Super Snacks for the Super Bowl

If you buy one thing for your Super Bowl Party, buy our Pimento Cheese Spread. If you buy two things this weekend, buy our Crostini to go with that Pimento Cheese Spread. But guess what? This is America and we don’t limit ourselves on food. There are choices (many of them) and if you’re going all in, here are some of my favorite things to snack on while watching what’s bound to be the highest scoring Super Bowl of all time. (Here are the 5 highest scoring Super Bowl games for fun).

Bleu Mont cheddar

Bleu Mont cheddar

Weeks ago, my colleague decided to promote Wisconsin cheeses for 2017’s Super Bowl weekend. As a dedicated Packers fan, the fallout from our Conference loss has left a pit of despair in my stomach. But if anything could fill that pit and help me feel whole again, its cheese, more specifically Sconnie cheese. All of our Wisconsin cheeses are 15% off this weekend! The Hook’s cheddars are exactly what you want if you love the big, bold, aged cheddars. The clothbound Bleu Mont closely resembles great English cheddar - with fresh grassy and barnyard-y notes. If you’ve been in-and-around our shop with any frequency you’ve most likely encountered the staff favorite, cheesemaker Andy Hatch’s very own Pleasant Ridge Reserve. It’s a nutty alpine-style cheese that is a great hearty option during the chillier months. Just across the border in Thorpe, the Penterman family makes Marieke Gouda. This cheese has those wonderfully crunchy protein crystals that keep you coming back for more bites. And the dark horse, Dunbarton Blue, is also on special. This cheese is a blue-veined cheddar, frequently lost between the two genres. But those who have discovered it are dedicated fans.

To round out your Super Bowl spread you will need meat. Good thing we have our own salumi producer right here in NE Minneapolis, Red Table Meat Company. Head Charcutier Mike Phillips’ flair for flavor and porky greatness shines through all of their meat products. Grab one or two of Red Table’s Boldog hard salamis (15% off this weekend too). They’re modeled after Spanish Chorizo and go perfectly between bites of Pimento Dip.

Yes, I’ve mentioned Pimento Cheese Dip a few times throughout this blog. It’s my favorite house-made dip that we sell. The Caviar of the South, pimento cheese is a game changer. The relish-y pimentos cut through the savory cheese and then you get a hint of umami from the Worcestershire. No typical one-bite-left Minnesota situation with this dip. It’s delicious on a crunchy vessel but can go the distance with other dishes in your kitchen too. Add it to a ham sandwich, top deviled eggs with it, or mix it in with your scrambled eggs. 

Pimento dip (on the right) and artichoke tarragon dip (on the left)

Pimento dip (on the right) and artichoke tarragon dip (on the left)

There is a lot of betting that goes down on Super Bowl weekend. Besides the game itself, you can put bets on the coin toss down to the color of Gatorade that gets dumped on the winning coach, (my money is on Limeade). Swinging into our shops for Super Bowl supplies will be the best bet you make because everyone will be a winner.