Recipes For The Big Game You Don't Want To Miss

Sunrise Senior Living  |  February 2, 2016
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With the football championship right around the corner, make sure you have the right food to dazzle any family or guests.

Not only is the championship game a big day for sports fans, it is also an opportunity to try out new recipes. Snacking is a major part of the viewing experience, and these dishes will leave your guests feeling satisfied.

Some of these recipes are perfect for snacking during the big game, while others may demand more attention and be best for halftime. Either way, your guests will be sure to thank you when your party is over.

Creamy Spinach and Feta Dip With Homemade Pita Chips
Just because watching the football championship is a big event for eating doesn't mean your snack selection needs to be too unhealthy. This dip isn't just delicious, but it is a good alternative to other, less healthy options.

Ingredients:

  • 10.5 oz. frozen, chopped, packaged spinach 
  • 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. dill
  • 6 whole-wheat pita pockets
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, cook spinach over medium heat with a little butter and drain well. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix evenly. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut each pita pocket into 8 triangles, and place on a cookie sheet. Brush each with olive oil. Bake for 6 minutes or until lightly brown. Place your pita chips on a paper towel to remove extra olive oil, and add salt or pepper if desired.

White Chicken Chili
A staple everywhere for the big game, this take on chili is unique and very tasty. It is the perfect comfort food to console any fans who aren't enjoying the outcome of the game as well as a great victory meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cans of chicken broth
  • 1 can of chopped green chilies
  • 3 cans of black beans
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:

Chop chicken and onion into small, bite-sized pieces. Combine all ingredients except the cheese into a slow cooker and stir well. Cover and set on low for 6 to 8 hours.

To serve, place in individual bowls and top with shredded cheese, as well as sour cream, hot sauce or any other desired extras.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
For anyone looking to think outside the box for the big game, this recipe is a good place to start. It's a satisfying and interesting finger-food for fans to munch on between plays.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pineapple chunks
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 oz ground turkey breasts
  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion whites
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallion greens

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and line a baking sheet with foil. Coat with cooking spray. 

In a small bowl, drain pineapple juice and whisk in vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch and chili powder before setting aside. Finely chop about 1/2 cup of the pineapple and remove extra moisture with a paper. 

In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg and stir in shredded carrot, scallion whites, ginger, salt and the finely chopped pineapple. Add the ground turkey and pork and gently mix to combine. Form small meatballs about the size of a tablespoon. Bake for about 15 minutes.

In a large skillet, heat canola oil over medium heat. Add finely chopped bell pepper and cook for one minute. Add the juice mixture and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat and stir in the remaining pineapple pieces and cooked meatballs.

Using a toothpick, combine a meatball and piece of pineapple and pepper. On a serving plate, drizzle the the sauce and scallion greens over top.