Next Sunday, Super Bowl XLVIII comes to New Jersey, and wherever you'll be watching from, we're here to help you serve up some Jersey pride. Sure, taco dips and buffalo wings will suffice as Super Bowl party snacks — but would a New Jersey grandmother be proud of them? Probably not.
So what, exactly, constitutes "Jersey food?" Hot dogs? Salt water taffy? Boardwalk fries? Well, yes, on all accounts. But it seems that New Jersey is also known for its clams, corn, tomatoes, deli food, pizza, and being a melting pot of ethnic cuisines.
"For Super Bowl foodies, New Jersey offers a mash-up of delicacies representing just about every culture on the planet," The Associated Press reports. The "Home Food Advantage" food court at East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium will feature meatballs, pork sausage, Cuban sandwiches, curry, and tacos, among other things. With that in mind, here's a compendium of 15 New Jersey-tested Super Bowl snacks.
Pastrami on Rye Pot Stickers
You don’t get much more melting-pot than combining potstickers and pastrami on rye. Get the recipe from Amy at What Jew Wanna Eat?
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Baked Chicken Wings with Tomato Chutney
A healthier, more tomato-heavy take on fried buffalo wings, these chicken wings, from Big Girls, Small Kitchen, are baked until crispy, then tossed with a sweet-and-sour tomato-ginger chutney.
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Tailgate Fries with Sriracha Sauce
They may not be boardwalk fries, but these thick, grilled potato wedges with homemade sriracha sauce from Domestic Fits will have to do.
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Zucchini Pizza Bites
From Georgia Johnson at The Comfort of Cooking: Zucchini pizza bites —a stealthy healthy appetizer. Maybe “healthy” is an exaggeration, but hey, less carbs and more greens counts for something. The important thing is that there’s lots of cheese, right?
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Red Curry, Coconut, and Ginger Infused Steamed Clams
No, steamed clams aren’t typically what you think of as Super Bowl food. But seeing as clams are one of Jersey’s top commodities, it’s only appropriate to include at least one clam recipe here, I think (and, no, I refuse to share my friend’s family’s recipe for “canned clam dip”). Via Savory Sweet Life.
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Phyllo Pigs in a Blanket
Another twist on pigs in a blanket, from Big Girls Small Kitchen — using phyllo dough instead of crescent roll wrappers gives the dogs a flakier, crispier crust.
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Sweet & Tangy Balls
Via Table for Two, this simple meatball appetizer recipe uses frozen meatballs and a homemade grape jelly and chili sauce.
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Cuban Shrimp Bruschetta
Cuban sandwiches are a bit large and messy to serve as party food. But this citrus-laced Cuban-style shrimp bruschetta (from Adventures in Cooking) should work just fine.
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Tomatoes are one of Jersey’s core crops, so here’s a party (and Paleo) friendly tomato recipe from Family Fresh Cooking. A twist on fried green tomatoes, these babies are baked and crusted in blanched almond meal (so they’re still grain free).
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Crispy Baked Porkitos
Prosciutto done right. Via Bustle contributor Emily K McDonald at Leaf Parade.
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It’s the Super Bowl — anything can be made into a dip! Even Reuben sandwiches, per Closet Cooking.
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Breadsticks with Garlic Cheese Dip
Laurie at Simply Scratch makes these homemade breadsticks look easy.
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Italian Bean Balls
A vegetarian take on mini-meatballs, via healthy food blogger Angela Liddon at Oh She Glows.
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