Snack Bowl Showdown: Seattle and New England-Inspired Recipes for Game Day

January 27, 2015
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Seattle and Boston, the home cities of Sunday’s Super Bowl contenders, are also both crowd-pleasing food towns, too. From Seattle’s famous coffee and smoked salmon to Boston’s iconic clam chowder and baked beans, there’s no shortage of must-try signature foods in either city. 

Looking to bring a bit of New England or Seattle to your Super Bowl party? We asked the editors and publishers of Edible Seattle, Edible Boston, Edible Rhody and Edible Pioneer Valley (in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties in Massachusetts) for some Game Day recipe inspiration. Here’s what they shared.

If you're a Seahawks fan...


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Za’atar Spiced Crispy Chick Peas
Edible Seattle

The Palouse region in Eastern Washington leads the nation in chick pea production, and these are an addictive party snack with plenty of delicate crunch. If you’re not familiar with za’atar, it’s a relative of the thyme plant that grows wild in Israel. In the U.S., it’s most commonly seen blended with sumac, sesame seeds and salt for a slightly tart, savory seasoning that’s known by the same name as the herb.

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Chèvre with Honey and Lavender
Edible Seattle

Goats thrive in the wide open spaces of the Pacific Northwest. Left to marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or two, honey-soaked goat cheese takes on a little sweetness, the perfect complement to its natural tang. Serve with fruit, nuts, and slices of a fresh baguette.

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White Bean Fennel and Winter Herb Bruschetta
Edible Seattle

Whidbey Island in Washington produces a treasured bean called the Rockwell, but in such small quantities that this recipe instead calls for white beans. Serve this wine-soaked white bean mixture on garlic-rubbed toasts, stuff it into pita, or pile it next to a salad.

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Deviled Eggs With Sorrel Pesto
Edible Seattle

Sorrel looks like little elongated spinach leaves, but its bright, lemony flavor packs a punch, and the emerald green is a nod to the Seahawks colors. Whirl it into a quick pesto, and secret it between the white and yolk of a deviled egg for an herby surprise in each bite. 

If you're a New England fan...


Tallulah’s Carne Asada Tacos
Edible Rhody

Bust out of the chili, wings and light beer rut with these tacos—amazing taste, fun to eat, and the perfect fan food.

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Lineage Lobster Chowder
Edible Boston

Nothing’s quite as New England as a belly-warming bowl of chowder, and it’s the perfect Game Day starter. This creamy lobster chowder gets its rich flavor from a creamy base along with thin-cut bacon strips.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Chips
Edible Pioneer Valley

Roasted butternut squash chips are a great way to use up all the winter squash that’s in season. Plus they’re a healthier alternative to potato chips or other fried fare typically served at Super Bowl parties.

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Corn & Poblano Hush Puppies
Edible Rhody

Here’s a new formation for your Super Bowl culinary offense: hushpuppies. Almost nothing goes better with beer, and they bring a welcome note of summer corn flavor for mid-winter revelry.