Football Fare: Wings, Dip, Chili, Healthy?

Peanut butter is the secret ingredient in Roger Mooking's chicken wing marinade.

Now that the Christmas ham and insane amounts of holiday cookies are behind us, it’s time to veg out and watch some football. We’ve been in the kitchen cooking up a storm since Thanksgiving, so when it comes to game-time fare for watching your favorite team compete in a bowl game, it’s got to be quick, easy and feet-up-on-the-coffee-table casual…

Wings are non-negotiable, of course. But think outside the realm of classic hot wings with lip-smacking recipes from Cooking Channel chefs, like Roger Mooking’s peanut butter marinated version (forgo the noodle salad alongside if it’s too much effort and/or you don’t intend to use any utensils during the games). If you’re already kicking off a resolution to eat healthier in 2011, you can still indulge in Emeril’s fresh, fast oven-baked wings.

Giada's spinach dip is fresh, flavorful and resolution-friendly.

Another football spread staple: Dip. Take a break from the classic spinach-artichoke and try Giada’s bright and healthy spinach and cannellini bean spin. Pick your dipper: She serves with endive spears, crostini or pita chips. Ellie Krieger has a super-easy five-ingredient riff on seven-layer Mexican dip—so you can dig in without breaking that not-yet-official resolution.

Rachael's beefy Chili has a South American accent.

If you’re willing to break out some spoons and bowls, whip up a big pot of chili. Rachael’s Argentine chili is packed with flavor thanks to chorizo and a chimichurri topping. Or keep it lighter with Emeril’s white-bean-and-turkey version or Aida’s simple, smoky option for vegetarians.

Now all you need are cold beers, a couch and a TV. Happy game day from Cooking Channel!

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