Thomas J. Story

Because everyone needs some queso to eat during halftime

Ellen Fort and Maya Wong  – January 31, 2020

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Annabelle Breakey

Dips Are the Actual Best Thing About Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is many things to many people: An epic day of athleticism, a chance to watch your beloved team battle it out on the field, the best day of the year to watch commercials, or maybe an opportunity to watch big name performers frolic in a shower of fireworks during halftime. For some (me), it’s an epic day of snacking, much of which is centered around dips. Queso, cowboy caviar, Maui onion dip, creamy spinach dip — I’m there to cheer them on, chips and crudités in hand. One of my very, most basic favorites is Buffalo chicken dip. For me, it’s one of those “no recipe” recipes: simply combine a couple cups of shredded rotisserie chicken, a block of cream cheese (cut into cubes), a healthy dose of ranch dressing, and as much Frank’s Red Hot Sauce as you’re comfortable consuming in a baking dish, then top with shredded cheddar and bake until pleasantly melty. Top with sliced scallions and serve hot with crackers and celery sticks for an epic game day snack that pairs perfectly with beer of all kinds (though it’s probably a good time to crack open an Anchor Steam to support the home team). With that, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. Go Niners!

—Ellen Fort, food editor

Maya’s Corner

Annabelle Breakey

I’m Rooting for Whichever Team Supports These Honey Mustard Deviled Eggs

Full disclosure: I hardly carry any excitement about the Super Bowl, even with San Francisco’s very own 49ers playing in the game this year. I never understood the anticipation to sit and watch commercials, and although the halftime show is entertaining, I don’t feel the need to see it live. (I eventually watch it a few hours later or keep up with all the highlight moments and costume changes over on Twitter.) If I do attend a Super Bowl soiree, it’s for the food—the crispy-crunchy wings, the big bowls of chunky guacamole and bags of Have’a Corn Chip (if you know, you know), and delightful finger foods like these Honey Mustard Deviled Eggs. To make, start with these Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs, then take them in a sweet-tangy direction by substituting 2 tbsp. honey mustard, 2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill, and 1 tsp. lemon juice before garnishing with rosemary blossoms. They’re a nice departure from a meat-centric potluck (no disrespect to smash burgers and pigs in a blanket), and a fail-safe party trick appetizer that will last you far beyond Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s epic football stadium dance-off.

—Maya Wong, assistant editor

More to read this week:

Thomas J. Story
  • When I dip you dip we dip: Serve up a selection of tasty dips with chips and chopped veggies at your Super Bowl party this year. 
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