For Super Bowl 2013 I went simple, traditional, and mostly recipes I’d made before. This was the first time in many years that we decided not to have a Super Bowl party. We actually wanted to watch the game, and in years past we haven’t seen much of the game. So, it was really nice to have a more relaxing low-key day.
The husband decided to try something new. He really wanted to try making Brisket. I bought a 3-4 pound brisket. By the way, I’ve figured out that if you ask the butcher for 3-4 pounds, most of the time they’ll give you slightly over 4 pounds. Just a bit of up-selling, I guess. And how does 1 man eat 4 pounds of brisket? Check out the end of this post for leftover ideas.
Dan used a dry rub over the beef: A spice mix that we had in the cupboard that he mixed with Kosher salt and coarse ground pepper. After patting the brisket dry with a paper towel and trimming any excess fat off, he rubbed the spice mix over the meat and let it sit for 30-40 minutes in the fridge. Then he cut the brisket into 4 inch cubes. He browned that in a little grapeseed oil (we did this step outside on the side burner of the grill to keep the mess outside). Then he put the browned chunks into the Slow Cooker (Crock Pot). After deglazing the pan with a little veggie broth, he added enough broth to the slow cooker to cover the meat (about 4 cups), and set it to cook on high for about 6 hours, skimming any fat that rises to the top of the pot. When it was done it looked and smelled awesome! Next time we do this, I think it would be a good idea to cook it the day before and just reheat on party day.
I made Super-bowl Chili, nacho cheese, and guacamole for make your own nachos.
And for dessert I made lemon bars. We also stopped at Sprouts before the game and picked up some snacks from their bulk bins. We had chocolate covered pretzels, roasted pistachios (no salt), peanut butter filled pretzels, mixed nuts, and chocolate covered almonds.
A yummy day filled with good football, good company, and over eating. I hope everyone had a wonderful day! What did you eat while you watched the game?
My friend at Anyonita Nibbles makes Honey Buttered Cheesy Soft Pretzel Knots that would be an amazing addition to any party spread. Take a look.
Leftover ideas: Besides the Brisket Sliders he had…
Brisket Tacos. I made cabbage slaw, finely chopped onion, cilantro, avocado sauce, and Sriracha tacos to go along with the brisket (mine were sautéed tofu tacos).
Chili Con Brisket. He had a small baked potato topped with chili, cheese, and brisket one day for lunch. We also served the chili con brisket over rice one day. This was a great way to use both the chili leftovers and the brisket leftovers.
Stir Fry with Brisket. I chopped up some veggies and stir fried them with some sesame oil and soy sauce. Serve the veggies and brisket over rice.
Flatbread Pizzas with Brisket. I took a couple of pitas, slathered on some homemade pizza sauce and topped them with a little mozzarella cheese, red pepper, mushrooms, and white beans. His was topped with brisket. Pop those bad boys in the oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes until the cheese is browned and bubbly, and that’s a great meal right there!
Hash browns, eggs, and brisket for breakfast
Taquitos! My favorite idea here. Some corn tortillas, softened in a little boiling veggie broth for a few seconds. Wrap about 1 tablespoon brisket and about 2 teaspoons crumbled queso fresco in the warmed tortilla, spray with a little oil, and bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until taquitos are golden and crispy.
I also thought about making empanadas and potstickers, but we ran out of brisket before I could try these.