What’s your favorite snack to munch on Super Bowl Sunday? Do you love to crunch on chips and dip? Or maybe the second those football-shaped brownies hit the table you’re calling a timeout? Perhaps you’re the one that creates that awesome “snackadium” to your friends’ amazement every year (we see you, we respect you). When it comes to gameday snacks, we all have our favorites, and according to the book Devoured by Sophie Egan, some snacks rise to the top.
So what do we eat? Egan says that chicken wings have surpassed pizza as America’s favorite Super Bowl food in recent years, and of the 48 million Americans who order in for the game, the National Restaurant Association reports that about two-thirds consider chicken wings a “must-have.” Wings appeal to both men (82%) and women (77%). So no matter who you’ve got coming over on February 5th, if they eat meat, it’s a safe bet they will enjoy a wing or three! If you want to round out your menu, pizza still ranks in the top three fan favorites, with the other most popular choices being chips and dip and, of course, beer. A football-shaped cookie or brownie never hurt anyone either, just sayin’.
The Super Bowl game isn’t just about the food, it also attracts viewers based on its own built-in fanfare and entertainment. A Facebook poll published in the January/February issue of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine said that while 36% of us show up to Super Bowl parties for the food, 33% are there for the commercials, 20% for the game and 11% can’t wait to watch that halftime show. So let’s go Gaga over these wings and break out the chips, because it’s game time!
Here’s why wings are an easy way to win over a crowd. You can make them about a hundred different ways and play around with glazes, seasonings and dipping sauces (Ranch! Bleu cheese! Frank’s RedHot!). This is perfect for a group where some like ‘em hot and some like ‘em … not. Make a double batch, spice up some, leave some mild and peace will be restored. Well, at least until the next penalty flag. So let’s get our wing game on and invite Humm Kombucha to the Super Bowl party with this crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Humm Kombucha Pomegranate Lemonade Chili Wings
For the chicken
2 pounds chicken wing drummettes
1 cup flour
1½ teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
For the glaze
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup minced red onion
2 garlic cloves, smashed
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 bottle Pomegranate Lemonade Humm Kombucha
2¼ teaspoons dijon mustard
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup water
Toppings (optional, add whatever looks good to you):
Sliced green onions
In small sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the red onion and smashed garlic cloves and sauté for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the red pepper flakes and cook another minute.
Whisk in the Pomegranate Lemonade Humm Kombucha, mustard and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, letting the sauce cook for about 30-40 minutes until reduced by half. (Make ahead tip: You can make the sauce up to this step as early as three days ahead and store in the fridge. Gently re-heat and add in cornstarch when ready to toss with the wings).
In the meantime, prepare the wings. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a cookie cooling rack over a sheet pan. Spray rack with olive oil cooking spray or wipe with a olive oil paper towel. In a large plastic bag, combine flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper. Add chicken wings in batches and shake bag. Remove wing from bag, shaking off all excess flour.
Place on rack, skin side up.
Bake for about 45 minutes until crispy and cooked through.
Remove garlic cloves and discard. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water until dissolved. Add to the warm sauce slowly and stir. Cook until the sauce thickens, then remove from the heat and set aside.
Once wings are crisp and cooked through, remove from oven and toss with glaze and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, cilantro and sliced jalapeño. Serve on a large platter with lots of napkins and more cold drinks! Lemon Ginger Humm Kombucha makes a great pairing as well as of course Pomegranate Lemonade.
Add toppings to the whole platter or let guests add their own: