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!