Hello everyone!  Wether you are a New England Patriots Fan or a NY Giants of the most important parts of the game is the FOOD!  If you remember last year, I blogged the all american stuffed cheeseburger bread, which is still an awesome choice for a perfect super bowl tummy pleaser..............BUT.....we are taking sides this year!  One for each team!

I cannot think of a better choice for the Patriots than the fan fave of NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER!  This is a classic in New England, and I think this recipe brings new flavors that are bright and so much fun!  Give it a try as opposed to the same old chili!

I am from the North, very aware of NYC favorite foods....but, the one classic that has been a classic forever is the sausage and pepper sandwich!  BUT,,,,,,we are taking this to a new level as well, making this into a sausage patty and making amazing sliders!  Not your average slider might I add...ours has so many layers...........your mouth will dance in the end zone after every bite!

I guess our goal this year for your super bowl fun filled event is to have an end zone dance in your mouth after every bite no matter who you are routing for!!!!!!!!!!!  Check out these winning recipes!

New England Clam Chowder:  Yields 8 - 10 servings


2 large shallots chopped
3 T. minced garlic or to taste
olive oil
2/3 cup chopped pancetta
1 cup chopped fine carrots
1 cup chopped fine celery
1 cup chopped fine fresh fennel
2 T. chopped  fresh tarragon
1 T. chopped fresh thyme
3 medium yukon gold potatoes cubed in small bites
1 dozen fresh clams
2 cans whole clams or fresh frozen clams with juice, about 4 cups..frozen will need you to add 1 c. clam juice as well.
2 boxes seafood stock
1/2 stick of butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup white wine
1 32 oz. container of half and half
Salt and pepper to taste

In large pot, saute in the olive oil and butter the shallots, garlic,  carrots, celery, pancetta,  and fennel. Cook until transparent, about 5 min.   Add in flour and allow it to stick to the vegetables, this will thicken your soup as you cook.
Add in your wine and deglaze the bottom of the pan.  Add in all seafood stock and the potatoes and fresh herbs. 
Simmer on medium high for 10 minutes.  Add in the fresh clams and the canned with juice or frozen.  If you use frozen clams add an addition cup of clam juice. Simmer on medium for 20 minutes.  Continue stirring every few minutes to thicken.
Add in the half and half, salt and pepper to taste.  Continue to simmer for 5 more minutes...


10 small crusty slider rolls
1 T. sea salt
1 T. chopped fresh rosemary
1 T. olive oil.....................................**RESERVE THE LISTED TO NOW FOR YOUR ROLLS.

1 lb. sweet or hot fresh ground italian sausage that is seasoned
1 whole green pepper chopped fine
1 whole red pepper chopped fine
1/2 large onion chopped fine
1/2 cup grated fresh parmegiano reggiano cheese
1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce or Nanette's recipe.
1/4 c. of your favorite pesto sauce or Nanette's recipe
1 cup shaved sharp provolone cheese
10 slices proscuitto ham

Heat saute pan with olive oil and add onions, and peppers...saute until crisp, but, cooked.  About 4 minutes.  Add marinara sauce salt and pepper to taste and parmegiano cheese.  Put aside
Make small 2.5 by 2.5 inch wide thin sausage patties, salt and pepper each side and bake in the oven on 375 until done...about 5 minutes.  Do not over cook.  Finish the patties by topping with proscuitto han and teh provolone cheese.  Just melt the cheese and remove from the oven.
Slice each roll in half but, not completely, brush olive oil on the top and on the inside.  Put sea salt and rosemary on the top of the roll and the inside of the roll down on a baking sheet and toast in 375 oven still.
Remove rolls and assemble, put pepper and onion relish on bottom of the roll, add sausage, ham and cheese patty on top of the relish.  Add pesto on the other side of bun.  Close the bun and serve!  WAHOO.  This is a tasty bite of NYC!  ENJOY!

I have no favorites here ....Best of luck to both teams and may the Clam Chowder or the Sausage Sliders WIN!  GOOD LUCK BOYS!