Recipes provided by Chef Vance Campbell of Kroger Supermarket at Laura Duncan Village location on Rt 64. Photo by Robin Sampson.
Cary, NC – It is the Battle of the Bays this year as the Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers. Here are two regional recipes that are sure to please, no matter what team you like.
Football. And Food.
Now that we know who the final teams are to compete in Super Bowl XLVII (to be played on February 3 if you didn’t know already) how about some fan- tastic food to serve as you root for your favorite team?
This East Coast-West Coast standoff features two of the best cities to eat at in America. You can easily replicate a taste of the best of both at your Super Bowl party this year.
Given that the Triangle has plenty of fans for each team, make the smart choice and serve these delicious themed snacks that all sides will enjoy. Each recipe reflects the distinctive cuisine you would find in Baltimore and San Francisco, and all the ingredients are affordable to purchase. They will help you and your guests get into the spirit of the big game and provide everyone with a satisfying treat at the same time. Both are easy to prepare as well.
‘Cause its all about the food, and the commercials, right?
Love your Ravens, here’s a dip with the area favorite crab:
Warm Chesapeake Bay Crab Dip
- 2x 8oz packages of cream cheese- softened
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- 2 Cans of back fin lump crabmeat
- 1 lemon
- Fresh dill
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- Old Bay Seasoning- to taste
- 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- Pita bread cut into 6 pie type slices- (1 pocket will yield 12 pieces)
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch casserole or chafing dish. Mix Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Mayo, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay, Dill and Squeeze of Whole Lemon. Gently mix in Crab Meat taking care not to break up lumps. Spread the mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over top along with a touch of Old Bay. Bake for about 20 minutes. Serve warm with Toasted Pita Points!
For an authentic Baltimore Game Day feel, serve with a nice chilled Red Sangria (A Baltimore tradition!)
San Francisco 49ers Fans
Maybe you are a re-located San Franciscan with area tech giant, Cisco- we have a tasty app(etizer) for you that uses the area trademark sourdough bread. Start this recipe on Saturday.
Sonoma Chicken Salad on Toasted Sourdough Baguette
- 2 Cups white Moscato wine
- 4-5 boneless chicken breasts
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- ½ cup celery- cubed
- ½ cup red onion- cubed
- 1 package candied walnuts
- 1 Cup red table grapes- sliced in ½
- Kosher salt- to taste
- Fresh ground pepper- to taste
- Sugar- to taste
- Artisan-style sourdough baguette- sliced
Marinate Chicken Breasts overnight in the Moscato wine. On Game Day, poach the chicken and allow to cool. Cut into small cubes. Combine the chicken with all of the other ingredients. Spoon Chicken Salad over fresh baguette.
For an authentic Bay Area feel, serve with a chilled Bay Bridge Sweet White Wine.
Time To Party
Make sure you have all your best friends invited, that you have the requisite big flat screen TV and plenty of beer to enjoy the game. Set your DVR to record the whole thing which allows you to dissect the commercials later. And be sure to get tweeting- that’s half the fun, especially after each commercial and during the half time musical act.
Whichever team you are rooting for, (and since the local team hasn’t been in the hunt for years) try these fun snacks to get in the spirit.
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