Cooking With: Steamboat personal chef shares favorite Super Bowl Party tips, recipes
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Healthy, innovative and a dash of panache – it’s a culinary style personal chef Alex Forsythe knows well.
“I’ve dedicated my life to the life as a chef in the culinary arts, even if it’s been difficult breaking in,” said Forsythe, a private, freelance chef in Steamboat Springs.
Since the start of the Oklahoma native’s culinary career in 1995 at the Culinary Institute of America – along with the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris – food has been a part of his life that led him to set a new high standard in travel catering – on airplanes, trains and the high seas.
“I have a very busy personality,” he said. “I like to stay active and keep food on the table, so to speak.”
As a private chef, he runs a full-scale catering company for any event or occasion with themed meals and special requests.
And just in time for the Super Bowl, Forsythe has a few favorite recipes for both Eagles or Patriots fans and some decorating tips as well.
“During the Super Bowl, there will be the largest consumption of cheese, wings and beers nationally,” Forsythe said. “Sometimes, you want to have something else to eat besides the typical spread of ribs and smoked bologna.”
“Sometimes, I like to use AstroTurf for Super Bowl parties and use it as a place setting or table cloth,” Forsythe said.
To make an original football field for the party, he said to take a big piece of AstroTurf and then use white paper or tape for lines like a football field. Lastly, set the featured dishes on the new creation.
“It looks really cool and gives it that Super Bowl feel, and it’s just a $20 upgrade,” Forsythe added.
Ever heard of Super Bowl Squares?
See the steps below as the official way to play, according to superbowlsquares.org.
- Step 1: Start off with an empty 10-by-10 grid for 100 squares for people to choose from.
- Step 2: Then assign one team as the Eagles and the other as the Patriots – label one team as columns and one as rows.
- Step 3: Then have each player claim a square. Randomly assign numbers 0 through 9 to each column, followed by doing the same for each row. Now each square represents a specific score in the game based on the column and row numbers.
- Step 4: A winner will be determined at the end of the first, second and third quarters and final game score. The winner is determined by looking at the last number in each team’s score, and then matching those numbers on the grid and seeing which square intersects those two numbers.
An example would be if the score at halftime was Eagles 23, Patriots 14. The last number for the Eagles is 3, and the last number for the Patriots is 4. The square on the grid that has the Eagles with a number of 3 and Patriots score of 4 would be the winner.
Forsythe said the game could also contribute money toward a charity.
“Select an official mute person,” said Forsythe. “Sometimes the commercials are the best part, and you don’t want to miss them. So it helps to have someone in charge of that.”
Commercials, he explained, could be the basis of a Super Bowl trivia game.
An example he suggested includes: “What does the national survey say the best commercial will be?
Then, have a tally of what the group thinks will be the best commercial during the Super Bowl show.
And for a true win, Forsythe gave Explore Steamboat a few recipes to try that will surely impress any foodie in the group.
Give these recipes a try…
- You will need: pork shoulder roast
- Rinse well
- Pat dry
- Score with a sharp knife
- Season with pork rub – “Bad Byron’s Butt Rub works well too,” he said. “I use salt and pepper and a 1/2 bottle of Sriracha teamed with Butt Rub.”
- Smoke for two hours
- Wrap in foil and finish until the inside temperature measures 164 degrees on a meat thermometer.
- Serve with Hawaiian rolls.
Homemade Barbecue Recipe
- 1 cup bourbon
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons mild (dark) molasses
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon Dijon stone mustard
- 9 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke ( or use the drippings)
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 3 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 3 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
“I like to let it rest,” Forsythe said. “Resting allows flavors to meld, and by heating, you can make your sauce flavor pop. I like sauce on the side and often have other small spices ground for the truly epicurious.”
Tuna Poke Side Salad
- 1 quart of seaweed salad
- Enhance with sesame oil and Sriracha
- Team with tuna poke
- Garnish with dried seaweed or fresh
Give this elixir a try…
The “Clear and Calm”
This is 2 parts ginger beer and one part gin with a sprig of mint.
This is the opposite of the famous dark and stormy.
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