Are you ready for some football?

22 Nov
Calgary Herald

Calgary Herald

If you’re looking for Grey Cup party recipes, you’ve come to the right place. We blush with pride to claim a super yummy collection of football party classics.

What are your football faves? Let us know.

Be sure to check our November 2009 archives for potato skins, wings, and meatballs, and other party-perfect yummies

Football food is not fancy, it’s deliciously unpretentious.

Chorizo takes seven-layer dip to new heights. Chicken wing dip is a crowd pleaser. And brownies with salted peanuts and pretzels are the way to go.

BUFFALO CHICKEN WING DIP
Bake in the oven until bubbling or keep warm in a small slow cooker.

8 oz. pkg (250 g) cream cheese, softened

2 cups (500 mL) cooked chicken, diced

1/2 cup (125 mL) wing hot sauce

(we like Frank’s Redhot Buffalo Wing flavour sauce)

1/2 cup (125 mL) blue cheese salad dressing

1/2 cup (125 mL) grated cheese (jack, cheddar, or if you like things nippy, blue cheese crumbles)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon mixture into an oven proof casserole or small baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling in the centre.

Serve with celery fans (To make them, fill a bowl halfway with very cold water. Cut the celery stalks into 2-inch pieces. Using a small knife, slice half of each piece into slivers and then put it into the bowl of water. After a few minutes, the cut ends will curl into fans. Drain on paper towels before serving), carrot sticks and chips or crackers.
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SEVEN LAYER DIP
A classic layered Tex-Mex dip with a twist: savory crumbled chorizo is nestled inside creamy layers of refried beans, sour cream, salsa, grated cheese, green onions, guacamole.

A glass pie plate or baking dish lets the different layers show through, but any high-sided pan or platter will do.

1 lb (500 g) chorizo sausage

can of refried beans

1 cup (250 mL) of sour cream

1/2 cup (125 mL) or more of salsa

1½ cups (375 mL) shredded cheese

3 ripe avocados, pitted and mashed with salt and lime juice (or your own or store-bought guacamole)

3 green onions, chopped

Squeeze chorizo out of its casing and fry in a large skillet on medium heat until cooked, breaking up any chunks as you go.

To assemble: layer refried beans on the bottom of a pan or platter. Next, add sour cream, salsa, cooled chorizo, shredded cheese, guacamole and green onions.

Chill until ready to serve.
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HAIL MARY BROWNIES
1 cup (250 mL) sugar

1/4 cup (50 mL) vegetable oil

eggs 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla

1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

2 tbsp (25 mL) butter, softened

6 tbsp (100 mL) cocoa powder

2/3 cup (150 mL) flour

For topping:

1/2 cup (125 mL) roasted salted peanuts

1/2 cup (125 mL) pretzels

1/4 cup (50 mL) agave

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Using an electric mixer, combine sugar and oil thoroughly. Add eggs and beat until creamy. Add vanilla, salt and butter and mix thoroughly.

Now, by hand, stir sifted cocoa and flour into mixture.

Pour brownie batter into greased or parchment paper lined 8-inch by 8-inch (20-cm by 20-cm) cake pan.

In a separate bowl, mix peanuts and pretzels with agave to bind. Spoon mixture evenly over brownie batter.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick pressed into the centre comes out clean.

Calgary Herald
Nov. 21, 2010

Grey Cup is just around the corner and so is party time.

For first-time entertainers, Grey Cup is the perfect party. It’s affordable, it’s casual and it has built-in entertainment.

And of course, good Grey Cup parties have deliciously unpretentious snacks.

This is no time for complicated, fancy food. It’s not a tasting party. Leave those fussy ramekins in the cupboard. Football party foul. No tapas, no gazpacho soup shooters.

This is hand-to-mouth combat. Fans are going to be transfixed, watching the game unfold on TV and shovelling great gobs of food into gaping mouths without taking their eye off the blitz.

Football is the focal point — no one’s going to notice your radish roses or carrot curls.

The entire spread can be cooked the day before, allowing the host to stay out of the kitchen and take in the game. It’s an all-day party, so plan on people grazing for hours. And keep plenty of tasty nibbles within reach.

When it comes to classic game day snacks, we think of chicken wings and guacamole. This year, we’re putting a twist on those two crowd favourites by turning them into dips.

Buffalo-style chicken wings are easily deconstructed into a creamy dip — an Internet sensation that begs to be scooped up with celery and carrot sticks.

To get our guac on, a classic seven-layer dip has a hidden layer of savoury chorizo sausage between luscious layers of guacamole, refried beans, sour cream, salsa, cheese and green onions.

Paired with ice-cold beer, the dips have it.

If you’ve a crowd to feed, the most valuable player for any football party is a bubbling pot of your famous chili. Or try offering a mouth-watering roast beef for a gourmet sandwich bar: guests can serve themselves.

You can get away with either theme year after year by updating quality condiments. Lime sour cream for topping chili this year, orange chipotle the next.

The same goes for a roast beef sandwich bar. Offer a few luxurious spreads such as garlicky horseradish aioli or cranberry onion jam. Add some pillowy rolls and a selection of fall pickles on the side.

Place the buffet line a good distance away from the TV action. The key to any great Grey Cup party is to create two distinct television zones: one for serious game watchers, and another set closer to the food for Chatty Cathies. You know who you are.

After halftime, some-thing’s got to give. Time to get the coffee on and roll out these Hail Mary Brownies: luscious chocolate squares with a sweet and salty pretzel and peanut topping. It will be a game day party to remember.

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