The Gull Reef Club

2/4/2007

Super Bears Sunday

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:39 pm

This year’s Super Bowl is extra special for this little expat from the City of Big Shoulders. My Bears are playing and are going to smear the Colts all over Miami (odds be damned!). I am completely stoked. My prediction? Bears win, 143 to -6.

Super Bears Sunday wouldn’t be complete without a proper finger-food driven menu. This year’s line up at the Gull Reef Club includes chili dip with homemade tortilla chips, taco salad (also with the homemade tortilla chips), crab fritters, and teriyaki chicken wings. We also have some peanuts around here somewhere as well. On special teams, we’ve got ice cream sandwiches.

For the chili dip, we’re simply smearing down some cream cheese, topping that with a bit of chili, onion, and cheddar cheese and baking until heated through. The tortillas are soft corn cut into 4ths or 8ths, deep fried until deep golden brown, and salted. Easy enough.

For the taco salad we’re making the good kind, not that weird kind like my Aunt Esther used to make when I was a kid (with the French dressing. Shudder.). The good kind is a layer of sour cream/cream cheese/taco seasonings mix topped with layers of cheese, lettuce, tomato, and cilantro. Oftentimes, we include a layer of ground beef in our taco salad but didn’t want to go overboard on meat dishes for today.

We’re also experimenting with crab fritters based off of Alton Brown’s recipe. Note anything odd about that recipe? Yeah, no breadcrumbs in the actual fritter, just around (you saw that right?). It’s a bit unusual, but answers what is usually wrong with most crab cakes – too much filler and not enough crab. You’ll see from the reviews that we run a risk of the fritters disintegrating in the oil. I’m not too concerned. We made the filling last night and have let it sit in the fridge all night to bind. We can also add bread crumbs to the mix if the first few fall apart upon frying. It’s not like Alton Brown will issue us a fine if we alter the recipe. We’ve got cocktail and tartar sauces as sides for that, if necessary.

The half time feature is the teriyaki chicken wings. We started these bad boys about 6 pm last night. They’ve been marinading in a syrup of soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger, and green onions. This was inspired by the teriyaki chicken wings my grandmother used to make for family parties. Unfortunately, no one seems to remember her recipe. Improvising runs the risk of it being overly salty. Too much salt is the likeliest killer of a good teriyaki. Mike found a recipe online and it seems to be a good one. I’ll let you know.

Dessert is vanilla or chocolate ice cream slapped between two chocolate chip cookies. We didn’t have any actual chocolate chips for the cookies but did have a mess of candy bars due to a good sale at Kroger. So they are mostly dark chocolate espresso, with some dark chocolate with almonds, and dark chocolate with raspberries and macadamia nuts. Believe it or not, they’re quite good (we had a pregame sampling last night).

Lots of good food. Can’t wait for the game. Go Bears!

The Gull Reef Club