So let's start with the wings...a bar/sports staple. We seasoned the wings with a little roasted garlic salt and some pepper, and placed them on a cooling rack, on top of a baking sheet. This helps get all sides of the chicken crispy, and lets some of the fat drip off. After about 10 minutes, we flipped the wings to make sure all sides were equally crispy.
While the chicken baked, we mixed together the sauce for our wings. We went with a coriander chutney for some spice, and mixed it with Greek yogurt for a little extra tang. Once the chicken was cooked through, we dunked them in the chutney/yogurt mixture. Back into the oven they went to crisp up again. Think of it like tandoori chicken...the yogurt and chutney bake into the chicken, the outside is nice and crispy, while the meat stays really juicy.
The wings cooked for another 15 minutes on each side. To the leftover sauce, we added a little cilantro, lime zest and lime juice to use as a dipping sauce for the wings. Once the wings came out of the oven, they got a sprinkling of cilantro and squeeze of lime juice.
Dish 1 down. Now on to dish 2...the "crack bread". Its basically a pull-apart bread with cheese and bacon. Think of it as an alternative to loaded potato skins. We started with a loaf of sourdough, cutting it horizontally and vertically, but not all the way through. You're making nooks for all the cheese and bacon to go. Rather than using bacon bits, we cooked up our own bacon. And the secret to it all is the melted butter mixed with a little bit of ranch dressing mix that gets drizzled over the entire loaf.
The recipe calls for slices of cheese, but I've found that shredded cheese is easier to sprinkle into all the nooks and crannies. Its best if you can have one person spread the bread apart while someone else sprinkles the cheese. Once you've distributed the cheese evenly, do the same with the bacon. Then you drizzle the butter/ranch mixture over the entire loaf. Pop it in the oven, wrapped in foil for about 15 minutes, and then another 10 minutes uncovered. What you're left with is a crusty, melty, savory finger food.
All 3 dishes came together rather quickly and with few dishes to clean up (my favorite kind of dishes!). Throw in a few beers, and you have the makings of a great Super Bowl spread!