by Emily Lee in Drinks, February 6th, 2016
by Lauren Piro in Entertaining, Recipes, February 5th, 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.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, February 4th, 2016
If you love to play with your food, football season is your time to shine as a party-thrower. Building a giant snack stadium isn’t just for serving all your favorite celebratory bites at once – it’s about creating a work of art (by our standards, anyway). And the highlight of your sporty masterpiece? The dips, of course. Try these irresistible options to fill all the holes in your game-day spread this year.
Chili Con Queso (above)
Ree Drummond’s take on this comforting classic starts with breakfast sausage and onion. Browning both before you mix everything with cheese and chiles is an easy extra step that makes the dip even more savory.
by Allison Milam in Events, Recipes, February 4th, 2016
When 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.
by Sara Levine in Entertaining, February 3rd, 2016
The 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.
by Sara Ventiera in Restaurants, January 30th, 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.
by Sara Levine in Entertaining, January 29th, 2016
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
by Allison Milam in Entertaining, Events, January 22nd, 2016
No matter whether your game-day crowd is more focused on the football, the commercials or the food, this eye-popping spread of rainbow-hued nachos will steal the show. And it tastes as good as it looks. Party guests will keep coming back to try a new color block of flavor. Hit play below to watch staffers whip them up in our Food Network Kitchen, or check out our step-by-step gallery to see how easy it is to turn your table or counter into a 6-foot nacho fiesta for the big game on February 7. Read more
by Emily Lee in Recipes, January 21st, 2016
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.
by Amanda Marsteller in Drinks, Recipes, January 31st, 2014
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 it comes to game-day drinks, nothing goes down easier than a bubbly beer cocktail. There are endless ways to reinvent your go-to brew, and each of these cocktails is simple to stir together and guaranteed to please even the thirstiest bunch of football fans. For the savory sippers in the house, try serving Jeff Mauro’s Michelada Supreme. It pairs dark Mexican beer with the Bloody Mary-inspired flavors of tomato and lime juice, plus generous dashes of hot sauce and fish sauce for an addictive umami effect.
Beer Sangria: Give the beloved party punch a bubbly update by swapping white wine for chilled wheat beer and adding it to a blend of vodka, white grape juice and slices of your favorite fruits.