Football in New Orleans is serious business, it’s really more of a lifestyle than a game. Even before our beloved Saints won Superbowl XLIV it was a tradition in most homes. Folks schedule life around these games.
We’re also very superstitious. If you do something one game and the team wins you simply must do it again for the rest of the season. I wore the same #51 (I LOVE Jonathan Vilma!!!) jersey and jewelry every game last year, without fail, even though I have a closet full of Saints accessories. You don’t want to be the reason the boys in black & gold lost, right? Can’t point that finger at me, I did my job.
Turns out, even the players and their families have their own rituals. Punter Thomas Morstead’s family makes sure he has a batch of brownies for every game. His mother, Isobel, even gave her recipe to our local newspaper before the Superbowl.
So when we were planning on what to bring to my Mom’s house for the Saints/Raiders game it seemed only right that I make these brownies. Afterall, if they’re good enough for Thomas Morstead and the New Orleans Saints they have to be good enough for us.
This is the recipe given by New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead's mother, Isobel. She makes sure that he gets a batch before every game.
These brownies are incredibly moist, almost cake-like in consistency. They are the perfect way to celebrate a black & gold victory and a fun way to share in the Morstead family game day ritual.
1 cup butter
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs, separated, whites beaten until stiff but not dry
4 1-ounce squares melted chocolate
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup milk
2 cups flour
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg yolks and chocolate. Mix in flour. Add milk and vanilla. Fold in egg whites. Spread in a lightly greased 8-by-8-inch or 9-by-9-inch pan. Bake 30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.