For any Super Bowl gathering, the most important consideration is the food. With kick-off scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (ET), a game-time menu sufficient to serve as dinner but easy enough to eat while sitting in front of a t.v. is essential. Of course, you need to consider who your guests will be and may also want to take into account the teams playing and the game’s location.
Consider The Teams
In case you missed it, the Baltimore Ravens are taking on the San Francisco 49ers in this year’s edition. Immediately I think crab cakes and sourdough bread. Maybe I’ll try my much-loved (by my family) Maryland-style crab cakes on sourdough rolls.
This recipe is based on “Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes” from Southern Living Annual Recipes Cookbook 20th Anniversary Edition, pared down consistent with my belief that the fewer the ingredients in crab cakes the better.
Chesapeake Crab Cakes1 lb. jumbo lump crabmeat, cleaned 1 large egg 4 saltine crackers, crushed 1½ t dried parsley flakes ¾ t Old Bay seasoning ½ t Worcestershire sauce 3 or 4 drops Tabasco or other hot sauce 1/8 t freshly ground pepper 3 T mayonnaise
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine egg and next 7 ingredients, then fold in crabmeat. Shape into 9 (2½”) patties and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes or until lightly brown. Do not over bake.
Consider the Game Location
The Super Bowl is once again being played in New Orleans’ Superdome. The last time the game was held in the Big Easy, I went with a Mardi Gras theme, and a King Cake served as the table’s centerpiece.
While that Naw’lins staple, crawfish, may be hard to find where you live, a jumbo shrimp platter is an obvious substitute. Just add a spicy cocktail sauce and my homage to the dearly departed Ukrops, “Sauce ala Joe”.
Sauce alá Joe3 tablespoons mayonnaise (preferably Duke’s) 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
Blend together and refrigerate.
Consider Your Guests
As you will read more of later this week, our Super Bowl gatherings are all about family. A small group of moms, dads and children (now almost grown-up) has been gathering at our home (even when I have been out of town) for what has become a pseudo-holiday filled with annual traditions. Our kids expect to have certain foods and certain games and certain prizes. The menu contributed by all comers has evolved toward a southwest taste. This must have something to do with those Dallas Cowboy fans who keep showing up at our Steelers house, but whatever the reason, guacamole and Rotel dip just say football around here.
Last year I added these Santa Fe Sliders.
They were a big hit and will definitely be making a return appearance this year.
Santa Fe Sliders1 lb. lean ground beef, turkey, chicken, pork or combination 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, divided ½ cup salsa, divided ¼ cup crushed tortilla chips (crush with a rolling pin in a ziploc bag) ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions (optional) 1 t ground cumin or chili powder ½ t garlic salt 12 slider buns or dinner rolls, split Lettuce, tomato slices & guacamole (optional)
In a medium bowl, combine the ground meat, ¾ cup cheese, ¼ cup salsa, tortilla chips, green onions, cumin and garlic salt. Mix lightly but thoroughly and shape into 12 slider patties. Grill or broil patties on an oiled rack 5-6 inches from heat 5 minutes per side or until done to your liking. Place burgers on buns and top with remaining salsa and cheese. Serve with lettuce, tomato & guacamole.
So far the menu seems a bit schizophrenic but definitely game specific. To the Rotel dip, crab cakes, shrimp and Santa Fe burgers, we’ll add some healthy veggies and our traditional football cake.
I am hoping that kMg will bring these beauties
again this year. Now I think we are set for game day.
What about you? Have you got any great Super Bowl recipes to share with The Gracious Posse? Please let us know in the comments.Gratefully, Alison & Ellen
January 30, 2013