This recipe and photography was provided courtesy of local cookbook author and chef, Carla Snyder. Learn more about Carla and discover her recipes at Ravenouskitchen.com.
It’s time to get ready for the Big Game! That magical rowdy night where simple foods like chips, dips and beer reign supreme amid the soft glow of large flat screen TVs. This is one party where hearty male appetites can take the lead. On this night (just this one) let’s forget about diets and splurge on the guilty foods we all enjoy.
The traditional football party is probably the least pretentious and fussy party that you can host and that’s a good thing. Game food consists of simple-to-eat, tasty crowd favorites, so the best plan is to set out easy snacks that don’t require a fork. Tailgate favorites like jalapeño poppers, cheesy pull-apart loaf + dipping sauces and caramel and chocolate-drizzled popcorn will always score a touchdown.
Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or you’re just there for the food and commercials, these game ready recipes can be made ahead and reheated at game time. No matter what you’re craving this game day menu will keep your crew satisfied from kickoff to MVP pick.
Watching a great football game is a super excuse to enjoy the day with family and friends. Plus, it’s fun to cook the foods fans love; classic, easy-to-eat, flavorful food with crunch and zing. Make it simple and score big by making one or two of my favorite recipes and then mix in a few store-bought dishes to round out game day.
Options from the Refrigerated Case:
- Heinen’s Prepared Buffalo Chicken Dip paired with Chicken in a Biskit Crackers
- Heinen’s Prepared Artichoke Dip paired with Sea Salt Bagel Chips
- Heinen’s Onion Dip paired with Kettle Fried Potato Chips
- Heinen’s Prepared Salsa Dip and Guacamole paired with Corn Chips
- Heinen’s Hummus with Crispy Pita Chips or Corn Chips
Options from the Gourmet Case:
- Heinen’s Chicken Wings
- Heinen’s Appetizer Meatballs served warm in a crock pot with toothpicks
- Heinen’s Pulled Pork kept warm in a crock pot and served with slider rolls or dinner rolls from the bakery