Sunday, January 23, 2011

Historic Play-Off.

The last play-off meeting between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers took place on December 14th, 1941; the Bears defeated the Packers 33-14 and went on to win the Superbowl.  Today these legendary rivals met up in the play-offs and the Packers seized the opportunity to redeem themselves a mere 70 years later! The historic bout resulted in a 21-14 win for the Packers and a trip to Super Bowl XLV in two weeks!
We filled our house up with mighty fine combination Packer fans and Bear fans and I threw down some seriously non-vegetarian man-food that celebrated this historic rivalry in a few bites!
Ode to Green Bay
Potato Skins with Beer Cheese, Bratwurst, Brown Mustard, and Scallions
Ode to Chicago
Celery Salt Dusted Potato Skins with Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, Sweet Relish, Dill Pickle, Tomato, Onion, Mustard, Sport Pepper, and Poppy Seeds
While the Packers pulled out a decisive win on the field, the winner of our potato skin smackdown was far less clear!  The Chicago version was praised for it's familiar flavors and ability to capture the essence of both hot dogs and french fries in one bite and the Green Bay version had beer cheese on it and tugged at the heart strings of all the true cheese heads in the room!  Give cheese a chance...

Wisconsin Beer Cheese
1 (2#) block sharp Cheddar Cheese Grated
1 small onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t hot sauce
1/4 t cayenne 
1 (12oz) bottle Dundee Honey Bown Lager

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the cheese, onion, garlic, hot sauce and cayenne until well beaten.  Add the beer a little at a time and beat until incorperated after each addition until blended and creamy.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cover and chill for 2 hours.  Keeps in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.  Use as a dip or a spread and even for the occasional grilled cheese sandwich!

Game day is never complete without a bowl of hot wings and plenty of napkins!

I think the Super Bowl may be a bit of a let down after this memorable afternoon!
It was such fun that we even ended up with a couple of over night guests...


Angela said...

Um, so much fun. Great watching the game with you guys. And thanks for taking the boys overnight! That was a really nice surprise.

Anonymous said...

You do realize that there was no "Superbowl" in 1941, right?

Mel said...

I learned it was a "Championship Game" and not a "Superbowl". I also learned it wasn't that well attended because of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but when it came time to type it I lost my head! I'll blame it on being distracted by the insanity of those skins!

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