Friday, January 29, 2010

Super Bowl Meat Balls with Devil’s Own Dip … and a Thank You Giveaway*****

Wikipedia tells me Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. Bet that got your attention foodies (George Clooney helped too)!

Leatherheads, George Clooney

Football is one of the world's most ancient games, but American Football only dates to the 1890s, popularized in high schools and colleges as well as on the professional field.

The sport took center stage in 1967 when the Super Bowl was born. On January 12, 1969 when the Baltimore Colts were beaten by the New York Jets of the fledgling American Football League the audience exploded. The next year, the leagues merged, and over the next 40 years the Super Bowl has become America's most watched sporting event –– it's become a gathering of friends and family nearly as essential as Thanksgiving dinner or the 4th of July barbecue.


"Following Apple Computer's 1984 commercial introducing the Macintosh computer, directed by Ridley Scott, the broadcast of the Super Bowl became the premier showcase for high concept or simply extravagantly expensive commercials.

Budweiser Clydesdales

Famous commercial campaigns include the Budweiser "Bud Bowl" campaign, and the 1999 and 2000 dot-com ads. Prices have increased each year, with advertisers paying as much as $3 million for a 30-second spot during Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. A segment of the audience tunes in to the Super Bowl solely to watch the creative commercials.

Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 holds the record for total U.S. viewership, attracting an audience of 98.7 million and ranking second only to the final episode of M*A*S*H* for total audience."**

I used to host a Super Bowl party for couples. I lived in a loft that was long and narrow at that time. The men were at one end with their favorite foods and beer, and the girls were at the other watching a chick flick and eating a lot of chocolate and fancy finger foods with wine and champagne. Everyone brought favorite dishes and shared.

I give you one of mine… for the boys in the front room. Go football!

Mom’s Meat Balls with The Devil’s Own Dip

1 lb. ground beef

1 t. salt

1/2 t. sage

1/2 t. thyme

1/2 t. garlic powder

1/2 t. pepper

1/4 c chopped onion

1/2 c flour

1/4 c oil

Season beef with spices and salt and add chopped onion. Roll into balls.  Roll in flour and fry in oil till just brown.

1 egg

1 Tb water

1 c panko crumbs

1/2 c finely chopped pecans

1/2 t salt

oil for deep frying

Roll the already fried balls in blended egg and water then roll in combined panko and pecans and fry until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot or room temp for an appetizer with the dip.

Devil’s Own Dip:

1/4 c soy sauce

1 clove garlic, minced 

2 T. Brown sugar
2 T. Rice vinegar
1/4 t. 5 spice powder

1 egg

1 T Dry mustard (more if you want it hotter!)
3/4 c oil (Safflower or canola)

3 T toasted sesame oil

Boil first 4 ingredients gently till reduced to 1/4 cup, then add 5 spice. Cool. Add egg to processor, then mustard and process for 30 seconds. Add oil gradually to make a mayonnaise. Add the reduced sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

This sauce is also good for cold roast beef, chicken fingers even shrimp! It’s a great sauce –– I often make double to have a little extra! I’ve had this recipe for years and years so I’m sorry I can’t give credit where credit is due –– and it is due!

** Thanks to Wikipedia for all the Football info!


Barbara said...

Ah yes, there is a lot of devil in the sauce! Love the sage and thyme flavors in the meatballs, Deana!

I'd like to taste the Jasmine Absolute and Rose so think I'll go for a vodka martini!

Tasty Trix said...

That sauce sounds positively diabolical, mmm. Is this Sunday the Superbowl? I actually didn't know ... let's just say no one, boy or girl, in my house watches football. Yay! But we sure do eat!!!!

Unknown said...

It's not quite the same game here in France, but it's the same way of living, men in front of the TV, and the girls in the kitchen !
I love particulary your devil sauce !!!

Tasty Trix said...

I am back for some of that Absolute!! I know that this semester we will be making chocolate souffle ... I'd love to try it with the jasmine absolute if they'll let me bring something in! I think they might...

Sara said...

Awesome giveaway! I would love to try the rose flavor in a delicate tea cake. Yum!

Linda said...

Those meatballs sound killer....I will be trying those for sure!

as for the rose or the jasmine...hmmmmm....
I think either would be nice in a Pavlova...
I always make a chocolate raspberry one for Valentines day....

La Table De Nana said...

You had me on George..gosh he's only getting better looking!I was in the US today and they had all kinds of Superbowl things:)
The devil sauce..and the pecans in the if you want more category.. sound great!

Kathy said...

I would be with the girls, of course, drinking bubbly and canapes, but would have to visit the boys once or twice for those delicious meatballs and devils sauce :-).

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Heehee I love the name-the devil's own sauce no less! And good move to put a pic of Mr Clooney up front. The eyes naturally drift downwards! ;)

Zurin said...

oh that dip is is Mr. clooney mmmmmm ill note the dip recipe..i hv 5 spice in my pantry. but nt mr clooney.:)

Rita said...

Lots of interesting information. And yhose meatballs and dip are making me hungry; great post.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

George Clooney? Meatballs? Devil's own dip? Giveaway? This is as good as it can get! :)

maier said...

I plan on using the essences to make marshmallows and middle eastern pastry. My Arabic professor liked the rose marshmallows I made last time.

Deana Sidney said...

Barbara> A Rose martini is a great idea!
Trix> Chocolate Souffle with rose? MMMMmmm.
Chapot>Some things are the same on all the continents! Devil's own is good for both sexes!
Sara> Teacake with roses sounds wonderful
Linda> Pavlova is a favorite... roses anad raspberries are killer!
Table de NAna> Devil's Own and Clooney would be great anywhere!

Deana Sidney said...

Kathy>We did drop in on the boys and steal some goodies... they stayed out of the back thought!
Lorraine> The name started years ago and stuck... it made people laugh and they didn't expect the heat!
Zurin> You will like the dip... if you want to cheat you can put the reduction in mayo...think I'll put that in!
Sage> Thanks for stopping by!
Ju>Yeah, I don't know if CLooney would appreciate being associated with a meatball, but his film was the closest I got to watching a lot of the game ( I watch for the commercials!).
Maier> Thanks for stopping by... middle eastern cuisine and roses go way back... rose marshmallows are a great idea!!!

gastroanthropologist said...

I love the Superbowl for the same reason I love Thanksgiving! But, we are in London which means the game starts at 11:30 and NO commercials. They have British commentary on the game explaining everything that has just happened instead. So this year is just going to have to be all about the food and last year nobody made till the end of the game (boys included). That dip sounds delicious - I'm a sucker for anything with sesame oil.

Faith said...

Wow, I had no idea that the final episode of MASH was ranked #1 in total audience! I wonder if this year's Super Bowl will beat it. Your couple's party sounds like so much fun...probably the best Super Bowl party I can imagine! :)

xinex said...

Interesting post! The food looks yummy! My daughter once performed for a super bowl half time show (Super bowl XXV) in Tampa a long time ago, a Disney production...Christine

Memória said...

Woah, this is some serious snack!! Twice-fried meatballs in dipping sauce? Wow. I have to bookmark this one.

Lori said...

I love dippin kinda dishes. THis looks yummy.

Amanda said...

What a neat recipe! I love hot chocolate. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I could drink it five times a day. But I do live in MN where it is cold for 6-8 months a year!

Deana Sidney said...

Gastroanthropologist> That is one late Super Bowl...but the meatballs are good for anything... I did try making them with storebought mayo just to see if the shortcut would work... nope... sesame balance was off... best the way they are
Faith> Yup, until M*A*S*H* it was the Fugitive in 1967 that held the record. And yes, the parties were always a blast and since it was NYC no one had to worry about driving home!
Xinex> that is so cool about your daughter! WOw!
Memoria> they are evil... enjoy!
Lori> Dippin dish it is!
Amanda> If it's cold so often... you can drink hot chocolate so much longer!

The Cooking Photographer said...

I so love your blog. I would have loved to be part of the couples' super bowl too hanging out with the girls why the boys watched the game. Although, I’d be running back to the TV to watch commercials. Although, I’d be running back to the TV to watch the commercials. I remember in college I'd have to analyze the commercials every year for my media classes. I still like the commercials. They bring back good memories of hanging out in a pizza parlor watching the game and drinking beer.

I might be too late for the giveaway, but if I had either of those oils I would make beautiful shortbreads with them!


Anonymous said...

These look like they would make great faux truffles for April Fools Day too :)

Anonymous said...

Hi and it's so nice to meet you! Oh, those meat balls and sauce look and sound so delish! I'll have to try this.
Thank you so much for popping in to see me. No, I have to admit none of the pinkness belongs to me!! I just went pink crazy on the internet.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Becky said...

I either want to cook with them ... or drop them into my next bath. Possibly a combination of those two things. Simultaneously. ;)

The meatballs look delicious!

Sippity Sup said...

This bot likes those meatballs, but could care less about football. Please pass the meatballs. GREG

Deana Sidney said...

Cooking photographer> They aren't doing the clydesdales this year so I am going to protest! I am no sports person... now with all the great media coverage I can see the commercials next day without watching the game.. how great is that. SHortbread sounds nummy!
Bentobaker>they would make a good April Fool's joke.. unless you were vegetarian!
Sheila> The meatballs are addictive and totally fattening.. but isn't that what the Super Bowl is all about!
Becky> They would get soggy in the bath../ with the nuts and the panko they stay crispy forever!
Sippity Sup>Yup... skip the game... pig out on meatballs.

The French Bear said...

Wow, I was so impressed by the delicious recipe for the meatballs, I have never made them with a dip before, and then I saw the giveaway. I am embarrassed to say I haven't heard about the absolutes before, they look and sound amazing, you could flavour your own water and have it in a beautiful glass bottle!
Margaret B

bunkycooks said...

Thank you so much for the comment you left on my blog regarding the picture on Tastespotting. I decided to stop by and see your blog. I love it! No wonder you have had so many visitors. By the way, I would SO be making those meatballs if we weren't going to a party for the Super Bowl! ;)

Kitchen Butterfly said...

I ove those meatballs.....and if I won the Jasmine Absolute, I would make a sauce to go with Kalfs liver.....on toast. And with the rose, I would make some fragrant Lokum aka Turkish delight!

Anonymous said...

Hee...hee, George looks like he has meatballs stuffed up his sweater as shoulder pads...or is that just his muscles! Do you know since reading you post on ambergist I have been scowering the beach every day, I thought I had found some the other day and got very excited! It was only surf wax covered in black sand!

Megan @ FeastingonArt said...

How funny - a football history! The dip looks yum, i will have to bookmark it.

Deana Sidney said...

French Bear> Thanks for joining me! Flavored water sounds lovely and meatballs with dip are a rare treat... go for it!
Bunky cooks>Bring them as a present... or just make them for yourself!
I always wrestle with those little square photos!!!! I think in 1.85:1 aspect ratio!!
Kitchen Butterfly: Turkish delight is cool stuff...great idea!
Peasepudding> I love that! As for beach combing, a couple in Australia found 15KG lump that was worth $300 grand not too long ago... keep looking!! If you find it take it to the nice Ambergris Co. NZ!!
Megan> the dip is great... I often add more mustard to make it even more devilish!!!

Jennifer said...

That dip sounds amazing!

Flourchild said...

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Flourchild said...

Sorry I meant YOUR BLOG!!!

Manggy said...

Lol, I have to wonder why I shudder a little when I see Devil in the name of a recipe, when I eat Devil's Food Cake all the time. Ha ha ha. Great meat balls - I reckon I'd finish them all in one sitting!

Peabody said...

I will have to give these a try for Sunday!

Anonymous said...

The dip for the meatballs sounds fantastic!

Deana Sidney said...

Jennifer>Thanks for the visit... the dip is really good.
Flourchild> that was a good one... just like something I would do!
Manggy> I am still dying over that chocolate cake of yours wOWO
Peabody> Thanks for stopping by... meatballs are good any ol day!!
5 Star Foodie> you will like it, honest!

Nancy Jane said...

I don't do football, but I'll definitely do the meatballs and dip. (We can have them during a hockey game.) They look outrageous. I really like coming here. Your blog is different and very refreshing. N.
PS: I'm thinking that the rose might do well in Blanc Mange. Might take some of the Monty Python out of it...

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

I love the sound of that Devil's Own Dip. Not to eat, but to prepare and watch the looks on the faces of the people who'll be coming over, for the Super Bowl. >,-)

Marysol said...

Between George Clooney, meatballs and the devilish dip...well, I completely lost my train of thought.

So I'll have to skip the giveaway. But, I want to add that I've enjoyed reading your very lovely blog!

Good luck to all the participants!

funkiefoodie said...

... to imagine what i would make with rose absolute. Ah... wild rose oil given on birthdays with a wild rose tour in the wilds of BC, infusing in the blooms.

A tasting plate of abalone with rose absolute buerre blance glazed dandalion, seared Qualicum Bay scallops with rose infused roasted wild walnut, BC white spot prawn dumplings with rose infused glazed wild onions, and rose absolute angel food cake with wild strawberry sabayon.

marvelous weave of food and history

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

What a lovely blog! I'm so glad to have found it and I'm definitely saving this recipe. The devil's own dip sounds fabulous.

Deana Sidney said...

Mags> it's good and only evil if you make it too often... I always add a little extra mustard... but then I love things hot!!!

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