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The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the United States, and each year it continues to get bigger, in scope, size, price and just about everything else. When it comes to watching the Super Bowl, nine out of 10 watchers are going to be at a home — either their house or someone else’s. That’s a lot of Super Bowl parties and if you are hosting one we got you covered with GameDay entertaining tips, recipes, party games, a list of prop bets you can wager on, and much more.

No matter how much we eat, it’s going to be quite a feast. In fact, the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. Get your jacket and scarf ready because Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular grilling day of winter with 62% of owners firing up the grill — even if it means they have to shovel a path to get to it.

It’s truly a worldwide event. Super Bowl XLIX was distributed to more than 185 countries and broadcast in 30 different languages. The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17, and only five percent of viewers will watch the game alone – while one out of every 12 people watching are just watching to see the commercials. So whether you will be cooking for 17 or for just one here is some great information to make your GameDay, one to remember.

The game is just a part of Super Bowl Sunday or any GameDay really. What’s more important is:  What you are going to do? Where you are going to do it?  and, What you are going to eat?

After a Preview of the Big Game. We’ll start things off with what you are going to eat. Sure there are hundreds of websites out there where you can get recipes for the big game and we know we are just one of them. We also know what we like to eat, what is good and here are our top 10 GameDay recipes.

 

 

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Super Bowl 50

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 – 6:30pm ET, CBS
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

 

SB50 Overview

Super Bowl 50: Sunday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

TV: CBS, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the booth, Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines.

Location: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. It is the first Super Bowl at the stadium, opened in 2014. The Super Bowl was played in northern California one other time, in 1985 at Stanford Stadium.

Teams: Carolina Panthers (15-1 regular season) vs. Denver Broncos (12-4). It is the third straight year with both top seeds in the Super Bowl. Carolina is 0-1 in the game, having lost in 2004. Denver is 2-5, the most losses of any team.

Line: Carolina by 4. Over/under, 45.

 

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Quarterbacks:

Cam Newton, 26, ranked sixth in adjusted yards per pass attempt this season;

Peyton Manning, 39, ranked 41st.

Newton ranked first in rushing yards, with 636. At minus-6 yards rushing, Manning was 44th and last among quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts.

 

Other stars:

Carolina had a league-high 10 Pro Bowl selections, including linebacker Luke Kuechly and running backs Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert.

Denver had four, all on defense: cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib, and linebackers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

 

Injuries:

Carolina, already playing without two key defensive backs, may be without Thomas Davis, who told reporters after the N.F.C. championship that he had broken his right arm and had pictures posted to Instagram Monday of him getting ready for surgery. Davis vowed to play through the injury, but he will need to receive medical clearance.

Denver’s Chris Harris Jr. played through a significant bone bruise in his left shoulder in the A.F.C. championship, and was surprisingly effective considering the limited range of his arm. With two weeks to heal, he may be at full strength for the Super Bowl.

 

Most influential draft: 2011.

The Panthers, who had been 2-14, had the top pick and took Newton.

The Broncos, who were 4-12, had pick No. 2 and took Miller. Newton, who had faced criticism of his skills from some quarters, said: “I wouldn’t say I have anything to prove to people. I have to prove it for myself.”

 

Offenses:

Carolina ranked first in points, 12th in yards per play; Denver 19th and 17th.

 

Defenses:

Carolina sixth in points, second in yards per play; Denver fourth, first.

Coaches’ low moments:

After several successful years as defensive coordinator with the Bears, including a Super Bowl trip in 2007, Ron Rivera was interviewed for several top jobs, but missed out on all of them. Shortly after, he was puzzlingly dismissed by Coach Lovie Smith and had to settle for a job as linebackers coach with San Diego.

Gary Kubiak of the Broncos was fired after eight years as Houston’s head coach after starting the 2013 season 2-11.

 

Owners:

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, a former N.F.L. player with the Colts, made a surprise appearance before Sunday’s N.F.C. championship to hit the team’s “Keep Pounding” drum.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen gave up day-to-day control of the team in 2014; he has Alzheimer’s disease. His wife, Annabel, accepted the trophy on Sunday and urged the team to “get it done for Pat.”

 

Officials:

The crew will be led by the referee Clete Blakeman, an eight-year veteran who once was the backup quarterback at Nebraska. Blakeman made news in the divisional round, when his first coin toss before overtime failed to flip.

 

Halftime:

Coldplay, with a guest appearance by Beyonce, who headlined in 2013.

 

Uniforms:

Panthers

After wearing white for two straight weeks, the Carolina Panthers will be making a switch for Super Bowl 50. The Panthers announced on Tuesday that they’ll be wearing black jerseys for their Feb. 7 game against the Broncos. They won’t be going all black for the game. The team has decided to wear silver pants to go with the black jerseys. Carolina went 6-0 this season wearing its black jerseys, but the Panthers are 0-2 all-time wearing them in the postseason. Although he Panthers wore white in their first two playoff games this year, it’s probably a good thing they’re not wearing them in the Super Bowl. The Panthers wore white in their only other Super Bowl appearance and they lost to the Patriots 32-29.

 Broncos

When the Broncos face the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, they will wear the all-white uniforms that helped them to their second Super Bowl title, over the Falcons in 1999. As the designated home team, the Broncos got to choose their uniform color for the big game. The home/away designations for Super Bowls switches conferences each year; Seattle was the home team in last year’s Super Bowl against the Patriots and elected to wear their blue-on-blue uniforms. “We’ve had some Super Bowl success in our white uniforms, and we’re looking forward to wearing them again in Super Bowl 50,” general manager and executive vice president John Elway said via the team’s website. Super Bowl 50 will be the Broncos’ eighth appearance all-time and their seventh since Pat Bowlen purchased the team in 1984. They own a 2-5 all-time record. The Broncos wore all white in only one other Super Bowl appearance, in a loss to the Giants in 1987. They won their first world championship, against the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII, wearing their blue jerseys and white pants. And of their five losses, four have been in orange jerseys with white pants.

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Storylines:

Best offense versus best defense

The Broncos are coming off one of the most dominant performances imaginable. Von Miller is building an all-time great career and is coming off an all-time great performance. Denver led the NFL in fewest yards allowed and pass the eye test. Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe make up the best defensive line in football. The linebacker group is underrated and versatile. Denver is deep at cornerback with Aqib Talib, Chris Harris and Bradley Roby. And they are led by Wade Phillips, one of the best defensive coordinators in NFL history.

The Panthers, meanwhile, were the league’s top-scoring team. Led by Cam Newton’s MVP-caliber season, they have successfully made the transition to an explosive offensive team. No running game has more “base” running plays that look similar but have nearly infinite variations. Corey Brown, Ted Ginn and Devin Funchess have proven you don’t need a top-shelf receiver group to score mountains of points. The Broncos were the ones with the loaded offense last time they were in the Super Bowl, and they probably don’t mind having the roles reversed this time.

John Elway’s vision comes true

Broncos general manager John Elway looked at his team after they lost Super Bowl XLVIII to Seattle and vowed to become tougher. He wanted a team that looked more like the defense and running heavy squads he won the Super Bowl with in the late 1990s. Just two years later, his vision has been realized. The defense is loaded with Elway draft picks, not to mention free agent signings like DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Talib.

Elway made an unpopular choice by replacing coach John Fox after last season. Installing coach Gary Kubiak’s running game, along with Phillips, has helped bring Elway to the championship doorstep again with a team he can believe in. As Dan Hanzus noted on our latest Around the NFL Podcast, perhaps Elway can engineer another magical podium moment again.

Peyton Manning’s last ride

This will inevitably be the “Jerome Bettis is from Detroit!” storyline of the game. We are more convinced than ever that this will be Manning’s last season. Common sense says no, but Manning has left plenty of signs. His decision to soak up the afterglow Sunday with his entire family on the field in Denver was telling. His son Marshall joined him at the podium after the win over the Patriots. Even Archie Manning believes this is it for Peyton, although he insists his son hasn’t said a word.

This story will get an insane amount of attention. But the cheesiest script couldn’t come up with this stuff. One of the game’s all-time greats, broken down and benched at the end of his career, makes one final run as a supporting player on a loaded team. It’s almost too incredible to believe.

New and old

The quarterback age gap in this game is greater than any matchup in Super Bowl history. We’re not particularly looking forward to thinkpieces about Cam Newton representing the new generation of quarterbacks against the old guard, especially when it comes to comparing the two players’ pitchman or celebration skills.

It’s a more interesting angle when considering a very traditional offense led by Manning and Kubiak and comparing it to the hybrid Cam Newton/Mike Shula attack which is unlike anything we’ve seen in the NFL. The Panthers have basically built an offense entirely around Cam. As it should be!

Top picks

In case you missed it: It’s the first matchup of No. 1 overall picks. The 2011 draft is also the first draft to have its No. 1 (Cam) and No. 2 picks (Von Miller) face off in the Super Bowl. It’s also the third straight year that the NFL’s top-seeded playoff teams have reached the Super Bowl. It’s good to be chalk!

Von Miller and Josh Norman

There are a ton of great stories about each team’s defense. This is Ware’s first Super Bowl in a potential Hall of Fame career. Thomas Davis, coming off a broken arm, is one of the most inspirational figures from the last decade in the NFL. It’s sweet to see him on the big stage. Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is one of the very best defensive players in the league and is about to become a lot more famous.

But we know how Super Bowl week works. The best, loudest, strangest players get the most attention. And it doesn’t get much louder, funnier, and better than Miller and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. They will be everywhere.

Cam Newton’s coronation

This has been Cam Newton’s season. He’s going to win the MVP and the Panthers are one tough loss to the Falcons away from being undefeated entering this game. No player loves or deserves the spotlight more. Newton is a leader that fascinates with his play and his words. Super Bowl week is not too big for Cam; it’s just the right size.

This feels like Newton’s championship season. But feelings before the Super Bowl are overrated. Just ask the 2001 Rams or the 2007 Patriots. It’s up to Newton to earn his coronation.

SB50 Facts: 

  • The age difference between Peyton Manning (39) and Cam Newton (26) is the largest between starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history. The difference is 13 years and 48 days, beating the previous high of 12 years and 250 days when Manning faced Russell Wilson in 2013.
  • The winner of this Super Bowl will be the eighth different winning team in the last eight seasons.
  • Peyton Manning became the only quarterback to take multiple teams to the Super Bowl multiple times. Super Bowl 50 will be Manning’s fourth time at the big event, with two appearances each as a member of the Colts and Broncos.
  • Just five years ago these teams had the top two picks in the NFL Draft. Carolina selected Cam Newton while the Broncos selected Von Miller. Both players are key components to their team’s success. Also, this will be the first time the No.1 overall pick and No. 2 overall pick from the same draft will face each other in the Super Bowl.
  • Both of these teams made the Super Bowl with the coach they hired after firing John Fox. Carolina with Ron Rivera and Denver with Gary Kubiak.
  • This is the first Super Bowl matchup featuring opposing starting quarterbacks who were selected No. 1 overall. Only six quarterbacks selected first overall have won the big game: Terry Bradshaw (4), Troy Aikman (3), Jim Plunkett (2), John Elway (2), Eli Manning (2), Peyton Manning.
  • For the third straight season, the top seeds from each conference will face each other in the Super Bowl. This was a rarity as it only happened nine times prior to this stretch, and just three times before 1990. The NFC has won eight of 11 such matchups and the favorites have gone 8-3 against the spread, which has to be good news for Panthers fans.
  • The Panthers are one of 13 teams that have never won a Super Bowl. They only have one other appearance, which was in 2003. No one from that team is still on the roster, and only two (Julius Peppers, Steve Smith) are still in the league.
  • Cam Newton can become the third quarterback (Joe Montana and Joe Namath) to win a National Championship and a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback. He can also become the first quarterback to win the Heisman, national title, MVP and Super Bowl.
  • Peyton Manning is tied with Brett Favre with 199 career wins (regular season and postseason combined). If he wins the Super Bowl he can hold the all-time record.

 

Tecmo Super Bowl 50 Results:

 

 

In the simulation, the Panthers get the scoring started in the first quarter when Ted Ginn sneaks behind the Broncos’ secondary and hauls in a 70-yard bomb from Cam Newton.

In the second quarter, a 42-yard catch and run by running back C.J. Anderson gets the Broncos in scoring position. But Anderson then fumbles at the four-yard line to end the drive and send the Broncos into halftime empty-handed, trailing 7-0.

In the third quarter, Denver has scoring drives snuffed out by an interception (by safety Kurt Coleman) and a field goal attempt that clangs off the right post. Denver pulls within 10-7 late in the fourth quarter on big runs by Johnson and Ronnie Hillman, but Newton marches the Panthers right back, icing the game on a 20-yard sweep by Jonathan Stewart.

 

 

Here are your final game stats:

Neither quarterback turns in a particularly dynamic performance, foreshadowing what should in reality be a very tough defensive contest. A 100-yard rushing game in the compressed time of Tecmo Super Bowl is a pretty stout performance, so look for Denver to find some success by that route.

Ultimately, Tecmo Super Bowl is calling for the Broncos to shoot themselves in the foot at every critical moment. The Panthers opened as 3.5 to 4.5 point favorites depending on the sports book, with 44 to 45.5 points set as the over/under. Picking the spread with this kind of a game is not advisable, but if Tecmo Super Bowl is any guide, take the under.

 

Not to be confused with Super Bowl L. Roman numerals will be taking a one-year break from the Super Bowl. Due to concerns over using a sole “L” for the 50th Super Bowl logo, the 2016 NFL championship will be known as Super Bowl 50. The league has used a Roman numeral to denote every title game since Super Bowl V. The change will only be temporary, however. Starting in 2017, Roman numerals are back for Super Bowl LI. Things might look good for the next eight years, but then we hit Super Bowl LIX, which is ridiculous. Decades later, they’ll get to Super Bowl LXXXVIII which won’t fit on a T-shirt and Super Bowl XCIV, which sounds like a military spying operation. Super Bowl L was the perfect time to ditch the numerals, but the NFL blinked and now we’re stuck with them forever.

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SB50 on TV

 

Watch Super Bowl 50 Live
The 2016 Super Bowl will be available Live on CBS, your computer or tablet at CBSSports.com, or home entertainment device (Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku). Live streaming on mobile devices is only available for eligible Verizon Wireless customers via the NFL Mobile App.

Click here for the LIVE player

 

The Super Bowl will be televised live on CBS, with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson calling the game. Also, ESPN Deportes will provide a Spanish-language telecast of the game.

CBS, which will debut its new logo and graphics package, announced its coverage plans and TV programming for the event. Some of the highlights include:

  • The NFL Today hosts James Brown, Tony Gonzalez, Bill Cowher, Bart Scott and Boomer Esiason will count down to kickoff on the Super Bowl 50 pregame show with various guests and analysts.
  • CBS Sports Network’s Sunday pregame show – That Other Pregame Show – expands to the week leading up to the Super Bowl, airing live from Super Bowl City, an area of San Francisco, at the foot of Market Street.
  • CBS News will have correspondents in San Francisco and around the country reporting on the significance of the big game and the business implications of television’s most-watched event.
Can I watch the game online?

Yes! Super Bowl 50 will be streamed live on CBSSports.com.

There are several ways for you to watch via computer, tablet, and home entertainment device.

  • Via CBSSports.com: This is the easiest way. Head to this link to stream the game. One stop shop to watch NFL football on desktop or tablet. It’s our in-house player, tried and tested for excellent performance. Live streaming on mobile devices is only available for eligible Verizon Wireless customers via the NFL mobile app.
  • Others: The CBS Sports Channel/App on Roku, AppleTV, XBOX One, Windows 10, and Chromecast.

You can use this page for reference, too, for acceptable devices (just scroll down).

Who will provide the halftime entertainment?

CBS announced that Coldplay will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl 50. Since forming in 1996, Coldplay has won seven Grammy Awards and is best known for songs like “Yellow,” “Fix You” and “Viva La Vida.”

Also joining the British rock band is Beyonce. The two artists recently collaborated on a pair of songs — “Hymn for the Weekend” and “Up and Up” for Coldplay’s new album A Head Full of Dreams.

 

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In this era of the DVR, it’s not uncommon to intentionally not watch a show while it’s live so that you can fast-forward through the commercials.

The Super Bowl is probably the only time when people can’t wait for commercials — some people only “watch” the game for them.

According to Forbes, in 2014 a 30-second commercial costs an outrageous $4 million and double that for a 1-minute commercial — and that doesn’t include the cost to make the commercial.

Last year the Super Bowl was the most watched event in America with more than 108 million viewers, but the really fascinating thing is why people watched. Several studies have proven that 50% of the Super Bowl audience tunes in just to watch the ads.

Commercials are often considered interruptions to the entertainment we love. But Super Bowl ads are different—instead of being intruders, they are like the “must have” guests that keep a party rockin’.

Some might make you laugh, others might make you tear up — you don’t have to like them but you’re probably going to watch them.

 

- CLICK HERE for the FANFOOD TOP 10 Super Bowl Commercials of ALL-TIME - 

 

http://www.cbs.com/superbowl/commercials/

 

 

 

SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS: Continuously updated during the game, NFL.com, SuperBowl.com and NFL Mobile from Verizon will post all of the Super Bowl commercials after they have aired on the television broadcast. Users can view the commercials, rate them (thumbs up or down), comment, and sort them by quarter, brand and top rated. Visit NFL.com/SuperBowlCommercials.

 

 

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLIX

NFL.com/superbowl/49/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII

NFL.com/superbowl/48/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVII

NFL.com/superbowl/47/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVI

NFL.com/superbowl/46/commercials

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

nfl.com/superbowl

cbssports.com/nfl/superbowl

cbs.com/superbowl/commercials

sfbaysuperbowl.com

Super Bowl 50 – Levi’s® Stadium

Super Bowl 50 (@superbowl50) | Twitter

 

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GameDay Recipes

 

  1. John’s Wings
  2. Crockpot Meatballs
  3. John’s Pico de Gallo
  4. Cheese and Sausage Dip
  5. John’s Championship Chili
  6. Chicago Mix Popcorn
  7. Union Square Nuts
  8. Smoked Tuna Dip
  9. Zesty Ranch Mix
  10. Homemade Guacamole

 

NEW! for 2016

 

What’s great about these recipes is that you can make then all, serve them separate or include some of them for a great Nacho Bar. John’s Championship Chili is perfect for this and so is the cheese sauce, pico de gallo, and guacamole.  Grab some shredded cheddar cheese, refried beans, sour cream, lettuce and sliced black olives and with the pico and guac, you got the makings of a great 7-layer dip (which you can turn into an edible football field for your Snack Stadium).

 

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John’s Wings

 

If you don’t have a deep fryer, here is a great way to get perfectly cooked wings in the oven; then tossed in our signature buffalo sauce.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

12 whole chicken wings

John’s Signature Buffalo Sauce:

6 ounces unsalted butter
1 small clove garlic, minced fine
1/4 cup hot sauce (“Red Hot” brand)
1/8 cup Louisiana hot sauce (“Louisiana” brand)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons pancake syrup (not maple syrup)*

 

PREPARATION

 

Place a 6-quart saucepan with a steamer basket and 1-inch of water in the bottom, over high heat, cover and bring to a boil.
Remove the tips of the wings and discard or save for making stock. Using kitchen shears, or a knife, separate the wings at the joint.
Place the wings into the steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry.
Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Replace the paper towels with parchment paper.

Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes. make sauce

To make the sauce:

Pour the hot sauces in a large saucepan, add butter, and garlic and salt.

Heat on medium until butter is almost melted, stirring occasionally.

using a immersion blender or wire whip, blend all ingredients well, taste.

Add more butter if needed.

Add syrup and mix well.

Lower heat.

 

Turn the wings over and cook another 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown.

Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to a big bowl and toss with the sauce. Serve warm.

 

MAKES 24 WINGS: 4 SERVINGS

*=secret ingredient

 

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Crockpot Meatballs

 

Perfect for cocktail parties and holiday gatherings, we have been making these meatballs for years

 

INGREDIENTS

4 pounds of Italian Meatballs, cooked, frozen
3-4 bottles of Chili Sauce, Heinz
2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce
2 Tbs of minced garlic
1/2 cup of chopped green onion

 

PREPARATION

Fill half of a Large Crockpot with frozen meatballs, add remaining ingredients.
Stir well
Top off pot with more balls and stir again.
Cook on low for 4 hours,
Check one hour before party and turn up heat if needed.

 

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John’s Pico de Gallo

 

Like your “salsa” chunky and fresh? here is how you make it with my special ingredient.

 

INGREDIENTS

½ cup Onion, diced fine
1 Jalapeno Pepper (small), seeded and diced fine
¼ cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
¼ cup Dill Pickle, diced fine (I prefer Boars Head)*
4 Large Tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 Tbs. Fresh Lime Juice
½ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

 

PREPARATION

In a medium bowl, combine the onion, jalapeno pepper, bell pepper, dill pickle, and diced tomatoes.

Stir in lime juice and cilantro; season to taste with salt and pepper. Or I should have said everything.

Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving, preferably overnight.

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Cheese and Sausage Dip

 

4 Ingredients, 1 great dip!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 (1 pound) package Velveeta Cheese

1 can Chili – no beans

1 pound medium or spicy sausage, browned and crumbled

1/2 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

 

PREPARATION

Combine Velveeta cheese, chili, and browned sausage in crockpot.

You can heat this on the stove until the cheese melts and it all mixes together. Top with cheddar cheese, stir to combine

It’s better if you put it in the Crock Pot on low until blended and then keep it there to serve.

 

 

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John’s Championship Chili

 

This is the chili to make, perfect for nachos or chili dogs.

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 lb Lean ground chuck
1 lb Lean ground pork
1 Cup Finely chopped onion
4 ea Garlic cloves; finely chpd.
1 cn. Guinness Beer (14.5 oz.)
8 oz Hunt’s tomato sauce
1 c Water
3 tb Chili powder
2 tb Ground cumin
2 tb Wyler’s beef-flavor instant-bouillon (or 6 cubes)
2 tsp Oregano leaves
2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp Ground coriander
1/2 tsp Louisiana hot sauce,to taste
1 tsp Flour
1 tsp Cornmeal
1 tb Warm water

 

PREPARATION:

In large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown half the meat; pour off fat. Remove meat.
Brown remaining meat; pour off all fat except 2 Tbsps.
Add onion, garlic; cook and stir until tender.
Take a big swig of beer, and put the rest in with the meat and remaining ingredients except flour, cornmeal and warm water. Mix well.
Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer covered for at least 2 hours.
Stir together flour and cornmeal; add warm water. Mix well.
Stir into chili mixture.
Cook covered 20 minutes longer.
Makes 2 quarts.

 

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Chicago Mix Popcorn

 

Don’t knock it until you try it, you will be hooked!

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup coconut oil, divided
2 cups popcorn kernels
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt, divided (fine-grained)
1 1/2 cups butter (3/4 lb)
2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cheddar cheese powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon chili powder

 

PREPARATION

For the caramel corn:

Preheat the oven to 250F.

Melt half of the coconut oil in a large pot with a lid over medium-high heat. Add 3-4 popcorn kernels, cover the pot and wait until they pop. Add 1 cup of the kernels and shake well to coat in the oil. Continue heating, shaking every few minutes until the rate of popping slows and most of the kernels have popped.

Empty the kernels into a brown paper bag, add 2 teaspoons of salt, and shake to distribute the salt and drain the excess oil. Then, spread the popcorn in a large roasting pan or several baking sheets.

Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, 1 cup of butter, and the baking soda in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring and insert a candy thermometer. Cook until it reaches 235F, which should take about 8 minutes.

Immediately remove the caramel from the heat and add the vanilla carefully—the caramel will bubble & spit molten candy at you, so you want to drop it in and immediately pull your hand away. After the bubbling subsides, stir in the vanilla, and pour the caramel over the popcorn. Then, stir to coat evenly.

Bake for about an hour in the preheated oven, stirring every 10-15 minutes. It’s done when the caramel is no longer dripping onto the bottom of the pan and instead has hardened into a crisp shell around every piece. Remove and let cool completely, and then break apart any large clumps by hand.

For the cheese corn:

Repeat steps 2 and 3 above with the remaining coconut oil and popcorn kernels, but this time return the popcorn to the pot.

Melt the remaining 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan or microwave, pour over the popped corn, and shake or stir to coat evenly.

Whisk together the cheese powder, mustard powder, chili powder, and 1 Tablespoon salt and pour that over the buttered popcorn. Again, shake or stir to coat. Taste and add more salt if desired.

Combine, or don’t. Store in airtight containers.

You could always just buy some caramel corn & cheese corn and combine them or get it right from the source:

 

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Union Square Nuts

 

These “Hot” nuts are great for the holidays and even better for Gameday.

 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups unsalted mixed nuts (including peeled peanuts, cashews, brazil, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans & whole unpeeled almonds)
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary (from two 3 inch sprigs)
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted)

 

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven 350 ºF.
Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a baking sheet.
Toast in the oven till they become light golden-brown, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt and melted butter.
Thoroughly toss the toasted nuts in the spiced butter and serve warm.

And once you eat these, you will never want to stop.

 

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Smoked Tuna Dip

 

This is often called crack dip. or try this other version.

 

INGREDIENTS

6-8 ounces smoked tuna, skin removed, meat chopped in coarsely
1/2 block cream cheese
2 jalapenos
juice of one lime
1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
1/4 cup mayo (or less, depending on how wet your mixture is and how well it is blending)
salt, pepper to taste
1 tablespoon lime zest

 

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients together in a food processor.
The fish is dense so you”ll need to add a little bit at a time to make sure it mixes uniformly in the food processor.
It’s better to make it almost whipped so it is great for scooping up on crackers.

 

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Zesty Ranch Mix

 

This is our favorite take on homemade chex mix, that is sure to be a hit.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Nonstick cooking spray
5 cups bite-size rice square cereal
2 cups plain pita chips, broken into bite-sizes pieces
2/3 cup  shelled cashews
2/3 cup butter snaps (pretzel squares)
1 1 ounce packet dry ranch salad dressing mix
2 tablespoons dried dill weed
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel

 

PREPARATION

Lightly coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In prepared slow cooker combine cereal, pita chips, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, salad dressing mix, dill weed, and rosemary.

Drizzle mixture with oil, tossing gently to blend.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 2 1/2 hours, stirring every 40 minutes or on high-heat setting for 80 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes.

Sprinkle lemon peel over mixture, tossing gently to blend. Spread mixture in an even layer on a 13x9x2-inch baking sheet; cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Homemade Guacamole

 

Sure you can just by it, but here is how you make it like the pros. Be sure to place the avocados into the fridge for an hour or two before you open them up. This guac is much better when slightly chilled.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 medium ripe avocados, chilled1 lime wedge
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1/2 tablespoon minced jalapeno
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons diced tomato
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt

 

PREPARATION

Mash avocados in a medium bowl, then add the juice of one lime wedge.
Stir in onion, jalapeno, cilantro, tomato and salt to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.

Serves up to 4

 

 

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Entertaining Tips & Tricks

 

Schedule a couple of days to go shopping for the items on your lists. Here is a simple countdown to take you through the final two weeks leading up to the big day.

 

Two Weeks Before:

  • Confirm your guest list and give out specific assignments to guests that are contributing meals.
  • Finalize your shopping lists.
  • Inventory your table and kitchen supplies.
  • Make arrangements to borrow or rent any items that you lack.

One Week Before:

  • Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks.
  • Shop for non-perishables.
  • Select music and think about your TV viewing.
  • Make a plan for cleaning your house, particularly the rooms that will likely be seen by guests. De-clutter the messiest rooms first.

Two Days Before:

  • Purchase all perishable ingredients.
  • Begin cleaning and chopping any vegetables for the side dishes.
  • Bake and freeze any pies or other desserts that can be frozen.
  • Prepare recipes such as dips, soups and pie dough.
  • Make a written plan for cooking your food.
  • Make a plan for TV viewing.

One Day Before:

  • Clean the powder room, dust and vacuum all rooms guests will be using, especially the dining room and kitchen.
  • Set the table; take out all of the serving pieces.
  • Finish preparing and bake your pies if need be.
  • Prepare and refrigerate salads.
  • Set up TV viewing stations if that is your plan.

GameDay:

  • Ask someone to pick up any bread or rolls or ice, etc.
  • Finish preparing appetizers, etc.
  • Turn on your music or TV for pregame.
  • Take fifteen minutes before guests arrive to freshen yourself and relax.
  • Welcome guests.
  • Set out the food, and count your blessings!

 

Having a GameDay party doesn’t need to stressful. Many dishes can be prepared many hours in advance of the game. Some preparations benefit from sitting for a time before being served. Even if the whole dish cannot be completed early in the day, the preparation of the ingredients can be. Ingredients can be cleaned, cut, blanched, and otherwise made ready for their final cooking.

 

Plan Ahead

If you decide what to cook early, have all ingredients on hand, and cook some of the meal ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of stress. On the day before you can finish preparing and bake your pies, and prepare and refrigerate salads.

 

Simplify Cooking

If you can take shortcuts, take them. Buy your appetizers from the store and food from the catering department; buy pre-made pies.

 

Cut Down On Food

If you’re cooking for only a few people, you may consider sticking with just apps.

 

Let Others Help

Another fun way to simplify your GameDay is to let others help with the apps. If you’re having other people come, you can just let everyone bring an app or dessert while you supply a main dish. If you’re only cooking for your own household, you can let everyone in the house be responsible for one app. This lets everyone feel good that they’ve contributed to the joy of the GameDay.

 

Final Tips

Try to relax and enjoy your guests. Accept help when it’s volunteered – you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to build those long-cherished memories. Many times it’s the little imperfections that nestle into the warmest spot of your heart.

 

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Super Bowl Wagering and Prop Bets

 

Nearly one-third of U.S. adults are likely to bet on the big game.

Nevada sports books took a record $119.4 million in bets on last year’s Super Bowl. One reason for the big draw was the standing of the teams.

A proposition bet, also known as a prop bet or a side bet, can be made two ways: on the occurrence (or not) during a game and on specific aspects of the pageantry surrounding the game. After odds for everything from who will be the MVP of the game, to what team will score first. Novelty props include the length of the national anthem to bets on what color gatorade will be dumped on the coach. You can bet on anything from whether or not the national anthem will run longer than 2 minutes, if the score will be tied at half time, basically anything.

Sure you can just pick what team will win the game, but prop bets is where it’s at.

 

 

A sample of Super Bowl 50 props already posted at MGM books:

— Will the team that scores first win the game? (Yes minus-200; No plus-160)

— Will the team that punts first win the game? (Yes plus-125; No minus-155)

— First team to score at least 8 points (Panthers minus-175; Broncos plus-155)

— Team to score first (Panthers minus-170; Broncos plus-140)

— Team to score last (Panthers minus-130; Broncos plus-100)

— The longest touchdown scored: 49½ yards (Over plus-120; Under minus-150)

— Will the game go into overtime? (No minus-1,100; Yes plus-600)

— Will there be a successful 2-point conversion? (Yes plus-350; No minus-500)

— Will there be at least one scoreless quarter? (Yes plus-200; No minus-280)

 

- Click Here for a FULL list of proposition bets that you can place money on - coming soon!

Click here for Super Bowl 50 Bovado Player Props - coming soon!

Click here Super Bowl 50 Bovado Novelty Props - coming soon!

 

If you just want to have some fun with game prop bets, Click Here for the Super Bowl 50 Prop-Bet-Sheet (coming soon!). You can print out a few copies and bring it to you Super Bowl Party on Gameday. It even incudes a QR code to you can use to check the results with your smartphone.

 

The Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas is annually the first shop to set the market — and to great fanfare. Sports book director Jay Kornegay and his staff release more props on the game every year. Their betting options go well over 400 deep in 2016.

That’s one of the only parts of the big game  game between the Panthers and Broncos in Santa Clara

 

 

Click Here for the official NFL.com page

 

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Game of Squares

 

Super Bowl Squares is one of the most popular ways for Americans to bet on the Super Bowl. It’s played on a 10 by 10 grid of squares, which people buy for a fixed price. Each square is assigned two numbers that aim to match the score of the Super Bowl.

There are many different variations of how people play football squares, also known as Super Bowl Squares. Most people play during the Super Bowl, but squares can be played for any other game, or in some cases you can use the same squares for multiple games (Example: NFL Playoffs). Basics of the Game:

  • Start with an empty 10 by 10 grid. This will give you 100 Squares that you can let your Users select.

  • Now assign one team to the columns, and one to the rows.

  • Begin recruiting your Users to join your Football Squares pool. If you use our site to Play Football Squares Online, this will be a much easier process since you can simply email everyone the link to your site and let them choose their squares. If you decide to use a Spreadsheet or Printable Sheet, then this process will take you a lot more time simply because of having to try and share a single sheet or spreadsheet.
  • Once all the squares have been filled, it is time to assign the numbers. Randomly assign numbers 0 through 9 to each column, followed by doing the same for each row. Now each square represents a specific score in the game based on the column and row numbers.

  • Your Football Squares grid is now complete, and you just need to wait til the game is played to determine who will be your winners. A winner is usually determined at the end of the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, and Final Game score. The winner is determined by looking at the last number in each of the teams’ score, and then matching those numbers on the grid and seeing which square intersects those two numbers. An example would be if the Miami Dolphins were playing the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, and the score at halftime was Miami Dolphins 33, and NY Giants 24. The last number for the Dolphins is 3, and the last number for the Giants is 4. The square on the grid that has the Dolphins with a number of 3, and Giants score of 4, would be the winner.

 

  • Payouts for the winners vary depending on your setup, but usually the 1st through 3rd quarter get about 20% of the pot each, and the final score would get the remaining 40%.

 

Other Options

  • Assign a different set of numbers per Quarter

  • Assign a different set of numbers per Half

  • Use a 5 by 5 grid, where each square has two numbers for each team

 

To get you ready, we crunched the numbers — more than 14,000 games — to see which numbers have the best odds of winning.

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video of how to make Football Squares with your ipad

 

 

 

 

 

FANFOOD Super Bowl 50 Blank Squares Sheet:

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Gameday Beer Cocktails

 

So while no party would be complete without Beer, it’s possible you’re bored of drinking the same old warm, domestic stuff straight from the can. Luckily, there are beer-based cocktail recipes that can ramp up even the blandest of brews.

 

FANFOOD Top 10 Beer Cocktails

 

1. Black and Tan

 

 

 

 

 

Black-and-tan

 

 

 

 

 

This popular mixed-beer cocktail simply layers Guinness over Smithwick’s Ale. The trick to perfecting this mix is pouring the Guinness into the glass over a spoon.

IMAGE: FLICKR, MICHAELCRANE123

 

 

2. Raspberry Beer Cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

Raspberry-beer

 

 

 

 

This fruity cocktail blends Corona, vodka and raspberry lemonade, and tastes similar to a punch.

IMAGE: FLICKR, IRISKH

 

3. Michelada

 

 

 

 

 

Michelada

 

 

 

 

This multi-step recipe requires ingredients you probably already have lying around your kitchen, including Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and ground pepper. And Corona, of course.

IMAGE: FLICKR, ULTRAMEGA

 

4. Black Velvet

 

 

 

 

 

Black-velvet

 

 

 

 

Black Velvet cocktails dress up one part classic Guinness stout to two parts champagne or prosecco.

IMAGE: FLICKR, BEXX BROWN-SPINELLI

 

5. Snakebite

 

 

 

 

 

Snakebite

 

 

 

 

The Snakebite is a cocktail made up of equal parts dry hard cider and stout beer.

IMAGE: FLICKR, DINNER SERIES

 

6. Beer Mojito

 

 

 

 

 

Ginger-beer-mojito

 

 

 

 

This unusual take on the classic mojito adds your favorite India Pale Ale into the mix.

IMAGE: FLICKR, VIN CROSBIE

 

7. Lambic Sangria

 

 

 

 

 

Lambic-punch

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe calls for mixing Hoegaarden with Framboise lambic, a type of Belgian beer mixed with raspberry syrup.

IMAGE: FLICKR, JEFFHEUER

 

8. Chelada

 

 

 

 

 

Chelada-1

 

 

 

 

 

The Chelada mixes light lime juice and coarse salt with a light lager for a refreshing alternative to the classic Michelada.

IMAGE: FLICKR, ULTRAMEGA

 

9. Lemon Shandy

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon-shandy

 

 

 

 

 

This refreshing shandy blends mild Pilsner with fresh lemonade.

IMAGE: FLICKR, KITTYKAH

 

10. Shock Me

 

 

 

 

 

Beer

 

 

 

 

 

A teaspoon of maple syrup compliments the bourbon and Southern Comfort in this brown ale-based cocktail.

 

GameDay Cocktails links:

Super Bowl Cocktails Search

FANFOOD Drink Recipes

 

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Realsimple.com recipes

PBS.org recipes

 

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Super Bowl Fun Facts

 

  • The Vince Lombardi Trophy stands 20 3/4 inches tall, weighs 6.7 pounds and is valued more than $25,000. It is made of sterling silver by Tiffany & Company.
  • Each player on the winning team in Super Bowl XLIX will receive $92,000. Each losing player gets $46,000.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos have both been to a record eight Super Bowls. The Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with six.
  • Only four teams (the Browns, Lions, Jaguars, and Texans) have never appeared in a Super Bowl.
  • No Super Bowl has ever gone to overtime. The closest it ever got was in Super Bowl XXXIV when the Tennessee Titans were stopped one-yard short of scoring a game-tying touchdown against the St. Louis Rams as time expired.
  • Of the 10 most-watched programs in U.S. television history, nine of them are Super Bowls. The Super Bowl between the Packers and Steelers were viewed by 111 million people and is still not the most watched game.
  • It’s truly a worldwide event. Super Bowl XLIX will be distributed to more than 185 countries and broadcast in 30 different languages.
  • When it comes to watching the Super Bowl, nine out of 10 watchers are going to be at a home — either their house or someone else’s.
  • The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.
  • Roughly 48 million Americans will order takeout or delivery food from a restaurant instead of cooking up grub at home.
  • 51.7 million cases of beer will be sold to quench Super Bowl fans.
  • Super Bowl Sunday ranks among the biggest drinking nights of the year along with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day and Thanksgiving Eve.
  • Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular grilling day of winter with 62% of owners firing up the grill.
  • 1.23 billion chicken wings will be eaten by fans will be eating on GameDay, and that adds up to more than 100 million pounds of chicken wings.
  • 11.2 million pounds of potato chips will be chomped on by fans in front of the television during the big game.
  • 8 million pounds of avocados will be mashed up. Hass Avocado says that’s 71.4 million avocados.
  • You’ll need some Tortilla chips to go with all that guacamole, how about the 8.2 million pounds that will be consumed by fans.
  • 3.8 million pounds of popcorn will be placed in bowls.
  • All this shows that it’s going to be quite a feast. In fact, the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.
  • Because of this, Antacids sales are expected to increase 20% on the day after Super Bowl.
  • Nearly one-third of U.S. adults are likely to bet on the big game with men outnumbering women who decide to put some cash on the line.
  • The most points scored by a team in a Super Bowl were San Francisco‘s 55 in 1990 against Denver. The fewest were Miami’s three in 1972 against Dallas.
  • The Super Bowl brings 150 million to an area. That includes all the money spent by fans, sponsors, media and other visitors.
  • Phil Simms from the Giants became the first player to say “I’m going to Disney World!”

 

 

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New Recipes for 2016

 

 

Hot Crab Dip

Easy Moist Cornbread

Charred Salsa Verde

Baked Pita Chips w/Fresh Hummus

Brat Reubens

Pittsburgh Chipped Ham Barbecue

 

Drinks:

Gridiron Punch

Block and Fall

 

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Hot Crab Dip

 

We all know how to make a hot crab dip. Everyone has their family recipe, but does yours have cornbread in it? If if doesn’t, then this one is for you. Don’t buy the cornbread, make it yourself (see below), and reduce the amount of sugar. This dip should be savory not sweet.

 

Ingredients

6 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Creole mustard
1 tablespoon horseradish cream
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
Kosher salt, to taste
Tabasco sauce, to taste
1 pound fresh crabmeat
1 cup coarsely crumbled cornbread (recipe follows)
Toasts or celery sticks, for serving

 

Preparation

Begin by mixing mayonnaise, Creole mustard, horseradish cream, Old Bay Seasoning, and finely chopped celery and onion. Season with salt and Tabasco, then stir in plenty of fresh lump crabmeat. Place this mixture in an ovenproof dish and top with crumbled cornbread. Bake in a medium-hot oven until brown and bubbly, and serve at once, with toast triangles or celery sticks for dunking. Creole mustard has a nice little kick of heat and works well in this recipe—substitute Dijon mustard if you can’t find it. Horseradish cream is sometimes labeled “horseradish cream style” or “prepared horseradish.”

Note: The crab mix can be made up to 1 day ahead—just leave out the salt until you’re ready to bake it.

 

 

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Moist Cornbread

This recipe is an easy basic cornbread recipe that you can use for the crab dip above. It’s a moist, crackly-topped cornbread recipe that calls for ingredients you probably already have lying around in the fridge and pantry. It’s lightly sweetened, but you should reduce the sugar if you are using in the dip and/or mix in some corn kernels or jalapeños if you are not mixing it in with the crab.

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups finely ground yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 large eggs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), melted, plus more for coating the baking dish

 

Preparation

 

Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter; set aside.

Place the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

Place the milk and eggs in a medium bowl and whisk until the eggs are broken up. Pour the milk mixture into the cornmeal mixture and, using a rubber spatula, stir until just incorporated. (Do not overmix.)Stir in the melted butter until just incorporated and no streaks of butter remain.

Pour the mixture into the prepared dish.Bake until golden brown around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the dish to a wire rack and let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

 

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Chared Salsa Verde

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds tomatillos, peeled and split in half (680g; about 10 medium)
1 medium white onion, peeled and split in half (about 6 ounces; 170g)
2 to 4 Serrano or jalapeño chilies (adjust according to spice tolerance, remove seeds and ribs for milder spice), split in half
10 to 15 sprigs cilantro, tough lower stems discarded
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Kosher salt

 

Preparation

Adjust oven rack to 4 inches below broiler and preheat broiler to high. Place tomatillos, onion, and chilies on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil until darkly charred and blackened on top and tomatillos are completely tender, 6 to 12 minutes

Transfer vegetables and their juice to a blender, food processor, or the cup of an immersion blender. Add half of cilantro. Blend in pulses until a rough puree is formed.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over high heat until shimmering. Pour salsa into the hot oil all at once (it will steam and sputter). Immediately start stirring and continue to cook, stirring, until salsa is darkened and thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Finely chop remaining cilantro and stir into salsa. Season to taste with salt. Let cool, then serve. Salsa can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

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Baked Pita Chips w/Fresh Hummus

 

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon herbes de Provence or Old Bay or Ras el hanout
3 (5-inch) pitas, sliced into 8 wedges each
1 tablespoon olive oil

 

Preparation

Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Combine the salt and ras el hanout in a small bowl; set aside.

Place the pita wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush the tops with half of the olive oil and sprinkle with half of the salt mixture. Flip the wedges over and repeat with the remaining oil and salt mixture.

Bake until the chips are golden brown and crispy, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately transfer the chips to a wire rack until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Note: You’ll need a pastry brush to make these chips. These pita chips can be seasoned with just about any spice blend or dried herb like thyme, herbes de Provence, or even Old Bay. Ras el hanout is a North African spice blend with sweet and floral notes and can be found at Middle Eastern grocers. For a sweet twist, use 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and swap out the salt for some granulated sugar instead.

 

Easy Hummus

 

Ingredients

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium garlic clove, peeled and smashed
Juice of 1 medium lemon
1/4 cup roasted tahini
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
Salt

 

Preparation

Place beans, garlic, half of the lemon juice, tahini, water, olive oil, and a big pinch of salt in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and process until smooth.

If the hummus is too thick, pulse in more water, a tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.

Taste, adding more salt and lemon juice as needed. To serve, place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.

Serve with raw or roasted vegetables, pita bread, or chips. You can also use it as a sandwich spread.

Note: Make sure to buy roasted, not raw, tahini. If you’re not sure which is which, check the label for roasted sesame seeds.

 

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Brat Reubens

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 large hard-cooked egg, peeled and finely chopped
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
Six 4-ounce bratwursts
1 small onion, thinly sliced
One 12-ounce beer, such as Budweiser
Six 8-inch rye hoagie rolls, split and toasted
6 slices of pastrami or corned beef
6 slices of imported Swiss or provolone cheese
Confetti Giardiniera, for serving

 

Preparation

In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the ketchup, relish and Worcestershire sauce.

Fold in the chopped egg and season the dressing with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cover the bratwursts and onion with the beer and 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Simmer over moderately low heat until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of each brat registers 165°, 8 to 10 minutes.

Transfer the brats to a plate.

Heat a grill pan or large cast-iron skillet.

Cook the bratwursts over moderately high heat until browned all over, about 5 minutes.

Fill the rolls with the pastrami, cheese and brats. Top with some of the dressing and giardiniera and serve.

 

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Pittsburgh Chipped Ham Barbecue

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
Small onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 bottle Heinz chili sauce
1 1/2 Heinz chili sauce bottle’s water
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 1/2 pounds Isaly’s Original Chipped Chopped Ham

 

Preparation

Melt butter in skillet, add onion and celery and cook until softened. Add remaining ingredients (except chipped ham) and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add chipped ham, stir until hot and serve on sandwich buns.

 

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Gridiron Punch

 

Ingredients

18 ounces (2 1/4 cups) naturally sweetened pineapple juice, chilled
6 ounces Yellow Chartreuse, chilled
6 (12-ounce) bottles amber ale, such as Fat Tire, chilled

 

Preparation

Place the pineapple juice and Chartreuse in a 3-quart container or punch bowl and stir to combine. Add the beer and gently stir to combine. Sweet pineapple juice and herbaceous Yellow Chartreuse work well with the malty flavors of amber ale in this beer punch. If you’re bringing this punch to a tailgate or party, mix the pineapple juice and Chartreuse beforehand and keep chilled. Add the cold beer when ready to serve.

 

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Block and Fall

Old Overholt and Iron City Boilermaker

 

Ingredients

1 shot Old Overhol
1 Iron City Beer
old-fashioned glass

 

Preparation

Knock back the Old Overholt and chase it with the Iron City Beer. Some folks like to depth-charge the whiskey into the beer, but no need for this. The boilermaker first turned up in 1932 in James Wiley and Helene Griffith’s Art of Mixing under the name, Block and Fall (“drink two, walk a block and fall”). “the boilermaker and his helper,” the “one and one,” the shot and the beer, make up a drink that nobody can screw up.

Old Overholt It is one of the few straight rye whiskies available at most liquor stores in the U.S. It is aged for three years and bottled at 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume). Old Overholt was originally distilled in BroadFord, Pennsylvania and was called “Monongahela” It is reputed to have been the alcoholic beverage of choice of the gunfighter and gambler Doc Holliday

The Iron City Brewing Company (also known as the Pittsburgh Brewing Company) is a beer company that until August 2009 had been located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. On June 11, 2009, it was reported that the brewery was “moving” to Latrobe, Pennsylvania. That move was recently completed and Iron City is now produced in the Latrobe Brewery that was once used to produce Rolling Rock.

 

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