At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, when the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI (that’s 51, in case you need to brush up on your Roman numerals), much of the South will be tuned in from the couch, either to “rise up” with the Falcons or to root against them. No judgment here. Sure, there’s bound to be some yelling and the occasional argument to be had among opposing family members and friends. But who are we kidding? Most of us will be showing up to the party for the commercials and some game-time grub.
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In anticipation of the big event (and eating marathon) taking place deep in the heart of Texas, we sought out coveted chefs from the South and their go-to recipes for game day. So whether you’re looking for something sweet, savory, or maybe even a little boozy, we’ve got you covered with five chef-inspired dishes to ensure your Super Bowl soirée is as memorable as we know the game will be. Are you ready for some football and delicious food? Get ready, set, and go enjoy these chef-approved recipes on Sunday.
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Chef Julie Farias
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
There’s the Alamo and then there’s chili—both of which are a significant cultural makeup of Texas. And everyone knows when it comes to Texas chili, you don’t mess with tradition. That’s why we were lucky to find Julie’s Texas Style Chili with Beer, which effortlessly blends three chiles flavors, brewed coffee, and tender short ribs together, paired with Texas Ale. If you’re looking to bring the heat to rival this marquee matchup, try our make-ahead version of a celebratory pot of red chili. It’s a real-deal, no-bean recipe perfectly suited for you and your guests on game day. Beer and chili, that’s about as Texas as you can get for Super Bowl Sunday.
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Pastry Chef Dawn Belisle
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Dawn Belisle, of Delights by Dawn cupcake shop in Atlanta, has been serving up decadent, booze-infused cupcakes since 1998. But as of this past season, Atlanta Falcons fans have rushed to Belisle's two kiosks at the Georgia Dome to indulge in her infused desserts, such as Red Velvet Chocotini, White Almond Amaretto, and Key Lime Margarita. Can't make it to Atlanta for a delicious bite of these Toxycakes? You can make our bourbon-filled cream-chese brownies instead to sweeten the victory or loss. These bourbon-filled chocolate brownies also pull double duty as the perfect Valentine's Day treat.
Recipe: Bourbon Cream-Cheese Brownies
Executive Chef Slade Rushing
Hometown: Tylertown, Mississippi
When it comes to Southern cuisine tailor-made for large crowds, we couldn't forget about the staple of the Big Easy: seafood gumbo. It's distinctly Creole, completely Cajun, and notoriously N'awlins, and we can't get enough! So the search for a master roux artist led us to Slade Rushing of Brennan's restaurant in New Orleans, where Rushing has perfected the dark roux for his signature gumbo that's filled to the brim with oysters, shrimp, and crab. So just because the game is in Texas this year, it doesn't mean you can't embrace our hearty seafood gumbo recipe that's reminiscent of New Orleans and the spirit of Mardi Gras.
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Personal Chef Jennifer Hill Booker
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Jennifer Hill Booker is a personal chef and the owner of Atlanta catering company Your Resident Gourmet. We stumbled upon her Black Eyed Pea Hummus dip when looking for a uniquely Southern chip-and-dip combo. Give or take a few ingredients, our smoky version also has that Middle Eastern flair and offers the same delicious bite as Booker's. But since a Super Bowl party wouldn't be complete without wings, we'll be dunking our drumettes in this creamy dip rather than store-bought Ranch or blue cheese dressing. Hot wings and a healthy dip is a gauranteed party starter. Even if your team doesn't put points on the scoreboard, you'll certainly score major points with an appetizer that screams the South.
Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus and Angela's Spicy Buffalo Wings
Executive Chef Mark Cornish
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Mark Cornish, Aramark Executive Chef at NRG Stadium, is tasked with the impossible responsibility of delivering an appetizing menu to Super Bowl stadium-goers that goes beyond lackluster concession food. And because everything is bigger in Texas, regular hot dogs, sandwiches, and paltry cheese nachos won't do. Fans in attendance of Sunday's night game can expect the menu to encapsulate the flavors and tastes of Houston. More specifically, Cornish touts a few recipes that will be served this Sunday, including jalapeño cheese dogs, Beantown Grillers, fish and pork tacos, ATL Fried Chicken Staks, and brisket sandwiches and stak fries. If you didn't score tickets to the big game, our very own brisket sandwich and buffalo-style waffle fries are a worthy, Texas-sized alternative.
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