Before I begin discussing the food of Super Bowl Sunday, can we pause and reflect on something for a moment?
For the first time in my life, I don’t have to stock up on beer the day before the Super Bowl. So, let’s all raise a glass to democracy.
This Sunday marks a very important day for me, beyond the fact that I’m going to intentionally wait to buy the booze for our party just because I can. Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year behind Thanksgiving, which makes it my second favorite holiday of the year. Now if only I really cared about the NFL, I’m sure it would leapfrog Turkey Day, but it is still one I look forward too.
I’ve found that the Super Bowl also lends itself to traditions when it comes to the food people fall back on, with home cooks’ “signature” dish often making an annual appearance.
For me, my fall back is a simple and easy wing recipe that has done more impressing than it really should. Not much to it, but it is a great crowd pleaser, and a good alternative to frying them and stinking the house up like oil.
Normally, this would be the point where I break the recipe down into a measure of ingredients and give thoughtful, step by step instructions. But that would be fluffing it up too much, so here goes:
Grilled Game Day Wings
Over medium low heat, mix two cloves of mashed garlic and a stick of butter into the wing sauce of your choice (Texas Pete Wing sauce makes for a good base). Throw wings on a grill, baste with a sloppy helping of sauce, turn as they brown, and baste again. Eat with blue cheese, beer, and plenty of napkins.
If that doesn’t read like a man-recipe, I don’t know what does.
What are your favorite Super Bowl eats?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog