It’s almost here: The biggest day in American football, the granddaddy of the gridiron, the super-est of Sundays. MetLife Stadium in New Jersey plays host to the Super Bowl this weekend, where the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will engage in an epic battle for NFL supremacy and the country will divide its loyalties between Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.
But enough about sports. What about snacks?
Whether you’re attending a Super Bowl party or hosting your own, the food is only slightly less important than the game itself (or, to some, more important.) Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or just looking forward to the funny commercials, you’re going to need something to nosh on while the action is happening.
Dishes for the Die-Hard Denver Fans
If you’re feeling fancy: Set up an omelette station where your guests can prepare Denver omelettes, which come with ham, peppers, onions, cheese and, of course, eggs. The host might want to man the actual cooking part, just in case someone isn’t great with a skillet or gets too excited over the game. Denver omelettes belong in your belly, not on the wall.
For your brave guests, you might also have a supply of Rocky Mountain oysters on hand. (If you don’t know what they are, Google it – we’re too squeamish to explain it to you here.) If you’re a bit of a prankster, you could always encourage people to eat one without telling them what they really are, then enlighten them after they’ve taken a bite. Just don’t be surprised if no one shows up to your next party.
A more casual option: Green chili is a Colorado classic. Usually made with pork, tomatoes, onions and a variety of spices, this dish’s most important ingredient is the green chile, which gives the whole stew a greenish hue. Serve with plenty of tortillas.
To drink: Beer, naturally. With more breweries per capita than any other state, no other drink sums up Colorado. Everyone knows that Coors is brewed in Golden, CO, but if you prefer a microbrew, go with something from New Belgium Brewing, such as Fat Tire.
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Snacks for the Serious Seahawks Fans
If you’re feeling fancy: Seattle is famous for its salmon grilled on a cedar plank. You can do it in the oven if it’s too cold outside for the grill. The trick is to soak the planks in water for an hour, then place them on the grill and set the well-seasoned salmon on top. Delicious.
Dungeness crab, also a Washington classic, is a tasty treat, even if you don’t get it from Pike Place Fish Market. You can steam them or roast them; just be prepared to do some work to get to the meat inside.
A more casual option: Put away the mustard; Seattle-style hot dogs are topped with cream cheese and grilled onions.
To drink: Coffee, of course! But if your football game is incomplete without beer, Seattle has many fine microbrews to choose from. Hilliard’s Beer, a small brewery in the area, recently came out with The 12th Can, named in honor of Seahawks fans.
Super Bowl XLVIII will air Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. on Fox. We’re rooting for funny commercials. What will you serve – or hope to eat – at your Super Bowl party this year?
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