Cracked and cleaned fresh Dungeness crab ordered online makes for an easy, tasty dish for your Super Bowl party.
Gatherings at our cozy townhouse in the Bay Area typically stay in the kitchen/dining room, where I pour the cocktails for friends, while monitoring the four or five appetizers in various stages of prep.
But with Super Bowl Sunday approaching quickly, my goal is to spend as much time out of the kitchen as possible, as with this gathering, everyone is focused around the TV. I have no strong feelings about either team going for the Vince Lombardi trophy in Houston, Texas, on February 5, but I do want to pay tribute to the regions represented with some tasty treats.
For the New England Patriots, that’s simple—the classic clam chowder is on the menu! Sure, chowder might not be at the top of everyone’s Super Bowl menu, but I am going the simple-is-better route for this year’s big game.
One, I don’t see all the clever commercials when I’m in the kitchen cooking from scratch, and two, I refuse to miss Lady Gaga’s sure-to-be memorable half-time extravaganza.
Plus, I like a bargain, and Daily Fresh Fish is hosting a Buy 1, Get 1 Free deal on clam chowder to celebrate the Super Bowl. They delivered the chowder right to my door, and all I had to do was heat and eat. (It was loaded with clams, too, unlike most of the store-bought chowders I’ve tried.) I plan to add a San Francisco twist by serving the creamy, rich chowder in mini sourdough bread bowls.
We can’t forget Atlanta and the Falcons at the celebration! On my first visit to Hot-lanta, we visited Kimball House’s raw bar and delighted in the West and East Coast oysters there. Another quick addition to my menu this year will be Pacific oysters, served with some Atlanta’s Burning Hot Sauce (or lemon). These are great raw or grilled. (I’m opting for raw, to not be handcuffed to the grill during the game.)
After moving to the Bay Area eight years ago and discovering the fresh seafood options here, I’ve been incorporating them as much as possible into gatherings.
Dungeness crab for Thanksgiving? Christmas? New Year’s? Super Bowl? Yes, yes, yes and yes! I’m opting for fresh crab two ways for the big game.
One, I’m going cracked and cleaned, to make it simpler for me and my guests. I’ll have bowls of crab legs and bodies, bibs, melted lemon dill butter and bowls for shells.
I also plan to make a hot Dungeness crab dip. Yes, it’s decadent, but we are talking the Super Bowl here. This thick, gooey dip works great with bread, crackers and fresh veggies. Because I love it so much, I dubbed it Corey’s Crab Dip.
Corey’s Crab Dip (serves 6-8)
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9 casserole dish.
Stir together the crab, sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, Worcestershire sauce. Sprinkle in pepper to your taste. Spread the mixture into your dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30-25 minutes, or until golden brown on top and bubbling. Serve with fresh vegetables, bread, chips or your favorite dipping implement.
To make this year’s Super Bowl party even easier on myself, I’m ordering the seafood to be delivered directly from Daily Fresh Fishwith their convenient online ordering and delivery. Daily Fresh Fish’s seafood is incredibly fresh and sustainably-sourced. I think my friends will appreciate the local crab—and actually seeing my face during the big game.