Growing up, I wasn’t a fan of any NFL team. The closest teams (the Bucs and Jags) were an hour and a half away each, and we were just much more into college football. (Go Gators!) That all changed when I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with Dave and adopted his team, the Forty Niners. Now I consider myself a diehard fan!
The Niners had a great run last year that ended with two playoff games and a Super Bowl berth. We celebrated properly for each game, having friends over and making lots of food.
For the first playoff game against the Packers, we went with a San Francisco staple and Dave made cioppino. I wanted delicious soup as well, so I made this Mixed Mushroom Soup from 101 Cookbooks. I’m not a huge barley fan, so I used wild rice instead. For such a simple recipe, it was really complex and delicious. We served the soups with sourdough bread.
For a special treat, I made marbled cupcakes that were supposed to be red and yellow, with red frosting. The color didn’t turn out so well, but the game did! Niners won and advanced to the NFC Championship game against the Falcons.
I think our food theme for the day was small foods, although I can’t remember why now. These taco cups turned out really well. I cut circles out of flour tortillas, pressed them into muffin tins, and baked until crispy. I then layered in vegan chorizo, refried beans, and Daiya cheddar shreds and baked again until melted. Topped with shredded lettuce and tomato, they were delicious!
I roasted some red and yellow beets, just to have some red and yellow food.
For dessert, mini double chocolate muffins with local Ghirardelli.
For the Super Bowl, we went with typical Super Bowl party foods.
I put together a red and yellow veggie tray with agave mustard dressing and salsa.
I was seeing a lot of buffalo dips around the internet at the time, and found many versions of buffalo chickpea dip. I went with this cashew and bean-based version, which seemed at least a little healthier than the others.
The dip turned out to be really tasty, perfect with carrot and celery sticks. The one thing I didn’t like is that the chickpeas were really chunky compared to the creamy dip, so next time I would chop them up a bit for better distribution.
Lastly, I made my previously undefeated cookie cake. I also made cookie cakes for the Packers and Giants most recent Super Bowl wins, so I was two for two. I would like to think that the horrible attempt at red icing and the fact that I forgot the red part around the inside of the S didn’t have anything to do with the fact that the Niners unfortunately lost, ending what was an unexpectedly fantastic season.