Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend. If you're anything like me you're thinking, "I'm pretty sure this sport is fixed at the highest levels of power. Think about it. This shit runs deep. After 9/11, Tom Brady came out of nowhere to lead the Patriots, of all teams, to a Super Bowl championship. Post- Katrina, the Saints, after threatening to leave the city and having Roger Taglibue step in to say that they are Louisiana's team, get Sean Payton and Drew Brees. Then with the second pick in the 2006 draft, they get one of the more consensus #1 Picks of all time, in what can only be described as one of the biggest NFL Draft surprises of all time. This team then went on the win in 2010, healing the city and starting a new decade. Now flash forward to a new decade in the year of Covid, 2021. Tom Brady, who now is 62 years old, next up for a vaccine, and clearly a CIA asset, is leading the dark horse Tampa Bay Bucs in a home game in a state so fucked up that Covid is an afterthought. On top of this they're playing against the next big, rising quarterback in the league, Patrick Mahomes. I mean, with pass interference being such a costly penalty it how hard would it really be to fix? They did it in the NBA. As a Jets fan, I have to wonder who Namath must have screwed back in the day to play the patsy all these years. I'm probably starting to sound crazy. Crazy like a fox. Fox? Fucking Murdoch. I knew it."
You are also probably thinking about what to cook for the big game.
I love cooking Super Bowl snacks and love the usuals. If you're looking to make wings or pizza, I've already written about that. I figured I'd put together a list of some more interesting ones for you to enjoy this year with
all your friends whoever in the house still talks to you.
North Carolina Dipped Fried Chicken
I made this recently and it was awesome. I first learned about it on a Splendid Table podcast featuring Sean Brock, who is the hottest Southern, and on could argue American, chef out there.
It's basically fried chicken with a spicy, tangy, vinegary "dip" that gets poured over it. You could do a whole chicken, drumsticks, or even wings. It's like Eastern NC BBQ meets fried chicken. This is the recipe I used for the chicken. This is the recipe I used for the dip. I added a bit more cayenne because I live dangerously. Enjoy.
French Onion Soup Dumplings
When I was living in NY, Stanton Social was a trendy-ish tapas restaurant in the LES for a while. They were known for their French Onion Soup Dumplings, which combines two of the greatest foods of all time. I've made this recipe quite a few times and it is pretty solid.
Nachos are great, and elegant bean dips are always a crowd pleaser. But this is Covid. Nachos won't keep, and you likely don't have a crowd to please. Plus you aren't going to want to look at that bean dip on Monday and if you do you won't be able to look at yourself on Tuesday.
Scallion pancakes are great, fairly easy to make and you can reheat them all week and use them for little tacos for things like steak or chicken, or bean dip. Make a lot and just eat them all night with a nice dipping sauce. The Serious Eats recipe is quite good.
If you've ever been to a pub in London, you probably had a Scotch Eggs. If you haven't and don't know what they are, Scotch Eggs are siblings to Deviled Eggs. They both went through the same childhood trauma, but dealt with it in their own ways. Instead of hiding behind a fancy new makeover like his brother, the Scotch Egg turned inward and put up a thick wall of sausage and bread crumbs. Deep down they're both good eggs.
This recipe is pretty good. Pair it up with some spicy mustard.
Enjoy the game and the food.