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What to Serve When Watching the Game

What to Serve When Watching the Game

From March Madness to the Stanley Cup, the Super Bowl to the World Series, there are a couple of weekends throughout the year when all you can think about is getting together with your buddies to watch the big game (and usually whomever has the largest television at home hosts). It’s easy to pick up a couple of six-packs of beer and some pretzels and chips to snack on while cheering on your team, but we know you’ll end up ordering in pizza or subs within a couple of hours to quell your growing hunger.

Instead of resorting to delivery, go for homemade. Plan to make a couple of filling easy appetizers in advance that your friends will love. Don’t have the time or energy to make four different dishes? Plan the menu then assign a dish to each of your friends for a game day gathering, potluck-style.

Appetizers

These are some of our favorite foods to enjoy while watching the game. Do you have another game-day snack that we missed? Share your suggestions with us below!

Just when you thought you’d never be able to make steamed buns like those at Momofuku at home; these buns are filled with roast chicken rather than pork belly.

Capitol Crack Dip

Hailing from our nation’s capital, this sausage-laden dip is addictive, so be sure to make a lot. Serve with your favorite potato chips — we like thick-cut, wavy crisps that don’t snap when scooping up some dip.

Easy to make, we'd serve these bite-sized treats on a platter with toothpicks. Their sweet and savory flavor will remind you of the islands.

These cheesy fried rolls are an excellent vegetarian appetizer; be sure to serve them with lots of cilantro-lime crema.

Fancy Potato Skins with Chorizo

With a beer in hand, watching the game on TV wouldn’t be complete without crispy potato skins topped with meaty chorizo bits.

One-bite sized meatballs and sausages are slowly cooked in a cranberry-mustard sauce (or one of nine different alternative sauces) for an easy appetizer that is sure to please.

Drinks

In addition to the requisite six-packs of beer chilling in the fridge or cooler, serve a seasonally-appropriate cocktail made with your favorite dark liquor. These are two of our favorites.

Fort Knox Cocktail

The ultimate spring sip made with golden-hued ingredients.

A rum, ginger beer, and bitters cocktail from one of America's best bartenders.

(Photos courtesy of Maryse Chevriere)


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try


5 Foolproof Football Parties

Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.

Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.

Party #1: Build a Bar

A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

  • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
  • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
  • Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar

Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing

A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from

about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match

Party #3: Regional Play-Off

Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.

To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as

, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.

Party #4: Progressive Dinner

Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as

and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?

Party #5: Souper Bowls

Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try