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So What's On Your Super Bowl Menu ? 
Jan. 29, 2013 1:34 pm 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2013 12:10 pm
The Super Bowl is probably the most famous & most celebrated unofficial American Holiday on the calendar. It is being contested this coming Sunday between the American Football Conference Champion Baltimore Ravens & the National Football Conference Champion San Francisco 49ers and it is being celebrated by millions & millions of people not only across the United States but across the globe. Some will be watching for the game and some will be watching  the commercials and others will be watching to see if they won their 100 square Super Bowl pool. No matter why or where they are watching, there will be one common thread running through every gathering or viewing party…


And that is where I come in. The Super Bowl is my day to go nuts in the kitchen. My wife & children clear out soon after breakfast and come home just before kickoff. When they leave, I am a mess. When they come home, the kitchen is a mess. The food however is plentiful despite the fact that I am really only feeding an army of five. I realize that most serious football fans wouldn’t want their family around for the game but my favorite team hasn’t made it to the final game of the season since 1999 (Go Broncos !) so for me, the food is more important. All that being said, let’s see what is tentatively on the menu this year and please remember, all dishes are subject to change at the whim of the chef.

Alligator Chili – this recipe has been on the menu for seven or eight years now and was a gameday inspiration that grew out of my wife’s pregnancy cravings back in 1997 but that is another blog for another time. Alligator does not taste like chicken but has more of a pork like quality to it. It’s also incredibly lean meat. Speaking of lean, neither myself or the host of “What’s Cooking ?” were terribly lean when a video was shot on how to make Alligator Chili but we are both much better now.

Honey Orange Chicken Wings featuring Uncle Dougie’s Chicken Wing Marinade – This recipe not only features my favorite chicken wing marinade on the planet but it also uses wingettes because that is what my family likes more than other chicken wing (tip or no tip). I marinate a couple of pounds of wingettes in a combination of Uncle Dougie’s, Orange Juice, Honey, Mustard & Key Lime Juice. I then bake them low & slow until the glaze is almost sticky and the meat is falling off the bones. ( )

Game Day Mac & Mex – This is a recipe I came up with recently in regard to a challenge put forth by Sargento Shredded Cheese.  This time, instead of making it in a large pan, I am going to spoon big scoops into individual muffin tins and top them with a dollop of salsa as they go into the oven. These will either be really good or really easy to throw at the chef.

Cheddar Bacon Deviled Eggs – the name pretty much says it all though this year, I’ll add some Bacon Salt to a recipe that includes bacon, shredded cheddar, mustard, hot sauce & a dusting of smoked paprika. This is always Daughter # 2’s favorite dish.

I always try to make a dish that represents each of the two teams in the big game and this year is no different.

Shredded Asian Duck Legs (San Francisco - in a nod to Chinatown) – the concept is here but now we have to see about the execution. I am thinking of a plum sauce or a hoisin sauce or a sweet chili sauce with the shredded duck and all served inside little phyllo cups. This dish will get more thought & scrutiny the closer we get to Sunday. Any suggestions ?

Creole Crab and Corn Chowder (Baltimore) – this dish will also probably be played with and altered (look for crawfish to somehow enter the mix) before kickoff but like I said two weeks ago, I wanted something that said both Baltimore & New Orleans since I wanted the Ravens to beat the Patriots. (and yes, that is why I picked MANHATTAN clam chowder to represent the patriots)

Baby Back Ribs – I’ll do some low & slow in the oven with a mild dry rub on them just in case my anticipated trading of chili for ribs doesn’t come off during the pregame show. I’ll go mild because my son will be the one who will eat the most of these and he likes to gnaw on the rib bones like the animal that he is. I can’t gnaw on the bones until we finish off all of my dental work so that looks more like the 2014 or 2015 Super Bowl for me. Ribs are a Super Bowl standard and have to be made or obtained but there must be some in the house.

Dip with Sour Cream & Key Lime Greek Yogurt – okay, that’s a bit wide open and fairly non-descript but over the years I have collected a good quantity of hot sauces and I have also acquired a good number of specialized dip mixes that either call for sour cream or mayonnaise as their main ingredient. Over those same numbers of years, first plain yogurt, then plain greek yogurt came into vogue as something to mix into a dip. I am going to take it one step further this year and try to use Key Lime Greek Yogurt. I’ll have a better idea come Saturday when I dive into the pantry to see what I have and what might work.

My Wife’s Guacamole – I won’t even begin to try and duplicate the goodness of her guacamole. It’s a very simple recipe that I don’t know and wouldn’t even begin to try to make. This is her responsibility and she will bang it out after they get back from the movies just before kickoff. I think my daughter Caty has it as a personal recipe in her recipe box but I haven’t checked and I am not sure if I can.

Key Lime & Blackberry Bread Pudding – I tried this 2 weeks ago with a Blackberry Rum Sauce and while it was well received, it needed some tweaks to be better. I’ll make those tweaks this Sunday and then maybe we will have a recipe that can be submitted for publication.  I have thought about changing the blackberries to blueberries and a blueberry syrup drizzle but I like the sour counterpoint of the blackberries with the sweetness of the key lime just a little bit better.

And finally, Mom’s Blondies – the only recipe I have ever submitted to that got rejected as being too similar to another recipe on the site and that happened back in the late 1990’s. They are brown sugar & chocolate chip goodness that you can make with or without the nuts I like to make them as a tribute to Mom since she always made sure that we had a tray every Super Bowl Sunday when we were growing up.

So there you have it, that’s my line-up for Sunday’s big game. Things could change based on availability at the grocer and whatever whim takes me that day. It could also change based on your suggestions or ideas.  Now if you want to follow my progress on Sunday, the best way to do it is to follow me on Twitter (@swampynomo) or you can wait for the blog that recaps my successes and failures.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the actual game. San Francisco has a quarterback that can explode with his arm or his legs and a very opportunistic defense. Baltimore has the most boring quarterback in the NFL but boring or not, the kid wins. The Ravens also have the extra motivation of this being Ray Lewis’ final game. I think it will be an exciting game and if everything goes as planned, the final score will be Baltimore 27 San Francisco 23 and I will have won my 100 square Super Bowl Pool.

So what’s on your menu and who is going to win the game ? I’ll send a bottle of Slide Ridge Honey Wine Vinegar to the first person who gets the final score right.
Alligator Chili
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Cheddar Bacon Deviled Eggs
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Honey Orange Chicken Wings
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Mom's Blondies
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Jan. 29, 2013 3:29 pm
Ok, move over, I am coming to your house for Super Bowl! Ribs, chicken wings, guacamole, Asian Duck! YES PLEASE. and for the game, GO San Francisco!
Jan. 29, 2013 3:44 pm
Usually for Super Bowl, I keep the food about the cities of the teams that are playing. Usually. But with the game being in NOLA actually during Mardi Gras, my hands are tied; I have to keep it Louisiana. I saw today that the crawfish shacks are opening THIS WEEKEND! Wooooo hooooo!!! I just don't know if they'll open for SB because they usually aren't open Sundays. If not, I'll just load up on Saturday and clean the tails for crawfish dressing or fettucccine. Don't know what else it will be, Oyster Po-boys maybe?
Jan. 29, 2013 4:18 pm
The Mac and Mex in muffin tins sounds like it might work. I'm thinking you might find trouble with sticking, but probably not. Are you intending for the mac to sort of solidify, kind of like spaghetti pie? If so, what good finger food they will make! If not, they'll be too hard to throw at the chef so don't worry! Thanks for sharing all of those recipes Doug!
Jan. 29, 2013 4:19 pm
Hard as in difficult, not hard as in solid!
Jan. 29, 2013 5:20 pm
I don't watch sports, except for when I am changing from one channel to the next.
Jan. 29, 2013 5:54 pm
I'll eat everything BUT alligator chili. You ruined it! Hope you'll enjoy the game and food!
Jan. 29, 2013 6:52 pm
Hi BN - the door is always open for you and I won't be too upset if SF wins having lived in the Bay Area in the late 80's & early 90's
Jan. 29, 2013 6:57 pm
Good evening mimosa - I always try to have at least one dish from both teams and the host city but NOLA is that crazy wildcard that makes everything better. Maybe a little Crawfish Monica with that fettucine ? Have a great game and thanks for stopping by.
Jan. 29, 2013 7:03 pm
Hey Doc - the Mac & Mex worked in a large glass pan so am thinking it should work in the muffin tins. I know the mention of the possibility got gammaray all excited over more crunchy edges. We shall see on Sunday. I know you aren't a fan so I am interested in your plans for Sunday night ? Have a great evening.
Jan. 29, 2013 7:07 pm
Good evening King Sparta - I would bet a lot of people don't watch the Super Bowl just like a lot of people don't watch Downton Abbey or The Nightly News. Nothing wrong with any of it. So when you are flipping the channels, where does your remote stop ?
Jan. 29, 2013 7:10 pm
Hi luv2cook - I'm curious, I ruined the chili with my recipe bY using gator ? The gator got ruined being used in chili ? Or, I used gator at all ? I promise, the chili won't bite back. I don't use the gator teeth. B-) Glad the rest of the menu works for you. Have a great game.
Jan. 29, 2013 9:23 pm
Hi Doug,your menu sounds wonderful,i don't watch the SB,but my husband does,hope you all enjoy the game and the good eats.
Jan. 30, 2013 3:18 am
Good morning manella & thank you - it will be a challenge but think I have the timing down. Of course that could all change too. Have a great day.
Jan. 30, 2013 4:28 am
Hey Doug . . . you could attract a crowd with that spread even w/o the Super Bowl game. The Honey Orange Chicken Wings look great . . . went to Uncle Dougie’s website . . . is a recipe posted there or do you have one in your recipe box? Are you using his “Zesty Hot Sauce”? Enjoy the crowd and the game, and surely the Harbaugh brothers will be making their usual sideline theatrical performances when they self-appoint themselves to referee the game too.
Jan. 30, 2013 4:39 am
Morning ConkyJoe - I make up my own recipe for the wings using what he now calls his wicked good wing sauce - 1/2 cup oj - 1/4 cup mustard - a heaping tablespoon preferably brown or spicy - a big squeeze of lime juice - preferably key lime - bake low & slow at 300 for at least an hour - I usually cover for the first half hour and then uncover to get some browning & color. And I am so sick of the brothers angle - just play the game. Have a great day.
Jan. 30, 2013 4:58 am
Thank you, Doug. For the divisional conference games, made Chef John's oven baked wings. He baked his at 400 degrees F which seemed a bit high to me. I'm going to try yours out soon . . . do you flour your wings before baking or just dunk them in the sauce? You have a great day too!!
Jan. 30, 2013 5:11 am
I let them marinate in a ziploc for at least an hour before tossing them into the pan. You can always pull them early and finish them on a grill or grill pan too.
Jan. 30, 2013 5:12 am
what am I going to do on Super Bowl Sunday? I don't know. Go to church, probably look at the To Do List and mutter a few curses, then maybe make something good to eat. I've been wanting to try a couple of recipes. I might make a ham and potato soup if it isn't too warm. Or a corn chowder.
Jan. 30, 2013 5:44 am
Morning Doc - the Ham & Potato soup that was featured on the front page looked really interesting yesterday in that it had close to 7000 reviews yet seemed very basic. Knowing me, I would probably switch it to sweet potato & a spiced ham or something....and I saw flurries for Super Sunday up in my area on the weather channel but neither Ch 7 or CBS880 said snow. Whatever you wind up doing or making, I hope it's a good day for you.
Jan. 30, 2013 6:40 am
Doug, thank you for the info.
Jan. 30, 2013 6:59 am
Hello Doug! What a Gourmet Super Bowl menu. I am very curious about the Key Lime Greek Yogurt DIp. I hope you will post the recipe. If San Francisco wins-it will be 6 championship rings. SF needs to beat the Ravens who left a bad taste in my mouth when the Ravens beat Denver. However, if you believe that Madden Football Video game can predict the winner of this year's Super Bowl (which has picked 7 out of the last 9 Super Bowl winners)-it will be the Ravens winning 27-24.
Jan. 30, 2013 7:24 am
Doug...what a must start prepping sometime today! Given the teams playing and my love of seafood I feel the need to have Crabcakes on Sunday....I have a big weakness for crabcakes...can't eat just for game prediction...I'm going with the east coast...and Baltimore to win..and no wardrobe malfunctions or lip synching scandals for the half time show. Enjoy !!!!!!
Jan. 30, 2013 7:32 am
I would love to be at your house on Sunday. It's just Denny & me here so maybe I will cook ribs - just sounds right!!!
Jan. 30, 2013 7:39 am
Sorry, I starting DROOLING when I read your wing recipe!! OMG! ! Might have to steal that one!! Btw, I saw a pick up truck yesterday decked out in Bronco colors. It was very pretty:) Your menu sounds Totally delish! ! GO 49ers:):)
Jan. 30, 2013 7:51 am
Nope, no time to get that sauce in time time so I will make your piggy deviled eggs instead:) Thanks for sharing Doug!
Jan. 30, 2013 8:31 am
Hi Lela - I plan on cheating and using a pre-mixed spice package but it's going to have to be a combo of spices that will go well with the key lime. I really think that SF is going to win but since I was living in the SF area when the Donkeys lost 55-10 to them, I don't have a lot of love. Maybe I'll just watch for the commercials....oh and 7 & $ don't win me any money but it could net you a bottle of Honey Wine Vinegar. Have a great Super Bowl.
Jan. 30, 2013 8:34 am
Hi ellie & thanks - crabcakes are my wife's domain and I have no interest in trying to top what I already consider perfection....and I have a feeling whether she planned to or not, Beyonce has no choice but to sing live so look for her to have some toned down dance moves so she doesn't run out of breath trying to sing. Have a great day.
Jan. 30, 2013 8:34 am
Hi Maggi - I'll trade you some chili for some ribs ???? Have a great day.
Jan. 30, 2013 8:37 am
Hi Pattycakes - if you were closer, I would toss you a bottle of wing sauce since I have quite a few. Based on the name of the company, they make great presents for me to give out. The deviled eggs are always a favorite and I am sure I will be doing them again for my daughter's birthday in a few weeks. Have a great day.
Jan. 30, 2013 8:42 am
>> "So when you are flipping the channels, where does your remote stop ? " food network
Jan. 30, 2013 8:51 am
I find my remote stopping there as well King - in fact I watched round 1 of chopped champions this morning while working out. Any particular show or chef catch your attention ?
Jan. 30, 2013 9:16 am
Is it Super Bowl Sunday already? I never know anything about it. Enjoy your fun and meals!
Jan. 30, 2013 10:03 am
That's quite a spread, Doug! I have to admit that mine will be much simpler, and I'm not yet sure what it will be. Still playing around with some ideas. If my grocery store still has those wonderful wild gulf shrimp that I've already bought pounds of and consumed, it may be shrimp etouffee or N'awlins barbecued shrimp--made with a generous dose of our homemade hot sauce in either case. I can't get on board with duck as I just don't like it, but the alligator chili definitely sounds good. Well, actually everything sounds good except the duck! : ) I am definitely rooting for the Ravens (you know why there!), and since that honey wine vinegar sounds really, really good, I'm going with Ravens 24, 49'ers 21. Enjoy! If your score prediction comes true, I'll send you a sample of our smoked chile powders if you are interested. I'm about to roast some black-eyed peas coated with the powder along with other spices. : )
Jan. 30, 2013 10:12 am
I just added your wings to my menu!! where do you find wingettes? and I will say the Ravens will win 27-21! Go Michael Oher ( did you watch The Blind side? That's the only guy I know on the Ravens:-)
Jan. 30, 2013 11:32 am
Good afternoon TheBrokenNeckCook - believe it or not, it is that time of year again. Good luck avoiding it in the media through the weekend but if you have made it this far, you make it through to Monday. Have a great day.
Jan. 30, 2013 11:37 am
hi wisweetp - not everyone has to like everything and that is probably why I make so much. Chile Powder ? Yes ! Please ! Good luck on the score and if you don't win, we'll talk about a side deal. Have a great day
Jan. 30, 2013 11:40 am
Hi Christie and thanks for stopping by. The Blind Side was a great movie and I am sure that a great many fans will be cheering for the Ravens strictly for that reason. I got my wingettes at ShopRite but Perdue makes/packages them and they are usually right next to the packages of regular wings. They cost a little more but it's the wings you come to expect in any sports bar. Hope you have a great game day.
Jan. 30, 2013 6:47 pm
well, that certainly is quite a spread for 5 people!! :-) i have just about the same amount this year as you, down from 13 in years past. that being said, i am only doing chili and a few pickin's. will have to check out your wing recipe for the future though. btw, it's all about the commercials, right? lol
Jan. 31, 2013 5:47 am
Good morning njmom & thanks - we do wind up with a quite the array of leftovers to work with the week after the game. Hope you have a great weekend and let me know which commercial you liked best
Jan. 31, 2013 9:29 am
would be happy to pull up a chair at your table, doug! :)
Jan. 31, 2013 1:45 pm
Hi superhotmama - we always have room for a few more folks. Have a great day.
Jan. 31, 2013 7:46 pm
Hi Doug...looks great! Recently my daughter and I went to an upscale mexican restaurant. We both ordered the shredded BBQ duck was delicious! The waiter said he thought the chef used duck thighs (not breast). Sorry I don't have an actual recipe but thought you might enjoy trying replicating something like this, maybe an Asian Quesadilla??? I actually planned a dinner party the night before the SB so I'm not exactly sure I will be up for cooking too much on prediction here for me...more of a college ball fan myself...enjoy your day!!!
Feb. 1, 2013 2:53 am
Good morning p and q - that duck quesadilla sounds great. I had a shredded bbq duck with habanero & star anise all wrapped inside a blue corn pancake at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill last night so between the two of you, I think I know which direction I am going. So what's on the menu saturday night ? Have a great weekend.
Feb. 1, 2013 5:00 am
Duck sounds divine, but I would want to celebrate the meal instead of the game. Sounds like you will be in your element on Sunday, and I know you will enjoy everything about and around the big game!
Feb. 1, 2013 5:03 am
Good morning Bibi - I do have a lot of fun when I am cooking. I will have the TV on and music playing as I scramble from stovetop to fridge to oven to basement fridge....well, you know the drill. Have a great weekend.
Feb. 1, 2013 9:43 am
Yay! I look forward to your Super Bowl post every year. It always inspires me and helps me come up with ideas of my own. Thanks as always, and happy cooking!
Feb. 1, 2013 12:24 pm
Hi shellbell9561 - Glad you stopped by this year - I would love to know what you are making. You might inspire me too. Have a great weekend.
Feb. 2, 2013 1:11 pm
Blackened cajun chicken, baked potato, dirty rice & beans, strawberry shortcake and Molson Beer.
kay s. 
Feb. 2, 2013 1:59 pm
Several types of chicken wings, fish and shrimp tacos, guacamole, shrimp dip, brownies. Haven't finished shopping yet, sure they'll be more.
Feb. 2, 2013 2:52 pm
Hey Mat & Michelle - I like the sound of that menu - I love dirty rice - have a great game tomorrow !
Feb. 2, 2013 2:54 pm
Hi kay s. - I don't know why I didn't think to make fish tacos - I am adding in an old bay crawfish biscuit to the mix to go with the soup. Good luck at the store and at the stove. Have a great game.
Feb. 4, 2013 7:52 am
Well, Doug, we both missed the prediction, but if you are still interested in some home-smoked chile powder, shoot me an email with whatever address you'd like this sent to, and I'll send you a sampler. My email is Still glad the Ravens won! : )
Feb. 4, 2013 8:26 pm
It's official. As a 49er Faithful I am now eating crow.
Feb. 5, 2013 10:09 am
Hi wisweetp - that is very kind & generous of you. I'll shoot you an email in a few minutes. Have a great day.
Feb. 5, 2013 10:11 am
Hi KAT - With as much crow as I have eaten over the years, you would think I would have a recipe to share. And that was a very debateable call on that final play. Have a great day.
Katie Rowlens 
Jul. 9, 2013 12:10 pm
You couldn’t have been more right with the “Honey Orange Chicken Wings with Uncle Dougie’s Chicken Wing Marinade”. I’ve experimented w/ tons of sauces for my wings & Uncle Dougie’s is definitely the way to go. You have to try their new “Wicked Good No Fry Wing Marinade”... by far tops the rest!
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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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