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Super Bowl Snacks

Chili is my signature dish for the Super Bowl. For years, I’ve been bringing a couple of big pots of chili to my parent’s house for their Super Bowl party.

Chili is the perfect food for watching football – hearty enough  to fill you up, surprisingly healthy when compared to the other options, and easily re-heatable so you can make it ahead of time.  It lets you eat well, then get on with watching the game.  Or the commercials, whichever interests you more.
*When the game’s on, I don’t want to be messing around with dinner. This is one occasion when even the best cook could be replaced by a pizza delivery.  And they will be, if they’re interrupting the game…

Of course, if there are other finger foods around, I’ll try them out.  (I’ll force myself, in the interests of science.)  Here are some recipes from DadCooksDinner, and across the web, that will go well with your party:

Chili:
Texas Red Chili – Every year, I bring a big pot of this chili.  Every year, it’s empty by halftime.
Ranch Hand Chili – If you like beans in your chili, go with this one instead.

Frito Pie with Venison Chili and Goat Cheese Fancied up Frito Pie from Robb Walsh.  If it was anyone else, I wouldn’t trust them, putting goat cheese on their chili.  But he does use 8 pounds of venison, and has argued for the honor of velveeta in the past, so I’ll have to take his word on the goat cheese. [houstonpress.com]
*For my readers who are northerners (like, well, me) and who haven’t heard of frito pie before:open a bag of fritos, cover it with velveeta, then cover that with chili. Mmmm….

Wings:
Grill Roasted Chicken Wings
Grilled Chicken Wings, Spicy Asian Glazed – Yes, my wing recipes are for grilled wings.  I just like them better that way.

Roasted Lemon Chicken Wings – Don’t want to grill your wings? Pam Anderson’s oven baked wings are a winner. [threemanycooks.com]

The Food Lab: In Search of the Best Oven-Fried Buffalo Wings – Kenji Lopez-Alt looks at chicken wings in his usual manner: informative, hilarious, obsessive-compulsive, and tasty. [seriouseats.com]

Potato Skins:
Baked Loaded Potato Skins: a Recipe of Victory Much to my surprise, I don’t have a recipe for potato skins.  This one from Kris Swensson at Cheap Healthy Good looks great, and I can’t wait to test it out on my unsuspecting family try it on Sunday. [cheaphealthygood.blogspot.com]

And, of course, you need beer.  Lots and lots of beer.  Just make sure you get good beer, like my local favorites from the Great Lakes Brewing Company.

What do you think? Questions? Recipes that you always make for the Super Bowl? Leave them in the comments section below.

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