COOKING: Super Bowl Time!
Every year, I shuffle through my recipes for just the right game-day food to prepare, and I always come back to the tried-and-true standards that I know my family loves. We start out with guacamole and bruschetta, then work our way to wings and pulled pork sandwiches.
2 cups diced roma tomatoes, seeds removed
1 T minced garlic … or more
¾ cup minced basil
2 T olive oil
1 tsp. lemon juice
Salt & pepper
Toasted baguette slices
Best prepared a few hours to one day before – the longer this sits, the better it gets. Serve with toasted baguette slices.
4 ripe avocadoes, seeds removed, cubed
4 roma tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
½ red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
Juice of ½ lime
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, minced
Mix all ingredients in large bowl, using a fork or pastry cutter to mash avocados. The more you mix, the smoother the texture, so mix accordingly. Cover with plastic wrap directly on top of guacamole and press out all the air. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
If it’s a nice day for grilling, here’s another guacamole recipe from Christa Carretero, The Cooking Girl. Halve and seed the avocadoes, slice the red onion, and halve and seed the tomatoes and jalapeno; place on the grill long enough to get char marks on both sides. Finish the recipe as above – the smoky flavor of this version is wonderful!
SWEET & SPICY CHICKEN WINGS
After trying many wing recipes, my favorite version is this one from the Neelys on Food Network.
3 lbs. chicken wings, separated at the joint
Salt & pepper
½ cup honey
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
2 T butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 chipotle peppers, minced
1 T minced ginger (or equivalent amount from a tube)
3 green onions, sliced
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray sheet pan with nonstick spray and arrange chicken in one layer. Season with salt and pepper and bake until cooked through and crisp, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients except green onions in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook on low until thick and syrupy, 15-30 minutes. When wings are cooked, place then into a large bowl and pour sauce on top. Toss until wings are nicely coated. Pile wings on a large serving platter, sprinkle with the sliced green onions, and serve with remaining sauce in a small bowl.
SLOW-COOKED BBQ PORK
This recipe was given to us years ago by Jeff and Misty Jackson, founders and owners of Billy Sims BBQ franchises; they collaborated with Billy Sims to create the menu for the restaurants decorated in OU crimson and cream and the silver and blue of the Detroit Lions. We’ve been enjoying this pulled pork since then.
1 3# shoulder pork roast (I prefer a leaner pork loin roast)
1 18-oz. bottle Billy Sims BBQ Sauce – hot or mild
1 12-oz. can Coca-Cola
1 onion, sliced
Place pork roast in crock pot (if using the loin roast, cut into two large pieces to fit slow cooker). Pour the can of coke and half the bottle sauce over the roast, cover and cook on high for about 6 hours, or until meat is tender and shreds easily.
Remove meat from crock pot and shred with two forks, and return to the juice to keep moist. Serve on sandwich rolls with the rest of the Billy Sims BBQ Sauce alongside. Top sandwiches with coleslaw, onion slices, pickles and peppers.
The Super Bowl game may not turn out the way you hope, but at least your menu will please everyone, no matter which team they root for!