Sunday, February 15, 2009

Super Bowl Charcuterie

In our household Superbowl Sunday ranks as one one of the best holidays of the year - both in terms of celebrating and eating!!!  This year, we opted to take finger food to a new level.  Why mess around with saucy wings and deep fried apps?  For the big game pitting the Steelers vs. the Cardinals, we went with a super charcuterie spread!!!  Here's what we put together:
Boschetto Al Tartufo - Love at first taste.  As soon as Henry cut us a piece, we had to have it.  One website called it crack cheese because it was so addictive. Made from cow's and sheep's milk combined with truffle, and aged just a few months.  The combo of the cheese and truffle are great together.  Sweet and savory 
with a garlicky truffle taste.  
Acapella from Andante Dairy - A soft-ripened goat cheese.  We weren't able to sample
 this one but were intrigued enough to get it any way.  Didn't disappoint.  Soft and flavorful.  Described  by the maker as "goat's milk singing without accompaniment."
Beechers Flagship - DD's favorite cheese of the day.  Flagship is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese with a uniquely robust, nutty flavor. It is carefully aged for one year under the watchful eye of the cheese maker to fully develop its complex flavor and ever-so-slight crumble. Went great with all of our accompaniments.  
Coppa - A traditional Neapolitan Italian salume made from pork shoulder and dry-cured whole.  Marbled, cured deliciousness.  
Sopressata - Salume made coarsely ground cuts of fresh pork.  More along the lines of a traditional salume but packed with a flavor explosion!!  DD's favorite meat.
Molinari Finocchiona - An all pork salume with whole fennel seed from Molinari & Son's in San Francisco.  Great dense flavors.   
Jamon Serrano - Translated as "mountain ham."  It's a thin sliced ham from the pig's leg.  Spain's most popular ham.  Totally delicious.
Billionaire's Bacon - Bacon baked with some brown sugar and transformed into a candy-like salty treat.  Next time I'm putting it on ice cream.
Foie Gras Mousse Pate - Smooth, creamy and tasty!!
Slow Cooked Caramelized Onions - Very simple, take some onions, slow cook for 4 hours and have yourself a sweet, healthy ingredient.  Now a house favorite.
Roasted Garlic - Nothing need be said here
Parmesan Cheese Crisps - Parmesan Reggiano grated and baked into cracker like crisps.  Another first time recipe that will be a house regular.
Dalmatia Fig Spread - From the BF.  We've been putting this on everything!
And also Cornichons, Whole Wheat Crackers, French Bagette & Crostini
To drink, Root Beer and Beer.
For dessert - Cookies and Rice Crispy Treats
What a day!!  The game was one for the ages.  Steelers won on a last minute touchdown.  The spread was epic on all fronts - variety, quality and taste.  Can't wait to do this again!!

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