Show your support on game day by serving up dishes that feature ingredients found in the New England Patriots’ home state of Massachusetts. Or, try this menu if you're rooting for the Seattle Seahawks.
Seafood Chowder With Crispy Breadcrumbs
Nothing represents New England quite like chowder (or, “chowda”). Prepare a batch of this creamy seafood chowder for your guests to enjoy while they cheer on the Patriots. Baked breadcrumbs provide a delicious crunch to a velvety blend of clams (littleneck or cockles) and white fish (cod, sea bass, or halibut).
Lobster Rolls With Corn and Celery
Take the stress out of cooking for a crowd by making lobster rolls out of frozen tails (as opposed to whole live lobsters). Not only does it require a lot less work, but it’ll also save you money. Most New England restaurants serve lobster rolls made with butter rather than mayonnaise. Simply omit the mayonnaise from this version for a more traditional take.
This irresistible side has all the makings of traditional Boston baked beans—the dish gets a hint of sweetness from molasses, while sliced bacon lends just the right amount of saltiness. Though this recipe only requires 20 minutes of hands-on cooking time, you’ll need to plan ahead to accommodate the nearly three hours of baking time. Don’t be deterred, the payoff in flavor is worth the extra effort.
The perfect accompaniment to an indulgent dinner on a cold night, this foolproof popover recipe requires just five minutes of hands-on time and turns out every time. Simply butter a muffin tin, whisk the ingredients together, divide evenly into the muffin tin, and bake approximately 30 minutes until the popovers are puffy and golden brown.
Vodka Cranberry Cooler
Because cranberry cultivation began in Massachusetts in the early 1800s, it has since become the official state fruit. This festive cocktail features a homemade simple syrup that helps to highlight the fruit’s tart flavor. Simply combine the cranberries, sugar, and water; bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool before adding the tonic water, vodka, and lime juice to the cranberry syrup. Serve over ice and top off with a splash of cream soda.
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