Packers vs. Steelers – Who Tastes Better?

February 2, 2011

Ok sports fans, this Sunday is what we wait for all year long – a battle of good (the Packers) vs. evil (the Steelers) for the championship in American-style football.  Of course there’s always the risk it will be a snooze-fest by the second quarter, but luckily the game itself isn’t the only tradition that occurs that day.  Food is a big part of the experience, and here are some ways to support one team or the other (or both) by chowing down on some hometown grub.

What They Eat in Green Bay, Wisconsin:

  • Cheese, obviously.  Cheese can be used in a multitude of ways for Super Bowl snacking – on crackers, as a dip, on tortilla chips, etc. And Rick Bayless has a good use for it as well, previously posted here.

  • Bratwurst.  Wisconsin has a large population of German descent, and these delicious pork products are full of flavor. Authentic bratwurst is a fresh sausage which must be cooked thoroughly before eating, so visit your local butcher for some.  Treat them like a hot dog, for the most part, but avid Wisconsinites have a couple of rules:  1. Do not serve bratwurst on a hot dog bun!  Brats are eaten on a brat bun (hard to find outside of America’s Dairyland, so improvise with a hard roll or Italian roll or something similar).  2.  Do not put yellow mustard on a brat!  It is an abomination.  The classic mustard for brats is spicy brown, but Dijon is also nice.

  • Potato pancakes.  German influence here again, and these are a great accompaniment to bratwursts.

  • Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup.  You know, we may have to take culinary journey to Wisconsin one of these days.  That dish sounds downright delicious; apparently it’s one of the most well-known Wisconsin culinary creations.  Here’s a link for a recipe – let us know if you try it!

  • Apple Kuchen.  A German twist on old-fashioned apple pie, it features a streusel topping (a crumb topping of butter, flour, and sugar).  And of course, topping that with a slice of Wisconsin cheddar wouldn’t be a bad idea. 

What They Eat in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

  • The Devonshire Sandwich.  This open-face sandwich was invented here Pittsburgh by Frank Blandi in 1936 at the Stratford Restaurant. It features turkey or chicken with bacon, topped with a cheese sauce and baked in the oven.  Yum.

  • Isaly’s Chipped Ham.  By far one of Pittsburgh’s most famous foods, this thinly-sliced ham made its debut in 1933 at Isaly’s, a local family chain of dairy/convenience stores. It’s a mixture of ham chunks and trimmings and seasonings, ground together and then packaged into loaves (by chipping the meat extremely thin, the meat is more tender and has more flavor than if it is sliced thickly).You can have it shipped to you anywhere in the country!

  • Primanti Brothers’ Sandwich.  A Pittsburgh tradition since 1933, the Primanti Bros. sandwich is basically a ham and cheese sandwich with tomatoes and mayo.  Then it’s topped with coleslaw.  Then French fries.  And therein lies its uniqueness.  Those steelworkers must work up quite an appetite!

  • Cabbage Rolls (Golabki).  A very much loved (even revered) dish in Pittsburgh, with Polish origins.  Cabbage leaves are filled with rice, ground beef, seasoning salt, bacon, and onions. They are then baked on top of sauerkraut and kielbasa in a tomato soup-like sauce.  Sounds like the perfect side dish for a chipped ham sandwich!

  • Clark Bars and Klondike Bars.  Clark Bars are similar to Butterfingers, and named after its creator David L. Clark, founder of the D. L. Clark Company, a Pittsburgh candy company.  Klondike Bars were created by Isaly’s, the same company famous for the chipped ham. They have been in Steeler Country since 1922.

So that’s the scoop.  Let us know if you come up with some super Super Bowl dishes.  Let’s go Cheeseheads! (Hey, it’s the Mouse House Kitchen, right?)  Enjoy.                                           



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