Planning The Ultimate Super Bowl Party – The Food

02.01.2016

Categories: Entertaining Tips

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Less than a week til the Super Bowl! This week, the team at A Thyme to Cook is going to share some great ideas for making your Super Bowl party the best on the block!

Kicking off our week is Chef Joe and his thoughts on, of course, Super Bowl Party FOOD!

The holidays have drawn to a close and the blistery weather has arrived, and yet there is still something to celebrate other than the New Year – THE SUPER BOWL!!! Baseball has long been regarded as America’s Pastime and yet American Football stands tallest among all other sports, and with Super Bowl 50 right around the corner, nothing can completely compare to the level of fandom and excitement that this event looks to provide.

So whilst many believe that the most important element is the game itself and treasured time with family and friends, many MORE believe that an equally important element to the perfect “Super Bowl Party” is the FOOD!!!

Regardless of the outcome of the game or who you’re rooting for, good food can truly make a “Super Bowl Party” really come together.

Taking the classics and giving them a twist is always a fun and exciting way to mix things up and stir the senses. Some other examples to try out are some cool things we do here at the cookery:

Mini Corn Dogs served with a Local Beer Shot

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LOADED Fingerling Potato Planks

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Mini Beef Sliders with Jack Daniels Ketchup & Parsley “Lettuce”

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Candied Bacon

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Today, we’re sharing a simple and easy recipe for a twist on an American classic, sure to be a crowd-pleaser for you and your guests. Here’s a version of what we do in our Cookery!

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Those three words are as closely related to American lore as apple pie, and yet for years we’ve approached them in the same way, not differing from the norm because of the comfort of the classic. So how about we twist that up a bit and give it a new look…

A Thyme To Cook’s Buffalo Chicken Bites
Makes Approximately 25-30 Pieces

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INGREDIENTS

For Chicken & Marinating
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
1 ½ cups Buttermilk
½ cup Hot Sauce (We use our House Made, but Frank’s or Archie Moore’s will work in a pinch)
½ tsp Dried Oregano
½ tsp Dried Thyme
2 tsp Fresh Minced Garlic

For Breading
1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper

For Final Tossing
½ cup Hot Sauce
3 tbsp Unsalted Butter

For Goronzola Cream
½ cup Cream Cheese
¼ cup Sour Cream
3 tbsp Light Cream or ½ & ½
½ cup Gorgonzola
Salt & Pepper to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Cut the chicken into ½” size pieces. Mix the buttermilk, hot sauce, herbs and spices in a bowl. Place your chicken in a bowl and marinate at least four hours, but preferably over night to really extract all those delicious flavors.

Drain the chicken and toss in the seasoned panko bread crumbs. Deep fry each piece in a fryer at 375 for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. At this point, they can be frozen and stored in an airtight container in a freezer for two weeks, or until your event.

For the cream sauce, place the sour cream , cream cheese and light cream in a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove and fold in the gorgonzola cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. This two will hold in your fridge for 7-10 days in an airtight container.

When ready to serve, warm the bites in a 350 oven for 2-4 minutes or until internal temperature of 165. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and add your hot sauce. When fully combined, toss the bites in until all bites are fully coated. Garnish with a small dollop of the gorgonzola cream and fresh chopped chives and serve!!

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So if you’re going to enjoy a great game with amazing friends, take some time and make some food to make your evening even more memorable.

Have your own favorite Super Bowl “twists”? Share them in the comments below!

Cheers!

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