Football has changed a lot over the years-- how it is played, broadcast, everything. Back in the early days, they only had a couple of cameras at the Super Bowl, tickets were cheap, and they had the crowd bunched together to make the stands look fuller on TV.
Fast forward half a century and there are now about 35 cameras filming the game, ticket prices are ridiculously high, and camera tricks are not needed to make the stadium appear full. But the game and how it is broadcast is not the only thing that has changed.
The Super Bowl Party has transformed over the years as well. Gone are the days where it was acceptable to just throw a bag of chips in a bowl and a 12-pack of whatever domestic beer happens to be on sale.
There is still a place for a domestic beer at Super Bowl parties, but if you want people to look forward to coming to your party you need to serve beer they will talk about-- like any of the wonderful beers in the No Coast family.
However, a modern-day Super Bowl party is about a lot more than just better beer. You need to have the right food to go with the beer you serve. Just like you pair wine with food, you can (should) pair your craft beer of choice with the right foods.
But what are the right foods?
Well—you want to choose foods that your beer will enhance the flavor of. To this end, you will want to go with something that contrasts or complements but doesn’t overpower.
Yoga Poser Pale Ale - Chili Cheese Dog Cups
The malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness will go great with something spicy, heat-charred, or smoky. You can’t go wrong with some classic buffalo wings or, if you want to get a little fancier, maybe some slow-cooker buffalo ranch wings.
But if you want to go with something your guests will have never had before, go with some chili cheese dog cups:
Ingredients: 1 can chili, such as Homel; 8 hot dogs, sliced; 1 c. Cheddar cheese; 1 egg, whisked; 1/2 Onion, finely chopped; 1 tsp. chives, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 325º F. Grease 2 muffin trays with nonstick cooking spray.
- Carefully slice biscuits in half and press into the inside of the muffin cups.
- Spoon heaping tablespoons of chili into the biscuit cups and top with 4-5 slices hot dog and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese.
- Brush overhanging biscuit dough with egg wash and bake until golden, 20-25 minutes. Top with onion and chives and serve.
Trend Bucker Stout - Buttercream Cake
Stouts tend to go well with desserts, shellfish, or rich, heavily spiced foods. There are other beers you will want to pair spicy foods with. Do you really want to shell out the money for crab cakes or lobster tails? Take advantage of a stouts ability to pair well with deserts and make the best football cake ever.
- For the cake: Cooking spray; 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour; 1 3/4 c. granulated sugar; 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder; 1 tsp. baking powder; 1/2 tsp. baking soda; 1 tsp. kosher salt; 1 c. buttermilk; 1/2 c. vegetable oil; 2 large eggs; 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract; 1 c. boiling water
- For the buttercream: 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened; 3 1/3 c. powdered sugar; 1/4 c. heavy cream; 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract; 1/4 tsp. kosher salt; 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9" round cake pan with parchment and grease with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In another large bowl whisk together buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined, then add boiling water.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack and let cool completely.
- Meanwhile, make buttercream: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until no lumps remain. Add heavy cream, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined.
- Reserve 1 cup of buttercream and set aside. To remaining buttercream add cocoa powder and beat until combined.
- Assemble cake: Using a serrated knife, mark a line down center of cake. Cut 3/4" away from the mark on both sides, removing the center completely. Save for another use or eat now! Sandwich the two halves together by frosting the cut sides with chocolate buttercream and pushing together.
- Frost outside of cake with chocolate frosting and smooth with an offset spatula.
- Place white buttercream in a piping bag and pipe lines and laces on cake.
Low Brow Brown Ale - Garlic Bread Pizza Dip
Brown ales can go with just about anything, but they tend to go especially well with hearty foods like smoked sausage and roasted pork. Since Brown Ales can go with anything this is the perfect time to recommend pull-apart garlic bread pizza dip (which is awesome, by the way).
But if you want something that can be more like a meal to your guest, go with slow-cooker pulled pork.
Ingredients: 1 onion, finely chopped; 3/4 c. ketchup; 3 tbsp. tomato paste; 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar; 1 tsp. paprika; 1 tsp. garlic powder; 1 tsp. mustard powder; 1 tsp. cumin; 1 (3- to 4-lb.) pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat; Kosher salt; Freshly ground black pepper; Buns, for serving
- Combine onion, ketchup, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar and spices in the bowl of a slow cooker. Season pork shoulder all over with salt and pepper then add to slow cooker, covering it with ketchup mixture. Cover and cook until very tender (the meat should fall apart easily with a fork!), on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.
- Remove pork from slow cooker and transfer to bowl. Shred with two forks and toss with juices from the slow cooker.
Agricultured Rye Porter - Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs
Porters can go well with smoked meats, bacon, and complement chocolate, espresso, and coffee-flavored desserts really well (as well as creamy cheeses). Whenever you can consume bacon and beer you should so give these bacon cheeseburger bombs a try or maybe cheesy bacon spinach dip.
Ingredients: 10 slices bacon; 1 8-oz. block cream cheese, softened; 1/3 c. mayonnaise; 1/3 c. sour cream; 1 tsp. garlic powder;1 tsp. paprika; 1 lb. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid; 1 c. freshly grated Parmesan; 1 c. shredded mozzarella, divided; 1 baguette, sliced and toasted.
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy, 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then chop.
- In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder, and paprika and season with salt and pepper. Fold in chopped spinach, bacon, Parmesan, and 3/4 cup of mozzarella.
- Transfer dip to a baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella. Bake until golden and bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Serve with crostini.
You can find these wonderful recipes and more at delish.com.
Super Bowl parties are about so much more than the game. You need the right food to go with the right beer. You need a No Coast.
Don’t wait for Bill Belichick or Sean McVay to call a timeout. Pause your television, grab a No Coast beer, and enjoy Super Bowl Sunday the way an unofficial American holiday should be enjoyed.