Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Vikings Opponent-Themed Dishes: Part 1

Before the season started it was determined we would make opponent themed foods for each of the Vikings games this year.  I can't remember who came up with the idea, but I ran with it.  Here is the break-down of the first 8 weeks of the season.

Week 1 vs. San Fransisco
Chili in sourdough bread bowls.  Boudin Bakery has been making fresh sourdough daily since 1849.
Result: Vikings 24 - 49ers 16
 Week 2 at Green Bay
Beer brats with onions and mustard.  Brats were first brought to the US from Germany in the 1950s and debuted at Milwaukee County Stadium.  They took off across the US, but remain especially popular in Wisconsin.
Result: Vikings 29 - Packers 29 (a freaking tie!)
 Week 3 vs Buffalo
Beef of weck.  A german immigrant created the kummelweck roll in Buffalo, NY, featuring a coating of sea salt and caraway.  The sandwich was invented sometime in the mid 19th century.
Result: Vikings 6 - Bills 27
Week 4 at Los Angeles
French Dip. Two LA restaurants claim to have invented this in the early 1900's, but Philippe's seems to have gained the most fame.
Result: Vikings 31 - Rams 38
Week 5 at Philidelphia
Philly Cheesesteak: Created by Pat Olivieri in the early 1930's.  We went with the cheez whiz preparation.
Result: Vikings 23 - Eagles 21
Week 6 vs Arizona
Chimichangas: Invented in 1922 when a Tuscon restaurant owner accidentally dropped a burrito in to a deep fryer.
Result: Vikings 27 - Cardinals 17
Week 7 at New York
Reuben Sandwich: The origin is up for debate, but Reuben's Deli claims it was created in 1914 in New York's upper east side.
Result: Vikings 31 - Jets 17
Week 8 vs New Orleans
Gumbo: Originated in Louisiana in the early 18th century.  There are many variants today. Here is the recipe I used.
 Result: Vikings 20 - Saints 30
8 more regular season games, 1 bye week, and an unknown post season run to go.

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