A Few Recipes and Alternatives to Bud Light for That Upcoming Game on Sunday

AUTHOR: | POSTED: January 29, 2013 | COMMENTS: 1 Comment
CATEGORIES: Glass City Parent,

Carolyn Savage

For the past twenty years I have watched the Super Bowl with our extended family.  Our gracious hostess, Sean’s mom Kate, never fails to have the perfect venue and food that makes everyone happy.  Most years (okay…well almost every year) I forget which teams played in the game.  (Although I like football, the NFL is not my favorite.  I’m a college BCS junkie.)  What I never forget, however, is the half time show and the food.

Come on, people.  I have my priorities straight!

So, for this week’s appearance on 101.5 The River with Rick and Mary Beth, I am sharing some of my favorites.  They are easy and guaranteed to be a hit.  Enjoy!

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Bacon Wrapped Smokies

“Everything is better with bacon” said some culinary genius somewhere.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut into thirds

  • 1 (14 ounce) package beef cocktail wieners

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Refrigerate 2/3 of the bacon until needed. It is easier to wrap the wieners with cold bacon. Wrap each cocktail wiener with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on a large baking sheet covered with foil. Sprinkle brown sugar generously over all.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the sugar is bubbly. To serve, place the wieners in a slow cooker and keep on the low setting.

Tip:  if your bacon isn’t crisping up, put the bacon wrapped smokies under the broiler for a few minutes.  Monitor them carefully, however.  You don’t want to burn the tooth picks because…well…that would be bad.

 

Oven Fried Sticky Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken wings

  • Lawrys seasoning salt
  • Pam vegetable oil cooking spray

Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions

1.  Line a broiling pan with foil for easy cleanup.  Season wings with Lawry’s seasoning salt.  Lay wings on broiling pan and spray generously with Pam.  Place in oven and broil until tops are browned and crispy.  (Times vary.  Watch closely.)  Flip wings, spray generously with Pam, and place back in over until other side of wings are browned. When browned, remove from oven.

2.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.

3.  Place broiled wings in 13×9 baking dish.  Mix soy sauce, water, sugar, white vinegar, garlic powder and salt in mixing bowl.  Pour sauce over wings in baking dish.  Bake wings at 350 for 35-45 minutes, basting wings with sauce often.

 

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients

  • 2   (10 ounce cans) shredded chicken*
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup Bleu Cheese dressing
  • 1/2 cup Franks Hot Buffalo Sauce (or Buffalo Sauce of your choosing)
  • 1/2 cup Red Hot Sauce (or hot sauce of your choosing)
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese**
  • 1 bunch celery cut into quarters
  • Frito Scoops

Directions

1.  Heat chicken and hot sauce , and buffalo sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch and bleu cheese dressings. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in 1 and 1/4 cups of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and Frito scoops.

Tips

*  You can use shredded chicken breasts.  I’ve used one whole breast, poached and shredded.  For the locals…I’ve used a tub of Roots shredded chicken for this recipe too.  I prefer the whole poached chicken breasts to the canned chicken.

**  I prefer to use a block of cheddar shredded in my food processor for this recipe.  Pre-shredded cheese is coated with flour and makes for an oily dip when placed in the crock pot.  Not the end of the world, but better without the oil in my opinion!

Alternatives to Bud Light

Nothing tastes better with any of the food fare above than an ice cold beer.  Ken, from Anderson’s Market, has a few pics that will allow you to step outside the “Bud Light Box” and wow your Super Bowl Party guests this Sunday.

Ken’s First Pick…Brooklyn Pilsner

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In the glass, Brooklyn Pilsner takes on that standard straw coloration with a slightly darker shade than average. The aroma is usually the tell tale sign of a good or bad pilsner. If it smells like a rusty lead pipe, it’s wrong. But if it smells like a rich and floral bouquet of crisp hops, then you have a winner. Brooklyn is firmly on the winner side and adds hints of butter and lemon to the mix. This beer has a delightful intro….Overall, the Brooklyn Pilsner is a very nice pilsner that I can recommend to any level of beer fan. Seasoned drinkers will find it to be a high quality example of the pilsner style. For novices, it is a wonderful bridge to better beer. So the next time you’re at the gas station looking at all those refrigerators full of beer with writable labels, cold indicators and stupid bottle designs, do yourself a favor: make one more stop at the beer store to pick up some Brooklyn Pilsners. You will soon realize that the only part of your hand that should ever reach for an Anheuser-Busch product is your middle finger.”  review from  Brewchief.com

Ken’s 2nd pick…Bombshell Blonde from Southern Star Brewery  

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Perfect for sessioning, Bombshell is just a mild and friendly beer. Every brewery has to have an offering or two in their lineup that appeals to the fans of “lighter” beers, luckily this one has soul and flavors in abundance. A perfect companion for a hot Summer day here in Texas.” review from Pintlog.com

Ken’s 3rd pick…Small Craft Warning from Clipper City Heavy Seas series

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Small Craft Warning’s taste fell in line with the aroma. It tasted malty, biscuity, but also sugary with floral hops. The beer also boasts a pleasant citrus bitterness, but there’s nearly no bitter buildup. Instead, each sip finishes with an easy, malty aftertaste and a lingering yeast flavor reminiscent of a Belgian ale. It has a light to medium body, but still feels viscous in the mouth….I’ve nothing but good things to report about the Heavy Seas series…”  review from Beeraday.net

Ken’s 4th Pick…Scrimshaw

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There are times when all you want is the crisp, refreshing taste of a Pilsner. Pilsners originate in Bohemia and are light lagers – usually low in alcohol and have anywhere from a mild to intense hop character. They’re also usually lighter bodied beers and have a fair bit of carbonation. This is Scrimshaw, a take on the style by North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California. I’ve long been a fan of this brewery (I was hooked ever since I tried Old Rasputin for the first time), so I was anxious to try this one. Hands down, this is one of the better Pilsners out there, in my opinion.”  review from ireallylikefood.com

Ken’s 5th and Final Pick 3Beans from Six Point Craft Ales

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“It’s no secret that Sixpoint 3 Beans is a beer made with chocolate and coffee. But if you’re expecting a mocha stout you can forget it. This is a Baltic Porter, an oft-overlooked style by American craft breweries, which is ironic because it’s so unique. It has the chocolate and coffee flavors you might expect in those big imperial flavored stouts, but it doesn’t drink like those beers. Its uniqueness is what makes it so appealing…Though Sixpoint 3 Beans is a pretty big beer at 10% ABV, it’s remarkable just how drinker-friendly it is. The mouthfeel is neither thick nor sticky, but tame and soft with a creamy texture. Though there is alcohol warmth, it’s not distracting at all, and it pairs quite well with the coffee flavor and aftertaste. It goes down extremely smooth and does not hit your system like a brick through glass. It’s tempting to drink multiple servings back-to-back, but I wouldn’t recommend it with this well-hidden potency.”  review from Chadzbeerreview.com

So…there you have it.  Some great beers for a fun game night all of them available (for our locals) at Anderson Market or any Anderson location.  Happy Super Bowl!  Enjoy!

One Comment on “ A Few Recipes and Alternatives to Bud Light for That Upcoming Game on Sunday ”

  • Teri | January 30th, 2013 3:06 pm

    I love buffalo chicken dip!! Definitely making it for Sunday!! Thanks Carolyn!

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