Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Sunday Foods

You never hear the phrase "I can't wait to eat salad on Superbowl Sunday".   Wonder why that is?

Superbowl Sunday is the #2 of biggest food days in the U.S. after Thanksgiving.
You seem to hear more people talk about the food than they do about the football.

For me the priority of Superbowl Sunday goes in the following order:

1.  Food
2.  Half Time Show
3.  Commercials
4.  Excuse to hang out with friends in total gluttony
5.  Not so much on the football but happy for the cities that have winning teams.

The top Superbowl Sunday Foods include these foods:

1.  Chicken Wings
2.  Nachos
3.  Pizza
4.  Chili
5.  Ribs
6.  Guacamole and Tortilla Chips
7.  Chips and Dip
8.  Jalapeno Poppers
9.  any kind of meat BBQ'd
10.  and of course the beverage to wash it all down with is the BEER.

Superbowl Sunday is like Christmas for Men and the women who like to spend time with them or like the whole experience of it.

I don't know why these foods became standard fare for Superbowl viewing accompaniment food but it seems to be a food pass for men and women to go all out in the gluttony diet and expect to feel it the next day.   I wonder what the percentage of people that call in sick from work the next day is?

I am not a football fan but I do get it and understand that this whole thing is just another acceptable bonding party that is amped up with the food and drink.    For me the equivalent would be the Oscars.

The Chicken Wing tradition started when a women in Buffalo (I think) restaurant pub deep fried chicken wings and tossed them in a butter and hot sauce and served them at the bar with celery and carrot sticks and blue cheese dressing and it became a hit.

Try something different with chicken wings and make a Blackberry Chipotle BBQ sauce.  Heat up your favourite Chipotle BBQ sauce and add Blackberry Jam and then toss with the wings.   Or you can make your own BBQ sauce, add fresh or frozen blueberries, smoked paprika or chipotle and use a hand blender to blend the blueberries until smooth.   Think outside the Chicken Wing Box and try something different.

What most of these foods have in common is that they are packed with flavour,  high in calories and cheap and easy to make.   Most of them can be made in advance so that you can just plunk the food in front of the football watchers and just continue to eat while watching the game.    Some of the food is meant to be prepared during half time,  but with the half time shows becoming a whole big show in itself it has become more important to have the food ready before the whole party starts.

One of the best foods to make in advance and just have hot and ready throughout the party is Chili.  Chili is the perfect low and slow dump and cook food that benefits from cooking for a long time so you can keep it on warm in a crock pot through your whole Superbowl game.
In Texas they make chili without beans but in the East coast it's all about the beans.   Some people like pure meat and sauce and some people like to jack it up vegetarian style.  The main thing is you need some sort of protein or beans,  lot's of spices and vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and some other things added.   Everyone has their own killer recipe.  I have a couple of my own chili recipes in a few of my blog posts.   Try making a turkey chili or a vegetarian chili for something different.

One of the almost healthy things on this list is the Guacamole but it's only healthy if you eat it in moderation and use baked chips or other dippers.   Yeah I know, that's kind of killing the whole thing a bit.

My favourite Guacamole recipe is:

2 avocados scooped out and mashed
1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped and seeded
1 lime juiced
1 tomato seeded and chopped
1/8 red onion finely chopped
salt to taste
1 tsp tabasco sauce
1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped

Directions:   chop and mix all of the ingredients and reserve a little bit of the cilantro for a garnish.
Easy, tasty, healthy.

Serve with Tortilla chips

Superbowl sunday is so popular that even if you don't cook or can't be bothered you can practically go to any grocery store and pick up the whole thing ready to go.  

It's all about the Big Experience... It all goes together and it doesn't matter exactly what you eat as long as you have a few of these requisite foods, lots of drinks and have your buddies to share it with.

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