Football season is here and Food Network Magazine wants to know how you prepare for the big game. Share your game-day strategies here, and see how your traditions compare to other readers’ customs in a future issue.
We’re not sure how Buffalo sauce, the sinfully delicious yet simple combination of hot sauce and butter, came to be tied so intimately with football season. Nevertheless, we’re counting down the seconds until we can reincorporate this comforting flavor into our fall dinner rotation, starting tonight with the NFL season opener. We know the beloved sauce best as the spicy, orange-hued coating on baked or fried chicken wings. But if you’ve been reserving Buffalo flavor for chicken and chicken alone, then you’ve barely scratched the sticky-spicy surface. Meatballs, macaroni and cheese, and even cauliflower are all suitable canvases for this brilliantly easy sauce. You can even customize the basic recipe by adding in barbecue sauce for a sweet, tangy note — or you can swap out the butter for lower-fat alternatives, like chicken broth, maple syrup and lime juice. Here are a few ways you can expand your Buffalo horizons, just in time for tailgating season.
Buffalo Meets Bison
Bison serves as a juicy, flavorful stand-in for classic chicken or beef in this spicy Buffalo meatball recipe from Food Network Magazine. You’ll achieve an ideal meatball texture by combining the ground bison with panko, sour cream, grated carrot and celery. The meatballs get great Buffalo flavor after they’ve simmered in a mixture of chicken broth and hot sauce.
Football season has officially kicked off, and that means it’s time for tailgating. Leave hot and time-sensitive food items like chili, guacamole and burgers to the tailgate-party hosts. As a guest, you can bring hot-ticket items like homemade rolls, dessert and cocktails. No matter how long your drive is, these crowd-pleasing dishes will stay fresh until game time, so all you’ll have to bring home is “the big W.” Read more
We know of something a little sweeter than victory: It’s candy. And we mean lots of it. This Sunday, when the New England Patriots face the Denver Broncos, and the Arizona Cardinals take on the Carolina Panthers, deck your face-off festivities with colorful candy creations that show your team spirit loud and proud. Even with the mounds of spicy wings, pools of dip and mountains of nachos, these decorations will be the real touchdown at your game-day party, no matter which team you’re rooting for.
How is that the simple combination of hot sauce and butter, otherwise known as Buffalo sauce, can make everything seem right with the world? We know the beloved flavor best as the sticky-spicy coating on baked or fried chicken wings. But if you’ve been reserving Buffalo sauce for chicken and chicken alone, then you’ve barely scratched the comfort-food surface. Meatballs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and even cauliflower are all suitable canvases for this brilliantly easy sauce. You can even customize the basic recipe by adding in barbecue sauce for a sweet, tangy note — or you can swap out the butter for lower-fat alternatives, like chicken broth, maple syrup and lime juice. Here are just a few ways that you can expand your Buffalo horizons.
Buffalo Drumsticks (pictured at top)
We had to include this one — it’s a classic for a reason. Remember to pop the drumsticks back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes after tossing them in the Buffalo sauce. This locks in the flavor and ensures crisp, golden skin.
When you order wings in a restaurant or sports bar, it’s pretty safe to assume that what will appear in front of you will involve hot sauce, celery and blue cheese (like Food Network Magazine’s classic recipe pictured above.) But when making wings at home, why not change things up a bit? There are so many other ways to dress up this ubiquitous halftime snack. Just get creative — new flavor combinations are waiting in the wings! Check out the must-try recipes from Food Network Magazine below.
Tailgate or home-gate: Which is better? In the October issue of Food Network Magazine, we learned that Guy Fieri, Aarón Sánchez and former NFL player Eddie Jackson chose the parking-lot party. So did Sunny Anderson (who would rather be at the MetLife Stadium sipping a coffee spiked with a shot of whiskey). But most Food Network chefs prefer to be at home yelling at the TV during the game.
Read below to learn what they consider their most impressive game-day culinary feat then judge for yourself who deserves the bragging rights. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or more like Katie Lee, who admits she’s too busy stuffing her face with nachos to yell at anyone, you’ll find inspiration for your Sunday spread.
- Root For: My alma mater’s Arkansas Razorbacks
- Against: Any other SEC school
- Most-Impressive Game-Day Feat: 50 slabs of ribs
- Signature Dish: My Spicy Rum Chicken Wings are always a big hit.
It’s Sunday afternoon and the scene is set for a tailgate of touchdown proportions: The TV is turned to the game, your team of choice is (hopefully) racking up point after point, the refrigerator is stocked with plenty of beers, and a spread of what else but rich, saucy fixings lines your kitchen table. When it comes to those game-day eats, it’s likely the dips that take the cake, from creamy classics like French onion and hummus to tangy favorites like garlicky salsa. While those are indeed crowd-pleasing picks, this fall, dress up your usual football-watching menu with a new trio of dips. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts shared their takes on winning dip recipes, each a bold dish that’s a cinch to tackle.
Windy City Deli Dip
True to his Windy City roots, Chicago native Jeff Mauro brings the best flavors of a classic Italian hero to a meaty dip. He combines deli-counter staples like mortadella, pancetta and provolone cheese with fresh cherry tomatoes and cool iceberg lettuce to create the filling for his 10-minute dip. To continue with the sandwich theme, he hollows out an Italian loaf and fills it with the meat-and-cheese mixture. Hot giardiniera rounds out the flavors in this big-batch recipe, while a side of sliced bread makes for easy dipping.
When Buffalo chicken wings hit the snack table on football Sunday, it’s game over. No other snack food can compete — no matter how cheesy or spicy it is. The focus shifts from the TV to the saucy grub as each guest reaches to get his or her fair share (or more).
The sauce, traditionally made with a mixture of butter and hot sauce, is the reason the wings are so irresistible. And while it makes an awesome coating for baked or fried chicken, there’s no limit to where you can apply that beloved flavor combination. Even vegetables taste great dressed in the tangy mixture. Below are some new takes on Buffalo-style snacks that’ll give traditional wings a run for their money.
Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce (pictured above)
On Sundays, it can be hard not to undo your week’s worth of healthy eating. But Buffalo cauliflower will make it easier. With a fraction of the calories and fat, it’s a good and satisfying alternative that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out.
Many of us have been amped up for Sunday’s game since the day football season began. But if you don’t eat, breathe and play football, chances are the big game snuck up on you. Have no fear! Instead of fumbling an opportunity to eat guacamole and drink beer on a Sunday night, throw together a last-minute viewing party spread with a little football-inspired rushing. This lineup of big-game bites may look sprawling, but each recipe can hit the coffee table in under 30 minutes.
The Neelys’ Triple Pork Sliders have the look of big effort in a small package, but they can actually be ready in a little over 20 minutes with the help of your grill pan. With a meaty mix of ground pork, chorizo and applewood smoked bacon, these sliders pack huge flavor in each mini patty. Slather each little bun with an easy-to-make smoked paprika mayo, and consider part one of your big-game spread complete.