Too Many Cooks: Game Day Food

January 31, 2014

You'll be hearing from the staff at Food52 in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.  

Spinach Artichoke Dip on Food52

We may not be legally allowed to discuss the S**er B**l, but that doesn't mean we're not excited about it. Some people in our office are very serious about football; some of us are just in it for the dip, chips, and commercials about chips.

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Regardless of which side you're on, or which team you're rooting for, you can still get excited about tables full of snacks and coolers full of beer. So this week, we asked our team:

What will you be serving on game day?

Will you stick to the classics and mash gallons of guacamole? Or go rogue and make vegan sloppy joes? Tell us in the comments!

Margaritas on Food52

Bryce: Baked brie. Guacamole. And margaritas -- does that count?

Gabriella P: Jalapeño poppers. I tried them for the first time a few years ago and was instantly enamored. I may have cried a little bit, both because they were so delicious and because I was so sad to think of all the other hundreds of potential jalapeño poppers I had missed out on in my lifetime.  

Jalapeño Poppers on Food52

Brette: I'm making little football cookies, LACES OUT.

Lauren L: Buffalo chicken dip, and the amazing Quinoa Guacamole.

Maddy: Guacamole, salsa, pulled pork tacos, fried avocado tacos (with no salt pork in the beans, for vegetarians), and Coconut Cajeta & Chocolate Fondue with oranges from our tree. Also cookies, and salty pretzels.

Fried Avocado Tacos on Food52

Posie: DIY soft tacos. Also: not actually, but I've always secretly wanted to just recreate the Ben & Jerry's Vermonster for occasions like this, give everyone a spoon, and call it a day.

Joy: Pigs in a blanket. Warm crab dip! Cumin pickled carrots.  

Jambalaya on Food52

Rémy: Cajun caramel corn and a big pot of jambalaya or gumbo because I'm still (always) in denial that the Saints aren't in the game.

Julie: Originally, guacamole, caramelized onion dip, homemade pizzas, and peanut butter brownies -- but as this thread gets longer, so does my list.

Pizza on Food52

Danny: My roommates and I are hosting, and we will feature a chicken cutlet bar, where you can assemble your chicken cutlet plate however you like. Jalapeños, avocados, Tropical Cheese, roasted red peppers, red onions, lettuce, tomato, BBQ sauce...the works.

Gabriella M.: Guacamole, wings, chili, and fries (enjoyed separately or combined as chili cheese fries). Also, I would love a spoonful of that Vermonster. 

Chicken Wings on Food52

Jason: Chorizo and monterey jack-stuffed potato skins.

Christina: Homemade Soft Pretzels and Mustard.

KristenBacon-wrapped water chestnuts with extra chutney.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts on Food52

Lauren K: I'm going to be making this fondue, because I own that lil' fondue pot now. (Thanks, Provisions!)

Catherine: Last year my house went bananas and we had everything from barbecued pork to four (yep) types of guacamole (we're all very particular). Also spinach and artichoke dip and a healthy amount of beers chilled on the back porch. Also a dessert table.

Guacamole on Food52

Karl: Pulled pork! Since it's too cold to smoke outside, I have been using the same rub I usually use but roasting it in the oven at 220° F overnight. It takes 20 to 24 hours until it's 190° F inside and falling apart. Optional bonus: put apple cider in the roasting pan to catch the drippings, and then when it's all said and done, add some more cider, bring to a boil on the burner, and make a sauce. It's been a big hit.

Merrill: Karl, can I come to your house for the game? I'll be making lots and lots of guacamole.

Tell us in the comments: What are you serving this weekend?

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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Marian Bull

Written by: Marian Bull



healthierkitchen February 1, 2014
going to bring foxeslovelemons' gochujang meatballs the party I'm going to!
eat C. February 1, 2014
We're "pre-gaming" with a fried chicken & waffle brunch. I'm making my buttermilk fried chicken with smoked paprika (flash-fried and finished in the oven on a rack) and kamut-cornmeal waffles with green onions and spicy maple syrup (full recipe for both on my blog). That should provide plenty of fuel for watching the game!
walkie74 February 1, 2014
AntoniaJames, your spread sounds so...healthy...I feel like an underachiever! There will only be two of us, so I'm doing either onion rings or caramelized dip, Korean Fried Chicken Wings (my recipe is from Modernist Cuisine), and a sour cream dip with garlic parsley salt and seasoned salt.
AntoniaJames January 31, 2014
We're doing some serious hiking tomorrow and Sunday, so we're keeping it simple . . . farmers' market sausages poached in beer and then sliced/browned, served on toothpicks with not-recipe apple-fig mostarda; Cuban adobo (with fresh sage, recipe posted here) pork shoulder on phulka roti to make soft tacos + avocado, jicama slivers, lime, cilantro and lettuce; big green salad with quick-pickled chard stems and various nuts, seeds and dried fruit (citrus/white wine vinaigrette); apple crisp with two varieties of apples pre-cooked using Cook's Illustrated's method (it's the best), with an oatmeal-cookie topping inspired by Nekisia Davis' Genius granola. To drink: Rosemary lemonade + a variety of local beers/ales. ;o)
Aliwaks January 31, 2014
Were going to a party that will prob have some interesting food options so I'm bringing Thai Sausage Mini Banh Mi using my good buddy Adam Gertler's "Gertler's Wurst Thai Red Curry Sausage" - & Miso Butterscotch Ice Cream Sandwiches with ginger cream (so shameless friend promotion you can get Gertler's wurst at Costco btw and they are amazing !!! Esp in this fried rice!!)
aeisenhowerturnbull January 31, 2014
Vegan Chili, Pioneer Woman's Potato Skins, homemade pickles, guacamole, salsa, homemade nachos. Philadelphia Pretzels (having them shipped to DC!) and an amazing peanut, chocolate preztzel bar from this months Martha Stewart. Lots of beer, and bloody marys on hand. Promises to be pretty wreckless.