Sunday, February 7, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

My first year out of college, my birthday aligned with Super Bowl Sunday. I had just broken up with my girlfriend, so to ease the heartbreak I invited a few of my friends over for burgers and dogs. A good time was had by all, so the next year I invited a few more friends and made some different kinds of food. Super Bowl at my house soon became an annual tradition. It grew bigger and more elaborate, complicated by the fact that after year two, I declared that I would never serve the same menu twice.

The Super Bowl party is one of the things that WonderWife™ inherited when she hooked up with me. However, since she's a foodie like me, it’s only gotten better since she’s been the co-host. I love throwing this party and despite my tepid interest in sports, Super Bowl Sunday has become one of my favorite days of the year.  It's my de-facto birthday party.  

The planning of the party starts around Thanksgiving, when WW™ and I will start to brainstorm recipes. We toss out ideas to each other, forget those ideas and have to think of new ones. We eventually hone in on our choices mid-January.

We spend all weekend cooking. Come game time, WW™ and I are so busy in the kitchen that we barely even get to see any of the game...or the commercials. (I know there was a Simpsons Coke commercial this year, but I didn't see it.)

This year, we finished early and I did get to watch the 4th quarter. And I finally won a bet against my friend KK, who has taken my money for about 5 years in a row.

Even though I was asked to do so, I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures of the spread, but because some of you were curious, this is what WW™ and I cooked this year:

  • Clam Dip – This is my friend Dimo’s favorite. It's clams, butter, onions, baked until bubbling and served with Ritz crackers. 
  • Deconstructed Potato Skins - Bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream and chives served on top of a potato chip
  • Caramelized Onion Flat Bread - Caramelized onions, Gala apples, crème fraiche on pizza dough
  • Korean BBQ Short Rib Hash - Boneless short rib marinated in Korean BBQ spices, potato, onion, peppers
  • Pate a Choux - Light pastry profiteroles filled with either spinach artichoke or smoked salmon dip
  • Potato Chip Frittata - Mini Frittatas filled with onion, leek and carrot topped with crumbled potato chips.
  • Chix in a Blanket - Chicken and bacon baked inside pockets of dough.
  • Dessert Won Tons – Fried won tons filled with combinations of banana, strawberry, semi-sweet chocolate, Nutella and toasted coconut.
(I told you we go all out.)

Before I go, can we have a giant shout out to WonderWife™?  I know that I go on about her a lot on this here blog, but seriously this woman is kick-ass, she totally went above and beyond with today's party.  Girl can roll out a flatbread like nobody's business.  Totally put me to shame.


Your escalator operator said...

Looking at this list, it sort of sucks that the next Super Bowl is still 364 days away.

What was the big winner out of this year's recipes?

SciFi Dad said...

The spread looks good, but where's the fried cheese? You can't have a SB meal without fried cheese!

(Also, if you're looking for some new dip recipes, I can hook you up. Just sayin'.)

WannabeVirginia W. said...

Did you also serve Pepto Bismol? BURP!!

The Pipster said...

If your wife leaves you, I am going to turn in to a lesbian. You have a GREAT thing going and it sounds like the food was to die for!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

YEO...I know. If the Super Bowl is my favorite day of the year, the day after is my least favorite.

SciFi...We've done variations on fried cheese over the years (including fried mac and cheese). And I might go looking for a dip recipe from ya too.

Wannabe...I didn't serve it, but I'm sure everyone went home and had some. Maybe I should try to get them to sponsor the party.

Pipster...I'll be sure to pass along the compliment.

ZenMom said...

Can't comment, drooling.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Zen...Here's a napkin for you.

ZenMom said...

Eff the napkin, send me a dessert wonton! ;)

To Market, At Table said...

You had me at spinach-artichoke pate a choux...

James (SeattleDad) said...

Wow, that sounds terrific. Makes me sad that I didn't even watch it.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Zen...Ping me and I'll give you the recipe.

To Market...Thought you might like. They were really good.

James...If it makes you feel any better, I didn't really watch either.

ZenMom said...


To quote Shanghai Knights: "What in our history together makes you think I'm capable of something like that?"

Dude, you know I don't cook.

But if you send me the recipe, I'll give it to the ZenHusband. ;)