It’s that time of year again folks! Super Bowl festivities are looking a little different this year, but one thing’s staying the same: THE FOOD! We’ve rounded up our top 5 favorite game day dishes from our rockstar chefs from all across the country.
Read on for some munchies inspiration, from a chef’s perspective.
The name of the game here is spice, and we’re not just talking heat. Gochujang is a red Korean chili paste that elevates any dish, but will take your game day wings to the next level.
To make a Gochujang sauce for your wings, mix the following to taste:
Potatoes with Chinese 5 Spice is a great way to add a little flare to the classic potato wedge. The most common spices for 5 spice are: star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel seeds. But, you can find 5 spice premixed at Asian markets and most grocery stores. Add a little to your batch of fries for a mouthwatering Super Bowl side!
When you want to indulge in Super Bowl festivities, but still need to eat your greens!
The keys to making this dish a success are in the fresh ingredients. Crispy romaine, savory black beans and fresh corn bring the flavor on their own! By adding your favorite cheese, tofu or chicken on top, you can make the dish exactly how you like it.
We’re not giving away any secrets for the Alpha Chi Omega special sauce, BUT we can say that amping up ranch with jalapeños, cilantro, sour cream and taco seasoning adds a fun twist to your dressing.
We recommend topping with cilantro, lime and tortilla strips!
A comfort food classic. Is a football game complete without a drool-worthy burger? We’re sharing our tips for the perfect burger:
Major tip here: if you can, buy your beef from your local butcher who grinds the meat to order. This way you can ensure the freshest, juiciest quality. If you are buying meat from a supermarket, the key is to choose a beef with at LEAST a 20% fat content. This is the difference between a melt in your mouth experience and one that leaves you reaching for more condiments.
Don’t overwork the meat. Form patties with cold hands and make a thumbprint in the middle of each after you gently press it down.
Mix those cheeses! Grab two of your favorites and melt them on the burger together to bring out the flava!
The bun is up to personal preference, but feel the bread before you buy! You definitely want something soft, and squishy that will shape around the burger.
A slice of pizza is so 2020. We’re infusing all of our meals with fun this year. A veggie flatbread is the perfectly shareable Super Bowl food, but we’re not saying that you have to share with anyone!
For the base, a homemade naan bread is the best route to go. But, we won’t tell anyone if you snag a couple flatbreads from the frozen food aisle.
The sauce is the best area to play with flavor. A lemon cream brings a zesty Mediterranean feel to the dish. But, you can try pesto, artichoke dip, marinara sauce... the possibilities are endless!
Fresh veggies, with bold natural flavors are our favorite toppings, but you can go crazy with different meats, cheeses or innovative combonations. Bake the flatbread at 400°F for about 10 minutes and you’re good to go!
Ahhh, nachos. The ultimate Super Bowl munchie food- until they turn into a soggy mess! Good thing we know how to cook ?
First: chips. The best nachos use a thick, restaurant style tortilla chip. The thin chips seem like a good crispy option, but they won’t be able to support your toppings!
Then: cheese. We love a good imported cheese as much as the next chef but, the most important aspect here is the melt factor. Store bought, pre-shredded cheeses are filled with stabilizers that hinder their meltability. Shred your own cheese at home to ensure that each bite is dreamy and cheesy. Our favorites are Monterey Jack (for the gooiest melt), a young cheddar (for a bit of tang), pepper jack (for a bit of spice) or blue cheese (for a bold flavor).
Next: layer! For a the perfect balance of crunchy-to-gooey, cover the bottom of your tray with chips, then a layer of toppings, then a layer of chips then more toppings! The contents of the toppings are up to you- let your imagination run free!
Add your cold ingredients (guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, etc) on top at the end and you’ve created the perfect mess!
This round up of recipes is meant to serve as inspiration for your Super Bowl festivities. Don’t shy away from mixing things up and getting experimental!