Week 22 – Super Bowl Edition

It’s here! After a long two week wait, we finally get back to a real football game. Ok, THE football game. How’s Gronk’s ankle? Will Mr. Light leave the DL in the dark (Editor – we tried to cut that, sorry)? Our defense has played some great games so far this playoff season and we’re putting our confidence in Wilfork to wreak some havoc today as well. So today, in Brady, Wilfork and Belichik we trust.

Like the culmination of the football season, our Super Bowl party is a culmination of our season of football favorites with some fresh wrinkles. Read on to see what we’re doing today as we enjoy another awesome game.

SB Warm up – AKA what’s being served at the store, at least till it runs out.

Meat Balls
2 lbs of 85% lean hamburger
1 cup of bread crumbs
2 eggs
32oz of BBQ sauce – your favorite works here. We’re using some Sweet Baby Rays with a tablespoon of our hot ground pepper blend. Sweet and Heat!

Mix ingredients till they are integrated and you can shape small meatballs that hold together. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. In a crock pot, combine sauce, hot pepper blend and meatballs. Mix so that the sauce covers all the meatballs. Cook on low for an hour and it’s ready to serve.

Hot Wings
Fresh chicken wings
Fresh drum sticks
Franks Red Hot buffalo wing sauce

Take a baking sheet, lightly spray with olive oil. Spread the chicken evenly and cook for 15 minutes at 350, turn chicken over and then cook for another 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix chicken with sauce till thoroughly coated. Serve in a warming tray with extra sauce slathered liberally on the chicken.

For the Party at Home

Cheese Plate
Pepper Jack
Gouda
Aged Cheddar

Have some fun at a gourmet cheese counter. Get a few blocks of cheese, cut into wedges or serve with a cheese knife as a DIY cheese and cracker treat.

Bean Dip
1 can of refried beans
salsa
sour cream
shredded Mexican cheese blend
2 hot peppers (buyers choice – we have habaneros)

In a pie pan (ours is stoneware) put a solid layer of refried beans down first, a layer of refried beans next, sour cream, cheese and then chopped hot pepers. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 and serve. Frito Lay scoops work great as do our favorite blue corn chips.

Orange chicken
boneless chicken breast
flour
egg
pepper
Orange sauce from the Chinese food section of the grocery store (works well with other sauces too)

Slice the chicken into small popcorn sized pieces or strips if you want to do less cutting. In a small bowl blend the egg till it’s consistent in color, similar to making scrambled eggs. In another bowl put the flour and pepper blend together. Dip the chicken in the egg mix, then roll in flour and fry in olive oil till it’s done. In a bowl, mix chicken with sauce till the chicken is coated. Serve in a warming tray with extra sauce slathered liberally on the chicken.

Beef Short Ribs
Short Ribs
Dry Rub
BBQ sauce – your favorite works here. We’re using some Sweet Baby Rays to compliment our hot dry rub pepper blend. Sweet and Heat!

Rub the ribs with dry rub blend. Wrap in aluminum foil and cook at 200 degrees for five hours. Unwrap and cook for 5 minutes a side on the grill at medium heat. Coat with BBQ sauce while grilling. Serve when done.

Indian Chickpeas
Ok, this one I don’t know how to make. Yes, it’s true. Our neighbor has started her own catering business and she’s from India. She makes this chickpea dish which is amazing. Some great heat in the sauce, some fresh red onions on top. This is just sooo good. We ordered ahead of time and will serve as a treat to our guests. It’s vegetarian so our guests that do not eat meat can enjoy this along with the bean dip and cheeses.

Beer
We’ll be serving Hop Session, Belgian Style Pale Ale and Farmhouse Blonde. Great flavors to compliment our food and lower ABV so we can enjoy more over the course of the game. For the end of the game we’re going to break open a Brewers Reserve and celebrate in style. For glassware we’re using our 6oz Southern NH Brewers Festival glassware. We kept some from last years festival for events like this.

Hope you enjoy tonight’s game with friends, family, great food and of course great beer!

Cheers

Bill

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