Game On

Game On

It’s official! Super Bowl is here! Super Bowl LIII
And if you’re thinking of hosting a game party, consider this post your play-by-play guide to everything you need to be game day ready.

February 3, 2019 | 5:30 PM CST
New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams

You’ll want to fuel up your guest with appetizers before, during and after the game. This will help you get your guest hyped and more importantly, ensure no one is drinking on an empty stomach. Here are a few recipes I recommend. This variety of apps is awesome, there’s a little something for everyone.

Chicken & Waffle Sliders
Mac & Cheese Cups
Crispy Loaded Hasselback Potato Bites
1 pound potatoes (small, red or Yukon work fine)
olive oil
kosher salt
cheese (Sliced, your choice – I used Colby Jack, cut into small squares)
light sour cream
cooked bacon (chopped)
sliced green onions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Using a sharp knife, make several cuts through each potato, avoiding cutting all the way down. Place potatoes on baking sheet. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Place cheese squares in between a few of the cuts on each potato. Return to oven for 5-10 additional minutes, until cheese has melted. Let cool 10 minutes before topping with sour cream, bacon and green onions, or your desired toppings. Serve warm. Makes 10-15.

Wings, of course!
Do yourself a favor and order these from your neighborhood wing restaurant, like Buffalo Wild Wings. You’ll save time. If you prefer at home wings, here’s a recipe.

Frito Pie Bar
-Courtesy of Chrissy Tiegen

1 lb. ground beef
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp. seasoned salt, such as Lawry’s
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp. minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
2 (15-oz.) cans tomato sauce
2 (15-oz.) cans kidney beans, drained

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.

Add the ground beef, mushrooms, onion, seasoned salt, chili powder, and cayenne to pan. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the mushrooms release their liquid and the meat is no longer pink, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add 2 cups water, brown sugar, tomato sauce, and kidney beans to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low; simmer until  chili thickens and the liquid reduces slightly, about 35 to 40 minutes.*The chili tastes better the longer you let the flavors mingle.

Fruit & Veggie Charcuterie Platter

Time Out Trivia
In between plays, you can entertain guest with conversation about million dollar commercials or you can put your football knowledge to the test. Here are a few football trivia questions.

Q: Which football team holds the record for the most appearances in the playoffs?
A: Tied with Dallas Cowboys 32, Green Bay Packers 32 and New York Giants 32.
Q: Which two cities have hosted the most Super Bowls?
A: South Florida (11) and New Orleans (10)
Q: During the 2017 season, which player set the record for the most single-season passing yards and touchdowns?
A: Peyton Manning
Q: Which player was the #1 draft pick for the 2018 draft?
A: Baker Mayfield
Q: What team won the Super Bowl last season?
A: The New England Patriots

Punter Passion Punch
- Non Alcoholic
3 cups granulated sugar
12 cups cold water
2 cups passion fruit puree
2 cups lemon juice
12 lemons, thinly sliced
Combine sugar, water, passion fruit puree and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool, and the sliced lemons, and pour into a pitcher. Serves 4 to 6.

Post Paloma
- Made with Beer
1 oz tequila, preferably Corralejo Blanco
1/2 oz Del Maguey Vida mezcal
1 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Top with Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
Build in a pint glass with ice and garnish with a lime wheel. Serves 1.

Victory Vodka
- Made with Liquor
2 pounds fresh red seedless grapes, plus 1 cup sliced
1/2 cup clover honey
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup vodka, very cold
1 bottle rosé sparkling wine, very cold
Combine grapes, honey and lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Pour into pitcher. Add the vodka and sliced grapes. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Add the rosé to the mixture just upon serving. Serves 4 to 6.

Football Players & Plays 101
Players - There are 22 players on the field, 11 offense and 11 defense.
Offense - Attempt to score!
Quarterback (QB) - Receives the snap and passes the ball or hands it off.
Running Back (RB) - Gets handed the ball from the quarterback, then tries to run through all the defensive players.
Wide Receiver (WR) - Catches the ball thrown by the quarterback
Offensive Line - They keep the defense away. Line positions include center (snaps the ball into play), guards and tackles.
Tight End (TE) - Either acts like an offensive lineman or catches the ball like a wide receiver.
Defense - Attempts to stop the other team from scoring!
Defensive Line - The defensive ends and tackles who battle head-to-head against the offensive line.
Linebacker (LB) - A player who lines up behind the defensive line to tackle the quarterback or defend against the pass or run.
Defensive Back - The so-called secondary defends against the pass from the QB and helps stops the run.
Special Teams - Players used in kicking situations, like punts, field goals and kickoffs.
Kicker - A player who tries to kick field goals. He’s also responsible for the kickoff.
Punter - A player generally brought in to turn the ball over to the opposing team on the fourth down.

Plays/Rules - During four 15-minute quarter, the offense tries to run, pass or kick the ball into the end zone.
Kickoff - The kick that puts the ball into play to start the first and second halves, or after a touchdown or a field goal.
Down - A chance to advance the ball. If the offense doesn’t move the ball 10 yards in four downs, they must surrender it to the defense.
Touchdown - Everyone knows this, but it’s when a player whether running, passing, returning a kickoff or punt, or recovering a turnover, a team scores a touchdown by advancing the ball into the opponent's end zone. 
Extra Point - A kick, worth one point, when an offensive ball carrier is tackled in his own end zone.
Safety - A score, worth two points, when an offensive ball carrier is tackled in his end zone.
Two-Point Conversion - After a touchdown, the offense can try to score two point by running or throwing the ball into the end zone.
Field Goal - A kick worth three points. It’s usually tried on a fourth down from inside the 45-yards of the goalposts.

What team are you routing for? I’m cheering you on…now go run the ball. Was this post helpful? Let me know in the comments.

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