Finally, it is time for the Super Bowl. The flip side to Thanksgiving, where delicious homemade full meals are served, Super Bowl Sunday is another great food day, albeit with less, shall we say, wholesome foods. Gone are the turkey and potato dishes with vegetable sides, replaced instead by greasy and fatty snackable treats. If Thanksgiving is the true start of the holiday season, perhaps Super Bowl Sunday is a fitting end.
Even though the Philadelphia Eagles lost and won't be appearing in this year's game, the Philly cheesesteak is still a timeless success. Deconstructed, its constituent ingredients can be served up party-style with a little forethought. Taking the idea one step further, it would be fun if members of the football viewing party could construct and make the distinctive sandwich on their own.
A tradition imported from Switzerland, the raclette party is an evolutionary step beyond fondue parties of the past. Adding the ability to grill meats and vegetables adds an extra dimension to the DIY party platter. The Raclette 'Rock'n Grill' from Trudeau provides service for eight people. Each partygoer gets their own dish and spatula that is used for heating cheese. On the top, guests can either use the nonstick grill or the more traditional granite top to heat up meat, vegetables, or bread.
While I'm not sure about how authentic of a cheesesteak you can produce with a raclette grill, the capability to come close certainly seems to be there. Remember, it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. And if we are talking about the eating of cheesesteaks, well then everybody comes out a winner.