Super Bowl Sunday – TGIFS’s the big game

Super Bowl Sunday! Yeah! Ok, the Pats didn’t make it. The game against the Ravens was tough to watch. I don’t think I’ll understand why teams get so conservative some times. I read a fascinating article following the Broncos loss about coaches playing the statistics, or playing to loose i.e. that unquantifiable momentum killing loss of faith in your team. I for one am a fan of trusting in what you do well and if you fail then you failed by playing to your strengths. I hope Brady continues for a couple of more years and has that final Super Bowl win to retire on.

That brings us back to this game. Ravens vs. the 49ers. The game of brothers. The week long run up to the game is more than I care to watch. I really don’t want to see the same story-lines rehashed and regurgitated all week. Both coaches made bold changes late in the season, changes that could have put them out of a job or made them look like very smart men. Turns out they were smart choices. Me, I am fascinated with this game from the angle of the new offensive approach of the 49ers versus the more traditional approach of the Ravens. What will the 49ers run? Can Kaepernick bounce back from a mistake like he has in previous games? Will one coach become a play the stats guy this week and play to loose? Will the Ravens D actually still matter this week?

I’m rooting for the 49ers this week. I grew up on the 49ers when I learned to like football. I also remember watching the old Colts QB Harbaugh carrying a team that had more players than talent. I often hoped they would win more. I liked his determination. Even when things weren’t going well I don’t remember him having one of those pity sad looks on the side lines. His playing days aside, I love what he’s done with the 49ers organization. Not so much when we lost to them, but what he’s done overall to take a talented team so far so quickly. It’s the epitome of any given sunday in the NFL.

So what’s the spread? Glad you asked. For the Superbowl I like the following appetizers

Cheese Plate

This one’s pure simplicity. I like to take a nice cheese like a Robie Farm Piermont and slice it into thin one inch squares. Pair with a nice water cracker.

Meat Balls
2 lbs of 85% lean hamburger
1 cup of bread crumbs
2 eggs
32oz of BBQ sauce – your favorite works here. I’m 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

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.

For a main course I’ll be serving a Thai chicken pizza

6oz of diced chicken
1 jar of thai peanut sauce
1 scallion diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 small peeled carrot or three baby carrots shredded
mozzarella cheese
unsalted peanuts

On the crust (week 8 2011 for the recipe) put a layer of Thai peanut sauce, leave about 1/2 inch from the edge of the dough. sprinkle on the chicken, carrots, cilantro and scallion. Cover liberally with cheese being sure to overlap the sauce on the crust. Sprinkle a few peanuts around the pie. Cook at 350 for 25 minutes.

So, how bout the beer for the night. With the game starting later in the evening, I like to start off lighter and work my way up the ABV chart. I like to begin my games with a Belgian Style Pale ale. It works great with the appetizers and is super easy drinking. I then head up to a Hooksett and by the fourth quarter I’m going to be enjoying a Rusalka. With friends over I like a wide selection of choices so hop heads are covered as are those wanting lighter or darker less hoppy beers.

I hope you enjoy this years Super Bowl with great beer, food and of course friends.

Cheers,

Bill

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