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Super Bowl on toast: Salmon for Seattle, omelet for Denver

The Food Dude offers Super Bowl-themed recipes on toast.
by Dave Cathey Published: January 29, 2014

Like so many things, the Super Bowl's dream matchup is relative.

Sunday's game, to be played in New Jersey, pits the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, meaning the NFL's top offense and defense will go toe-to-toe.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and his band of merry millionaires couldn't ask for a purer matchup for their league's biggest prize.

This was the game I wanted to see, but it isn't the game I wanted for planning my traditional spread highlighted by foods made famous in the cities represented on Super Sunday.

Both Denver and Seattle boast vibrant dining scenes, and boast cultures dyed in the local, sustainable wool. But let's face it, Denver is known for its premium microbrews, and Seattle is known for expensive coffee and fish being flung around like Frisbees.

Denver is home to many acclaimed eateries, but the only dish bearing the name of the Broncos playground is the Denver omelet. If I was invited to a Super Bowl party featuring an omelet bar, I'd show up first and leave last, but I certainly wouldn't want to be responsible for that omelet bar — especially if the only omelet the bar featured was the Denver variety. Nothing wrong with a Denver omelet, also known as a Western omelet, but for an occasion as auspicious as one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, I wanted to simplify and embolden the presentation.

Seattle is perhaps the salmon capital of the world. The variety of foods available ranges from Pan-Asian to farm-to-fork rustic cuisine grown and raised in the verdant surroundings, but lox (smoked salmon) and bagels is standard breakfast fare along with one of those $5 coffee concoctions in the Emerald City.

But lox and bagels wouldn't be enough to carry the Super Spread I want. With two breakfast dishes to build upon, it became clear this spread was going to have to bust out some toast to bring the whole thing together. But not just any toast — fresh French baguette. Thin slices of baguette provide a foundation strong enough to withstand grubbing fingers and maintain their integrity throughout the game and a gazillion commercials.

Because both cities are more noted for beverages than specific dishes, a pot of Starbuck's coffee and your favorite Colorado microbrew are a must.

Now, there's one more plot of common ground Seattle and Denver share that is tangentially related to the kind of foodstuffs Super Bowl spreads are wont to feature. Don't be surprised if the National Weather Service reports large plumes of green smoke over the two states where marijuana legalization legislation recently passed. That's why some are calling this Super Bowl the Smoke-A-Bowl. Don't be shocked if the volume of chips, dips, peanut butter crackers, popcorn, cupcakes and candy sold in those two states creates a worldwide shortage.

Denver Omelet Toast with Mile High Heat Salsa

1 baguette sliced into ¼-inch slices

1 Denver Omelet Casserole

½ cup Mile High Heat Salsa

1/3 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place baguette slices on an ungreased sheet pan and brush them with oil. Toast until crisp and golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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