While many look forward to eating nachos, chips & dip, jalapeno poppers, pizza and buffalo wings while watching the Super Bowl, my wife doesn’t subscribe to that way of thinking. Instead, she would rather produce a theme meal with dishes that represent both teams and the hosting city.
For example, last year she made Neely’s famous Southern Lobster Mac & Cheese with Southern-Style Beans with bacon. These southern dishes represented the Atlanta Falcons. Sam Adams beer represented the New England Patriots and Texas Onion Rings represented the host city, Houston Texas. In the last few years, we have eaten crab cakes, lobster rolls, and New England clam chowder because the Patriots have been in the big game.
This year it was the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots and the host city was Minneapolis Minnesota. While Philadelphia and New England are cities rich with food traditions, we weren’t sure about Minnesota. I visited Minneapolis briefly for a business trip and all I could remember people talking about was Lindey’s Prime Steak.
If you are really into Philly cheesesteaks you know that ribbon sliced ribeye is used. It was Saturday and I was running around town getting the ingredients and it dawned on me that Japanese markets have steak already ribbon sliced for shabu shabu. Fortunately, Nijiya Market had shabu shabu ready Angus ribeye.
Philly purists know that Amoroso rolls make the best cheesesteak sandwiches. I couldn’t order them direct from Amoroso and Amazon sold them in 3 packs. Since I didn’t need 18 rolls, I went to my second choice – Frisco Bakery. They supply rolls for Philippe’s and I figured that was good enough for me.
My wife received an Instant Pot for Christmas and recently broke it in. She used it to make Boston Baked Beans and jazzed it up with Nueskes bacon. She rounded off the meal by making a cabbage, cauliflower and bacon salad, a Minneapolis favorite.
At kickoff, I mixed the ingredients for a Minnesota Moscow Mule. The addition of club soda and a tsp of powdered sugar differentiate the Minnesota Mule from the original. After tasting it, it was actually pretty good.
My wife caramelized onions and sauteed that with the ribeye. I made both cheesesteaks “wit wiz” with real Cheese Whiz and with the bread, I must say the taste was very good. I can’t say that it was the same as eating outside at Tony Luke’s in Philadelphia, but it was darn close.
I was surprised with the cabbage, cauliflower and bacon salad. The cauliflower was pre-cut into small chunks which made this much easier to eat. The salad nicely offset the meaty flavors of the cheese steak sandwich and the Boston baked beans.
I’m fortunate that my wife enjoys celebrating the game this way!