Sunday, February 6, 2011
What Did You Make for Super Bowl Sunday?
Super Bowl Sunday is a major cook- and eat-fest for a lot of people. Wings, chili, ribs, pizza, bratwurst, chips, lots of Mex or Tex-mex food, and tons of dips, cold or hot. In other words, classic American chow.
I wasn't that interested in cooking after mounting several Snow Day Challenges, where my friend Julia and I were posting 7-8 dishes in a 24-hour period. This past Friday, my husband picked up takeout, and I was happy as a clam not to turn on the stove or wash any pots.
On Saturday, I sat around in my pajamas all day and devoured a book instead of food. It was divine.
Then today, Sunday, came, as did the requests. Can we make salsa? Boy, I'd like some wings. Geez, I'd really like to not eat meat. (By the way, the last person was me.)
I ended up going to the grocery store, firing up the stove and oven, and generating some Super Bowl-worthy dishes. My family was happy. And so was I. How can you not be when you hear, "Wow, Mom, that was outstanding."? I am a sucker for compliments.
Super Bowl 2011 Dish #1: Honey mustard spareribs smoked over oak on my indoor smoker. I dry rubbed the rubs with salt, pepper, paprika, and a little ground chipotle. Then I mixed together a couple spoonfuls of dijon mustard with a couple spoonfuls of honey, and a splash of apple cider vinegar, and rubbed that onto the ribs. I smoked the ribs for an hour in my indoor smoker. Then I wrapped them in foil with a little beer and transferred them to a 325 degree oven to cook a couple hours until they were tender. A few minutes under the broiler and they were done. My family is not really a sauce family, so I served the sauce on the side (equal amounts honey and mustard with a splash of vinegar).
Super Bowl 2011 Dish #2: Chicken Bites with Buffalo Wing Sauce. The grocery store was cleaned out of chicken wings, so I bought boneless chicken thighs. I cut them into bite-size pieces and tossed them in melted butter and a little mustard. I then breaded them with panko, put them on a baking sheet, sprayed them with olive oil spray, and baked them in a 400 degree oven until they were browned -- 20-30 minutes. I served them with buffalo wing sauce on the side (almost equal parts melted butter and Frank's Red Hot Sauce with a little more hot sauce and a shot of vinegar).
Super Bowl 2011 Dish #3: Pita pizzas with Boursin Cheese, caramelized onions, and sauteed mushrooms. In this heavy meat-eating house, these turned out to be the favorite! I caramelized onions and then sauteed mushrooms in the same pan with shallots, garlic, a dash of wine, balsamic vinegar, and dried thyme. Salt and pepper of course. I split pita bread in 1/2, spread Boursin cheese on the bread and topped them with the onions, mushrooms, and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Then I threw them under the broiler until they were toasty and cut them into wedges. Very flavorful and yummy.
Super Bowl 2011 Dish #4: Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. My daughter Christina made these yesterday, and yes, the frosting is also homemade. I'll be posting this recipe soon.
Super Bowl 2011 Dish #5: Nutella on baguette slices with banana and toffee bits. These were in honor of World Nutella Day (2/4/11). Delish!
What did you make for Super Bowl Sunday?