Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Super Bowl XLV

Amongst the hallmark calendar holiday's; valentine's, st. patty's, x-mas, even Groundhog's day,  Americans have an unofficial holiday, not listed above.  A day where we gather on couches around the plasma screen and watch an arena with padded gladiators that punt, hike, and spike, a pigskin to score a touchdown, in order to receive bragging rights for putting your money on the underdog.  Super Bowl Sunday is a great excuse to share with your "bro's" by chugging beers and have Man (grunt) food. 

The man standing next to the grill is Chef Ted Hill of the restaurant 6ix Park Grill found at the Hyatt in Irvine.  I was honored to be invited into his home and taste his amazing super bowl inspired food creations. 

Ted is a Washington Redskins fan and unfortunately his team did not make it to the superbowl.  He made Beer can chicken that was rubbed with ancho chilli, paprika, garlic powder, dried habanero, and olive oil that illuminated bright red, showing homage to his team that couldn't make it to the party.   

 Beer was found at the goal post. 

At kick off, my first beer was served with savory beer Bratwurst, tart Sauerkraut, with grassy spiced Jalapenos.  Behind the sausage, the neighbor, contributed to the potluck with a mild spicy buffalo shredded chicken chip dip layered with cream cheese that coated the palette and was delicious with the salty chips. 

Jell-o shots were themed accordingly, Green - Margarita and Yellow - Vodka Pineapple (The Packers) Black - Jaeger with Cherry and Yellow - Vodka Red Bull (The Steelers) 

Chef Ted found creativity throughout the game and was making things off of the top of his head.  The closest thing to curds, he found some mozarella and sliced it, breaded it with panko, and dropped it in his makeshift deep fryer to make a gooey fried cheese ball.  In Wisconsin deep fried curds is a household item. 

 This beautiful pit, Jada, needed some warming up, barking and nipping at strangers, signs of a past wretched owner.  Now she has Ted and his wife Nicole as owners to take the time to show man's best friend real love.  After a few minutes she warmed up to the guest and I got a pic of her relaxing and snugging up beside the couch.

After the Black Eyed Peas did their laser tag light show with Cameo's from Slash and Usher without any costume malfunctions, Ted prepared Primanti sandwiches in honor of Pittsburgh.   

  Here's the Chef in action.

 Here are the guests that enjoyed the sandwiches. 

Mini buns, corned beef, melted swiss cheese, french fries, coleslaw, tomatoes, and some red onions. 

If you were not stuffed at this point with the bratwurst, chicken, dip, and beer, these sandwiches were the best way to end the night. 

If you liked his creative culinary creations here check out what Chef Ted has prepared for Valentine's day at the restaurant.