Super Bowl Sunday consistently ranks as the second highest day of food consumption in the United States, right behind Thanksgiving, according to the USDA.
So it’s no surprise that regional cuisine frequently gets wrapped up in the fervor of the competition.
This year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made a high-stakes wager with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Or at least there are a lot of calories at stake.
Why 46 orders of everything? Because it’s Super Bowl XLVI, of course. All of the food, incidentally, will make its way to area food banks.
The governors are certainly not the only ones to wager food on the outcome of the big game. To hold your own regional dish showdown, try some of the best New York- and Boston-inspired recipes from our Recipe Finder.
Big Apple Clam Chowder: Some Long Islanders still claim clam chowder as their own, though the version is vegetable soup-based rather than cream.
Matzoh Balls Without Schmaltz: Try honing this quintessential New York dish with this reduced-fat recipe.
Hot Dogs With Fixings: Use an electric frying pan instead of questionable water for these dogs. And feel free to add some onion sauce.
Spicy Dill Pickle Spears: These crispy spears are perfect with a pastrami sandwich.
Mark Furstenberg’s Rye Bread: For a really authentic Reuben or pastrami sandwich, start with home-made rye bread.
Broiled Boston Scrod With New England Egg Sauce: Egg sauces were brought over by British colonists and are still popular in New England.
New England Fish Chowder: This is a traditional chowder, but it can be used as a sauce for seared halibut.
Poached Mackerel Roll With Spiced Mayonnaise: Mackerel is a cheaper option to traditional lobster rolls.
Maple Baked Beans: Dark maple syrup adds a rich, sweet taste.
Lobster and Shrimp Rolls: The combination of the two shellfish gives the sandwich a unique flavor and texture.
Karen’s Whoopie Pies: This take on the New England phenomenon uses cocoa powder and a lot of sugar.
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