The big game is right around the corner, and while our beloved Chicago Bears are sitting this one out (again), us fans will mostly still be able to enjoy the Super Bowl for what it has become. A glorious football holiday.
Some will congregate at a big party with friends and family, while others will keep things low key, but regardless of how we celebrate the end of the NFL’s season, many of us will be eating something scrumptious for the occasion.
I asked some of the WCG team to give us their favorite Super Bowl food and to share their recipes with us too.
Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter:
My Bangin’ Brats, of course.
Recipe - One (1) lot of your favorite, high quality bratwurst; Italian seasoning; three whole garlic cloves; Greek seasoning; oregano; thyme; red chili flakes; favorite non-expensive beer; salt; pepper; tiny pinch of sugar.
Dump the seasoning (to taste) into a large saucepan or cooking vessel of your choice. Then, dump the bratwurst into that vessel and toss the brats in the seasoning. Once coated in seasoning poor the beer (generally one beer per two brats), then use one re-filled can/bottle with water and add one unit water per two units beer. Let the brats simmer for an hour, then char on the grill or fry pan for a nice color.
I eat whatever anyone will make for me. I don’t really have a go-to or favorite. I especially like the dips, because you can go back again and again throughout the game. Buffalo chicken, beer cheese, mexicorn, spinach and artichoke, taco; all of those are on my list.
For a great beer cheese dip: Take two softened packages of cream cheese, combine with a packet of ranch dressing mix and a couple cups of shredded cheddar and mix, then stir in a fourth of your favorite beer; lagers or any mainstream light beer will do just fine so you can keep your craft stash in tack.
My girlfriend got a pressure cooker a few years ago and we fell in love with a recipe for jalapeno popper crack chicken. Add 2 lbs of chicken, 1 packet of ranch dressing mix, 8 oz block of cream cheese, 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, diced jalapenos to your preferred spice level, and a bit of jalapeno juice to the Insta-Pot. Pressure cook for about 15 minutes. When it’s done, shred it and add cooked crumbled bacon bits to your desire. We like to wrap it in jalapeno cheddar tortillas, but you can make sandwiches, eat it straight, etc.
Other than that I’m a sucker for crock pot meatballs, spicy chips, and ice cold beer.
Anyone who answers with anything but something involving the word “wings” does not deserve to have their food opinions be trusted.
Wings, be they hot, buffalo, atomic, garlic parmesan, whatever your heart desires, are the consummate football food. If you’re neglecting to have them on Super Bowl Sunday, you have no respect for the sanctity of the game and I hereby revoke your watching rights. The Law of the Land has spoken.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.:
I’m good with all of the above. I’m a big fan of party food like wings, chips and dip, pulled pork, assorted meats, cheeses, and crackers, anything that I can eat while going back and grazing works for me.
If I do something myself, it’s usually my chili. I don’t have a specific recipe I follow, but there are always three add-ins that are mandatory. One, I always get several cans of beans and I make sure they’re a good variety; i.e. kidney, pinto, black eyed peas, black beans, etc. I just like how it looks with different beans in the bowl. Two, I also always get some steak to chop up and add in the mix. I still use ground beef too, but I like the additional meaty texture a good chuck of beef adds. And three, I always add some beer. I managed a gun club years ago and the chef that ran our kitchen would always ask for a six-pack when he made his chili. He’d add some in his chili, but he’d also drink some while cooking.
Our Den-meister Ken Mitchell didn’t have a good answer for this round table question, but he did leave us with a teaser for tomorrow’s responses...
I don’t generally watch the Super Bowl live because, well, no Bears, and I find watching the NFL with all the stoppage and commercials beyond annoying. I will probably listen to it on the radio while I am doing something else, as I usually do with the Bears games. Therefore, I don’t actually have a favorite Super Bowl food because I don’t generally eat while I watch the game (see next answer for details why).
What are your go-to foods for Super Bowl Sunday?