Welcome to another delicious installment of Recipe of the Week! This week we're going to focus on Super Bowl snacks because — even if you hate football — you cannot deny the mouth-watering powers of wings, nachos, and beer.
But more on that in a bit. First, let's reward the winners of last week's challenge, wherein I begged you to share your best warming beverages so that I may not freeze.
The most upvoted recipe was brought to us by kantiankitten:
Though there's not much to it, there's no denying that it will get the job done. I'm no stranger to this "recipe," and my favorite "ingredients" are currently High West Double Rye, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, and pretty much any thing by Van Winkle.
Unfortunately, my favorite purveyor of such things is out of the Pappy Van Winkle 20 year, and won't be restocking until NOVEMBER 2015. I guess I'm lucky to have found it at all, but my heart is still heavy with loss.
But let's not dwell on such sad things. Instead, let's reward kantiankitten with a sonic trophy. This song feels like a whisky-drinking song to me:
Since there isn't a whole lot to the Ron Swanson, I'm going to go ahead and include the second most upvoted recipe, courtesy of Anchovy Parade:
This was pretty simple to execute. I bought a bottle of ruby port at Trader Joe's and doctored it up as instructed.
It was reminiscent of mulled wine, if a little sweeter, and it put me in a very nice mood. Like most boozy beverages, this was consumed in a bubble bath, which made for an extra-warming, extra-cozy experience. Your trophy, Anchovy Parade (to share with your French, warm port advocate of a man), is this vaguely French-sounding tune by Peter Sarstedt.
In addition to the most upvoted recipes, I've decided to start including a "Claire's Choice" each week. There's no exact criteria for this category, but what usually catches my eye is originality, humorous writing, and ingredients I haven't used before.
This week's Claire's Choice intrigued me as soon as I read it, and it did not disappoint. Grushenka supplies instructions for three wonderful-sounding beverages, but I went with the wedang ronde (the third one) because it involved super fragrant (and unfamiliar to me) ingredients and little pink balls. I apologize for the small print, but I really wanted to fit all three in.
The tea smelled DIVINE. I want to make it every day for the aroma alone. I used a quarter cup of sugar, but I think it could be omitted entirely, or at least cut down to an eighth.
I'm no ronde expert, but I think these came out pretty well. At the very least, I got the color right. They were soft, springy, and a little chewy, and the chopped peanuts made for a sweet, crunchy surprise. The ronde are pretty swell, but my favorite part of this recipe is the tea. That tea is one of my new favorite things.
Which is why your trophy, Grushenka, is my other new favorite thing:
Moving right along. Now that we know who will be playing in The Big Game, it seems like the right time to start talking Super Bowl snacks. Whether you watch the game or not, Super Bowl parties are worth going to for the food alone. In preparation for the event, I've been playing around with wings.
I don't have a deep fryer available, so I've been baking them in the oven. (The secret to crispy skin is baking powder, which you can read all about at The Food Lab.)
I'm pretty pleased with the outcome so far, and I'll probably be whipping up a batch on Super Bowl Sunday, but my wings need some friends. Which is why this week's challenge is to provide me with the perfect Super Bowl–watching dish, even if you're the type who just watches for the commercials. (Or half-time show. I'll be honest, I have no idea who's performing this year. Lemme google that real quick. Oh. Cool.)
So give me your nachos! Your buffalo dips! Your football-shaped brownies, and your team color-coordinated cupcakes!
Bonus points if you include a beer pairing.