Whether you're watching the Super Bowl by yourself or with a group of buddies, don't be the guy waiting two hours for a pizza to arrive. With a little planning and preparation, you can stock your kitchen this weekend and then enjoy Super Sunday the right way: with finger-licking wings, spicy cheese and a whole lot of beer.
The Real Deal
Bourbon Apple Glazed Chicken Wings
Maker's Mark cookbook editor and Top Chef alum Lee Anne Wong, created these tangy, juicy and sticky wings from ingredients you likely already have on hand. Braising brings out the flavors and baking yields a crisp, caramelized skin. Plus, they're healthier and lot easier than frying.
Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 1 hour
2 lbs chicken wings, trimmed
1 cup Maker's Mark Bourbon
1 12 oz. can frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed)
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup dark brown sugar
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to boil on high heat and then reduce to a simmer for 30-40 minutes until the wings are tender and the glaze has reduced, coating the wings.
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Remove the wings from the pot and transfer to a parchment lined sheet tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the wings begin to color and the glaze becomes shiny. Finish with a few chopped scallions and serve immediately.
Look, we're not going to tell you what beer to drink any more than we'd tell you who to root for. But we will say this: You want ice-cold brew and lots of it? Don't mess with the fridge—stock a cooler and keep it close.
The Bar Snack
Heighten air-popped popcorn by finishing it with an Asian seven-spice blend. Put 1/4 cup of kernels in a brown paper lunch bag and fold it over a few times. Nuke it until the kernels stop popping, which is usually between 2-3 minutes. Pour into a bowl, dust the top with Shichimi Togarashi (a savory and spicy Japanese seasoning found in better grocery stores). And if you really want to kill it, drizzle a little melted butter over it.
Cut the cord a bit early? For the first time ever, NBC will live stream the game online for free.
The Guilty Pleasure
When it comes to spicy queso and chips, the real thing is great, but to keep it around while watching the game would require reheating and a lot of stirring. This tasty supermarket standby has a surprising amount of real ingredients, a smooth and creamy (not clumpy or oily) texture and will likely be the first thing to go.