Need New York & New England recipes for Super Bowl party
We're hosting a Super Bowl party for 30-some people, and this year we were hoping to celebrate the teams by showcasing dishes inspired by their locales; however these dishes need to be potluck-friendly (i.e., can sit out for a while and not need to be eaten right away).
Any suggestions? So far we're thinking of:
* NE clam chowder
* Boston baked beans
* Something with lobster, maybe a salad
* Manhattan clam chowder
* Bagel chips with cream cheese & lox
* Hot dog bar
Others? Any recommendations for smoked meats would be especially appreciated as the hubby wants to fire up the smoker.
New England: Indian pudding, brown bread in a can (ugh), codfish cakes w/ Prince spaghetti
NY: Pastrami on rye, egg cream, knish, cheesecake, kreplach, matzo ball soup, chopped liver, payaya drink,
I can't make those New England dishes go together in my "brain's mouth" at all, plus if any of your guests can't/don't eat shellfish their options will be limited.
If you serve baked beans, then have the hot dogs and brown bread. This would be an old-fashioned Sunday supper. But sounds very heavy for a super bowl party to me. Consider a fish chowder, lobster roll, and a cabbage/apple slaw. Another classic winter dish here in NE would be a pot roast. You could shred the pot roast, puree the veggies to make a sauce and serve over a high quality potato roll.
For New York, let the man make some pastrami. [Ruhlman's recipe is stellar and delicious. If you start the curing today, you can smoke on Saturday.] Then you can do a sandwich bar with all the possible reuben, rachel, pastrami sandwich options. Do strive to find a decent rye, quality mustard along with the sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and dressing. You could even make one of those super long sandwiches if you want to "press" it, and cut into easier to eat slices.
Consider finding bagels instead of bagel chips and serve with thinly sliced tomato, capers, thinly sliced red onion, along with the cheese and lox. If you enjoy baking, the King Arthur Flour recipe is decent and quite easy to make.
For New York I like the idea of doing lox and cream cheese as a dip for the bagel chips. I would also add black and white cookies for dessert.
For NE I would serve the lobster salad (or just lobster) w/mini rolls.
However, since the Giants play, live, and practice in NJ I would get some Taylor Ham and make some Taylor Ham and cheese (egg for those who want it) sandwiches and sloppy joes. Salt water taffy for dessert.
Have you thought about White Castles? You can steam them in quantities, and set out pickles and onions, ketchup and mustard. I can't stand 'em myself, but my DH is from the Bronx and for him this is the ultimate in junk food.
My cousin makes a hot crockpot spread that men seem to love - Reuben spread. Corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing to spread on thin rye or pumpernickel. Not upscale, but has a New York idea.
If you can swing it, mini lobster rolls would be perfect, though you might need to keep back-ups well wrapped in the fridge or a cooler and replenish as necessary.
If you don't want to go to the extent of a real pastrami, which would be incredible, Steven Raichlen has a very good recipe for pastrami-spiced turkey breast that makes great sandwiches.