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The Super Bowl Extravaganza

Photo courtesy of NFL

Photo courtesy of NFL

Hi folks and welcome back! Hope you all had a great week and you’re enjoying your weekend!

It’s been exactly 1 week since the biggest sporting event of the year, Super Bowl XLVII, ended. It was a historic battle between the Ravens and 49ers and was a worthy sendoff to a wonderful season.

I hosted one of my best Super Bowl parties in recent history and I really want to thank my amazing friends for coming and also helping me with the preparations and for a great day!

We’ve had quite a substantial menu, although some of the dishes didn’t make it, since just like in New Orleans, my kitchen lights exploded and we were left in the dark. So no more cooking after that!

However despite that funny coincidence we still had plenty of food and lots of fun!

We kicked things off with a nice fireworks display in my backyard! Then we had some delicious nachos, some patriotic nachos. I had to use my little USA flag toothpicks, so I figured today would be best day to do that.

Absolutely delicious nachos, with some extra mature cheddar, spring onions, red chilies, jalapenos, salsa and served with sour cream and guacamole. The secret is to cook them only for a few minutes, when you put them in the oven keep an eye on them so that they don’t get burned.

Next up, we had an all meat platter made out of Buffalo wings and Southern fried chicken and they were amazing. It was actually the first time I have ever made Buffalo wings, it was easier than I thought.

Making Buffalo wings is easier than you might think:

What you need: 

Wings

  • chicken wings (about 12 wings)
  • 3-4 Tbsp melted butter,
  • 4 Tbsp bottled hot pepper sauce (we used Encona)
  • 1-2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Celery sticks (optional)

Blue cheese dip

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Next cut the tip of the wings and then prepare the marinade by melting some butter and then mix it with hot pepper sauce, paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper.

Make sure to leave about 2-3 spoons of marinade for coating when the wings come out of the oven.

Place them on a broiler pan and here you have a couple of choices, you can either broil them or just roast them in the oven. We roasted them and the results were really good. Broil them if you want more of a “grill taste”.

Whichever way you cook them, once they are ready baste them on with the fresh marinade that we saved earlier and they are ready to be served!

Blue cheese dip

Combine dip ingredients – sour cream, mayonnaise, blue cheese, vinegar, and garlic – in a blender or food processor. Blend or pulse until smooth. Chill in the fridge and you’re ready to go!

Next, let’s give KFC a run for its money and make our own Southern Fried Chicken. This recipe is so easy and after reading this you will never want to go to KFC ever again!

What you need: 

  • Chicken drumsticks, thighs, etc.
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 cup buttermilk (make your own by mixing some white vinegar with milk or use double cream)
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1-2 cup flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 2-3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • vegetable oil (for frying)

Start by soaking the chicken in water and salt for about 2 hours in the fridge. In the meantime prepare the buttermilk, eggs and the salt.

Dip the chicken the buttermilk & eggs milk then in bag or you can use a deep dish, place the flour, cornmeal, oregano, salt. The way I did, I just put a couple of chicken drums in a deep pot and then with a lid, I just shook it really well. See below.

Cover with a lid and cook for about 5 minutes, check the chicken, turn and cover again for another 5 minutes. Then cooked without the lid for another 20 minutes.

To get the best results, the key is to cover in the beginning to start the cooking process inside the chicken, but to uncover during the last part of the cooking time to get the outside nice and crispy and golden brown.

So, these were our starters and I would like to thank Simply Recipes and Food.com for their really simple and easy to follow recipes. They are definitely worth following.

Next up, is probably my favorite pizza and most fund dish to make.

The Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza.

What you need:

  • 500g strong bread flour or Italian ’00’ flour
  • 325ml lukewarm milk or water (I use milk instead of water, but you can use whichever you prefer)
  • 1 level tbsp fine sea salt
  • 15g dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Sieve the flour and the salt on a clean surface or in a bowl and then make a little well in the middle. I’ll have a few photos below. to show you how it looks.

Add the oil and yeast in the well. With the yeast mix it with some oil and lukewarm milk and stir well and add into the little well. Add the rest of the milk or water to the mix.

Then with a fork, start bringing the flour toward the center and swirl it into the liquid. Soon, it will start to come together. When that happens, start using your hands and knead for about 10-15 minutes.

Here comes the fun part, topping the pizza! In terms of toppings you can use anything you like really, so I’m just going to give you some suggestions here, but feel free to experiment. That’s the beauty of making pizza, you can be as creative as you want!

Toppings

  • tomato sauce
  • shredded mozzarella
  • sliced mushrooms
  • sliced peppers
  • sliced chorizo
  • salami
  • sliced pepperoni
  • grated Parmesan

You will need a 10” cakeform springpan, or any deep cake tin. I’m using a cake pan and it’s absolutely fine.

Pre-heat the oven at 425 degrees F (215 degrees C). Put the pizza in the oven and leave it for about 30 minutes, then you will have to take it out and put a tinfoil cover over it and put it back in for another 45-55 minutes. This is to prevent the top from getting burned.

Remove from the oven and leave for a few minutes to cool down then dish out and serve!

We had this late in the first half and it was delicious alongside a Budweiser. Then we enjoyed the very sexy Halftime Show with Beyonce and then enjoyed the infamous power cut. It was during this extended halftime I planned on cooking the burgers and the funnel cake, however the lights in my kitchen had other plans. After quite a big spark and a pitch black kitchen we decided to just finish the last of the M&M’s and enjoy the second half of a historic Super Bowl.

The Ravens won the Lombardy trophy, Ray Lewis went out on a high note and my 2 favorite sportscasters, Phil Simms and Jim Nantz were as always amazing. I love those guys.

So the football season is over for another year! I’m already looking forward to next year’s Super Bowl in New Jersey!

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

6 comments on “The Super Bowl Extravaganza

  1. Eva Taylor
    February 11, 2013

    Home made blue cheese dip just rocks over the top with the wings. First time I ever had it was about 25 years ago, a friend took me to a really good wing place (sadly no longer around) on Queen West (a very trendy area). Now, I can’t enjoy wings unless there is home made blue cheese dip. That deep dish pizza also looks very tasty Tudor, you had more than enough food for sure. And perhaps a few brews too?

    • tudorteodorescu88
      February 11, 2013

      Hi Eva! How are you? Hope the snow storm has passed.

      I’ve never made blue cheese dip up until now. Wow, was it good and easy to make. No reason why not to make your own.

      You have to try the Chicago-style pizza. You will then understand why it’s my favorite pizza. You can do anything with it, in terms of toppings.

      It just looks amazing, and you are guaranteed to wow your guests.

      An expert like you shouldn’t have any problems making this pizza. Can’t wait for your next gorgeous cakes recipe 🙂

      It was a great night, great game and delicious food. Lots of Buds, so now looking forward to my Russian party.

      • Eva Taylor
        February 11, 2013

        Thanks Tudor, we got about 30cm of snow, had to shovel the driveway several times. Next time I buy a house, I know I will look for one without 59 feet of sidewalk on our side. Today is a bit warmer and it’s raining so I’m sure some of the snow will melt, hopefully before we get the next storm.

        I’m looking forward to the menu for the Russian party!
        Have a great evening.

      • tudorteodorescu88
        February 11, 2013

        I remember when I had to clear snow in from our house. Since I moved to the UK, I haven’t touched a snow shovel.

        You could’ve made a few snowmen with all that snow.

        Don’t know when that’s going to be, I need my amazing Russian friends to pull it off. Hopefully it will be soon!

        Good luck with the snow and hope it’s over.

        Have a great evening too!

  2. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    February 28, 2013

    Oh my goodness, what a spread! I think my favourite item on your list is a classic — the chicken wings with blue cheese dip. There’s just something about them…and yours look terrific. I’d be on a diet after that feast also!

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