Five bites of Edmonton for Super Bowl Sunday

Here are our top five snack and appetizer suggestions found right here at home.

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While it’s American football, all kinds of Canadians will be settling in front of televisions to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday.

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Friends and family who are fans may not gather to watch together, but the traditional fare of appetizers during the game can still be enjoyed.

Instead of the typical, highly processed brand name snacks, there are plenty of local options you can choose from this weekend that are winning.

Foods prepared here at home rarely contain preservatives because they don’t need to survive long-distance shipping and storage. And local producers work with more responsibility because they feed their neighbors, so you can expect higher quality ingredients and fewer artificial colors, flavors and fillers. Not only does this make local produce tastier and healthier, but you’re supporting local farmers and businesses, which is more important than ever.

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Here are our top five snack and appetizer suggestions you’ll find right here at home.

O’Donnell Farm Corn Fritters

Corn fritters are hot snacks that satisfy both sweet and savory cravings, and they’re made for condiments. Serving suggestions on the website, ranging from jam and Nutella to spicy Thai sauce or cheese and sauce, and for a unique dessert, a cinnamon and sugar drizzle or chocolate drizzle. The Spruce Grove-based company keeps everything as local as possible, and free of MSG and preservatives.

Donuts are pre-cooked and frozen, and sold by the dozen at Spruce Grove at Grove City Meats or Wilhauk Beef Jerkyand in cases of 144 for $44.51 from Eberhardt Foods, 12165 154 St. O’Donnell Farm Corn Fritters are also part of the Uproot Food Collective where you can order online at uprootfoodstore.ca. Fun fact: most Burger Barons in the province serve O’Donnell corn fritters.

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sausage rolls The butcher’s shop

RGE RD has been known as one of Edmonton’s finest restaurants since it opened in 2013, but The Butchery is the chef-led butchery and deli that opened next door in 2020. Offering local, high protein from In a sustainable way, the shop offers top-notch products and service, including sharing tips and tricks with customers who can sip craft beer while shopping.

But you can cut to the chase and head straight for the well-known sausage rolls, dry-aged, perfectly spiced sausages homemade and wrapped in buttery batter. The butcher shop is open Tuesday through Saturday at 12229 107 Ave. but browse online anytime on thebutcheryyeg.ca.

Zwick’s pretzels

Zwick's Pretzels, located at 12415 107 Ave., are available in various sizes and flavors.
Zwick’s Pretzels, located at 12415 107 Ave., are available in various sizes and flavors. Photo by Codie McLachlan /Postmedia

Fresh pretzels are one of the simplest and most satisfying comfort foods out there, and they’re available at a brick-and-mortar store here in Edmonton. Zwick’s pretzels are sold in three sizes, with a filling to suit every palate. Traditional salt and butter pretzels, including garlic butter, keep it simple, or have your pretzels sprinkled, salty side up with sour cream and onion flavoring, or sweetened with cinnamon and sugar.

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Finally, go for gold with pretzels fully loaded with melted cheese and spices. Eleven different dips are also available, the full list and prices can be found at www.zwickspretzels.com. The tiny boutique, open Wednesday through Sunday, is tucked away at 12415 107 Ave.

The Gringo salsa and fries

El Gringo Foods opened in 2018 to share its creative locally produced salsas and has expanded into gluten-free guacamole and tortilla chips. All ingredients are sourced as locally as possible from farmers in Alberta and British Columbia and are free of preservatives, MSG, oil and added sugar. Find the complete list of products online at elgringofoods.comwhere you can also order and have it delivered right to your door.

El Gringo products are also available at select Edmonton Safeway and Loblaws Downtown City Market stores at 12060 104 Ave.

Amy’s Dry Spicy Chicken

Finally, two of the most popular dishes from Edmonton’s oldest Chinese restaurant can now be prepared at home. Made famous by co-owner Amy Quon, the chicken dish and their Sichuan beef are prepared, frozen and packaged with cooking instructions to enjoy anytime.

Each package costs $18 and can be purchased at the restaurant, located directly behind Rogers Place at 10582 104 St. They are open daily except Tuesdays, and you can find them online at thelingnan.com.

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