Super Bowl Munchies, New England Style ~

Another food post!

Snowstorms and Super Bowl Week sing to me of FOOD!

Their will be plenty of time for fashion and health, books and balms….promise.

GLOAT ALERT….Seattle fans beware.

We here in New England are a bit spoiled when it comes to sports teams and championship games….It seems almost every year, our beloved Sox, Bruins, Pats or Celts are in the finals….Ok, maybe not the Celts, but I digress.

The Pats have made us proud with 8 Super Bowl appearances in the past years, and by now, we’ve got our game on when it comes to the big question “What to serve during the Super Bowl?”

I’d say we have it down “Pat”, but that would be cheesy😉

This year,  Brady and our boys are BACK, and Super Bowl XLIX is Sunday!

SO…if you’re having a party, even if you aren’t from New England, here are some great things to serve to a roomful of fans…Pats or otherwise!

I start with a recipe recreated from a Massachusetts institution….The Kowloon Restaurant, and more specifically, their Saugus Wings.

Saugus Wings are the most delicious asian wings you can eat.  Sticky, spicy, rich and sweet, with hints of molasses and hoisin , you can’t eat just one…FullSizeRender 66

While the recipe is a classified secret, I recreated it and it’s a damn good imitation…

Saugus Wings ~

  • 3 pounds of chicken wings tips removed, cut in half (drums and wing separated.)
  • 2 tablespoons veg oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 whole star anise
  • a cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark molasses
  • 1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • three scallions, sliced thin for garnish (optional)

Starting with the fat side down, brown the chicken wings in a large non-stick skillet  with the vegetable oil over medium heat, turning once. Do this in a few batches..don’t crown the skillet or the wings will “stew”.

Meanwhile mix together the rest of the ingredients.  When the wings are browned, add them all back to the skillet, add the glaze, and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, covered. Uncover the pan, stir well and cook for about 10 more minutes until the wings are tender and cooked, and the glaze is thickened. Discard the star anise and cinnamon stick, and you’re done.  If you like scallions, sprinkle them over the top, and enjoy!

Note: If you like them less sticky and more crisp, place the glazed wings under the broiler for a minute or two before plattering.

These are addictive, and will be devoured before half time if you put them out early…you have been WARNED!

For dessert, a simple but scrumptious fan favorite is the Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich. Easy to pass around and easy to eat!DSC_0042 2

HOMEMADE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES ~

  • 24 medium sized chocolate chip cookies, store bought or homemade.
  • 1 half gallon salted caramel gelato.  (I use gelato, as it spreads easier and freezes better.)  If you can’t find gelato, really any favorite ice cream will do.
  • A cup of Barefoot Contessa Chocolate Ganache….recipe here  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/chocolate-ganache-recipe.html . Cook this ganache, cool it, and place it in a squeeze bottle.

To Assemble…simply lay a cookie out on a piece of wax paper and using a small ice cream scoop, place one scoop of the gelato or ice cream on a cookie…take a second cookie and GENTLY push it down to spread out the ice cream.

Remove second cookie, and drizzle some ganache on the ice cream with the squeeze bottle.  Replace the second cookie to make a sandwich, place in a freezer container, and freeze immediately.

That’s it!  This recipe makes a dozen, but I have found that they are so good that some, ok many people, have had two so make as many as you can.  They will NOT go to waste!

Whether you are blessed to be from New England or Seattle or blessed to have a houseful of friends and family, enjoy the game, don’t drink and drive, and GO PATS!

What was your favorite Super Bowl half time show?  You know…the one that made you stop eating and race back to the TV? Mine was Bruno Mars, last year….and yours???

 

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