Weekend Menu Planning: Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay - Which Team Has the Best Food?

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This Sunday, most people in the U.S will be watching the Super Bowl and probably indulging in some favorite foods while they watch. By now those who care about football know exactly which team they're cheering for, while those who care more about food know exactly what dishes they'll be making. If you want to add to the menu, it might be fun to serve something that's a traditional dish from Pittsburgh or Green Bay, so I've found some ideas to tempt you.

Whether or not you're actually planning to cook them though, I'd love to hear in the comments about which of these foods from Pittsburgh or Green Bay you think sounds the most appealing.

Photo of Isaly's Ham Sandwich and Barbecue Sauce
from Isaly's.com

Pittsburgh Scores with Isaly's Chipped Ham Barbecue Sandwiches

Ham barbecue sandwiches are one famous Pittsburgh food, and to be authentic, the ham should be Isaly's chipped ham. The signature Ham Barbecue Sandwich recipe is published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and features Heinz Ketchup, another famous Pittsburgh food, or you can buy your barbecue sauce from Isalys. For a slightly different take, I thought the recipe for Isaly's Chipped Chopped Ham Sandwich Casserole looked like something that would be a big hit at a Super Bowl party.

Photo of Beer and Cheese Fondue
from A Year of Slow Cooking

Green Bay Scores with Beer and Cheese Spread or Fondue

Everything I read about Green Bay food traditions mentioned the trilogy of cheese, bratwurst, and beer, so I thought this German Beer and Cheese Spread from the Wisconsin Cheese Board might be the perfect Super Bowl party food. For a slightly different take on beer and cheese, you could make the Slow Cooker Beer and Cheese Fondue from A Year of Slow Cooking.

Photo of Pittsburgh Cheese Steak Panini
from Panini Happy

Pittsburgh Scores with Primanti Brother's Sandwiches

All the sandwiches at Primati Brothers are topped with french fries, coleslaw, and tomatoes, and the logo of this famous sandwich even appears on the I (heart) Pittsburgh t-shirts. I didn't find the exact recipe for this famous sandwich online, but the Pittsburgh Cheese Steak Panini from Panini Happy comes close. Also there's more about Primanti's: The World's Greatest Sandwich at Good Food Stories.

Photo of Deep Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds
from Sunday Baker

Green Bay Scores with Deep Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds

With all the cheese factories in Wisconsin, it's a natural that cheese curds are one of the cheese head's favorite snacks. You can just eat cheese curds right out of the bag, but for a Super Bowl party can you imagine the deliciousness of these Deep Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds from Sunday Baker.

Photo of Devonshire Panini Bites
from Panini Happy

Pittsburgh Scores with the Turkey Devonshire Sandwich

Another favorite sandwich for Pittsburgh fans is the Turkey Devonshire Sandwich, a baked sandwich of layered bread, bacon, and sliced turkey, covered with with melted butter and cheese sauce and baked. Slightly less authentic but equally tasty are the Devonshire Panini Bites from Panini Happy, which I think look perfect for a Super Bowl party.

Photo of Homemade Wisconsin Bratwurst
from Macheesmo

Green Bay Scores with Wisconsin Bratwurst

Homemade Wisconsin Bratwurst from Macheesmo might have convinced me that I'm cheering for Green Bay! I also like the sound of Grilled Bratwurst with Onions and Peppers from Leite's Culinaria, Wisconsin-Style Bratwurst from The Paupered Chef, and Homemade Bratwurst from Seriously Good.

Still can't decide? Here are more options:

Pittsburgh Food for the Superbowl ~ from Good. Food. Stories
Five Things to do With a Cheese Curd ~ from Edible Antics
Plan Your Super Bowl Party with Wisconsin Cheese ~ from Wisconsin Cheese Board
Chicago and Wisconsin Eats ~ from The Girl Who Ate Everything

(Every week on BlogHer, we spotlight five recipes with a common theme for a feature called Weekend Menu Planning, hoping one of them might make it onto the menu at your house. You can find previous recipes shared by checking the Weekend Menu Planning Archives or clicking the tag Weekend Menu Planning.)

Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she's focused on creating low-glycemic recipes using fresh ingredients. Kalyn loves food but doesn't care about football and usually makes either Not Just for the Superbowl Chili or Shrimp and Macaroni Salad for the Denny family Super Bowl party.


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