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The 5 Must Try Dishes That Will Be Available At the Super Bowl

At this point, football is only 50% of the Super Bowl. The NFL’s championship game is larger than life. It’s more of a cultural event, with celebrities and the press descending upon the host city seemingly straight from the Grammy’s and tickets going for, at the very least, thousands of dollars. So, it makes sense that the menu for the game would be larger than life as well. 

This year, Centerplate, a food and beverage company that serves entertainment venues around the United States, is in charge of creating a menu for this Sunday’s game at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL. Led by national executive chef Carmen Callo, the Centerplate team has created a menu heavily inspired by Miami’s seasonal offering and its Latin heritage. 

Though there will be traditional gametime offerings like popcorn and Bud Light (and for a steal, at $5/can, at that), Centerplate has focused on making the menu a bit more elevated than your typical stadium food. This means bigger plates, better quality, and bolder flavors.

Check out our top five picks for what we’d grub out on if we were going to the big game:

Skewered Pork Kan-Kan

Kan-Kan is the pork equivalent to a tomahawk steak and, clearly, is just as visually striking as it’s bovine counterpart. Centerplate’s is marinated in a spice mix of annatto, sazon, and chimichurri, making for a South Beach blend of spice, zest, and umami.   

Key Lime Pie Milkshake

The Key Lime Pie Milkshake takes its inspiration from the pie stemming from the Florida Key’s iconic tiny limes. This vanilla milkshake is topped with fresh whipped cream, a candy gummy, a cherry, and an entire piece of key lime pie proving that, apparently, the only thing better than one dessert is two.

South Florida Seafood Paella

Key West shrimp, mussels, clams, squid, lobster stock, and Valencian bomba rice meet in one of Spain’s most iconic dishes. While this may not be directly Miami-inspired, Centerplate has added a secret mix of spices that draw from the Keys that bring the dish in line with the rest of the menu.

18” Cuban Dog

A Miami menu would be incomplete if there wasn’t a cubano-based dish. This foot-and-a-half long hot dog is covered in mojo pork, mustard, Swiss cheese, and pickles, as it attempts to recreate the famed Cuban sandwich.

Custom NFL Bon Bons

These minute chocolates were specially made for this year’s Super Bowl, as they feature unique decorations inspired by the 12 teams that made the playoff push for February 2nd’s game. I’m not going to lie, if I had these in my possession, there’d be less eating and more sneaking away in my pockets to keep as a relic.

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What Superstitious Fans Should Eat For The Super Bowl

If you’re the type of sports fan who wears your hat inside out when your team is losing, or sits on the left side of the couch at the end of games, you’re going to want to listen up for the food versions of your Super Bowl superstitions.

Whether you’re a Rams fan, Patriots fan, or just a degenerate who put down $2,000 on one of those teams, Grubhub, the popular food delivery app, put together a recipe for success using eating trends from both Los Angeles and the greater New England area.

The gist of it is, Rams fans should eat beef shawarma, and Patriots fans should eat sausage pizza if they want their teams to win.

Grubhub came to these conclusions by analyzing the most popular orders put in on days the Rams and Patriots won this season.

On days the Rams won games, beef shawarma was 163 percent more popular in Los Angeles than any other order food order. Followed by mac & cheese, shrimp scampi, chicken alfredo, and ramen.

When the Patriots were victorious, sausage pizza was 181 percent more popular among New Englanders. After that, the most popular foods on victory days were eggplant parmesan sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, pork wonton soup, and cheeseburgers.

Most Popular Food Orders For Rams Wins

1. Beef shawarma (163% more popular)
2. Mac and cheese (115% more popular)
3. Shrimp scampi (110% more popular)
4. Chicken Alfredo pasta (105% more popular)
5. Ramen (103% more popular)
6. Chicken shawarma pita (103% more popular)
7. Penne bolognese (98% more popular)
8. Chicken masala (91% more popular)
9. Baba ganoush (91% more popular)
10.Lamb shank (77% more popular)
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Most Popular Food Orders For Patriot Wins

1. Sausage pizza (181% more popular)
2. Eggplant parmesan sandwich (171% more popular)
3. Ham and cheese sandwich (155% more popular)
4. Pork wonton soup (149% more popular)
5. Cheeseburger (127% more popular)
6. Pulled pork sandwich (127% more popular)
7. California club sandwich (123% more popular)
8. Garden roll (116% more popular)
9. Spicy edamame (101% more popular)
10.Eggplant parmesan (92% more popular)

Now you know what your Super Bowl party spread should look like. If you stray away from this formula, expect your team to lose. Hey, I don’t make the rules, I just tend to follow the supernatural ones.

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Loaded Nachos Served In A Football Is This Year’s CLUTCH Game Day Snack Recipe


Chips and dip are the snack everyone mindlessly munches on during the big game. Whether you’re watching the commercials or standing around catching up with friends, chances are you’ve got at least a few of these on your plate.

That ubiquity comes with a price, though, as these are often just put together with store-bought cheese sauce or dip that can be heated at the last minute. Going the extra mile to make your own cheese sauce, salsa, and meat to pile on top, and THEN serving that in a halved football? As Cris Collinsworth would say, here’s a sign that a true gourmet is running the snack show.

These Loaded Football Nachos are the snack that will wake people up out of their grazing in a momentary pause of “WOW, that’s amazing!” They’re stacked with a custom cheese sauce, Hansen’s Root Beer-marinated steak, and a mango-pineapple salsa infused with Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda syrup.

All of these ingredients combine for hits of sweet, savory, spicy, tangy, and acidic that create an orchestra of flavors that’ll have the entire football shell it’s served in empty by halftime.

Forget your favorite team taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Getting everyone to ask you for this recipe and to make it again next year will be the real win come game day.

To make these Loaded Football Nachos, peep the recipe below.

Ingredients:

1 Pound Skirt Steak

1 Can of Hansen’s Root Beer Soda

1 Bunch Large Mexican Green Onion greens and bulbs divided

½ Cup Ketchup

2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp minced Fresh Garlic

 

For the Cheese Sauce:

2 Tbsp Butter

2 Tbsp Flour

1 Cup Milk

1 1/2 Cup Mexican Style Shredded Cheese

 

For the Nachos:

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 Can Sliced Black Olives

1/2 Bunch Cilantro, chopped

1 Can Black Beans  

1 Bag Round Style Restaurant Tortilla Chips

Sour Cream

 

1 Football (Composite)

 

For the Mango Pineapple Salsa:

1 Pineapple, ¼” cube

1 Mango, ¼” cube

3 Cans Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda

1 Orange Bell Pepper, diced

1 Red Bell Pepper, diced

2 Jalapenos, diced with seeds removed

⅓ Cup diced Red Onion

½ Cup Lime Juice

½ Bunch Cilantro, chopped

Salt (To Taste)

Directions:

Step 1:

Combine thinly sliced green onion bulbs, Hansen’s Root Beer Soda, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic for the meat marinade. Marinate meat for 12-24 hours for best results.

Step 2:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and flour, and whisk together until combined. Continue whisking while slowly adding milk. Once mixture comes to a simmer, turn off the heat and incorporate cheese until melted.

Step 3:

In a large skillet, lightly oil pan and set the temperature to high. Drain marinade from meat and reserve for later use. Once pan is hot, sear both sides of the meat. Pour some of the reserved marinade in on the seared meat. Cook meat on both sides, and once the liquid is evaporated, remove meat and cut into small pieces.

Step 4:

For the Mango Pineapple salsa, pour Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda in a small pot and reduce half the volume to make a soda syrup. Set aside to cool.

Step 5:

Combine cooled soda syrup, lime juice, red and orange peppers, pineapple, mango, jalapeno and cilantro. Let rest in a refrigerator for 2 hours, drain excess liquid.

Step 6:

Time to cut your football in half! Using a box cutter, x-acto, or utility knife, carefully cut the the football in half along the seam. Remove rubber lining.

Step 7:

Assemble the nachos! Line the football with parchment paper. Layer the chips, cheese, steak, warmed black beans, diced tomatoes, thinly sliced green onion stalks, black olives and chopped cilantro inside the half cut football. Repeat this process until all ingredients are used, put as much sour cream as you want on top, and serve!


Created in partnership with Hansen’s Soda. 

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Pizza Hut Crushes Online Sales Record by Super Bowl Halftime Despite Lack of Ads

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To say it was a good weekend for Pizza Hut would be an understatement. The international pizza chain hit a record high with their digital sales Sunday during the big game. According to a spokesperson for Pizza Hut, the company sold over $10 million in pizza online by halftime.

An impressive feat for a brand that had no advertisements during the game, nor any sponsorship of it.

The Yum Brands-owned company could easily have hit record lows, as this was the first Super Bowl featuring Pizza Hut’s rebooted menu and website. We’re assuming folks were responding well to the new array of ingredients and customizations the pizza chain had to offer.

After all, nothing says football like a curry-flavored crust.

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Translating Budweiser’s Super Bowl Ad for Craft Beer Lovers and Haters

Somehow, Budweiser ran an ad during the Super Bowl that upset just about every beer drinker with half a brain. The 60-second, $9 million dollar spot was dedicated to making craft beer drinkers feel silly while simultaneously treating Budweiser lovers like idiots.

“Proudly a macro beer.”

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Craft beer consumers: No one cares about your microbrews with their creative flavors that are cultivating a diverse marketplace.

Budweiser consumers: Hey, you know that word “micro” you sometimes hear thrown around when people are talking about craft beer? We’re the opposite of that. Stick with us because bigger is always better.

“It’s not brewed to be fussed over.”

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Craft beer consumers: You’re such a dork, sniffing out the different flavors that went into creating your beer. Who needs their beer to evoke a rich, sensory experience?

Budweiser consumers: Don’t you dare smell your Budweiser. There’s literally no point. Just guzzle it down and don’t ask questions. We gave it a “crisp and smooth finish” so you wouldn’t have to taste it if you didn’t really want to.

*The following photoset ran on Anheuser-Busch’s Facebook page in October 2014 with the caption “See, Sip, Swirl and Sniff your way to a perfect beer.”*

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“This is the only beer Beechwood-aged.”

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Craft beer consumers: I know we’ve been mean to you thus far, but look, we totally care about quality when we brew our beer.

Budweiser consumers: You probably don’t know exactly what this means or entails, but we bet you’re impressed!

“It’s brewed for drinking, not dissecting.”

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Craft beer consumers: You spend so damn long drinking and enjoying your craft beer. Stop trying to do that with us, you hipster pansies!

Budweiser consumers: You’ll be a hipster pansy if you attempt to enjoy the act of drinking. Step away from the mustache wax and grab a Bud.

“The people who drink our beer are people who like to drink beer brewed the hard way.”

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Craft beer & Budweiser consumers: Budweiser is clearly for masculine, manly men who don’t need taste at the end of a long day, just chug-able alcohol.

“Let them sip their pumpkin peach ale.”

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Craft beer consumers: We know you know we bought one of the most popular craft pumpkin beer brewers in the country, but shut up about it with your dumb taster flight.

Budweiser consumers: We would never ever make some fruity, girly beer like this. No need to read any press releases about it.

“We’ll be brewing us some golden suds.”

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Craft beer consumers: Ugh. You and your gradient of colors and flavors can just suck it. Basic pumpkin-loving bitches.

Budweiser consumers: There are no golden craft beers in existence, trust us.

“This is the famous Budweiser beer.”

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Craft beer consumers: COME AT US AND OUR MARKETING TEAM, BRO!

Budweiser consumers: We know you don’t like change. Neither do we. Friends?

Here’s the full ad in all its stupidity:

Let’s get real, this ad is bigger than craft beer vs. macro beer. It heavily exploits fear of new products, especially from conservatives, and the flawed, dichotomous perception of masculinity.

The ad is a scare tactic, from start to finish. It encourages people to not support local breweries as it launches an assault on the masculinity of anyone who continues to support such establishments, all in the name of one brand being superior to a collective of thousands of microbrewers.

Did you buy into the bullshit golden suds?

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Anna Kendrick Gets Sassy in Newcastle Mock Super Bowl Ad

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Earlier this week, our other favorite internet sweetheart Anna Kendrick gave the web a good chortle with a new mock Super Bowl ad for Newcastle Brown Ale. In it, the “approachably hot” actress sits in what’s presumably her Newcastle-given dressing room and airs a not-unextensive list of grievances. Such as: not being able to say the words “Super Bowl,” being gypped out of a “sh*t-ton” of money from a beer she doesn’t even drink, and not being “beer-commercial hot.”

“I’m approachable hot, like the hottest girl in your improv class hot. Like hot to the kind of guys who feel bad calling a girl hot. But I love a challenge,” she says, mad-dogging her own reflection.

Like the rest of Newcastle’s hyper-meta Super Bowl ads, Kenrick’s spot is witty and refreshing, though maybe not quite as side-splittingly hilarious as some internet hyperbole might have you believe. It’s an undestated funny. Like, the kind of funny you’d expect from an American delivery of British humor. Like “The Office” funny. But hilarious, LOL, best thing you’ve seen all week-funny? No.

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Oh, KALE NO: Official Super Bowl Menu Apparently Includes Kale

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Who knew the official Super Bowl menu could get so swank?

While the rest of the nation’s noshing on grocery-store dip and too-dry chicken wings, football fans at MetLife Stadium will get to pick between grilled chicken hoagies, sriracha pork and chicken steam buns, and yes, a kale and chicken sausage sandwich during Sunday’s big game.

The menu, by Super Bowl chef Eric Borgia, is meant to be a “culinary love letter to New York and the Garden State,” according to the NY Post.

The boroughs “are melting pots for so many different cultures. We wanted the stadium to look, smell and taste like New York City, whether it’s street festivals or [Brooklyn’s] Smorgasburg, where all of the food trucks hang out,” Borgia said.

Kale supposedly represents Manhattan, but Borgio explains he also included the overplayed leafy green because it’s “trendy” and “good for you.”

Two phrases we wouldn’t want anywhere near our Super Bowl dinners, personally. NEEDS MOAR DIPPING SAUCE.

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Taco Bells Adds Chipotle Ranch Chicken and Chili Cheese Fries-Stuffed Mini Burritos

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Adding to their entourage of mini burritos — sorry, I mean Loaded Grillers — Taco Bell’s latest items feature the  Chipotle Ranch Chicken and Chili Cheese Fries loaded grillers. The duo was first spotted being tested back in November for 79 cents each and will join their brethren, the Beefy Nacho and Loaded Potato-flavored Loaded Grillers.

The Chipotle Ranch Chicken Loaded Griller comes stuffed with grilled chicken, chipotle ranch and sour cream — something the chain is promoting as a take on “a spicy chicken wing with ranch dip.” The Chili Cheese Fries Loaded Griller follows a similar Super Bowl-ready recipe, as it’s packed with crispy potato bites drowning in chili and nacho cheese sauce.

The two new options will hit Taco Bell locations on Thursday, January 23. For a limited time, all Loaded Grillers will be $1 each throughout the day, as opposed to their regular $1 offer only available during the chain’s 2-5pm Happier Hour.