Tag: big game

5 Better Ways to Drink Beer on Game Day

by in Drinks, February 6th, 2016

Game Day is one of the most divisive days of the year, but if there’s one thing that can loosen tightly-wound team alliances and unite us all, it’s booze. Recent Nielsen data shows that the week prior to the Super Bowl generated a nine-percent sales increase in beer nationwide — an impressive spike to be sure, but the same report indicates that the popularity of wine and spirits is also on the rise. The unofficial national beverage has some stiff competition, and perhaps a huddle is in order. Here’s the plan: Rather than piling your brews into a gigantic ice-filled tub, greet your guests with a fizzy (and budget-friendly) cocktail featuring your favorite lager or ale. We’ve got a potent michelada, citrusy beer punch and even a spicy ale-based Bloody Mary to bring beer back into the end zone.

Mauro’s Michelada Supreme (pictured at top)
Jeff Mauro serves this boozy creation in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass just like a traditional michelada, but with a few invigorating additions — namely, fish sauce, hot sauce and a generous dose of chile powder.

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Where to Dine Out in San Francisco for the Big Game

by in Restaurants, February 4th, 2016

Best NachosHeaded to San Francisco for this Sunday’s football finale?

While the big game may be the main draw, take advantage of Fog City’s unrivaled restaurant scene with these San Francisco dining guides.

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6 Game-Day Favorites That Are Even Better As Dips — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 4th, 2016

Taco DipWhen football fans arrive at your house in droves on Sunday, forget serving them composed, sit-down dishes that’ll hinder their cheering and jeering. Instead, transform game-day classics into innovative, easy-to-eat dips that say no to forks.

Tacos Instead of Taco Dip

Instead of using the store-bought taco seasoning packets to make full-fledged tacos, go for another game-day favorite: Taco Dip. Complete with beef, beans and everything you would load into your taco, it’s a football-party winner made for crunchy tortilla chips.

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8 Reasons You Take Nachos More Seriously Than Probably Anyone

by in Events, Recipes, February 4th, 2016

Cowboy NachosThe big game is upon us, and while not all of us may speak the language of touchdowns and fumbles and interceptions, we can all agree on one thing (besides the commercials): nachos. If you’re a true nacho lover, you don’t just devour this mountainous dish at the bar. You make nachos at home — and you do so like a total and complete expert. But what separates you, a true nacho connoisseur, from the rest? We’ve got eight unabashed ways that prove you know your nachos (and the cheesy, crunchy, meaty recipes to back it up).

1. You take the handcrafted, from-scratch approach.

If you’re a bona-fide nacho lover, you know that this loaded dish is a whole lot more than a greasy bar snack. Take The Pioneer Woman’s approach, for example. She starts her Cowboy Nachos by cooking marinated beef brisket for hours until it’s fall-apart tender. Because, when it comes to nachos, only the best will do.

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9 Ways to Get Your Guacamole On

by in Recipes, February 3rd, 2016

Guacamole with Cumin-Dusted TortillasNo matter if you’re prepping a snack spread for Sunday’s tailgate or simply looking to elevate your everyday dip roster, guacamole is a go-to choice for game day and any other day. Not only does this fan favorite come together with only a handful of ingredients, but it often takes just minutes to prep. Check out our top picks for classic and creative guac renditions, including one look-alike version that’s a deceptively sweet dish.

Guacamole with Cumin-Dusted Tortillas
Consider this your back-pocket guacamole recipe. Bobby Flay’s top-rated recipe brings together an all-star lineup of creamy ripe avocados, a single jalapeno for subtle heat and plenty of lime juice for bright flavor. He dresses up the dip by serving it alongside freshly fried tortillas scented with smoky ground cumin.

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Carolina vs. Colorado: Regional Food Fight

by in Entertaining, February 3rd, 2016

This Sunday, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will face off in the biggest football game of the year. We’re no experts on who has the advantage on the field, but we’re here to break down the regional food rivalry between these two teams (much more in our wheelhouse).

Super Bowl 50 pits a Southeastern barbecue powerhouse against a Colorado city known for stellar Mexican food and microbrews, promising a fierce battle on the food front. Both food cultures translate well to the game-day party spread, so go ahead and make your allegiances known through your menu.

To deck out your viewing party with your preferred team’s colors, check out the easy candy crafts above for the Broncos (left) and the Panthers (right). Use them as centerpieces that guests can eat for dessert.

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Pizza Not by the Slice: Fun Alternatives to Satisfy Your Cheesy Craving

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2016

pizza dipIt’s time to broaden your pizza horizons and think beyond the pie. Picture your favorite kind of slice. Then imagine all those awesome fixings encased in a gooey cheese dip served with crusty bread or layered in a hearty lasagna. There’s no rule limiting pepperoni to a triangular slice. How you enjoy all the awesome elements of pizza — cheese, carb, tomato sauce and toppings — is up to you. Here are some of our favorites.

Supreme Pizza Dip

If you like your pizza with the works, you’ll love this dip filled with pepperoni, sauteed onions, bell peepers and black olives. It’s best served deep-dish style straight out of the skillet next to lots of garlicky toasts.

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Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Big-Game Snacks

by in Restaurants, January 30th, 2016

harissa wings

There’s no bigger American sporting event — or advertising bonanza — than that big, star-studded extravaganza at the end of football season. Watching so much on-the-field action, viewers need proper sustenance. So we turned to five top chefs to dish on their personal Super Bowl food favorites. Read more

Super Snack Sticks: 3 Ways to Skewer Your Big-Game Eats

by in Recipes, Shows, January 30th, 2016

Tacobab al PastorThough it takes just three essentials — beer, snacks and a TV — to host a winning game-day bash, each element of this at-home-tailgating trifecta is important, especially when it comes to the spread you cook up for your guests. The key to any successful big-game menu is remembering that, above all else, each item ought to be easy to eat, ideally with just your hands. After all, on game day no one wants to put down the coveted remote to reach for a fork and knife. Dips, nachos, wings and pizza are surely go-to picks, but when you want to upgrade your menu with dressed-up eats — while keeping the prep work easy, of course — the name of the game is skewers. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced three recipes showcasing skewers that allow for fuss-free munching. See how they showcase tacos, a meatball sub and even pasta salad, which usually requires utensils, on a stick.

Part kebab and part taco, Marcela Valladolid’s Tacobab al Pastor celebrates the sweet and savory flavors of traditional tacos al pastor. Just like the tried-and-true dish, this one brings together smoky chipotle in adobo sauce, tender pork and juicy pineapple. Since these fixings are cooked together on skewers, there’s no need to prep multiple components separately. Round out the snack with a cool avocado-cilantro crema.

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Spice Up Your Snacks with 9 Bonus Recipes from Food Network Magazine

by in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, January 29th, 2016

cajun clamsSome like it hot … some like it not-as-hot. How much spice can you handle? With dozens of new spicy snack recipes featured in the January/February issue of Food Network Magazine, it’s time to test your heat tolerance. These 50 fiery ideas are a lot to choose from, but our friends in the test kitchen developed even more. (If you’re wondering how the kitchen staff survived the spicy challenge, many antacids were consumed during the development of these recipes.)

Below are nine Web-exclusive recipes that didn’t appear in the magazine but are too delicious not to share. Insider tip: The ribs, arepas and clams were favorites during the taste-testing. Make whatever sounds best (or spiciest) to you, then do as the Food Network recipe testers do: dare someone else to try it first.

Cajun Baked Clams: Cook 24 littleneck clams in 1/4 cup each white wine over high heat, covered, until they open. Strain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the juices. (Discard any unopened clams.) Saute 1 finely chopped andouille sausage (about 3 ounces) in butter until browned, 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chopped pimentos, 3 sliced scallions (white parts only; reserve the greens for topping), 2 minced garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme; cook 1 minute. Stir in the reserved clam juices. Mix 1/2 cup breadcrumbs with 3 tablespoons melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. Discard the top shell of each clam; top the clams with the sausage filling, then the breadcrumb mixture; broil until golden. Top with the reserved scallion greens.

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