Smith & Ratliff’s Super Bowl Playbook
With this year’s Super Bowl fast approaching, a few of our friends have asked us what we’ll be serving during the big game.
We came up with three different quick and easy Super Bowl recipes that a guy or girl can whip up in about an hour. If you’re a guy and want to do a little bit more than pull out a can of store-bought dip for this year’s get together, these snack ideas will be perfect for you.
These recipes are also easily scalable to your party’s size. You can make as much or as little as your guests can eat.
In our experience, it’s better to have a little bit more than you think you’ll need than not quite enough. Each recipe in this post will serve between four and six people, depending on your team’s appetites.
For a party appetizer, nothing really beats chips and dip. Ours is a tangy blue cheese dip. Simple and effective, like an Eli Manning two-minute drill.
To make the dip, mix 4 oz. of crumbled blue cheese, 1/2 c. each of mayonnaise and sour cream, 1/4 c. of buttermilk and some minced chives.
Take care of early game snacking with our spicy chickpea mix—a mix of chickpeas, pita chips and pretzel sticks tossed with chili paste and then baked.
Mix one can of drained and rinsed chickpeas with about a tablespoon of olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then, toss with a tablespoon of chili paste (Sambal Oelek is our first-round draft pick.), 2 c. of pita chips (broken into smaller pieces, if necessary), 1 c. sesame sticks and another tablespoon of olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring once.
Your guests will be making plays for possession of this bowl all night long.
Finally, we made catfish sliders on brioche buns. Our sliders are made with bite-sized pieces of cornmeal-fried catfish, slathered with a zesty sauce and served topped with cornichons. They’ll be the perfect start to a second half, regardless of whether your team is winning or losing.
To make the sliders, season 1 lb. of catfish fillets with salt and cayenne. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Dip in buttermilk, coat in cornmeal and fry in hot oil.
Meanwhile, combine 2 tbsp. of mayonnaise with 2 tbsp. of whole-grain mustard, 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, minced parsley and hot sauce (to taste). Spread this sauce on the warmed buns, and top with catfish and the cornichons. (And lettuce, if you like.)
We rounded out our Super Bowl party with a concoction that should be very easy to make come game day. Every time I’ve ever had a football party, I get stuck with more cans of light beer than I can possibly handle, but this year I have an interesting solution.
When your guests inevitably arrive with their contribution of a Coors or Miller Light 12-pack, make a pitcher of micheladas. Much like a Bloody Mary, you can throw in whatever strikes your fancy. Sauces, spices, and citrus are all fair game. Experiment and have fun with it!
For ours, we used this recipe from Percy Street Barbecue in Philadelphia. Barbecue sauce, pickle juice, and light beer doesn’t sound like a winning combination, but the tang of the pickle juice reminds us a bit of a pickleback shot and the barbecue spices keep it interesting.
Although we can’t guarantee your team a victory this year, we can guarantee that these recipes will definitely help you score points with your friends for the offseason.