Super Sunday. Whether you’re a football fan or not, this weekend’s main distraction is THE BIG GAME. Now, I am a football fan. I watched all season with baited breath only to see my team’s playoff hopes dashed on Christmas Eve when our Carr broke down… (a little football humour for ya). But New England and Atlanta? Meh.
There can be more to look forward to than the game itself. We’ve been hosting Super Sunday parties at our place for almost 10 years and I’d like to think I’ve learned a trick or two. Making food the focal point can take a lame game to the next level. Plus it’s a great excuse just to get together with some friends on a Sunday evening – and if you’re not the one hosting it’s also a great way to get out of making dinner and cleaning up. Last year, I really wanted to give our party a Canadian touch, so I put together two self-serve Canadian classic stations: a caesar bar & a poutine bar. Here’s how.
Build Your Own Caesar – What You Need
Liquor(s): We included vodka, gin and tequila. I like to have options. You can also do flavoured spirits, like hot pepper vodka if you like.
Spices: tabasco & worcestershire and caesar rimmer (celery salt) are traditional. We also added chipotle hot sauce but any kind of hot sauce works and can create a really unique tasting caesar. You can also use Montreal steak spice or plain sea salt to rim your glass. We also included pickling juices – olive, hot pepper and pickle. Just a dash really ups the ante.
Garnish: Here’s where we went all out. Celery and limes for the plain janes. The celery was also a good base for our gourmet skewers. We had both pre-made skewers and DIY ingredients. We included pickles, salami, olives, banana peppers and cheese cubes.
If you don’t know how to put this all together into a great caesar, well… I could tell you how but I don’t want to give away all my secrets. Ask your favourite bartender 😉
Poutine Bar – What You Need
Fries – We did both regular fries and sweet potato. The nice thing about this is that everything else you can pretty much make ahead of time and all you need to do is toss these in the oven some time before half-time. (p.s. any leftover fries can make for a really excellent breakfast poutine with scrambled eggs and hollandaise the next day.)
Meat: We went the easy route with ground beef and bacon bits. But you could do pulled pork, or pepperoni… the options are endless.
Gravy: Yes, we had two of everything. We did a regular chicken or bbq gravy as well as a poutine sauce. You can buy these in the grocery store in packets or cans, but I brought these babies direct from Quebec!
Cheese: imho you have to have cheese curds, it’s just not the same without it. I bought a bag of squeekers and chopped them up into smaller pieces so they’d get meltier. We also had shredded marble.
Toppings: Fried onions and green onions.
Most of the items we pre-made and kept warm in a three dish warmer.
So there you have it. The game might not be anything to write home about but the food will have people talking for months! This year we won’t be hosting but I hear there are plans for a martini bar and chili dogs…