Super Snack Recipes for the Big Game

By January 31, 2020February 3rd, 2020MSG in Cooking, Savory Cuisine Corner, Savory Recipes
game-day food

Over 92 million people around the world tuned into the National Football League’s Super Bowl® on February 3, 2019. Wow! That’s a whole lot of people, many of whom will again be ready this Sunday for another match-up. But do people really watch the game or are some only tuned in to watch the commercials? 

And beyond that, how many people meet up with friends and family just to enjoy the delicious game-day food that has become a tradition on the second Sunday in February?

Whatever your primary reason is to get together, savory snacks, appetizers and downright fantastic foods of all kinds will be one of the day’s centerpieces. Taking a look back at what Today.com posted (January 2019) as its top picks for the ultimate game-day food, many of these foods are certainly the usual suspects.

Cocktail meatballs, chili, nachos, ribs and a variety of dips are among the 50 foods on their list. Not surprisingly, trendy chicken lettuce wraps were included, and while not a food per se, Bloody Mary cocktails were singled out as a must-have. Of course, chicken wings are also on the list since they are considered to be extremely popular at any football game party. In fact, the National Chicken Council predicts that a record-breaking 1.4 billion chicken wings will be consumed during Super Bowl LIV weekend.

In keeping with the Today.com list, here are some recipes for “winning” party foods, all of which are loaded with umami flavor.

  • Chapel Tavern Bloody Mary
  • Sriracha BBQ Party Pretzels
  • Chicken and Cashew Lettuce Wraps
  • Creole Meatballs
  • Homemade Sure-Fire Chili
  • Salt and Pepper Wings

Let’s begin with a unique Bloody Mary that uses vodka infused with fresh horseradish and umami seasoning (aka MSG).

Chapel Tavern Bloody Mary

Thanks to the Chapel Tavern and 40 Mile Saloon in Reno, Nevada for this superb savory, umami-bomb cocktail.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Ingredients

For the Horseradish/MSG Vodka

  • 1 liter vodka
  • ½ cup fresh horseradish peeled and minced
  • 1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 4 tsp. MSG*
  • *Popular brands of MSG include Ajinomoto® and Ac'cent®.

For the Drink

  • 2 oz. Horseradish/MSG Vodka (ingredients above)
  • 3 dashes Original Tabasco®
  • 3 dashes Lea & Perrin's® Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 dashes red wine vinegar
  • 1 wedge lemon
  • 3 shakes celery salt
  • 4-5 oz. grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 1 oz. green olive brine
  • 3 oz. stout beer e.g., Guinness®
  • tomato juice enough to fill glass

Instructions

For the Horseradish/MSG Vodka

  1. Add vodka to a food safe, lidded container, add horseradish and black peppercorns. Leave to sit in a cool, dark place overnight. Strain through cheesecloth back into the bottle.
  2. Fill the kitchen sink with hot tap water and place horseradish-infused vodka with the cap on into the hot water. Let sit 15 to 20 minutes. Remove cap and add MSG. Shake to combine.

For the Drink

  1. Fill a glass with ice; add the vodka, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and red wine vinegar. Squeeze one wedge of lemon and add spent lemon wedge. Add the celery salt, black pepper, olive brine, and beer.
  2. Top with good quality tomato juice and stir to combine. Garnish as seen fit with seasonality in mind; the Chapel Tavern uses El Pato brand hot peppers, green olives, celery, pickled green tomatoes, Italian parsley, cherry tomatoes, and more depending on season and whim.

Recipe Notes

Source: thedailymeal.com

Sriracha BBQ Party Pretzels

Pretzels and chips are a mainstay for any party, no matter what any list says! This pretzel recipe is extra zippy, zesty and umami-licious.

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. pretzel sticks
  • ¾ cup sunflower oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce e.g., from Trader Joe’s®
  • 1 Tbsp. MSG* (umami seasoning)
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • *Popular brands of MSG include Ajinomoto® and Ac'cent®.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250° F. Whisk together oil, sauce, MSG, onion powder and garlic powder.

  2. In a large bowl pour mixture over pretzels and mix well until evenly coated.
  3. Spread pretzels out among two jelly roll pans and bake for 90 minutes. Stirring every 30 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool and store in an air-tight container. Gallon sized bags work well for this.

Recipe Notes

Source: Yummly.com

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Margot

Chicken and Cashew Lettuce Wraps

Different versions of this lettuce-enveloped, flavorful chicken dish have become popular in many restaurants. Lettuce wraps with chicken and cashews can be served as an appetizer or an entrée – it’s up to you!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 8-10 ounces uncooked chicken breast minced
  • 1 cup coriander chopped finely
  • 1 egg white
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon meat tenderizer
  • ½ teaspoon umami seasoning * MSG
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped cashews oven toasted
  • 6 big lettuce leaves for wrapping

Instructions

  1. Mix minced chicken with egg white, water, cornstarch, salt, tenderizer, umami seasoning, and 1 tbsp. oil. Set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a fry pan.
  3. Place the meat, coriander, wine, soy sauce and pepper into the pan.
  4. Stir-fry until the meat is cooked.
  5. Remove from heat and place on a plate.
  6. Divide the meat mixture into 6 portions.
  7. Place each portion on a lettuce leaf.
  8. Sprinkle cashew nuts evenly over the meat. (Optional: sprinkle diced red or green pepper as well.)
  9. Wrap meat with lettuce and serve.
  10. * Note: Popular brands for umami seasoning that you can most likely find in your local grocery store in the spices/seasonings section: Ac’cent, Ajinomoto or Vedan brand.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Food.com

Creole Meatballs

Score big with these scrumptious meatballs on game day. Your family and friends will be asking for an instant replay! These delicious creole meatballs are perfect for an appetizer, or you can serve them as an entrée with a rice side dish or as main component of a hearty sandwich, using crusty rolls. Either way, touchdown!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon MSG (umami seasoning)
  • flour for rolling
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1 cup onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup green pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 5 cups canned tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup wine sweet

Instructions

  1. Mix first 10 ingredients together and form into 1 inch meatballs.
  2. Roll in flour and set aside.
  3. Using a large skillet, sauté onions, green pepper, celery and mushrooms in oil; transfer vegetables to large saucepan when nicely sautéed.
  4. Brown meatballs in same skillet; add to saucepan with the sautéed vegetables. Add the remaining 5 ingredients to make the sauce.
  5. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Serve hot as desired.
  6. Note: If desired, thicken sauce using 1-2 tablespoons of flour mixed with 1/4 cup water.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Food.com.

Photo credit: By Michael Stern - 10000000041678_000334, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45791026

Homemade Sure-Fire Chili

A sure-fire hit at your holiday party! Have your punch cup ready, this will need some serious beverage follow-up!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. MSG
  • 3 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper optional

Instructions

  1. Brown together the ground beef, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Drain excess fat.  
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Mix well.

  3. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Cooks.com

Photo credit: Flickr user, Dan

Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

This distinctive savory chicken recipe is full of savory goodness. And who doesn't like red pepper flakes?!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Kirbie

Ingredients

  • 22 chicken drummettes
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • vegetable oil for frying

Seasoning

  • 1 head of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch of green scallions finely chopped
  • 1-2 tsp red chili flakes
  • White pepper to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • MSG monosodium glutamate, such as Ac’cent® to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour enough vegetable oil into a pot so that it is about 2 inches deep. Heat on medium-high until oil reaches 350F.
  2. To make the slurry, whisk the flour, cornstarch, and water in a medium-sized bowl until no lumps remain. Pat chicken wings dry with paper towel. Coat chicken in slurry and then place into hot oil.
  3. The chicken will be fried twice. Work in small batches, about 6-8 pieces at a time. Fry for 8 minutes. Chicken will be a light golden color. Drain excess oil on paper towels. Set chicken aside to wait for second fry. Continue until all your wings have been fried once for 8 minutes.
  4. Again working in small batches, fry all of the chicken a second time for 8 minutes each (chicken does not get coated again in the slurry!). Chicken should now be golden and crunchy. Set finished chicken on a cooking rack.
  5. In a wok, add olive oil and bring to medium heat. Once oil is hot, add in garlic. Cook and stir until aroma of garlic comes out and garlic is lightly browned (about 1 minute). Lower heat and add in chili flakes and scallions and cook about 1 minute on low heat. Turn off heat and place finished chicken into wok and toss chicken in the garlic mixture. Sprinkle white pepper, black pepper, salt and MSG to your taste evenly over chicken.
  6. Place the chicken back on a cooling rack until it’s time to serve your guests!

Recipe Notes

Please visit Kirbie's Cravings for more! 

 

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About Kaye Taylor, MS

Kaye is an author and consulting nutritionist with more than 15 years’ experience representing clients in the food industry, providing strategic leadership and consulting on meal planning, recipe development, consumer-focused educational materials relating to food and nutrition, science-based communications, and media relations. Read more about her background on the About page.

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