Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Super Bowl Spotlight: the Pittsburgh Steelers

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers who just won their way into Super Bowl XLV! (If you know that's Super Bowl 45, one bonus point!)

The Steelers won their last Super Bowl two years ago and are looking for more hardware to add to the trophy case of the NFL's most decorated franchise. They have already won 6 Super Bowls and 8 Conference Championships, more than any other team in the league. The team is still owned by the Rooney Family who founded the team in 1933.

How have the Steelers and their fans summoned the strength to be a perennial powerhouse in the hard-hitting NFL? With some of the best and heartiest food in the country, that's how. Pittsburgh is home to some iconic American food brands, ranging from Heinz Ketchup, to Clark Bars, Klondike Bars, Isaly's Chipped Ham and Iron City Beer. Pittsburgh also has some serious sandwich cred- the open-faced turkey sandwich, aka the Devonshire, was invented here and so was the all-in-one sandwich with french fries and slaw from Primanti Brothers.

To find the best recipes in honor of the Steelers' Super Bowl run, we powered up the FoodPair search engine and found some great options celebrating the best of Pittsburgh.

Hot Turkey Sandwiches with Sherry Gravy
The open-faced turkey sandwich debuted in Pittsburgh in 1936.
Ingredients in this recipe: scallion, butter, sage, all-purpose flour, sherry, chicken broth, sourdough bread, turkey breast

Sweet-Hot BBQ Tater Fries
Enjoy these fries Steelers-style with Heinz Ketchup or on a sandwich!
Ingredients in this recipe: olive oil, rosemary, brown sugar, yam (or baking potato), cayenne pepper, garlic powder

Smoked Ham Sandwiches with Marinated Peppers & Onions
Celebrate Pittsburgh's ham tradition with a great sandwich.
Ingredients in this recipe: garlic, dried oregano, green bell pepper, Cheddar cheese, sherry vinegar, yellow bell pepper, white onion, baguette, provolone cheese, smoked ham, green leaf lettuce, whole grain mustard

Chocolate-Peppermint Ice Cream Cake
This is like a Klondike Bar, just with peppermint and super-sized!
Ingredients in this recipe: chocolate, butter, whipping cream, bittersweet chocolate, light corn syrup, peppermint extract, peppermint candy, vanilla ice cream, chocolate wafer cookies

Let's get cooking!

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