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Does It Have To Have Bacon To Be the Best Super Bowl Eats?

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There will be some delicious food in attendance this Sunday. Without bacon, can it be the best?

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Here I go again...writing with my stomach. Just because the Redskins aren’t in the Super Bowl doesn’t mean I can’t eat well during it!

Just a quick Tuesday poll/discussion:

Poll

Which Super Bowl dish gets your vote for #1 in the hood?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Bacon-wrapped (anything)
    (17 votes)
  • 50%
    Chicken wings (cooked properly of course)
    (44 votes)
  • 10%
    A homemade cheese dip
    (9 votes)
  • 4%
    Pigs-in-a-blanket
    (4 votes)
  • 14%
    Crab dip (I’m from Maryland...)
    (13 votes)
87 votes total Vote Now

Let’s come up with better ideas below, and can we have a legitimate argument about the right way to make wings? Let’s get this straight: they should be fried until crispy, dunked in a vat of your preferred sauce and then put over a grill flame to caramelize the sauce. Once plated, a proper shake is sprinkled on to finish the masterpiece. Carrots and celery are preferred, but let’s not waste a lot of ranch and blue cheese dip on the veggies.

Pigs-in-a-blanket are standard-bearers. In the house where I grew up, we called them Hogs-in-a-blanket, and we used full-size hot dogs wrapped in cheese beneath the “blanket.” As much as I love those, the wings still win.

Cheese dip is always great, but we can do better people! Even a solid beer and cheese mix out of a skillet on some money bread isn’t going to beat a proper wing.

The crab dip is a real toss-up. To me, a good crab dip is the best appetizer on earth—yes, better than the best wings—BUT it is not as universally loved as the wing. As a man of the people, I would never force my crab dip agenda on the masses.

As for bacon...let’s be honest: it makes everything better. When someone puts out a plate of apps that uses bacon as the main sell...it gets sold. I am rather fond of the Ritz cracker with the bacon and brown sugar on top that goes in the oven for a few minutes. Does it rise to the challenge of beating the best wing I have ever had?

I just don’t know. Sounds like I am going to have to enlist the help of some taste-testing friends.

Speaking of...Brent from Burgundy Blog is joining The Audible tonight for our “Offseason On the Brink” segment. We won’t let him leave without getting his take on this very, very important matter. See you guys on Facebook Live this evening at 9(ish).