Super Bowl Appetizers
Thank you to our followers on Facebook that sent in some suggestions for the blog this week, even as a chef I sometimes go blank with what to cook. The suggestion that struck me the most was appetizers! Perfect! It's Super Bowl weekend and I have done some Super Bowl parties as a chef in my day!
Check out the picture of my first chef gig after graduating culinary school, non other the The Busch Family, Mr. Budweiser. I still can't believe I did more than one Super Bowl party for their family while they watched the game like everyone else! (It's a fun story how I ended up there, maybe I will share sometime. Volunteering pays off in ways we can never imagine!)
I decided to give the traditional munchies we all crave on game day a twist!
Try these for something different for Super Bowl 2016!
- 4 avocados, pitted and peeled
- 1 small red pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
- 1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Chinese chili paste with garlic
In a large bowl, using a potato masher, mash the avocado to desired lumpiness (I like some chunks), mix in the chopped pepper, onion, mint, ginger, squeeze in lime juice, add soy sauce, fish sauce, and chili paste. Taste on a chip for saltiness before adding any additional salt. Do so if needed. Serve along side some blue corn chips and enjoy!
Now for the chicken wings, I can't lie, I am sitting here eating some as I blog, they are so good!
I don't like the smell of grease in my house for days so I do not fry my wings and I prefer to use fresh not frozen wings. To get crunchy, fried-like results, this method works great without all the mess, smell, and cost of oil.
Ginger Hoisin Wings
- 4 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
- 6 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon Chinese hot chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon water
- 20 chicken wings
Combine ingredients together and put in plastic ziploc with chicken wings, for at least 1 hour, can also be marinated over night if desired.
My secret to crunchy oven baked wings is coating them with flour prior to cooking, but you will need to remove the wings from the marinade, dry mostly with paper towel, roll in 2-3 cups of seasoned flour, shake off extra, and place on a rack over a sheet pan. Spray lightly with cooking spray and cook in preheated 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove and place on tray with dipping sauce, enjoy!
- 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, smooth or crunchy.
- 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
- Splash of fish sauce
- 3-4 tablespoons of honey
Mix together, it will be thick, if it needs to be thinned, add a little bit of hot water and stir. You want it thick so it sticks to the wing when you dip! Enjoy!
I hope you like my twist on some traditional game day favorites!
Someone suggested bread pudding, so I am thinking about chocolate bread pudding for next week. Stay hungry and tune in next week to find out whats cooking in my kitchen!
Happy Cooking, from my kitchen to yours!