Championship Chefs Share Their Go-To Snacks for the Big Game

They’re sure to be a touchdown. Sorry, that was cheesy. Mmm, cheese.

They’re sure to be a touchdown. Sorry, that was cheesy. Mmm, cheese.

(Photo by Gabriele Stabile)

David Chang, The Momofuku Empire

“The perfect Super Bowl party food is a bo ssäm, because it’s simple and there’s sure to be enough food for everyone. Cure a pork shoulder in brown sugar and salt the day before the game, and then let it slow-cook for six hours before kick-off. Serve it with plenty of sides such as kimchi, rice, ginger scallion sauce, and lettuce for wrapping, and you’ve got food that will make everyone happy (unless their team loses).”

Sean Brock, Husk

“My favorite thing to eat on Super Bowl Sunday is Frogmore Stew. It’s so easy to feed a group with this dish. Everyone loves tearing into the crab, shrimp, sausage, and clams. It takes very little prep and cook time so you can watch the game and hang with your friends. Frogmore stew is always a crowd pleaser!”

Eddie Huang, Baohaus

“Go-to dish for the Super Bowl has to be Taiwanese Minced Pork on Rice- it’s the Oriental answer to chili. Like chili, it’s one of those foods that comes looking like what it’s gonna look like later, but it’s delicious. Obviously, fried chicken is also a must, so I like to fry chicken thighs brined in five spice like we do at the restaurant and throw them on top. I also like Korean Double-Fried Chicken wings if Taiwanese Five-Spiced Fried Chicken isn’t your thing. “

Michael Symon, Lola

“For the past couple of years, I’ve been hanging out with Bobby (Flay) and a few other friends to watch the Super Bowl. We’ve been doing tacos. We’ll set out fixins like warm tortillas, smoked pork butt, braised short ribs, the fixins for fish tacos, and we’ll also have things like guacamole, cilantro, pickled peppers, onions, and all that good stuff. Then everyone can just help themselves and enjoy their own creations.”

Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food

“When it comes to Super Bowl foods, I am torn between ribs and dips. I always, always am a fan of seven-layer dip, and find myself always going back to that one. It’s definitely my favorite. But then there are bbq ribs, which no Bowl party should be without. To me it’s ribs over wings, because wings have a shelf life of a few minutes once they’re sauced.”

Dale TaldeTalde

“Buffalo wings…classic-style, with tons of ranch.”

Jeff Michaud, Osteria

“My go-to dish would have to be deep fried mortadella wrapped around fontina cheese. In Italian this is called involtini del muratore. This is so simple and easy to make and it’s like an adult version of a fried mozzarella stick. You take a slice of mortadella and wrap it around a stick of fontina like a burrito and close it shut with a toothpick. Then dip it in flour, egg and bread crumbs and deep fry at 375 for 4-6 minutes. Be careful because the cheese is hot and can burn the shit out of your mouth!”

Michael PsilakisKefi

We’re doing a Greek taco bar where everyone can make their own pulled lamb tacos. The bar will be made up of lamb (braised and pulled then fried), tzatziki sauce, chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, feta cheese, olives, and grilled onions. Smashed fries will also be out on the spread – they’re too good to pass up.”

John Stage,Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

“To me, Super Bowl food is all about the chicken wings. You can walk around with them and mingle if you want to – they’re really informal that way. A nice wing makes for easy grazing. I make Dino’s recipe every year, which are smoked and grilled, not fried, so they’re lighter, too. You can have plenty of beer and wings without that fried food drowsiness.”

Paul Kahan, The Publican

“My Super Bowl Sunday snack would be ‘Homage to Steve Stallard’ – crab dip molded into a two-dimensional shape of Lincoln’s head. It’s a tradition [my friend] Steve established many years ago among our friends – there are a few Lincoln enthusiasts in the group.”

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