We here at HonestlyYUM are still brushing the chips off our shoulders from the Niners loss to the Seahawks. But alas, Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and we will manage to pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and watch the showdown. And the commercials. And more importantly, grub on great food. It’s all for the love of the game, after all. And as if hot wings, sliders, nachos, margaritas pitchers and brews won’t be enough for your Super Bowl party, I’m rounding up a handful of ideas and recipes that will be sure to satisfy any football fan.
Let me start by saying I’m not a beer geek. My expertise falls much more under the category of spirits and cocktails. That being said, I’m still a beer guy. I’ve attended my fair share of brewery tours, I experiment in the occasional home brew, and in some circle circles of my life I’m simply referred to as, “All Mighty Beer Pong Champion.” I digress. Despite the fact that I know you’re gonna get creative and make a pitcher of cocktails on Sunday, let’s face it, the Super Bowl is all about beer. But instead of a boring old 6-pack, why not mix it up this year with an assortment of beers? There are several places these days that sell single bottles of beer. Bevmo and Trader Joe’s to name a couple. It’s always fun to pick and choose, and your guests will be excited to try some new.
1. California Lager, Anchor Brewing
I was thrilled to see that Anchor Brewing (the folks behind Anchor Steam) had a lager. And even more thrilled to see its label, decorated with our very own California Golden Bear. It has a slightly sweet malt flavor, but finishes crisp and dry. Easy drinking to say the least.
These are the nachos of your dreams. True to form, I’ve managed to incorporate beer into this dish by making a beer nacho cheese sauce. (Remember these chocolate chip beer ice cream sandwiches?). The key to the ultimate nachos is toasting the chips in oven– they make the chips super crispy and perfectly oily. As for the rest, I simply added my favorite toppings: avocado, chorizo, jalapenos and sour cream. But feel free to add whatever you like. This dish is ooey-gooey-cheesey-crunchy-salty-flavorful-goodness. Can’t wait to chow down (oh and watch the game) on Sunday!
Beer-Nacho Cheese Ingredients:
- 1/2 pound of Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 pound of sharp yellow cheddar
- 1 cup of beer, I used Negra Modelo
- 1/2 cup of whole milk
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- chorizo, cooked
- tortilla chips
- 1 bunch of green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
- sliced pickled jalapenos
- 1 large avocado, sliced
- 1/2 can of refried black beans
- sour cream
- lime wedges
It’s been a painful few weeks, but I’ve finally come to accept that my 49ers aren’t in the Superbowl (it sure took me long enough). Now that I’m not listening to sports radio or football podcasts, I found time to make this ridiculously delicious pitcher of blood orange margaritas. Whenever blood oranges are in season this is my go-to libation. I usually mix up a batch to bring with me to parties. They were a favorite on my old beverage catering menu, and I even made them at my wedding! I highly recommend making these for your Superbowl party. Trust me, you will not be disappointed . . . unless you’re a Niners fan. There’s always next year.
- 750 ml bottle of reposado tequila
- 1 cup orange liqueur
- 1 1/2 cups lime juice
- 1 cup simple syrup (combine equal parts sugar and water)
- 3 cups blood orange juice
- 2 cups sparkling water
- limes wedges and blood orange salt for garnish
Blood Orange Salt:
- blood orange juice
- extra coarse salt
This pink peppercorn and honey-glazed wings are amazing– the pink peppercorns add the perfect amount of heat that’s uniquely fruity and piney. This is the one time that I’d suggest not using an unpasturized raw honey as the honey flavor is really too over powering here. The recipe here makes enough glaze for 2 pounds of chicken wings, but simply double for 4 pounds.
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons of sea or kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of whole pink peppercorns, plus more for garnish
I know what you’re thinking– oven fried can’t possibly be as good as a true deep fried wing. As a wing lover, I’ll tell you I absolutely agree, but these are pretty damn close to the real deal! I love fried foods but really hate frying food. I avoid it if possible because its both messy and stinks up your house, and frankly, who wants to be standing over a greasy pot of hot oil all day on Superbowl Sunday. I have to say though, I was really impressed with this method of oven-frying wings. The idea is to get the skin as dry as possible and blast it under high dry heat so that the skin blisters like it would in a fryer. The recipe I used here uses baking powder to help crisp up the skin by way of some science that is beyond me– but it works! The results were wings that were crispy, blistered and brown (the blisters really help the sauce cling to the wings!)
This sauce is a twist on a classic buffalo sauce, which is simply Frank’s Hot Sauce and butter. Instead, I replaced the Frank’s Hot Sauce with Sriracha and tossed in some cilantro and jalapeno for even more heat. Stay tuned tomorrow for a sweeter take on hot wings: Pink peppercorn and honey-glazed wings– honestly, yum!
Chicken Wing Ingredients:
- 4 pounds of chicken wings
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of kosher salt
Sriracha Buffalo Sauce Ingredients:
- 3/4 cup of Sriracha
- 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 2 jalapenos, thinly sliced
- 1 small bunch of cilantro, roughly torn