What’s cooking for the Big Game?

By on February 3, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

One of the year’s biggest sporting events is just around the corner. On Feb. 6, millions of people will gather and tune in to watch Pittsburgh take on Green Bay. No matter which team you’re cheering for – and even if you’re not much of a football fan – chances are there’s a party in your forecast.

I root for Washington, so it has been quite some time since I’ve had a strong preference for one of the teams in the Big Game, but like many others, I love to use this event as an excuse to eat and socialize.

You might be bringing everyone to your place for the party  or you might be heading over to a friend’s house; either way, some of these tried-and-true party recipes will certainly live up to your game expectations. Hey, even if you’re team doesn’t win, you can still be well-fed!

  • You can’t have a football party without home-made chili. And if you’re interested in opting for a healthier choice, try this recipe for turkey chili.
  • This is one of the easiest recipes, but it’s always a crowd favorite: Pigs-in-a-Blanket
  • Who doesn’t enjoy a selection of delectable dips? This Buffalo Chicken Dip looks delicious, and  you can’t go wrong with chips, salsa and Classic Guacamole.
  • These mini-burgers are the perfect addition to your party platter. They’re easy to make and the perfect serving size.
  • And to round out the party, you’ve got to have some sweets. Try these yummy-looking S’more Brownies or Strawberry Shortcake.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the fun of a big party, but please remember to stay safe when you’re on the roads. Winter weather and overserved partiers can make for dangerous driving conditions, so stay alert as you travel to and from the festivities. And if that overserved partier is you, call a cab, stay with a friend or hitch a ride with someone who’s sober. Better safe than sorry!

So what are your favorite recipes or traditions that you just can’t go without when watching the big game? Please, share!

14 responses to “What’s cooking for the Big Game?

  1. scot says:

    doesnt matter what it is as long as there is pleanty mmmm i love food!

  2. william l. says:


  3. Rich H. says:

    bacon wrapped hotdogs topped with grilled onions and bell peppers, chips with home made gaucamole and salsa, if the games to Steelers we will celebrate with some tritip and steaks. Cant wait.

  4. Vu N says:


            Im coming over with my empty stomach to eat!!!! nom nom!!!

  5. sls says:

    We’ll be serving Brats and lots of CHEESE at our party on Sunday. Corn dogs & pizza for the kiddos. And, making football shaped cut-out cookies with green & yellow sprinkles. GO PACK GO!

  6. Twitch says:

    Crab legs, Deep Fried Breaded Shimp and Broiled Scallops, Mini Sausage Wrapped in Bacon, Bar B Q Potato Chips, Strawbery Parfait (from KFC) and a cold Molson Beer or two (or diet soda for the guilt).

  7. Jennifer Seeley says:

    Sounds like I might have to crash some of these parties! Crab legs…bacon wrapped hotdogs…deep fried shrimp. YUM!

  8. angela says:

    we love pigs in a blanket beer homemade chili  hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill of course and we are from the south so we love apple pie. chips and dip for everyone and i love bacon grilled shrimp cooked crispy. that is the best. of course the best is having friends and family over for the big party.

  9. Anon says:

    Llyod’s Ribs, sausage, baked beans, etc. and for dessert macaroons and dump cake. We really don’t watch football. It is my mother’s birthday so she gets what she wants, not that I’m dissappointed.

  10. Jeremy says:

    Loaded Baked Potato Dip
     Makes about 4 cups
     1 (2.1 oz) package of fully cooked bacon slices
    1 (16 oz) container of sour cream
    2 cups (8 oz) freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    1/3 cup sliced fresh chives
    2 tsp. hot sauce
    Garnishes: cooked, crumbled bacon; sliced fresh chives; freshly cracked pepper
    Microwave bacon according to package directions until crisp; drain on paper.  Cool 10 minutes; crumble.  Stir together bacon and next 4 ingredients.  Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours before service.  Garnish if desired.  Serve with crispy, warm waffle fries.

  11. Amber says:

    Totally with you SLS!  GO PACKERS!!!!! 
    We usually do the stanard stuff, chips, wings & a pizza dip that is off the chain!!!!!  Can’t wait for the big game!

  12. stephany says:

    Hot wings! Pizza! Chips and dip! Cake! GO GREENBAY!

  13. Carol says:

    wings!  Go Stillers!

  14. HeyNow says:

    My favorite Christmas movie is Frosty