making sunday super (and another chance @ cooking classes)

Truth be told, until the Browns are in the Super Bowl (and they will be in the Super Bowl), I could care less about the game. There are two things, however, that I do enjoy about Super Bowl Sunday – the food and commercials.

We usually have some people over for the game, but this year it will just be the three of us since Jamie leaves for LA the next morning. During the regular season, we love to make pasta (often homemade), braised short ribs or chili as our Sunday staples. When we have people over, I usually make a nice spread of deluxe bar-type food. Since it’s just us this Sunday, I’m going to try a new dish that was in my Feb Food & Wine: braised pork with ginger-pickled shishito peppers (though I don’t have shishito peppers and instead pickled a variety of peppers last night. Here’s hoping it’s still as good as it looks). Update: Apparently Dave over at Live to Cook/At Home and I rip out the same recipes. He already tried this dish and says it’s wonderful.

What are your plans for the game? If you’re hosting friends and looking for some super simple menu ideas, here are a few courtesy of Heinen’s, as well as game day picks for drinks. I haven’t personally tried any of these dishes, but I love the hot dog bar idea. I did something similar several years ago with a mashed potatoes and it was well received.

2008 Vin Hunter Chardonnay // What’s most impressive about this vibrant white is that while there was fermentation and aging of a portion of the wine in oak, the wine still retains zippy acidity that preserves a mouthwatering freshness.  The oak contributes flavor, not heaviness, and marries perfectly with ripe apple and tropical notes.  This wine has everything except a hefty price tag. ($10.99/bottle)

2005 Ravenswood Syrah // This Syrah has the style of a good, northern Rhone combined with the forwardness and panache that is California. This bright and complex beauty is about as good a Syrah as you’ll ever find for the money.  ($9.99/bottle)

Rogue Chocolate Stout // Our friends at Oregon’s Rogue Brewery have crafted this special Chocolate Stout (it has won just about every award imaginable in “Flavored Beer” judging’s) for beer and chocolate lovers alike. ($5.49 / 22oz. bottle)

Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale // A malty Irish Ale with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. ($8.99 / 6 pack or $15.99 / 12 pack)

Create a hot dog bar (they like Nathan’s Famous all-beef dogs)

New York Dog Sauerkraut, Spicy Brown Mustard

Chicago Dog Chopped Onions & Tomatoes, Pickles, Green Relish, Yellow Mustard, Celery Salt

Chili & Cheese Dog – Spicy Chili, Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Salsa Dog Mexican Salsa, Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Tex Mex Dog – Jalapeño Peppers, Spicy Chili, Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Pepper & Onion Dog – Green Peppers, Red Peppers, Sautéed Onions

Reuben Dog – Swiss Cheese, Thousand Island Dressing, Sauerkraut

Potato, ham and herb pizza

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups frozen diced hash browns
1/3 cup chopped ham or Canadian bacon
1 teaspoon dried oregano, rosemary or Italian herb blend
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 frozen Heinen’s Four Cheese Frozen Pizza

Heat the oven according to package directions for the pizza.  In a large skillet over high, heat the oil. Add the hash browns and cook, stirring often, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the ham or Canadian bacon and herbs. Cook for another minute. Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle half of the cheese over the pizza, then top that with the potato mixture, then the remaining cheese. Bake according to the package directions.

Chicken, olive and chili pizza

1 cup shredded or ground cooked chicken (cooked ground beef or cooked pork could be substituted)
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 teaspoon taco or chili seasoning
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Heinen’s Four Cheese Frozen Pizza
12 pitted black or green olives, halved
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped  jalapeños or green chilies

Heat the oven according to package directions for the pizza.  In a small bowl toss the chicken with the oil and taco (or chili) seasoning mix.  Sprinkle half of the cheese over the pizza, then top with the chicken mixture, then the remaining cheese. Top with olives and chilies. Bake according to the package directions.


3 avocados – peeled, pitted, and mashed
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup diced onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic

In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt. Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.


Place Your Bets

Want to place a bet on the game, foodie style? Predict the winning score and win a cooking class for two to Viking (your choice) courtesy of Heinen’s, the sponsor of this post. You must leave a comment with your prediction before kickoff on Sunday. In the event of a tie, I’ll use to pick a winner. Good luck and Go Saints (I always root for the underdog!).


  1. Posted February 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    This dish is AWESOME!!! Did you see I blogged about it last week?

    I still had a couple jars of pickled ramps and hot peppers from last spring and they went perfect in place of the shishito peppers. I was also surprised how the mustard took it too the next level. I used a homemade bacon scallion horseradish mustard. Enjoy!

  2. Posted February 2, 2010 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    My guess? New Orleans Saints 34, Indianapolis Colts 31.

    (Or, whoever has the ball last wins. I’m hoping it’s the Saints; they could use some good luck.)

  3. Michelle V
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Dave – I didn’t see that but I just went back and added it to the post. Cool!

  4. Posted February 2, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    What an exceptional deal on the Ravenswood Syrah! And, the guacemole recipe sounds fantastic – big fan of the cilantro and lime combo :)

    My prediction for the Super Bowl:
    Indianapolis Colts 21, New Orleans Saints 17

  5. rachel
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I’m rooting for the Saints! So let’s say:
    Colts 21, Saints 28

  6. Posted February 2, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I say Colts 20, Saints 34. I love the city of New Orleans too much to root against them.

  7. Erin
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    yummmm! The Chicken, Olive, and Chili Pizza sounds delicious!

    My prediction for the Super Bowl:
    Saints 32, Colts 29

  8. Matthew
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Since New Orleans is in the Super Bowl, I think it would be most appropriate to do a Creole inspired dish this Sunday. Possibly a gumbo or jambalaya!

  9. Becca
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m alway for the underdog so let’s go for Saints 27, Colts 24!

  10. Posted February 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Won’t be watching because I’m running away to San Francisco for the weekend, but Colts will win 30-20.

  11. will.i.was.
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    all of the bloggers always say, “if you don’t like what i have to say, don’t read it!”

    that said, i think your formerly entertaining and insightful blog has gotten very predictable and boring. the entire independent spirit of it is gone. so i’m going to stop reading.

    but i’m not looking to start any sort of online bickering. good luck and continued success to you.

  12. Emily
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Love the Hot Dog bar idea!

    Colts 35, Saints 31

  13. Posted February 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link! I also realized I forgot my guess on the score. I am going to go with Colts 31-28.

  14. Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    A big pot of gumbo would be great on Superbowl Sunday since the Saints are playing (Geaux Saints!). My husband (The Journeyman Cook) made some for a crowd the year Ohio State played LSU in some bowl game–you can find a post about it on his blog.

    I think this year we’ll make chili though (because I love football and chili)–and I may have to use that chili/pizza recipe!

    My score prediction: Saints 28-Colts 27. I hope it’s that good of a game, anyway.

  15. Katherine
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Bud Clydesdale horses 14 other commercials 7


  16. Katherine
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    In reality… Saints 7 Colts 14

  17. Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    great post! I love the hot dog bar idea!

    my prediction: Indianapolis Colts 31, New Orleans Saints 21.

  18. Elizabeth
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink


    New to the site! Love what I’m reading :)

  19. Posted February 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I am trying to replicate Happy Dog’s list of ingredients for Super Bowl sunday. Where does one acquire alien green relish?

    At any rate, Colts 28 Saints 21

  20. Jonathan
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Colts – 31
    Saints – 28

    Love the blog! Thanks for the great tips for gameday

  21. Michelle
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Saints 38 – Colts 35.

  22. Kelly
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    saints 31
    colts 28

    go saints!

  23. jillc
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    34-17 Saints. The guys at work told me something like this so I hope it is close. I mute the game until the commercials come on.

  24. Posted February 6, 2010 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Colts 28
    Saints 24

  25. Cassidy
    Posted February 6, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Saints 24 – Colts 17

    Go Saints!

  26. mary
    Posted February 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Colts -41
    Saints -38

    I am looking forward to the day that I can put in a final score for the Browns in the superbowl :) –I know it won’t be for a while though.
    Go Colts!

  27. Posted February 7, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Colts are going to win, 34-27. Peyton is the best quarterback of these times.

    Today we are making two Michael Symon Recipes. One is a redux from two years ago, that being his awesome Lump Crap Salsa. We also are making Sriracha Wings, both of these recipes were first featured in a Super Bowl article in Food & Wine two years ago and they just happened to re-feature them on their website:

  28. Posted February 7, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Of all the types of food bars I’ve never seen a hot dog bar. Very clever.

    Saints Win: 28-24

  29. Joe Gramc
    Posted February 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Colts 33- Saints 27

  30. Ryan
    Posted February 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Colts 38, Saints 24

  31. kakaty
    Posted February 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Since we have no interest in the game (not even the commercials) this year we are saying home. But I love Viking classes so I’m going to throw my hat in with a guess of Saints 28 – Colts 24

  32. Posted February 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Colts 38
    Saints 34