Duke's Clam Chowder

Top 5 Super Bowl Recipes for Seahawks Fans

OKAY. This Sunday is the Super Bowl to end all Super Bowls. Seahawks vs. Broncos. If we had a Denver writer on our staff, things might have turned out differently here on Endless Simmer today. But we don’t, we have ME, a ride-or-die West Coaster for 25/27 years of her life, most of those in Washington. This means we’re going to talk about Seattle-themed Superbowl recipes today, and you’re going to read it and you’re going to cook it and most importantly, you’re going to LIKE IT. Even if you aren’t a Seattle person, unless you’re a die-hard Broncos fan, your NFL team of choice is already out of the running so you might as well take this opportunity to embrace the glory of the Seahawks and just enjoy the ride.

Besides, Seattle has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to signature regional delicacies: salmon, shellfish, cherries, apples, craft beers, fine wines… need I go on?

For your Super Bowl XLVIII party, represent the great state of Washington with one (or all!) of these crowd-pleasing recipes, each showcasing one of the state’s beloved flavors. Even if you and your friends aren’t Seahawks fans, you’ll be fans of these snacks.

5. Duke’s Clam Chowder from Smashed Garlic (& originally from Duke’s, of course)

Duke's Clam Chowder

I know lots of people think that the East Coast runs the show when it comes to chowder, but I guarantee you the Pacific Northwest can give it a run for its money. Washington clam chowder is thick, creamy, and chock full of fresh clams. The two most well-known and beloved recipes are from Ivar’s and Duke’s chowderhouses. If you’re an Ivar’s fan, you can find their recipe online, too.

Anyway, most of the country is still cold and miserable, so a bowl of piping hot clam chowder (maybe even in a bread bowl?!) is sure to keep your party guests warm and happy.

4. Washington Apple Martinis from Santa Barbara Chic

Washington Apple Cocktail

Do people in other parts of the country know about the Washington Apple? When I moved to Austin, I was shocked to learn that most of my Texan friends had never heard of it. This was a staple of my college years—of course, back in those days, we drank it as a shot, not a cute little cocktail like this one. (I completely condone imbibing in either fashion!) While this boozy beverage isn’t exactly the same as a fresh, organic Honeycrisp apple plucked from a Washington orchard, it gets you much more drunk. And that’s important when watching sports.

3. Chipotle Cherry Chicken Wings from The Foodie Couple

Chipotle Cherry Chicken Wings

Why this recipe? The reasons are threefold: 1. Wings are a quintessential sports-watchin’ food. Everyone can agree on a good wing. 2. Cherries are one of Washington’s top crops – have you ever had a Rainier cherry? Delicious. 3. There are lots of cherry BBQ wings recipes out there, but this one is from a blogging couple in Tacoma, and you KNOW these people are rooting for the Hawks on Sunday. Credit where credit is due.

2. Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs from Endless Simmer (that’s us!)

Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs

I was looking for a Super Bowl-worthy dungeness crab recipe and I found this on Pinterest… clicked on it and lo and behold, it was one of our own old-school ES recipes! Dungeness crab is a gem of the west coast waters and the most commercially important crab in the Pacific Northwest. If you’ve ever tasted its sweet, tender meat, you know you can never have plain ol’ canned crab again. Deviled eggs are another one of my go-to Super Bowl party recipes, so why not combine the best of both worlds with crab deviled eggs? You deserve it.

1. Smoked Salmon Dip from Country Cleaver

Smoked Salmon Dip

Salmon from Seattle may be a bit of a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason. That stuff is good! So salty and smoky. Mmm. Cut through some of that salt with cool cream cheese and you’ve got yourself a quality dip! This one from Country Cleaver is a lot more complex (in flavor, not effort) than a lot of the recipes you see out there. Capers, shallots, and white wine add that little extra something.

(Smoked salmon runner up: Not into dips for some insane reason? These smoked salmon sliders from Baker By Nature offer the same flavor profile, plus some bread to soak up the alcohol you’ll inevitably be guzzling.)

There you have it! You, my Hawks-loving friends, are Super Bowl party prepared. One more tip: JELLO SHOTS. SEATTLE JELLO SHOTS. You’re welcome.

For healthy recipes, cocktails, food travel, and restaurant reviews (and the occasional crazy shoutouts to the west coast), check out ES Emily’s individual blog, A Time to Kale, or tweet her @emilyteachout.

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