What a 49ers Fan Should Make for the Super Bowl
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Your Niners are headed to New Orleans, so here’s what you should make when you watch them from home
This year, without having to worry about the New York Giants getting in their way, the 49ers have become the NFC champions. On Feb. 4 they’ll face off against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, and if you’re not lucky to be at the game, you’re probably going to be celebrating at home with lots of good food and drinks.
If you want to serve up a San Francisco specialty, this cioppino recipe is a great one to try. A fisherman’s seafood specialty, the stew made its name in the 1800's in the northern part of San Francisco, where Italian and Portuguese settlers called home. The dish is loosely labeled “seafood” stew, because it was made from whatever was brought in from the sea that day. This recipe calls for a white fish, clams, mussels, and shrimps, but feel free to swap in some of your other seafood favorites. If you’re feeling ambitious, making two or three batches of the stock wouldn’t be a bad idea either, because you could always keep some frozen on hand to have ready for whatever catch of the day you bring home from the store.
Click here to see the Seafood Cioppino Recipe
Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce
Super Bowl LV Should Convince San Francisco 49ers To Make Deshaun Watson Push
HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 03: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans in action against the Tennessee . [+] Titans during a game at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
With the dust having settled on Super Bowl LV, teams now preparing to retool their rosters this offseason in the hope of contending for a Lombardi Trophy in 2021 will have taken lessons from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rout of the Kansas City Chiefs. There are two different ways the San Francisco 49ers' brass might have looked at last week's blowout, and the line of thinking they take could influence a potential pursuit of Deshaun Watson.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan might have watched with frustration as the Buccaneers crushed the Chiefs through the same gameplan the Niners almost prevailed with a year ago, swarming Patrick Mahomes with a ferocious pass rush while playing complementary football and not putting too much on the quarterback.
Indeed, had the 2019 49ers faced the same banged-up Kansas City offensive line the Bucs met, San Francisco likely would have prevailed emphatically.
Shanahan could have taken the Bucs' win as affirmation that he does not need a massive upgrade at quarterback to get the Niners back in contention for a Super Bowl.
However, before Tom Brady's Super Bowl MVP performance, 49ers general manager John Lynch said he is "haunted" by not selecting Mahomes in the first round of the 2017 draft — per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News — having attended his spectacular pro day as a "smokescreen".
The Niners should learn their lesson from that mistake and take what they witnessed from the Bucs as confirmation of the need to improve on Garoppolo this offseason.
Had Garoppolo ran the Niners offense with the same efficiency in Super Bowl LIV that Brady did last Sunday – particularly in the first half – San Francisco might already have its sixth Super Bowl title. While Brady's performance wasn't spectacular, it illustrated the difference between the two.
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TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers holds the Lombardi Trophy . [+] after the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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With the game on the line, Garoppolo could not make the throws necessary to secure a championship for the 49ers. Brady was never put in a position where the game was on the line, but he was decisive and accurate in making the required throws to get the Bucs in a commanding position at halftime.
The Niners had the opportunity to sign Brady last offseason and passed. That chance is gone, but there is a clear window for the 49ers to land a significant upgrade under center this time around by adding a quarterback who performed at a comparable level to both Mahomes and Brady in 2020 with a substantially worse supporting cast.
A report from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Friday indicated the Niners are on the list of teams Watson is "intrigued by" as he seeks to force an exit from the Houston Texans.
Leading the league in both passing yards (4,823) and yards per attempt (8.9) in 2020, Watson finished fifth in Football Outsiders' Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement, behind Mahomes in first and Brady in third.
He was also fifth in Ben Baldwin's Expected Points Added + Completion Percentage Over Expectation composite metric (EPA + CPOE), sandwiching Mahomes in fourth and Brady in sixth.
Since his rookie season in 2017, Watson is fifth in EPA + CPOE. Mahomes is first with Brady seventh and Garoppolo eighth.
On the surface there may not appear to be a huge difference between Watson and Garoppolo.
Yet the fact Watson has consistently performed at the level of a top-five quarterback with a bad offensive line that allowed him to be sacked a league-high 62 times in 2018 and a defense that ranks 29th in EPA per play allowed since 2017—with his best season coming after losing DeAndre Hopkins in an explicable trade—is illustrative of how high his ceiling could be playing in Shanahan's quarterback-friendly offense.
What a 49ers Fan Should Make for the Super Bowl - Recipes
The Kansas City Chiefs were stunned after their 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, but even more so, they were surprised at the how the referees called the game.
During the 49ers' matchup with the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, referees only called nine penalties throughout the game. Only four calls went against the Chiefs for 24 yards, while the 49ers were penalized five times for 45 yards.
On Sunday, the referees called 15 total penalties for 159 yards, which was a stark contrast to last year. The Chiefs were stung for 11 of those calls for 120 yards. After the game, defensive tackle Chris Jones noted the difference between the two games.
“I was very surprised,” Jones said. “This is the Super Bowl. Usually you let the guys play especially in the biggest game of the year. Penalties changed the game. We had penalties for 100 yards. That speaks volumes, especially in the biggest game of the year.
“Penalties affect the game one thousand percent. What can I say. We got a lot of penalties called on us today.”
In Super Bowl LIV, the 49ers headed into the locker room at the half after George Kittle was called for offensive pass interference. The penalty negated a 42-yard play that would have set Robbie Gould up for an easy field goal and a 13-10 lead.
Chiefs safety Daniel Sorenson was covering Kittle on that play. While he was not called for a penalty in Super Bowl LV, many of his defensive teammates were, which kept drives alive for the Buccaneers.
“I don’t know if I can say I was surprised or not,” Sorenson said. “It is what it is, and there’s nothing you can do as a player other than just do your job. You play your techniques and sometimes the calls don’t go your way.
“The calls were called and there’s nothing we can control about that.”
In 2019, the Chiefs were called for defensive holding 18 times for 87 yards during the regular season, which was the highest in the league. They also were called 11 times for defensive pass interference, costing them 250 yards, the third-highest in the league.
Things did not change much in 2020 as the Chiefs racked up 17 defensive pass interference calls -- the third-most in the NFL -- for 244 yards, and 10 defensive holding calls for 49 yards, which also was the third-most in the league. This season, however, the calls were consistent in the final game of the season.
“It definitely affects it,” Mahomes said. “When you have penalties in football games, especially when you’re struggling and you’re a playing a really good defense, it’s hard to continue to keep drives going and get in the end zone.
“You don’t want to say it affects you but you go out there and you play your heart out. You just want to go out there and try to find a way to win and try to stay away from those penalties.”
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Of course the penalty from the 49ers' loss in Super Bowl LIV that incensed 49ers fans the most was the lack of an offensive holding call on Nick Bosa late in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs were facing 3rd-and-15. It kept the Chiefs' drive alive, leading to a touchdown to put Kansas City within three points of the 49ers.
The Chiefs getting a dose of their own medicine might ease the pain just slightly for the 49ers and their fans, but until a sixth Lombardi Trophy resides in Santa Clara, the bitter taste never will really disappear.
10 reasons the 49ers can reach the Super Bowl again this season, and win
Broncos' Andre Caldwell, 12 warms up before the start as the Denver Broncos prepare to take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sun. February 7, 2016. Michael Macor / The Chronicle 2016
How do I love the 49ers&rsquo chances of winning the Super Bowl this season? Let me count the ways.
No Red Hole: With no fans in the stands, the 49ers won&rsquot be embarrassed by big clumps of empty seats, especially in the Red Hole VIP section behind the visitors&rsquo bench. Even last season there were empty seats. Now nobody has to wonder, &ldquoIf 49ers&rsquo fans are so faithful, why don&rsquot they come out of their Tequila bunkers to watch their team play football?&rdquo
That brutal sun: Yes, the Levi&rsquos Stadium sun is our friend! Because this stadium is Death Valley North, the 49ers beg for late games. But they still have four home games that start before 1:30 p.m., including Sunday&rsquos opener, when the visiting Cardinals will get to bake on the sunny side of the field. This is thanks to Jim Harbaugh, whose lasting gift to the 49ers was demanding that his team&rsquos owners change the original stadium plans and move the 49ers out of the sizzling sun on the east sideline and over to the shady west side.
Kyle&rsquos got style: Kyle Shanahan was voted the NFL coach most likely to be mistaken for a skateboarder, and that&rsquos not a bad thing. Shanahan earns a lot of cred from his players for his casual-hip personality and style. But there&rsquos a lot more there than cool sneakers. Trent Williams told me, &ldquoHe&rsquos an authentic motivator, everything&rsquos organic, there&rsquos no rah-rah with him, and without even raising his voice, you&rsquore kind of ready to run through a wall for him.&rdquo
Kyle Juszczyk, UFO: A fullback. Fullbacks are as rare in the NFL as shortstops. In fact, Juszczyk is one of the few fullbacks in captivity. Opposing teams are confused. They can&rsquot spell his name or defend him. Teammates call him Juice, apparently because he likes orange jusz.
Dee&rsquos knees aim to please: Dee-fensive end Dee Ford&rsquos playing time was severely limited last season due to bad knees, especially the left. In the offseason he underwent &ldquoextensive cleanup&rdquo of that knee. You picture the surgeon reaching into the knee joint, pulling out objects and flinging them over his shoulder. Hey, Dee, here&rsquos your car keys! With all that junk removed from Dee&rsquos knee, opposing quarterbacks won&rsquot hear him coming.
Kneelers gonna kneel: Players around the league will be protesting for social justice this season. Teams will face internal conflicts. No team is better equipped to handle that with sensitivity than are the 49ers. Shanahan has indicated his acceptance and support for protests, and he&rsquoll get backup from generaal manager John Lynch and team boss Jed York. In the locker room, there&rsquos plenty of leadership to head off any division. When Nick Bosa was drafted and came under fire for his social-media history, his biggest defender was teammate Richard Sherman.
Kittle as sidekick: In the old Western movies and TV shows, every handsome cowboy hero had a sidekick, usually a good-hearted goofball. That&rsquos George Kittle, sidekick to six-gun cowboy Jimmy Garoppolo. Kittle keeps Garoppolo loose, reminds him that they&rsquore playing a game. Bonus: Kittle can play a little football.
Shredded Beef Tacos – This shredded beef is made in a slow cooker, and it is really easy to make a big batch for a party. The beef is tender, slightly spicy, and easy to shred after slow cooking it for 6 hours.
Steak Chili – Loaded with tender chunks of beef, bell peppers, onion, garlic, black beans, kidney beans, and tomatoes this is a healthier Super Bowl food option. Or… you can be a bit more indulgent and add cheese, sour cream, and other toppings.
Bacon Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese – This incredible macaroni and cheese recipe combines that tastes of two of America’s most iconic foods: cheeseburgers and macaroni and cheese. And it incorporates bacon too!
Chicken Chimichangas with Poblano Cream Sauce – Store-bought rotisserie chicken gets shredded up and rolled up in tortillas with rice, beans, and sautéed onions, baked, and then covered in a spicy smoky poblano cream sauce.
Pork and Mozzarella Sandwiches – These sandwiches are made with pork that is slow cooked in tomato sauce, which made the pork incredibly flavorful and tender.
Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos – Perhaps one of the most delicious food mashups out there, these cheeseburgers are served in tortillas and are topped with bacon, animal sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and pickles.
Roast Beef Sandwich Sliders – The combination of caramelized onions, blue cheese, spinach, and mustard loads these roast beef sliders with flavor. These sliders are easy to make in a big batch, so they are perfect party food.
Super Bowl food: Best recipes for your party, with snacks from Kansas City, San Francisco and Miami
We are a day away from Super Bowl LIV as the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are preparing to face off for a chance at the title and the Lombardi Trophy. When it comes to the Super Bowl, some fans are drawn in to the game itself, others are mostly excited to watch the ads that companies spend millions on, and some are just there for the food at parties.
No matter your interest, food tends to be at the center of the biggest Sunday in sports.
With the Super Bowl taking place in Miami this year and the teams jetting in from Missouri and California, here are some foods from the three areas, as well as some classics, to have at your Super Bowl party or to bring to a LIV celebration. These recipes will not only impress your guests with taste and presentation, they'll also be so on-theme.
Cuban-style ropa vieja: If you want to give a nod to the Miami flair of the Super Bowl, Cuban-style ropa vieja is a good place to start. This flavorful dish is easy to make with this recipe from Alwaysorderdessert.com and will switch things up from ordinary tailgate food.
Cuban black bean-and-rice mojo burgers, mango slaw, garlic tostones: Want to serve burgers with a Miami twist? This recipe from HalfBakedHarvest.com provides a game-day classic dish that just so happens to be meatless. This burger is perfect for the vegetarians in the group, since many dishes on Super Bowl Sunday tend to involve meat, but it is also one even meat-lovers will enjoy. It's accompanied by a tropical slaw and tostones, instead of your typical chips.
Kansas City-inspired recipes
Kansas City baked beans: These are the perfect side to any Super Bowl meal. The unique flavor comes from brisket burnt ends. Here is an easy-to-follow recipe from TheSpruceEats.com.
Kansas City-style barbecue: For the meat lovers in the group, Kansas City-style barbecue is the way to go. While many true carnivores denounce the use of ketchup on BBQ, if you want to honor Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has an obsession with the condiment, get that ketchup out. This recipe for Kansas City-style ribs from KevinIsCooking.com is sure to be a party hit.
San Francisco-inspired recipes
Clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl: Sourdough bread is a favorite around the San Francisco area. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl is a Bay Area staple and a delicious addition to the festivities. This ChristinasCucina.com recipe is the perfect dish to serve up to guests.
Ghirardelli-stuffed brownie sundaes: Ghiradelli was founded in San Francisco, so it is only fitting to have a dessert based around their chocolate. MyBakingAddiction.com has a stuffed brownie sundae using Ghirardelli chocolate that will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.
Classic Super Bowl foods
A Super Bowl party would seem empty without these classics. Grab some chips and salsa, of course, but if you are looking to make something a bit more involved than that, here are some recipes to serve up for the big day.
Wings: To bring up football without bringing up wings seems against everything we stand for, so wings are a must for the party. Delish.com has a classic Buffalo-style recipe that will keep you from waiting forever for delivery from a local spot for the SB staple.
Slow-cooker Chex Mix: If you need something to nervously munch on as you watch your team in the most highly anticipated game of the year, this slow-cooker Chex Mix recipe from Delish.com is just the thing.
Pigs in a blanket: One of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite foods is Chicago-style hot dogs, and while this is not exactly that, it's the next best thing. Pigs in a blanket is just the crowd-pleaser you need to complete the menu.
San Francisco Treats vs. Kansas City Eats: A Super Menu Match-Up
Kansas City and San Francisco aren’t merely NFL powerhouses, they also happen to be two of the most storied food towns in America—with vastly different cuisines. KC is the undisputed BBQ capital of the Midwest, while the City by the Bay is a Michelin-adored globe-spanning melting pot. Since the Super Bowl is as much about football as it is about feasting, we relished the opportunity to celebrate the culinary prowess of both cities with regional-specific menus for the big game.
The local eats and drinks featured below are sure to satisfy not only supporters of the Chiefs and 49ers, but also viewers who have no allegiance to either team but are simply foodie fanatics.
Kicking things off (by virtue of the ceremonial coin toss) is a menu inspired by the stick-to-your-ribs dining tradition of Kansas City.
A season removed from 4-12, the Niners seem to have found something sustainable with coach Kyle Shanahan, general manager John Lynch and a roster loaded with young talent. And, at least to some prominent football voices, having the Niners back in the mix has helped make the league whole again.
"It makes people watch," Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young said. "You need these iconic franchises like Green Bay, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, because it brings in the whole country.
"We've been so many fits and starts that I've forgotten how important that really is. It anchors the league in some ways to the West Coast. . I think having a West Coast presence in the NFL is important. We're unbalanced otherwise. I think because the 49ers have the most history, they're the ones who can have the biggest effect and have the strongest weight. It really does make a big difference."
15 Super Bowl party recipes everyone will love
Rooting for your team to win the Super Bowl can be nerve-racking hosting a Super Bowl party shouldn’t be. Stick to the classics and make game day foods that appeal to everyone.
Here are the Super Bowl cooking questions I get every year and the recipes that answer them:
Should I make something from the teams’ home cities? If so, what?
It’s not necessary, but go for it if you can. This year, I’d recommend cioppino for the 49ers and baby back ribs for Kansas City.
Is there anything better to munch on than Chex Mix?
I prefer Crispix Arare. It’s as crunchy as salty cereal mixes, but a little sweet, too, and very munchable.
What’s the best way to make nacho sauce from scratch?
Homemade nacho sauce tastes way better than jarred, especially when the recipe comes from chef Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish. His fully loaded nachos coat chips with beef picadillo, pinto beans, pickled chiles, avocado-tomatillo salsa, and pico de gallo.
What about something to put on a cracker?
You can’t do better than pimento cheese spread on Ritz crackers.
I want cheesy goodness but I have some dairy-free friends coming.
This vegan artichoke-spinach version of cheesy artichoke dip is just as rich and tasty for the dairy averse.
Burgers are my go-to game food. What do I do for friends who don’t eat meat or bread?
Spoil yourself and start with these classic burgers smothered with sauteed onions and melty cheese. Then, make plant-based burgers for meatless guests and this Thai-style burger in lettuce cups for gluten-free ones.
I’m more of a wing man. Buffalo-style is great, but are there other options that are as spicy and awesome?
Chipotles in adobo make these grilled ones super hot and gochujang gives this Korean fried chicken a deep sugary heat.
Am I supposed to serve dessert at a Super Bowl party?
I always like to offer homemade sweets to anyone in my house at any time. For game day, I’d go with beloved standards like rice krispie treats with burnt marshmallows and big, fat chocolate chunk cookies. For gluten-free friends, you can’t go wrong with these buckwheat brownies.
The Super Bowl favorite food map remains decadent and depraved
Last year, Google Trends released a map that allegedly showed the most popular Super Bowl snacks in every state, based on Internet searches. It was less a revelation about regional football watch-party habits and more a journey into the heart of darkness. Yes, there were wings and buffalo-chicken dip, but Massachusetts wanted to know more about gluten-free pretzels, Mississippi had granola bars on the menu and Montanans were googling recipes for lentil soup, because no Super Bowl party is complete without an earthy bowl of hot legume water.
With the caveat that such maps are, for the most part, utter malarkey, there is another, similar map floating around the Internet, one that appears to have first been published in 2018. And while more states, according to that map, apparently are interested in according-to-Hoyle Super Bowl foods such as chili (nine of them) or various dips (10), others insist on being complete weirdos.
Alaska: Dill pickle with beef dip
Until, oh, about 30 minutes ago I did not know this was a thing. But a quick Google search (which probably wrecked D.C. for next year’s Google Trends Super Bowl food map) shows that it is very much a thing. The first result, from a blog called An Affair From the Heart, asks in its lengthy windup to the actual recipe: “You know those dill pickle wraps? The ones with the dried beef, the cream cheese and the dill pickle in the middle? You wrap them, and slice them into little delicious 'sushi roll’ looking bites of yumminess. They are a hit at all of the parties!”
Dear Alaskan reader, I do not know those dill pickle wraps. Frankly, they sound horrifying, even if dill pickles are the undisputed heavyweight champion of the pickle world (bread-and-butter pickles are garbage pickles). Most recipes for dill pickle with beef dip call for just three main ingredients: cream cheese, dried beef and pickles, though there are variants that add garlic, sour cream and/or green onions. Someone, somewhere (Alaska, its residents succumbing to the madness created by its numbing geographic isolation?) thought to take these three disparate foodstuffs and combine them into what I can only imagine is the sourest, saltiest trinity in all of food. Nope.