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My Super Bowl Game Day Menu 
Jan. 31, 2012 12:14 pm 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2012 3:46 am
In case you have been locked up in the attic or perhaps stuck in front of your television watching a DOWNTOWN ABBEY marathon, I have a little bit of news to share with you. The Super Bowl is going to be played this weekend in Indianapolis and the New England Patriots are playing the New York Giants. Amazing how little things like that can sneak up on you, isn’t it ?

So what does that mean for the rest of us ? Super Bowl Parties and Game Day Menus – that’s what it means. I have seen some blogs here and some buzzes there asking about what to make so I thought that it was once again time for me to share my pre-game menu. This is still the planning stage and there will be some late additions & subtractions and not every dish will make the cut but this is the list that I will start working off of over the next few days.

Now for those of you who don’t know or remember, I have a standing agreement with my wife & kids on Super Bowl Sunday. After breakfast, they leave and don’t come back until an hour or so before kickoff. That leaves me the whole day to do some last minute shopping, some prepping and a whole lot of cooking. Based on past experiences there will be something that is new & great, there will be something that falls flat on it’s face, there will be something that was never on the menu to begin with and there will be plenty of leftovers to supplement dinner with for the next week or so. With all that in mind, let’s review the Game Day Menu items that are currently under consideration.

ALLIGATOR CHILI – this dish first made an appearance at the 2006 Super Bowl and is a stone cold lock to be made again this year. In fact, my order of fresh gator meat is on it’s way from as we type.< – blatant plug to watch the “What’s Cooking ?” video I shot with Michael Ketchum where we actually made some of the chili.

BASIC CORN MUFFINS – I make them almost every time I make the chili. I’ll most likely make mini-muffins

HONEY LIME CHICKEN WINGS – my wife requested a different spin on chicken wings this year so rather than use my wing sauce/orange juice/key lime mustard/honey mixture, I’m going to try the recipe that popped up on the Recipe of the Day the other day. I will most likely bake instead of fry too since I am being so health conscious these days. (I’ll also probably sneak some tequila into the marinade for a little extra kick)

RIBS OR MINI LAMB CHOPS – this request comes from my 6 year old who just loves to gnaw meat off of a bone. I swear he was a wolf in a past life based on the way he growls at me when he is eating and when we are wrestling. In either case, it will be a very straight forward preparation with virtually no sauce or seasoning. Just the way he likes them. (I’ll also boil some corn on the cob for him – he makes cartoon crows look like slackers when it comes to eating corn on the cob)

CHEDDAR BACON DEVILED EGGS – shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon, mustard, hot sauce, salt & pepper with a dash of smoked paprika for color at the end. Always a favorite and I can never make too much of these.

CRABGRASS – this crab & spinach dip has been a favorite of mine for some time and it has been the base & inspiration for many a tangential dip – I have a tendency to free style. I am already thinking of how to change this one and I am thinking about adding some scallops so it is more of a crab & scallop dish. (It’s faceless too – I may have to do it just for that reason alone)

COCONUT CHILI CRAWFISH CUPS – this one came to me two weeks ago from the bottom of the culinary rut I was in and it was the game day MVP. I saw a bottle for Frank’s Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce in my fridge and a light went off. (In my head – not the fridge – I changed that one last week) It’s 1lb of crawfish tails lightly sautéed in some butter, salt & pepper and then mixed with sweet chili sauce and a handful or two of dried coconut flakes. Then you put a small scoop of cream cheese (I used Neufchatel for the healthy aspect) in the bottom of each phyllo cup and then piled the crawfish mixture on top. Into the oven for no more than 10 minutes at 350 to brown the cups and melt the cream cheese a little and they are good to go. (I would post a picture at this point but I don’t know how to in the middle of a blog so you will have to go to the bottom to see them)

PEAR GORGONZOLA PIZZA – now this is another recent Recipe of the Day that caught my eye. Whether I make it or even follow the recipe is up for debate. I do have a frozen pizza crust in the basement freezer that I could use but I have to admit that I am already thinking of changing this one to more of a Cheddar Apple Horseradish Flatbread. I did something like it 3 years ago for New Year’s Eve but I was using crispy cornbread crackers as my base back then.

FISH TACO or PANINI STYLE – I usually have one of the other. Last year I made a Cherry Balsamic Duck & Spinach Panini with Goat Cheese that was out of this world so I may have to go Fish Taco this year. Of course I did some really awesome chicken thighs in a very citrusy way that could make me think chicken taco. I don’t know. This one has me a bit perplexed.

FRIED/SCRAMBLED EGGS BENEDICT – Long Shot. I’ll admit it. Eggs Benny made last year’s pre-game menu and then never got dressed for the game. I did make this two weeks ago for the conference championship games but I used Thomas’ new corn English muffins, Canadian bacon,  both fried & scrambled eggs, some leftover crawfish from the cups above and a cheese sauce that was actually reduced Cheesy Veggie Soup (< ). They were great but I’m just not sure if I really need them. If I do make them, I have to figure out a way to make a mango cream sauce instead. (Picture at the bottom)

GUACAMOLE – is being handled by Caty24 (thanks to all for your great comments & encouragement on her first blog last week – APPLE PIE FOR BREAKFAST) She will be making my wife’s version of Guacamole.

BLUEBERRY PIE – my wife is going to make a blueberry pie. She’s never made one before but the success that she has had these past 2 weeks making apple pie has emboldened her to try and with blueberries being somewhat of a New England treat it can count as our Patriots entry.

CINNAMON RAISIN BAGEL BREAD PUDDING – Bagels, how much more New York can you get ? I suppose I could go find a place that is making Blue Bagels for the game (Blue Crust Pizza too) but I’m not a Giants fan. I’m thinking that maybe I mix in some Empire ( ) Apples and make it a truly dish. I haven’t researched any bread pudding recipes yet but I am sure I can one that will allow me to switch in bagels for bread.

So that is the Game Plan for the Super Bowl Menu for now. All items (well not the gator chili or the crawfish cups) are subject to possible change and as always, I am more than open to any suggestions or helpful hints you may have for me. Thanks in advance for your help.

Come back next time when we talk about Super Bowl Food, Super Bowl Commercials and the Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring a headliner who has been around as long as that bottle of mustard in the back of a non-cooking  bachelor’s fridge because Lord knows, I am not going to want to talk about the game. (I don’t like either team just in case you didn’t already know that)
Alligator Chili
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Cheddar Bacon Deviled Eggs
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Coconut Chili Crawfish Cups
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Fried/Scrambled Eggs Benedict
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Jan. 31, 2012 12:34 pm
Wow, everything sounds wonderful. I hope you will have company as that is a lot of food for one family. Enjoy the game.
Jan. 31, 2012 12:41 pm
Thanks Marie C. - We may have some extra mouths stop by but we never know. I'm cheering for leftovers myself.
Jan. 31, 2012 1:22 pm
I'm in for the deviled eggs!
Jan. 31, 2012 1:23 pm
You done good Doug! Looks like you are back in your cooking mode! Enjoy you time in the kitchen!
Jan. 31, 2012 1:39 pm
Hi Magnolia Blossom - daughter #2 loves to scarf those eggs - I really am making them for her. Thanks for stopping in.
Jan. 31, 2012 1:44 pm
Hi Dog Fish Head - I think that rut I was in is now in my rearview mirror. I love cooking for the Super Bowl.
Jan. 31, 2012 2:28 pm
Hey Doug! All I have on my menu so far is hot sausage sammies, mozz. sticks and cheese/meat/cracker platter. Your menu sounds way more appealing...what time should we be there (and by we, I mean 5 of us, though 2 of them can't eat solids yet lol)?
Jan. 31, 2012 2:31 pm
Hi Christina - bring the sammies and be here at 5:30. I always have way too much food.
Jan. 31, 2012 3:02 pm
Wow! You're going to be busy in the kitchen! The deviled eggs and bread pudding sound great to me! I will make my Super Bowl a lil more easier; big pot of chili beans, jalapeno cornbread, and a dessert. Hey Doug, be may gain a lil weight! hee,hee! Gues we all will!
Jan. 31, 2012 3:38 pm
Good evening luv2cook - I plan on running an extra couple of miles on sunday morning before I start cooking. I'm also going to make small batches of everything so that should help. And I do love jalapeno cornbread so please save me a piece please.
Jan. 31, 2012 5:01 pm
Your menu looks delish. I am in for all of it. Could you please ship? Have fun
Jan. 31, 2012 5:28 pm
Thanks pelicangal - glad you approve and I'll look into shipping next year.
Jan. 31, 2012 6:22 pm
Doug Matthews please click on the Ban user button for Lindsay92844310 above.
Jan. 31, 2012 7:03 pm
I have found KingSparta that the more you delete & ban them - the more often they come back. I'll leave it for now. Since I know you don't like Football, what will you be doing on Sunday ? Thanks for stopping by.
Jan. 31, 2012 7:52 pm
Well, Doug, you've done it again! I'm only 35 minutes west of Indy. Now, if I could figure out a way to transport you and your family, your kitchen, and, of course, the food over here...! (I'm not a fan of the teams, but am a fan of yours!)
Jan. 31, 2012 7:54 pm
And, what time's dinner? (please, just save me a fish taco....I'm addicted) Go Patriots!
Feb. 1, 2012 3:45 am
Good morning Mamaw1 - I bet you must be getting super overloaded with HYPE by now. Sorry I can't share the meal but I will share the pictures & reviews when I am done. Thanks for stopping in.
Feb. 1, 2012 3:47 am
Good morning Candice - first dishes will hit the coffee table around 5:30 - fish tacos (if I make them) will be closer to kickoff at 6:30. Good luck on Sunday
Feb. 1, 2012 4:32 am
You will have quite a spread! I would like to see what your Cheddar Apple Horseradish Flatbread recipe looks like! That sounds intriguing to me! Last week, I made an apple cheddar pizza that we enjoyed!
Deb C 
Feb. 1, 2012 4:39 am
I'm coming to your house! Go Pats!
Feb. 1, 2012 4:40 am
OMG... that is one extensive menu!!! I would be prepping for 3 days before game day! You have WAY too much enthusiasm for your own good Doug ;) I love the idea of the honey/lime chicken wings, especially the baked wing idea..stealing that one! :) I have to work in the afternoon Sunday, so will have a limited amount of time to throw some goodies together befre hubs and I plunk ourselves down to the game...then's countdown to Speedweeks! ;) I am seriously in NASCAR withdrawal...
Feb. 1, 2012 5:17 am
That's a great list of food bites there, Doug! Yum! Go Pats!
Feb. 1, 2012 5:30 am
Hi sueb - would love to know what you did for your apple cheddar pizza. They are such a great combo tha I want to do them justice if I don't do the pear & gorgonzola. Have a great day.
Feb. 1, 2012 5:32 am
Hi Deb C - I'll make sure to keep an eye out and a plate ready for you
Feb. 1, 2012 5:36 am
Hola Gitano ! I can't believe we have to wait until Feb 26 for Daytona. As for prep time, I scheduled a doctor's appointment for today and have parent teacher conferences for Friday so I could do some pre-game shopping. Have a great day.
Feb. 1, 2012 5:38 am
Thanks Marianne - Good Luck on Sunday !
Feb. 1, 2012 7:16 am
Hello, Doug. My what a spread. Alligator chili, interesting. You have motivated me to at least think of what I am making for Sunday. I have been dragging my feet on what to make. I think the deviled eggs would be a hit here at my house and the crawfish would not last ten minutes with my husband. Great blog!
Feb. 1, 2012 8:03 am
Hi Lela & thanks - I don't think the crawfish are going to make it out of the 1st quarter myself. Alligator tastes a little like pork and has the consistency of steak. I falls apart in the chili. Thanks for stopping in.
Feb. 1, 2012 8:51 am
I wanna come to your house for super bowl! Everything looks DELISH! Enjoy!!!!
Feb. 1, 2012 11:10 am
Thanks Shanon - hope you have a fun sunday
Feb. 2, 2012 7:07 pm
yum!!! even though i hate both teams in the game, this is shaping up to be a pretty good superbowl food-wise. this is one kitchen takeover i genuienly welcome. :)
Feb. 3, 2012 8:30 am
I'm counting on you for the Guac Cates - you better not forget....
Feb. 3, 2012 5:45 pm
WoW Doug...there is enough delicious food here to feed a team of "GIANTS"..insert groan here.....Enjoy Game Day....
Feb. 4, 2012 6:49 am
Morning ellie - we enjoy & appreciate hot crossed puns - thanks for checking in - have a great weekend
Feb. 4, 2012 7:06 am
Could you pack me a doggy bag? I'll be there first thing in the morning. :o) Happy Game Day!
Feb. 4, 2012 7:14 am
Good morning cheepchick - We will have more than enough for a doggie bag or two - Happy Game Day to you too
Feb. 4, 2012 11:16 am
DM: Holy guacamole! (Well, your lovely daughter is in charge of that one). I would have to take four shifts off work to accomplish your ambitious menu. As it turns out, I am working tomorrow, so I will vicariously enjoy your food selections, while I settle for a can of Progresso Light.
Feb. 4, 2012 11:45 am
Hi bikerfamily - we'll see how much I really get done - I'll definitely have all the burners & ovens cranked up. Sorry you have to work - I'm glad you stopped by
Feb. 4, 2012 12:13 pm
Hi Doug! Luv2cook from Florida here - - was that you I saw with the flashlight wondering through the swamp last night??? The gators were up growling all night - you had them tucked tail and running for cover!! I guess word got out that a few of them would be missing by morning!! Gotta love that Gator Chili - CHOMP - CHOMP!! It'll bite ya back!! Love your line up . . we'll have a Super Bowl Breakfast this Sunday and then sleep . . er. . uh . . cheer through the game - lol! GO BRONCOS!!! I know they're not in the big one this year . . I'm just getting ready for next year!!!
Feb. 4, 2012 12:16 pm
Hey luv2cook FLA version - that was me Tebowing alright. I'm thinking a double pot of chili tomorrow. Have a great day tomorrow
Feb. 4, 2012 12:23 pm
Hi Doug! Have fun and I will be thinking about all your doing tomorrow. Being in the west, we don't see many crawfish around here but LOVE everything called for in the Coconut Chili cups. Do you think I could just use shrimp for that recipe? Thanks.
Feb. 4, 2012 12:35 pm
Hi Lynne - I think that shrimp would work just as well. I would look for either smaller shrimp or just chop them up. Have a great day tomorrow.
Feb. 4, 2012 6:18 pm
WOW, Doug!!! What a great family day. Your menu is AMAZING!I hope you guys have the best time. Happy game day!
Feb. 4, 2012 7:04 pm
Hi JaynieG - we'll see if the execution can match the concept when all is said & done. Hope you all have a great game day too.
Feb. 4, 2012 11:44 pm
As I sat, dazed and confused, about my family's Super Bowl menu, low and behold...your's popped up! What a delight. It made me laugh and think, "I can do this and live to tell about it." Thanks so much for all the tips for this very special day and letting me chuckle away my worries. I am going to rest easy now knowing it's all about having fun, no matter what happens!
Feb. 5, 2012 4:19 am
I loved your menu! I will try a few of your recipes but not so bold yet as to try alligator meat! I too, am trying to offer a healthier fare while still keeping the body, flavor and comfort of our favorite foods. I am so glad I found your blog!
Feb. 5, 2012 8:22 am
Wow, Doug. Everything sounds great! I already had our Superbowl menu planned, but I am so keeping the link to this blog for inspiration for next year. Glad that you are cooking, but even more glad that you are sharing the info with us. Really enjoyed your blog. Keep up the good work!
Feb. 5, 2012 9:44 am
I'm north of the border and just stumbled across your blog.. it's fantastic ! I thought I was rocking with my chicken wings for the game but you take the Super Bowl to a different level..go dude.
Feb. 5, 2012 12:26 pm
Hey Doug,I just became your number 1 fan with this Super Bowl menu.!! If you are still looking for a fantastic bread puding recipe, I use the Paul Prudhomme recipe with the whiskey sauce. It is to die for and I am a bread pudding junkie. Can't wait to read your blog when the game is over(if you can still move without a wheelbarrow). You might consider 4 extra miles instead of 2!! Happy game day for you and your friends and family.
Feb. 6, 2012 4:51 am
Good morning pinkcarparker - thanks for stopping by - I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner - hope all went well for you - not everything got made on my menu and only item kind of fell flat.
Feb. 6, 2012 4:53 am
hi Pinecone56 - I think the Honey Lime Wings got the MVP award in our house and I baked them instead of frying for a healthier wing (is that a contradiction in terms ?) - thanks for checking in
Feb. 6, 2012 4:54 am
Hi Cookie Momster - so what was on your menu ? I'll be reviewing what I did & didn't do later today or tomorrow. Hope it all went well for you.
Feb. 6, 2012 4:56 am
Hi Mamabear - chicken wings always rock - don't know about you but I was watching some puck while I was cooking instead of those insufferable pre-game shows. Thanks for stopping in.
Feb. 6, 2012 4:59 am
Good morning skcolonel - it was tough getting up to workout early this AM - I could still feel my cinnamon raisin & apple bagel bread pudding among other dishes. I can't imagine how I ould have moved if I hadn't forgotten one dish. I'm going to go find that Paul Prudhomme recipe- thanks
Feb. 6, 2012 7:17 am
Looking forward to hearing about how it all went. Your menu, as always, sounds amazing. Glad the game was exciting.....I almost gave it up in favor of a DownTON Abbey marathon. ;0
Feb. 6, 2012 7:31 am
Hi Jena - I really need to work on my spelling - that's what I get for typing with 2 fingers. If they would leave me alone here at work, I could actually get my review written. Thanks for checking in.
Feb. 6, 2012 10:36 am
I was just laughing because I always thought it WAS Downtown Abbey and was just recently advised that uh, no it's not! ;0 Plus your menu sounded o so much better than mine so a little snarkiness (all in good fun)was warranted.......
Feb. 6, 2012 10:54 am
Just shows you how much I was paying attention to those same ads & articles....and I make a good target for snark - have a great day Jena
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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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