February 7, 2011

Chicken Wings and Super Bowls

The Super Bowl always makes me a little sad.  I love football and while the Super Bowl is an exciting game, especially if you care about the teams (which I didn't), it marks the end of the season and that makes me sad.  However, what a perfect excuse to eat like a p-i-g pig for hours and hours.

We started off the night with chips and dip, obviously.  Spinach dip and crunchy, salty potato chips, with some celery and carrots for good measure, were munched on pre-game.  As the game kicked off, I prepared an antipasto plate.  I love antipasto.  Everything is salty, oily, cheesy, yummy.  I got some olives, artichoke hearts, fresh mozzerella, pepperoni, mushrooms, and peppers and arranged them on a plate.

Salty goodness

Cheesy Goodness

The 1st Half Spread

The second half I served Chicken Dingers (chicken wings if you are conventional...I'm not) and home-made blue cheese dressing.  I baked the chicken wings, following the recipe I found here.  I followed this pretty much to the T, because I was nervous I'd mess something up, and soggy chicken wings sound disgusting.  Luckily, they worked out perfectly and were crispy and spicy, just as Buffalo wings should be.

The blue cheese dressing was to die for.  I twittered that I was licking the whisk after I made it, and I'm not ashamed to say that this is the truth.  Speaking of, I'm on Twitter!  Follow me!  @hatshaley

Blue Cheese Dressing
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
A couple of turns of the ol' pepper grinder

Whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise and spices until smooth.  As you are whisking, add the blue cheese crumbles.  Combine to your desired smoothness.  Use on salad, as a dip, or eat with a spoon.  Don't worry, I won't judge.

Now I have another 6 months to anticipate Saturday and Sunday football games, and in the mean time, I'll cook, I'll eat, and I'll blog.

What did you make for the Super Bowl?


  1. You WON. Dad's chicken wings were "disgusting." He tossed his in the sauce PRE-baking, and they were a mess. Hummus and pashma (aka lavash) were the clear winners at my house!

  2. Good to know! We discussed before hand that he was going to do that and I was going to go the other way and then we'd compare notes. I guess baking before saucing is the way to go.