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Published:January 30th, 2009 12:15 EST
The Super Bowl`s biggest food fundraiser serves Chicken Wings with Garlic Chips

The Super Bowl`s biggest food fundraiser serves Chicken Wings with Garlic Chips

By Rocco Loosbrock

Recently I had a conversation with Taste of the NFL (TNFL) who is celebrating its 18th year on fighting the issue of hunger in America. Taste of the NFL raises funds and awareness to help tackle hunger by offering everyone an opportunity to savor some of the action at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.


Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at Tropicana Field, Taste of the NFL is one of the premier events of Super Bowl weekend, hosting an average of 3,000 guests on the eve of the big game. Guests will feast on dishes made by nationally renowned chefs, sample select premium wines from the Gallo Wines family and mingle with all-time football greats.


Taste of the NFL brings everyone together to raise awareness and dollars to tackle hunger in America. Since 1992, TNFL has raised a total of more than $8 million for hunger-related charities, " said Wayne Kostroski, Taste of the NFL founder and executive director. This year, our exceptional team of chefs, players, sponsors and volunteers has a more important mission than ever as they raise funds to help battle the growing problem of hunger in America. "


Individual tickets to Taste of the NFL are available for $500, early entry VIP tickets are $600 and corporate tables with VIP amenities for 10 are $6,000. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, to purchase tickets or make a donation, visit  


Anthony Zallo has shared with us his Peppery Glazed Chicken Wings with Garlic Chips for the big game!

Garlic Chips
1/2 cup grapeseed oil (see page 178)
15  garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
Chicken Wings
4  pounds chicken wings
1/2 cup sesame oil
2  tablespoons minced garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2  cups cider vinegar
1 1/2  cups sugar
3  tablespoons cracked black pepper
5  garlic cloves, crushed
1  tablespoon red pepper flakes

Make the Garlic Chips:
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low
heat. Add the garlic and fry until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Using a
slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.
Make the Chicken Wings:
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
In a large bowl, combine the oil and minced garlic. Add the chicken wings and
turn to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the chicken wings on
the baking sheet in one layer and bake, turning once, until cooked through and
lightly browned, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, 1 cup water, the
cracked pepper, crushed garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then reduce
the heat and simmer until the mixture becomes syrupy, about 30 minutes. Transfer
the cooked chicken wings to a large bowl and toss with the glaze.
Divide the wings among 4 serving plates. Garnish with the garlic chips and serve immediately.

Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock

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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Bacon Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club