so much for sharing. What got my attention was one of the daily photos were the Basil Monterey Jack Roasted Red Pepper Corn Muffins (they look quite yummy). What I do really need to know though is the recipe for your Honey wings please. :-)
Feb. 8, 2011 5:13 pm
Wow! Everything looks and sounds yummy. One of these days I will try alligator! I ended up sick so all I actually got made was the Chili. I BS'd my way through nachos, and made hubby go to the store for dessert :) Ah well it was still tasty.
Feb. 8, 2011 5:43 pm
just plain cruel shoes doug, showing the pictures and better yet, the mental pictures! excellent job!!
Feb. 8, 2011 7:02 pm
Great blog, everything looks good!
Feb. 9, 2011 2:43 am
Good morning Mangel. I need a good broccoli cheese soup recipe - I am tired of my own version. Thanks for all your commets & participation this playoff season. Have a great one.
Feb. 9, 2011 2:47 am
Good morning Hazelnut - that cherry galette sounds great. As for the crawfish nachos - it wasn't the recipe, it was the execution. I think this can still become a great dish. Thanks & have a great day.
Feb. 9, 2011 4:02 am
the food sounds, and was, terrific! all the classics were done amazing and the newbies were delicious! the only thing i had a problem with were the sweet potato fries. they could have been crispier. but the food was AWESOME!!!!
Feb. 9, 2011 12:18 pm
Hi YummyMummy and thanks. Wings are easy - about a 1/2 cup of wing sauce - 1/2 cup oj - 2tbs honey - 2tbs mustard - 1tb lime juice - marinate - cover & bake at 300 for at least 90 mins and then uncover for 30 more. Emjoy
Feb. 9, 2011 4:23 pm
Well - now I'm not only envious of your food expertise - but it sounds like you have my DREAM kitchen - - a 6 burner with 2 ovens and a warming drawing AND a TV - I'm going to hire you to design my next kitchen. Your game food all looked well executed - and worthy of their own "MVF" (Most Valuable Food) Award. I submitted deviled eggs (which are similar to yours) and chocolate trifle to the SB party we attended. Both seemed to be a hit. I have a suggestion for your sweet potato fries. A restaurant I worked in (I'm a chef) did a twist on sweet potatoes that I found interesting and very tasty. They would get the shoe string sweet potato fries and make a tempura batter. You put some of the batter in a bowl and put a handful of frozen fries in the batter and make sure they are well coated. Then singularly drop these batter coated fries in hot oil for deep frying. It is a little time consuming because of the individualistic style of making them. But they are so awesome! We served them in a paper cone with an Asian sauce that had a sweet and tangy taste. Give them a try - I think you'll love them. Thanks for all your blogs through the football season - - I challenge you to blog on!
Feb. 9, 2011 4:24 pm
Hi rae and trust me - when you do finally try gator, you will wonder what took you so long. Thanks for checking in
Feb. 9, 2011 4:25 pm
Thanks gderr - I didn't mean to torture, only to show there is more to this chef than a keyboard.
Feb. 9, 2011 4:25 pm
Thanks Magnolia Blossom
Feb. 9, 2011 4:27 pm
I had a problem with the sweet potato fries too Caty24 - if you all hadn't come home early, I would have crisped them in the oven, I think. Better yet, next time, let's get a bag of Ore Ida fries instead.
Feb. 9, 2011 4:30 pm
Good evening luv2cook - I do want to try that chocolate trifle of yours...I am willing to try just about anything in search of the perfect sweet potato fry....and don't worry, I have a few more blogging tricks up my sleeve - thanks for all your input the last few weeks
Feb. 9, 2011 4:33 pm
Your menu and pictures look awesome! What a great host you are. Unfortunately, all I downed during the game was antibiotics and cough drops! Can't wait til March Madness now!
Feb. 9, 2011 5:19 pm
Thanks & Hi maggie - hope you are feeling better - who is your team for the Big Dance ?
Feb. 9, 2011 6:40 pm
Hey Doug---I REALLY appreciate the honesty!! The good, the bad and the ugly!! We all learn from our experiences, especailly when we are brave enough to try new recipes. Big KUDOS to you---that was quite an undertaking, and I am sure that the fam was overwhelmingly greatful!! My small contribution---a pot of burracho beans was totally consumed by our SB crowd...hope to get the recipe in a posting format soon. Again, WOW, what a feat!
Feb. 10, 2011 4:45 am
good morning & thank you Aunt Zibba - you won't know if something is good or not until you try it and I am always willing to fall on my face in the kitchen in order to find a new flavor combination. Looking forward to those beans.
Feb. 10, 2011 7:13 am
Hey Doug, Nice layout ! You sold me on the duck, I have to try that. Your chili was a hit! I posted a review I can't wait to make it again! I think I chopped the gator up to small but next time I'll have to make them bigger! I also forgot to get the chili in the sauce but it still came out awesome! My hubby was suppose to make it ( ya know falling into the New Year resolution ) I made the chili so maybe next time! Thanks again for the recipe Doug and I can't wait for more to come!!
Feb. 10, 2011 7:36 am
Good morning dragonfly22 - I'm glad you all liked it. It gives the kids something cool to talk about at school. I may have to make that duck again this weekend.
Feb. 13, 2011 5:34 am
Touchdown!!! :) great job Doug, I am so going to try those cornbread muffins, they sound fabulous! ;)
Feb. 13, 2011 5:41 am
Hi Doug! I just logged in for the 1st time and wanted to see what others do for different parties. Saw the blog about the Super Bowl dishes and had to read. First of all....awesome ideas! I am going to be picking through them a little more to see what I can make and add to our potlucks at work. And 2nd-don't be upset with me but I just have to say....PACKERS ROCK! Yes Doug, I am a Cheesehead! Born and raised! It was a great game and I am thrilled that the Packers won. It was a very exciting game though! Thanks for all the awesome recipes and ideas!
Feb. 13, 2011 11:13 am
Thanks Gitano - the muffins are the first recipe I ever downloaded into my recipe box - a long time favorite
Feb. 13, 2011 11:14 am
You deserve to brag about your packers all you want brrmama and thanks for the comments on the food - I love to mash up & freestyle with the recipes we find here - thanks for stopping in
Feb. 13, 2011 4:12 pm
The absolute best menu I viewed. Can't wait to try them. Thanks so much.
Feb. 13, 2011 5:30 pm
Thank you Nona - I actually remade the Duck tonight as a plated dish. Thanks for checking in.
Feb. 14, 2011 1:18 am
Hi again Doug! Just checking in, to see what worked at your SB party! I had a feeling the eggs benedict wouldn't work out for you - can't compete with those great deviled eggs (which yours truly will be making for MY shindig during the second week of March!). SO, thanks again for sharing - believe me, you have made my day! Take care now...Lauren
Feb. 14, 2011 4:54 am
Thank you Lauren - I just plain ran out of time on those Eggs Benny - I knew it was a longshot. I did do the duck again last night but this time as a salad & as a plated dish and it was wow. Good luck with the eggs, I know you will score a touchdown with them. Thanks for checking in. Have a great one.
Feb. 15, 2011 8:24 am
Everything looks GREAT!!! Do you have a recipe posted for the honey orange chicken wings or the baby back ribs...i want to learn from YOU!!
Feb. 15, 2011 9:02 am
Hi mommyof3jen - I went back a few blogs and found the wings - it's all by sight, I never actually measure and I do use a bottle wing sauce as a base - the wings are easy - I use about a 1/2 cup of wing sauce, 1/2 cup oj, 2 tbs of honey (maybe more), 2tbs of mustard & a tablespoon of key lime juice - marinate the wings for at least a few hours and then cook(covered) in the over for 2 hours at 300 to 350 - stir in the middle and uncover near the end to brown a little - enjoy.....the ribs I just put some OJ or other liquid in the bottom of a flat roasting pan, some rub or sauce on top of the ribs and then I cover the whole pan with foil and cook low & slow at 275 for a few hours - then I take off the foil - add a little more sauce and let them glaze for 30 mins - good luck
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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