Tag: Super Bowl party

Baked Eggplant Sandwiches – Get’em While They’re Room Temp!

I didn’t intend for this baked eggplant sandwich to turn
into yet another Super Bowl party food post, but two bites in and I realized
that’s what may have happened. The reason for this epiphany had nothing to do
with taste or texture, but with temperature. I’d forgotten just how truly
delicious these are served at room temp, which was always how the Italians I
learned this from served it.


Of course, like any normal person faced with a warm, cheese-filled
anything, I ate one as soon as possible, and it was great. Golden-brown and
crisp on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. However, when I went back
for seconds an hour later, I got to experience these in all their cooled-off
glory.

While not as crispy, they were still crunchy around the
edges and featured an entirely different flavor profile. Hot salami isn’t the
greatest expression of the sausage maker’s art, and you really don’t appreciate
the eggplant’s subtle sweetness playing against the cheese when hot.


I’m not sure exactly why, but Italians seem to have a thing
for room temperature fried foods, especially vegetables. I’ve heard Mario
Batali talk about this before, but there seems to be a long tradition of
letting fried stuff cool down first before eating.



Happily, this practice works
perfectly for entertaining, since you can bake these off ahead of time, and put
them out on a tray anytime. Whether for your Super Bowl party, or not, I hope you give these addictive eggplant sandwiches a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for each eggplant sandwich:
2 thick slices eggplant (Note: some people salt the slices
to draw off liquid, which they say is bitter. I’ve done this for other eggplant
recipes, but not for these sandwiches. With the breading and filling, I
actually think the slight bitterness is an advantage.)
3 thin, small slices of salami
1/2 slice provolone cheese
1 generous tablespoon olive oil, divided
seasoned flour as needed (flour with enough fine salt,
pepper, and cayenne so that it tastes “seasoned” when you dip your finger in
it)
beaten eggs, as needed (2 eggs is enough for about 4
sandwiches)
plain breadcrumbs, as needed
1 tsp very finely grated Parmesan cheese

The Food Wishes’ Chicken Wing Collection

Just in case you haven’t decided on a chicken wing for tomorrow’s Super Bowl party, maybe this will help. Here, for the first time, we’ve pulled together every single Food Wishes’ chicken wing recipe into one, convenient post. Enjoy!


Jerk Chicken Wings

In the spirit of full disclosure, these will be the wings I’ll be enjoying for the game.


Garlic Parm Hot Wings

If casual dinning restuarants have taught us anything, it’s that people love garlic-parm whatever.


Original Buffalo Chicken Wings

There’s no way to prove this is the original recipe, which is a probably good thing.


Clifton Springs Chicken Wings

By far, our most popular and highest-rated chicken wing recipe.


Pastrami Chicken Wings

Sure, pastrami sandwiches are awesome, but they don’t have any bones! Now, these on the other hand. 


Spicy Orange Chicken Wings

I can’t say who I stole this spicy orange glaze from, but it rhymes with “Panda Express.” 


Peanut Butter & Pepper Jelly Chicken Wings

This is no gimmick! Okay, it is, but it’s an incredibly delicious gimmick.


Sweet and Hot Mustard-Glazed Chicken Wings

Hey, there’s a reason honey-mustard is the second most popular chicken nugget sauce in the world.

Bacon Jam – Take That, Fruit!

At the end of the video, I joke that if this bacon jam were the only thing you served at your Super Bowl party, people would still leave raving about the food. That wasn’t a joke. Such is the profound deliciousness of this magical, spreadable bacon.


I’ll have to admit that the first time I heard about bacon jam, it didn’t strike me as a very good idea. I loved the part about frying tons of bacon crispy, but then you want me to add it to a bunch of wet onions? Why would I do that? As usual, I was wrong. Despite losing its crispiness, the intense caramelized bacon flavor, and sweet/tart/peppery punch of this “jam,” more than make up for it.

While I’m officially posting this as another Super Bowl snack idea, its potential uses go way past the big game. One taste and the mind reels with possibilities. While impressive served simply on a chip or crisp, this stuff will turn a grilled cheese sandwich into something beyond our world…and don’t even get me started on the hamburger applications.

Such pleasure does not come without its price, however. This takes some time to make, and there is expert-level stirring involved, but what a small price when you consider the final results. Whether you do this for your Super Bowl party, or other festive occasion, I hope you give this amazing bacon jam a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for about 3 1/2 cups of Bacon Jam:
1 1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp, chopped fine
2 tsp butter
2 tsp reserved bacon fat
4 large yellow onions (about 3 pounds), diced
1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 1/2 tsp fresh picked thyme leaves, divided (1 tsp cooked in, 1/2 tsp at the end)
1 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of cayenne
1/2 cups water
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

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