Mario Batali's (Optionally) Pot Brownies & 6-Course Menu for the Big Game

February  3, 2016

The Big Game is a big deal in the Batali household. For game day, I love to serve what I call “team city iconic foods,” or classic dishes from the hometowns of the competing teams, alternating cities each quarter to keep things interesting and even. With one rule: Half time is always all about NYC!

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I was especially excited to create this year’s menu because I've spent time researching classic regional dishes for my next cookbook, out in the fall of 2016; I'm looking forward to recreating some of these dishes for my guests on Sunday. And since this is the big 5-0, I turned it way up. This is my favorite menu yet, and like any good thing should, we're starting with desserts:

Denver Broncos: Double-Chocolate Pot Brownies

In honor of those Broncos, their crazy mile-high city, and their weed-friendly state, I’m offering a rocky mountain high option. (I’m actually making regular brownies but if you happen to be in Colorado or any other marijuana-friendly state, go for the add-in marked "Optional" in the ingredient list.)

Carolina Panthers: Chess Pie

What apple pie is to America, chess pie is to the South. It's sweet, sticky, and delicious. If you ask 100 North Carolinians how they make their chess pie, you'll probably get 100 different versions. That's the beauty of this dessert. There are no rules. Have fun with this one!

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To see the entire menu, including Western North Carolina Pork Shoulder Barbecue and Shredded Midlands-Style Whole Hog Barbecue Sliders—and, of course, the New York half-time dishes—visit

What will you be making this Game Day? Will you be baking with all of the brownie ingredients? Tell us in the comments below!

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Mario Batali counts 25 restaurants, 11 cookbooks, numerous television shows and the 50,000-square-foot Eataly marketplace among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness. His latest book is "America Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers" (Grand Central Life & Style, 2014).


Jenny B. February 5, 2016 seems your wasting the weed by just using the thc infused fat and throwing out the weed ...
Aj February 5, 2016
This is an absurd way to cook with marijuana. The person who wrote this recipe obviously hasn't tried it. You must cook the weed into a fat (1/4 ounce weed:1/2 cup butter, simmer, do not boil, for 8 hrs). THEN use the thc infused fat for cooking with. Do not throw ground up weed your recipe as is, you will waste the weed and your food will taste like ground up bud. Not tasty at all.
Smaug February 5, 2016
Modern fads have inured me to most bizarre combinations, but beer brownies is a bit more than one should be asked to take.
Stephanie February 4, 2016
Ha ha. As a Colorado native, I have to chime in that a craft beer infused dessert would be a much better representation. Pot may be the hot new thing but craft brews are our specialty.
Jenny B. February 4, 2016