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Game Day Recipes: Seattle vs. Denver
It’s estimated that some 180 million Americans will watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, but no one will be more excited than the hometown fans who will celebrate the event with their special brand of party flavor in Seattle and Denver all weekend long.
If you enjoy entertaining and showing off you’re culinary kicks on Game Day and you’re looking to break away from the typical hot-wings-and-nachos scenario, we’ve stirred up some festive food ideas from the two cities that are sending football’s finest to Super Bowl XLVIII.
<p align="center"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Denver Broncos</span></strong></p>
While the game doesn’t start until 4:30pm there in Mountain Time, it doesn’t mean you or the Bronco base have to pass on bringing the renowned Denver omelet to the party. There are lots of ways to transform this delicious breakfast treat into an afternoon (re: anytime) dish. A simple but still yummy variation is to convert the omelet into a casserole or <a title="All Recipes Frittata Recipe" href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-denver-omelet/" target="_blank">frittata</a>. You could also use ham, bell peppers, onions and cheddar to top a pizza, cram into a quiche or stuff into a strudel. Wherever your cooking confidence lay, you can find a way to bring new life to this longstanding Denver-inspired delicacy.
Another authentic Denverite dish that would go over great on a frigid February day is their famous <a title="Bobby Flay Pork Green Chili Recipe" href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/green-pork-chili-recipe.html" target="_blank">pork green chili</a>. The wonderful part about chili is that you can cook up a lot of it at once in a <a title="Crockpots and Slow Cookers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/convection-ovens-cookers_3262.html" target="_blank">crockpot</a> a couple days ahead of time (like right now), get it going a few hours before kickoff and then be free for other last-minute preparations. Have chopped green onions, grated cheddar and sour cream on the side for garnish and you’ll have a can’t-miss crowd-pleaser on your hands.
<em>Other Ideas:</em> Bison burger/sliders, Rocky Mountain oysters and rainbow trout
<p align="center"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Seattle Seahawks</span></strong></p>
There can’t be Seahawks without the sea and that’s a good enough reason to serve up endless seafood-centric Super Bowl snacking possibilities. Salmon is the most beloved of Washington’s waterways and offers plenty of <a title="Salmon Recipes" href="http://allrecipes.com/recipes/seafood/fish/salmon/" target="_blank">recipe options</a>. Smoked, baked, sauteed or seared: No matter which way you go, this fish will pack a lot of Pacific Northwest flavor into your party spread. Oysters, mussels and Dungeness crabs are also local favorites that make great party appetizers.
Washington is also famous for its apple orchards, from which we harvest both sweet and savory ideas. If pulled pork is on the menu, apples are a zesty way to sweeten up the slaw – or add right to the sandwich. It can also be as simple as slicing them up to add to a cheese plate or serve with caramel sauce. As a final flourish, native blackberries and Rainier cherries can be tossed into a PNW dessert or a fresh and fun cocktail.
<em>Other Ideas:</em> Salmon sliders, clam chowder and apple chips
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