We’re shipping up to Boston...or Foxborough. It’s a battle of food and wine on Super Bowl Sunday. Eat and drink the Patriot's way....
…. with easy recipes and wine pairings so you won’t miss any of the pre-game conversation about deflategate. Win or lose, by the time the game is over, your tastebuds will be happy. Just don’t talk trash with food in your mouth.
Super Bowl Appetizers and Wine Pairings – Patriots Style
Cape Cod Chips
Always the best way to start, New England’s own Cape Cod chips are incredibly light and unusually sweet. You’ll plow through a bagbefore the coin flip.
Wine: Sparkling Wine – Roederer Estate Brut ($20)
One of the most versatile wines, with a perfect balance of sweetness and minerality. But it’s the mouth feel that makes this pairing special. The crunch and sweet saltiness of the chips mixed with the light bubbles and creamy nature of the wine isdelightful.
Quintessential New England, and not just because it’s in the name. It’s perfect for a cold football day; nice and creamy with chunks of
potatoes and luscious clams. Just don’t add any tomatoes into it. That might cause a fight.
Wine: Riesling – Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling, Alsace France ($23)
The citrusy zest of this riesling balances out the creamy nature of the chowder. Chosen from the Alsace region, this wine is more dry and crisp, rather than the more sweet wines from across the border in Germany.
You can’t have a football watching party without nachos. Yeah. Lobster nachos. Simple and elegant in their own way. The buttery nature
of the lobster, with roasted corn, gooey cheese and salsa will make you wonder why you haven’t does this before.
Wine: Chardonnay – Frog’s Leap Chardonnay, Napa Valley ($30)
Frog’s Leap produces this organic and biodynamic chardonnay using a trendy combination of barrel fermentation followed by aging in concrete vessels. The result is a wine that is light and extremely balanced in its richness, dryness and minerality; a combination not tasted much in recent chardonnays.
This is a unique one. If you can’t find the right cheese, choose another mild and creamy white cheddar and learn how to roast your own garlic. It’s easy. The tomatoes are important, too. Italian plum tomatoes are best, and make them nice and ripe to bring the sweetness.
Wine: La Poderina 2009 Brunello di Montalcino – Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy ($45)
This seems like an odd one, but the dry and tannic elements from the barrels mixed with the fruit of the sangiovese pairs perfectly with the tomatoes and Vermont Roasted Garlic Cheddar in this recipe. Plus, we have to pay homage to the deceptively large Italian community in and around Boston (and Providence). Molto respetto.
Let’s take a break to hate ourselves, just a little bit, for watching Katy Perry perform the halftime show…
Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Deflated…of course)
Sweet and sour meatballs are everywhere in NE. This is an easy one and a real crowd pleaser but you’ll have to pay a ball boy to take
some air out of them to be culturally relevant. They are tangy with just a hint of sweetness and, best of all, can be prepared well ahead of time.
Wine: Pinot Noir – A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ($19)
Consistently one of the best Oregon pinots, A to Z is powerful and balanced perfectly with flavors of red berries and blood orange. It is acidic enough to pair with the sweetness of the meatballs, but finishes with earthiness and tobacco which compliment the mustard and sour notes in the recipe.
And, of course, the Massachusetts state sandwich…
Fluffernutter (We couldn’t choose just one recipe)
Celebrate the fourth quarter and a Patriots win with the best peanut butter sandwich ever.
Wine: Torronté – Recuerdo Torrontés La Rioja, Argentina ($14)
Torrontés is a very light and fruity wine that displays essence of rose and jasmine. Many might think it’s too sweet to pair with peanuts and marshmallow, but the acidity and herbaceousness make it fit perfectly.