Super Bowl 50 Meal Match-Up: Denver vs. Charlotte

This weekend, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will be going head-to-head at the Super Bowl. The cities of Charlotte, N.C., and Denver, Colo., are known for more than just their football talent, mascots and team colors. They also both have tremendous food game. This year’s Meal Match-Up is Charlotte’s Low Country Oyster Bake vs. Denver’s Rocky Mountain Oysters. 

Nutritional Benefits

Low Country Oyster Bake Rocky Mountain Oysters 
Oysters are quite the catch! They are a good protein source that contains heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oysters also contain other important vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium and B12. Contrary to what the name suggests, Rocky Mountain Oysters are actually not creatures of the sea. They are testicles from bulls, bison, pigs or sheep. Despite often being served deep-fried, Rocky Mountain Oysters are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. They also reduce food waste because all parts of the animal are being used.

 

Keeping It Safe

Low Country Oyster Bake Rocky Mountain Oysters 

Cooking oysters should be done with care. Here are some tips:

  • Wash off the shells thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Whether you steam or bake the oysters, make sure the oysters are fully open. This signifies that they are thoroughlycooked and safe to eat.
  • Use small pots that aren’t overloaded because the shellfish in the middle may not get fully cooked.
  • Discard any shellfish that do not open during cooking to prevent the risk of Vibrio vulnificus, a common bacteria found on shellfish.
Similar to cooking any other type of meat, it is important that Rocky Mountain Oysters are cooked thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to make sure that the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees F. 

 

Tips for Eating

Low Country Oyster Bake Rocky Mountain Oysters 
You can purchase oysters at most grocery stores. Oysters can be baked using the oven or the grill.  Or gulp it down in one bite. Bottoms up!  Tourists often try this compelling delicacy when visiting a Denver restaurant. Rocky Mountain Oysters can be poached, boiled, sautéed or braised but are most commonly battered and fried. They are typically served with cocktail sauce or hot sauce. 
 

Denver and Charlotte both offer unique food experiences. Which type of oyster would be the champion of your “Bowl"?