Following the Vikings’ loss to the New Orleans Saints, I’m not sure how much regional interest there is in the Super Bowl this year. Are we apathetic? Or will be magnanimous and cheer the Saints on in the big game?
Most of us Upper Midwesterners are looking for anything to divert our attention from the winter weather, so I’m betting there will still be plenty of football gatherings out there come Sunday. So, for the next couple of days on this blog, you can look for some Super Bowl snacking ideas.
For the last couple of weeks, my e-mail inbox has been inundated by football food ideas— usually promoting some commercial product. Most such messages get promptly deleted, but the source of one such message caught my eye last week.
It came from Smoke In Da Eye, an award-winning competition barbecue and grilling team from Garden City, N.Y. The Smoke In Da Eye gang provided some “bigger, badder and bolder” recipes that are certainly a departure from the usual fare.
Their first such offering features a few of Hubby Bryan’s favorite things: cheese, bacon and beer. Heck, I’m a fan of those three things, too, so it might be worth a try.
Bacon Cheddar Beer Bites
In a deep-sided pot or deep fryer, heat oil for frying to 375 degrees.
In the meantime, mix one 12-ounce beer, 2 egg yolks, 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon baking powder and slowly add 1½ cups flour until batter is smooth and moderately thick.
Cut an 8-ounce block sharp cheddar cheese into 1-inch cubes. Using 16 ounces breakfast or Italian sausage, cover each cheese cube with uncooked sausage, rolling into individual balls. Wrap each ball with 1 slice bacon and roll in ½ cup flour, shaking off the excess. Dip each ball in beer batter and place in the oil. Working in batches, fry balls until crisp and golden brown, approximately 6 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels and serve.
More from Smoke In Da Eye tomorrow