Well yesterday was the big game, the whole enchilada, the big Lebowski….yes, the Superbowl. Up here in Green Bay, we weren’t too excited about the actual game. How could we choose between the evil empire from New England or the ospreys from Seattle (who, by the way, beat our team in the playoffs)? But the Superbowl is also a big reason to eat some good food and we didn’t want to skip that part of the day. So we reminded ourselves that the Superbowl wasn’t just a game, it had, hopefully, new and interesting commercials and a musical halftime, which turned out to be worthy of the opening of the Olympics. Certainly enough entertainment to eat along with.
We started early with a fine lunch. There was leftover chicken from Saturday so after making some broth from the carcass Curt put together a couple of bowls of noodle soup.
Chinese egg noodles, green onions, chicken, radishes, cilantro sprouts and a dollop of fermented soybean paste on the top. It was great. So let’s call this our nod to the West coast team. This looks more like a Seattle dish than a Boston dish.
About two hours after lunch was done chili preparation commenced.
Meat needed to be cut up and spices gathered: cumin, ancho chili pepper, paprika, Mexican oregano, cayenne pepper, guajillo. Once all of those ingredients and the beans and the onions were in the pot it was time for the chicken wings. We have a deep fryer but frankly it is kind of a mess and a big deal to use it for just two people. Also the less deep fat frying in our diet, the better. These wings were oven baked.
A day ahead, they were prepped. For every pound of wings mix together 3/4 tsp of baking powder and 3/4 tsp of salt. Put the wings into this dry mix and toss till they are thoroughly coated. Lay them on a rack on a cookie sheet, uncovered, and refrigerate overnight. To get a crispy skin you want the wing’s skin to dry out.
About an hour before you want to eat, preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Bake the wings for 20 minutes.
Turn the wings and bake for an additional 15 – 25 minutes depending on the size of the wings.
Take out and toss with your favorite coating. We divided ours in half. Half plain, half coated with a mixture of Kikkoman Thai Chili Paste, vinegar, Major Grey’s Chutney and Frank’s Original hot cayenne pepper sauce.
These turned out great and around 5:30pm they were ready. Oh yes, and kickoff happened at 5:30pm too. While the game proceeded we filled up our plates, then sat down to eat during the first bunch of commercials. The Brady Bunch/Snickers ad was the best of that group. Back to football…time to get more wings and wine. This was the pattern till all the wings were gone.
Around halftime Curt heated up the chili that was prepared earlier. This would be our nod to Boston. While Katy Perry rode in on a tiger puppet we filled our bowls, topped them with a tablespoon of sour cream and added a corn cookie on the side. By the time Katy was in her beach togs dancing with sharks we were ready to eat. After chili we watched some football till the next episode of Downton Abbey started on another channel. Bye football. Mellowing out with another glass of wine (Curt had a beer), we watched our favorite English upper class family. Once it was done we even had time to see the final interception of the big game. Yes, the evil empire won but seeing the shocked expressions on the osprey’s faces made it all worth it.