I’ll be honest and say that my favorite thing about Sunday’s “Big Game” is the food! I love college football, but I’m not so much into the NFL. Still, who’s going to say no to an excuse to bring out a bunch of party food and spend time socializing?
What are you planning to make for Game Day? I’ve put together a list of some of our favorite party recipes to give you some inspiration.
Classic football food, crispy and delicious with no deep fryer in sight! Serve these with carrot and celery sticks plus an easy blue cheese dip.
Are you Team Buffalo or Team Barbecue? I can’t quite decide, so usually I serve both. These barbecue wings are crispy, sweet and smoky, and taste great with a simple ranch dip.
This crispy black bean taco recipe is by far our most popular! Our readers love them, and so do we! You can easily cut these small tacos in half or thirds to make them into finger food. Don’t skip the avocado lime sauce – it’s to die for!
I’m always looking for new salad combinations, especially since I’ve somehow become the go-to salad person for our family get-togethers. Two things I’ve learned about making a good salad are 1) you need a balance of flavors and textures, and 2) you can always look to Italian cuisine for inspiration. This Italian salad with pears, shaved Parmesan and honey-balsamic vinaigrette is a perfect blend of sweet, salty, sour and bitter flavors, with a variety of textures from tender salad greens to juicy pears to crunchy toasted pine nuts.
I’m always looking for recipes that are simple, tasty and healthy, and this 30-Minute Chicken Chili is all of those things. It’s spicy and satisfying, and it cooks up quickly with just a few staple ingredients. My family loves my Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili recipe, but this chicken chili is lighter and less expensive to make. It’s more of a broth-based soup than a meaty chili.
I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in ours it is really starting to feel like fall. Last weekend my family and I went to a local orchard and picked our own apples. We came home with way more apples than we expected, and I knew that making a few batches of apple pie filling was the perfect solution. I love all pie, of course, but apple is one of my favorites and it’s the perfect way to get into the fall spirit.
The best part of making multiple batches of apple pie filling was that I was able to put a few of the batches in the freezer for later in the season. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, and it’s nice to have some at least one thing that’s already prepared.
One thing I love about fall is the return of soup season! One of the first soups I make every year when the weather turns cooler is this creamy tomato basil soup with orzo, which is based on a ready-made soup from Costco. It’s probably my favorite “Costco hack” recipe. I’ve made this soup dozens of times – for my family, for company or for potlucks – and people always ask me for the recipe.
Everybody loves tacos, but sometimes tostadas are even better: crispy, crunchy and spicy, with lots of room for fresh toppings. The only thing I don’t like about tostadas is that they’re messy and difficult to eat. I wanted to make my favorite bean and chorizo tostadas for a football watch party last Sunday, but tostadas are not exactly finger food. I decided to cut the tortillas in half before frying them, to make them easier to pick up. Everybody argued about whether these were mini tostadas or giant nachos, but they devoured them anyway!
Is there a more classic game day dish than Buffalo wings? Maybe football season should be called wing season. I love Buffalo sauce so much, I think I could eat it on just about anything. Every football season, I make Buffalo wings for at least one or two watch parties, and they tend to disappear fast off a buffet table. Most restaurants fry their wings to get them crispy, but if you know a few secrets, baked Buffalo wings can be even better than fried.
All through the summer, our family counts down the days until football season starts again for our favorite college team. September is finally here, and the wait is over! Our team is 2-0 so far. If we don’t have tickets to the game, we usually have a watch party with our favorite game day foods, like these baked honey barbecue wings with easy ranch dip. My family loves these wings so much, I make them even when it’s not football season.
One thing that ruins wings is soggy skin. The wings need to be cooked long enough that most of the fat gets rendered out of the skin, but not so long that they dry out. Most restaurants fry their wings, but you can get perfectly crispy, restaurant-style wings from the oven if you know a few secrets.
We recently returned from a big family reunion near Yellowstone National Park with a whole lot of memories and a cute little jar of huckleberry honey. If you’ve ever been to the Yellowstone area, you know you can buy huckleberry anything: jam, syrup, candy, even hot sauce. If you go, make sure to try the huckleberry ice cream! I thought the huckleberry honey looked yummy, and immediately I started thinking of things I could eat it with. These easy drop biscuits came to mind.
Allie’s Fool-Proof Buttermilk Biscuit recipe is one of the most popular recipes on our site, for good reason, because they’re delicious, buttery and flaky. These easy drop biscuits are even faster to make, because they don’t require rolling or cutting. You can make them start to finish in about 20 minutes. You don’t need any specialized ingredients, just basics you probably always have in your refrigerator and pantry. These biscuits are crisp on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside, and taste great with just about any meal.
This summer has been absolutely crazy at our house, with one daughter moving to another state, another daughter getting married, and a major renovation (still not finished) for the kitchen. I’ve been pulling out all my easiest, quickest and tastiest recipes to try to keep everybody fed during the chaos. This crock-pot honey balsamic chicken with carrots is perfect for busy days. It’s a main dish and side dish all in one, with fabulous flavors the whole family loves.
The key to this recipe is one of my favorite flavor combinations: balsamic vinegar and honey. Add a touch of garlic and a little bit of red chili oil, and you have a subtly sweet sauce with a depth of flavor that perfectly complements chicken and carrots.