This Sunday (Feb. 5), the New England Patriots are set to take on the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI. As opposed to the Falcons, the Patriots are an NFL powerhouse, set to make their ninth appearance in the Super Bowl. For fans of the Patriots, an appearance in the Super Bowl is the natural end to a good season. They last appeared in (and won!) the big game just two years ago for Super Bowl XLIX.
If you’re a Patriots fan, or just someone who happens to hail from or love New England, including a few dishes from that region is a natural way to spice up your Super Bowl menu. As opposed to the Southern food that Falcons fans are sure to enjoy, a New-England-centric menu means seafood and classic American dishes. To honor the Patriots, add these three menu items to your Super Bowl spread:
The New England Patriots may represent the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, but let’s get real here… their home city is Boston. Boston’s love of baked beans is so deep that it goes back to the colonial days and led to the city’s most famous nickname: Beantown. Mixed with New England maple syrup and bacon, Boston baked beans are an easy party food to cook up in massive amounts and will be perfect for a New England theme.
For 19 ways to jazz up your baked beans, click here.
Saturday Night Live said it best: Bostonians frickin’ love Dunkin’ Donuts. Channel that doughnut chain by frying up your own batch of doughy, jelly-filled pastries for your Super Bowl party. Making your own doughnuts may sound like a production, but with oil heated to just the right temperature and the right tools, it’s shockingly easy (and satisfying).
For the jelly doughnut recipe, click here.
There’s one food that is everywhere (and slightly cheaper) in New England: the lobster roll. Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are all hot beds for this delicious sandwich. A seafood salad made of poached lobster, mayonnaise, butter, and scallions sits inside a buttery, perfectly toasted hot dog bun. Is your mouth watering yet? If not, try making one of these decadent subs yourself. You won’t regret it.
For the Fenway Park Lobster Roll recipe, click here.