Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Post Game

First off, a big congratulations to my niece whose team took 1st place at her dance competition on Saturday!

While everyone is Monday morning quarterbacking about the game, and Giselle is blaming everyone for New England’s loss, I’m thinking about the great meal I put together for the big game. 

If you follow me on twitter, you know I was all around town yesterday getting ready. Besides stopping at my favorite coffee shop in the city, OST (and not Old Silver Tavern for those who have know me a long time) for a latte,

Gramercy Guy and I did a beer run at Good Beer. What makes Good Beer special is that they have a huge selection of beer which you can buy by the six pack or singles. Best yet is you can buy a growler (large jug) and have it filled with whatever is on tap. We tried Joe Mama’s Milk (a dark stout). 

For the first 1/2 half, we had baked buffalo chicken fingers with homemade blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Fingers
  1. Cut chicken breasts into equal size strips
  2. Marinate in Franks Buffalo Sauce
  3. Dredge chicken in a combo of McCormick’s buffalo wing seasoning and flour
  4. Bake for 5 minutes on each side at 450, or 8-10 minutes  at 350

Blue Cheese Dressing
  1. Mix equal parts mayo and sour cream (I use fat free)
  2. Add in blue cheese crumble
  3. Salt/pepper to taste

For half time we had your classic chili. It's not the Super Bowl without chili. We garnished ours with cheddar jack cheese, sour cream, and Fritos. 

2 1/2 lb. ground beef
2 med. onions, chopped fine
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. salt
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 (10 1/2 oz.) cans beef broth
1 lg. can whole tomatoes
2 (16 oz.) cans chili beans
A few tbsp. flour
  1. Brown meat and chopped onions in butter.
  2. Pour off excess fat.
  3. Add chili powder, salt, crushed garlic, and tomatoes. Cook for a 15 minutes
  4. Add Beef Broth bring to a boil then cover and simmer at least 1 ½  hour.
  5. Add chili beans and simmer 15 minutes more. Thicken with flour. Serves 8.
  6. For a hotter chili, add finely chopped jalapeno peppers, I use a tablespoon Sriracha.

For the last quarter, I scored a touchdown with chocolate chip, oatmeal, raisin cookies. No fancy recipe, just the one from the top of the Quarter oats canister with ¾ cup of chocolate chips added. 

I don't think I know what was better, dinner or the Giants winning. What did you eat and drink at your Super Bowl party?

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