Monday, January 24, 2011

Super Bowl 2011: I come for the eats....not the game.

Let me be blunt and to the point  - you do not want me at a Superbowl Party for my depth of knowledge and understanding of football - because I do not know what any of it is.  I only barely understand the basics and I'll sit next to you trying to understand the game (why so many downs, timeouts and lack of ACTION in a football game?  Why so many stops and starts?  Why does it take so long?  Why are the points all different?)  I like the chance to win the Superbowl pool (I've won my share of a few bucks in my time) but really no one wants me there to participate in enjoyment of the game.  They want me there because I'll bring some food. 

There is some strategy involved, as my experience with food as that the eating is somewhat continual.  You sort of graze for several hours vs. eating everything at once.  Some food needs to be able to hold up well, some needs to cook and be piping hot, and other stuff just needs to be ready at all times and delicious no matter how long it has been out.  I like a strategy of having something that can be prepared and finished the night before (Turkey Chili), something marinated (Spicy Sweet Sour Wings), something sweet that doesn't require any assembly or handiwork the day of (Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Toffee Cookies), and something fresh that can be easily replenished  (Spinach Dip with Vegetables).  I might throw in some ribs as well, as they are always decadent and welcome at a superbowl. Below find a list of lots of fun things you might consider - it is just a fun list of suggestions and you should pick and choose as you see fit.

For reasons of football being the focus of the day and not the food, you'll notice that I don't really have that many grilling intense ideas (maybe the kimchee burgers) so no Korean tacos, burritos or Asian sandwiches.  It is really a logistical consideration, because it would mean that someone would miss the game in order to cook it - and for that reason, I don't really suggest it. 

Happy Superbowl eating everyone!


Superbowl Menu Ideas

Appetizer

Hot Artichoke Dip
Hot Crab Dip
Guacamole
Spinach Dip with Vegetables

Finger Foods
Garlic Ginger Honey Wings
Sweet Spicy Sour Wings
Salt and Pepper Wings
Kimchee Quesadilla
Egg rolls

Lighter Fare
Ginger Slaw
Curried Ginger Slaw
Greek Panzanella
Sesame Soy Noodles
Asian Pasta Salad

Heftier Fare
Asian Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Asian Marinade Ribs
Ultimate Bbq Ribs
Kimchee Burgers
Baked Sausage Pasta with Fontina Cheese
Turkey Chili
Kimchee Hot Dogs

Sweet Tooth
Pecan Rolo Pretzels
Korean Sweet Potato Pie
Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Toffee Cookies
Velvet Cupcakes

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