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Favorite Super Bowl foods

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

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

25 comments Add your comment

Baltisraul

February 3rd, 2012
6:54 am

If you want a great chicken recipe, go to the AJC recipes is this section. Search Freemont Manoun’s Deep in the Wood’s Chicken. Believe it won “Best of 2006″. Grill indirect for 55 to 60 min and baste a few times and once more before serving. Leave the skin on and it is as crispy as fried chicken. Keep the grill lid on with the vent wide open. Since this appeared in 2006, I have made dozens of times and I always have 1 gallon of this sauce in the fridge at all times.

Baltisraul

February 3rd, 2012
7:31 am

In addition, I also marinate in the sauce 30-45 min before grilling.

A. Teesman

February 3rd, 2012
7:34 am

Wings. Chips and salsa. Best of all, nachos with carnitas, black beans with lots of guacamole and cilantro.

diamond-e

February 3rd, 2012
8:08 am

gotta be pigs in a blanket,use crescent rolls and little smokies,trick is the blanket to pig ratio has to be just right,with a good spicy mustard and plenty of ice cold busch lite,who cares about the game!

The Real JC

February 3rd, 2012
9:07 am

My friends think I have a problem because I love wings so much. I find broiling wings makes them a bit crispier than grilling, though deep frying is really the gold standard.

Best suggestion is to lightly season wings with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper, broil to a crisp, then toss them in equal parts hot sauce and butter and get the really good blue cheese dressing to go with it.

Katie

February 3rd, 2012
10:15 am

Having the annual Super Bowl party on Eleuthera in the Bahamas this year…all the usual stuff (sliced tenderloin and roast turkey, cole slaw, potato salad, chips and dips) BUT also fresh baked Bahamian dinner rolls, conch salad, conch fritters and coconut creme pie!

Paddy

February 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

Katie……..hope you remembered to have your unemployment checks forward to your bank on Eleuthera!

Chicken Mcnugget

February 3rd, 2012
2:07 pm

Chips and Salsa

Fred

February 4th, 2012
11:58 am

@Jon Watson:Correct me if you are wrong, but you are the guy with the green egg right? If so I have a bone to pick with you lol………

You do the SAME damn thing they do on the green egg forum and it is so aggravating (especially to new eggers). Here are your ‘grilling instructions:

Throw wings on a grill, baste with a sloppy helping of sauce, turn as they brown, and baste again.

Really? What temperature? How long? Direct or indirect? How about adding those three little bits of information for us noobs. Does it really take that much more time?

And don’t worry about the poor souls who don’t have a green egg, they can wing it. Besides, you know they want one and will eventually get one so the instructions WILL come in handy for them one day………

And on another note: Franks Hot sauce and butter are credited as being the “original” buffalo wing sauce. I’ll try the garlic next time. The Oyster Barn (beaver ruin and hwy29) uses the hot sauce/butter mix, but they also add a spice I haven’t identified yet that makes their wing sauce really tasty. I know it’s something simple, but I haven’t figured it out yet………

@ Baltisraul: Thanks, I’ll check that out. I’ve been doing a beer butt (with assorted rubs) and it’s gotten rather boring.

Fred

February 4th, 2012
12:02 pm

@Baltisraul: Just found it, thanks it looks interesting. Thanks also about the tip on the recipes on this site, i had never noticed them before.

Peter

February 4th, 2012
3:48 pm

Home made nachos with freshly made beans, and chili, smothered with cheese, tomatoes and guacamole as an appetizer with chips and home made green or red salsa.

Then beans and rice served with ribs, and finally Pizza and salad…. eclectic and fun !

me

February 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

mango chicken wings from Cheeseburger Paradise at Perimeter!!!

Lets Be Honest

February 4th, 2012
5:03 pm

Smoked wings on my BGE (Big Green Egg).

I'm Hungry

February 4th, 2012
6:12 pm

Fred and others,
My wing trick is homemade Cajun seasoning after saucing. It gives them that extra zing!

Clarfion

February 4th, 2012
6:28 pm

Paula Deen is cooking for us.

Kathryn B

February 5th, 2012
7:46 am

Grilled Wahoo and Mahi fresh from the sea in Eleuthera followed by ice cold Kalik. Could combine meals with Katie if we knew where on the island was :)

Paddy

February 5th, 2012
8:11 am

Kathryn B……………….Katie stays down near the Social Services office on Eleuthera. Nothing like fresh dolphin and wahoo for Super Bowl Sunday.

Paddy

February 5th, 2012
10:48 am

@Baltisraul Just made the sauce and will do your Deep in the Woods chicken as you suggested.around 6:00pm. I see now that the sauce must be at room temp to help it seperate. Can’t wait!

Katie

February 5th, 2012
11:28 am

Kathryn B…Governor’s Harbour…Banks Road…come on by! :-)

gt football is real football i dont care what you say

February 5th, 2012
1:11 pm

peanut butter and banana grilled sandwich with lemon water.

Kathryn B

February 5th, 2012
2:23 pm

Katie – Wish we could but already have plans. We live in South Point but would love to meet some time. Feel free to give a shout out: 0430

Katie

February 5th, 2012
2:48 pm

Kathryn–Too funny to meet someone just down the road on Eleuthera while responding to an Atlanta message board! Are you from Atlanta? I have a house in Atlanta but am on island until mid-May.

Paddy

February 5th, 2012
4:13 pm

Katherine B & Katie seem like my kind of people!

Paddy

February 6th, 2012
6:29 am

That Deep in the Woods recipe now goes in the “keeper” file. Thanks Baltiraul Verry good!

Kathryn B

February 6th, 2012
9:26 am

Katie – Sold our Atlanta house last year more quickly than expected and now live between Eleuthera and Lake Oconee. Guess things could be worse :) Hope your Superbowl menu was as good as it sounded. Ours turned out to be more about the cocktails than the food…getting a slow start today.

Would love to meet a fellow Atlantan living in Eleuthera so feel free to call (0430).