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Alie & Georgia’s Guide to Super Bowl Drinks

Whether you’ve got money riding on the office pool or you’re just tuning in for Bruno Mars, the Super Bowl is — let’s admit it — a national holiday. It’s the one day a year that we are all united in entertainment and brought together by the power of nachos.

While you may be staring a veritable melted-cheese bonanza in the face (find all manner of Super Bowl party foods here), don’t forget to hydrate! It’s a long day, so keep plenty of water on hand for yourself and guests, and leave room for cocktails. Below are some of our beverage recipes to match your Super Bowl moods and to tackle that thirst.

I’m So Pumped

Okay, so you’re pumped. You’re wearing a [insert sportball team name] jersey and have gotten up early to watch all the red carpet coverage, or whatever they do before Super Bowls. Sweet. Good for you. Get this morning kicked off right by slipping into your lucky sweatpants and mixing up some brunchy drinks that will get the party officially started. Such as:

The Beefy Tomato (pictured above)

A beef jerky-infused whole-blended-tomato Bloody Maria. It would be a serious fumble to pass this one up.

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Fancy Super Bowl Snacks Made with Convenience Store Ingredients

So the big game is finally upon us, and you, like many other people in this country of football (the American kind, that is), are out to watch it in style — on television, in the comfort of your favorite bar or living room. And as everyone knows, it’s not just about gathering around a flat screen with a couple of brewskis to make the game more exciting, it’s also about the snacks that are served and consumed, in a great American tradition on par with Thanksgiving.

Let’s say that, for whatever reason, you’ve found yourself playing last-minute host for a Super Bowl party, and you don’t have time to do a big supermarket run. Have no fear. All you need to do is hit your closest gas station convenience store — where we bought all the ingredients for these Super Bowl snack recipes, which are as tasty as they are convenient. Just be sure to make a lot of them; they might be gone before the first commercial break.

Check out 10 Super Bowl Snacks Made with Food You Can Buy at a Gas Station

Erik Trinidad is a food and travel writer, and the author of the cookbook parody Fancy Fast Food: Ironic Recipes with No Bun Intended, based off his popular food humor blog.

How to Make 50 Super Bowl Sandwiches in 5 Minutes

When tailgating is done poorly, it requires too much prep, too much cooking and too much money. Good to Know‘s Dan Pashman and Laurie March will show you how to tailgate your way to glory with a quick and easy 70-yard-Hail-Mary-at-the-buzzer-level visually stunning tower of sandwiches. Then wash it all down with some beer-based long-haul margaritas that will assure you actually make it to the game:

The Muffuletta AKA The Ultimate Super Bowl Food AKA The Grandwich

What do you get when you stack two pounds of meat and cheese on a hero with pickled vegetable relish? Something glorious called the muffuletta, a Louisianan sandwich that’s massive enough to feed every friend at your Super Bowl party (or one friend and his/her pet grizzly bear). Take a few hours to lock your gaze on the spellbinding glory that is its construction:

Now copy these steps at home.

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25 Ways to Use Pork Butt

Football season means one thing to me: pork butt, aka Boston butt, aka pork shoulder, cooked and served in every way, shape and form. Pork butt can be fatty with lots of connective tissues, making it the preferred cut for low and slow cooking. I prefer to buy bone-in pork shoulder unless I’ll be grinding or cubing up my meat for sausages or stews. And if you want to make sausage but have no meat grinder, ask your butcher to give you a hand and run the meat through the grinder.

Pulled pork is a delicious tailgating standby; you can’t go wrong with slow-roasted meat so tender that it falls apart with two forks, lightly drenched in some tangy-sweet BBQ sauce. And while I’m sure your go-to recipe is the best and that everyone always requests it, why not branch out a little and show that pork butt some love? Here’s the nudge you need to switch up your tailgating favorites.

  1. Have smoker, will travel? Brine your butt (yes, I went there) in molasses before smoking with Alton Brown’s Barbecue Pork Butt recipe. Keep the smoker going for MO Gridder’s BBQ Pork Butt sandwich or coat the pork in mustard and a dry rub for Smoked Boston Pork Butt.
  2. Throwback to the 25 Ways to Use Beer post with Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt (pictured above).
  3. Use a piece of boneless pork shoulder and store-bought kimchi for Korean comfort food at home: Kimchi Stew with Braised Pork.
  4. Brian Boitano serves his Braised Hawaiian Pork Shoulder with Mashed Parsnips and Celery Root — Pho Poi.
  5. Equally delicious served hot or at room temp, single-serving Pork Pies are a great (and filling) portable lunch option.

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Ten Deliciously Edible Stadiums for the Super Bowl

Edible Stadium for Super Bowl

Unless you have been living underneath a football-shaped rock, you no doubt know the Super Bowl is on February 3. Guess what that means? Eating massive amounts of snacks! Super Bowl Sunday is like Thanksgiving, only with less family drama and more nachos. It’s also a reason for some people to take their food gluttony to the next level. These adventurous souls build great, edible monuments to honor their favorite pastime. We’ve put together some of our favorite edible football stadiums.

Flip through our gallery of ten deliciously edible stadiums for the Super Bowl.

Thirsty Thursday: Start the Football Frenzy with a Chocolate Stout Float

As you prepare yourself for a football-filled weekend, ask yourself whether there’s more to beer than a cold can of Bud. If you’re anything like me, hours of watching football calls for great food and, of course, great drinks. For a creative way to consume football’s favorite beverage, try Alie and Georgia’s Beer Float Your Boat Cocktail.

You don’t want to miss a moment of the game, which means football food needs to be quick and simple, and the same goes with this beer cocktail. All you need are three delicious ingredients: Dulce de leche ice cream (really any flavor you prefer will do), chocolate stout and sweet butterscotch schnapps. Though beer (and football) purists may gawk, this chocolate stout float is more like a boozy, beer-filled dessert than a replacement for your favorite brew. So whether you’re celebrating a victory or drowning your sorrows, your weekend of football frenzy will be met with an indulgent treat.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Sifted: Awesome Grilled Cheese + More Pumpkin Recipes

Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by Foodess

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  1. A grilled cheese is good any time of year, but Foodess’ apple-cheddar combination is especially fitting for fall.
  2. As if  pumpkin doughnut muffins didn’t already win you over, Reclaiming Provincial added Nutella to make them even more irresistible.
  3. This recipe for  pumpkin pecan baked oatmeal by Alaska From Scratch is the perfect treat for a chilly morning.
  4. Brown butter makes just about everything taste better, including these funfetti snickerdoodles by Une Gamine dans la Cuisine.
  5. This football Sunday, you’ll score a touchdown with Just A Taste’s recipe for pepperoni pizza pull-apart bread.

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Countdown to Super Bowl: I’m Rooting for the Chili

A New Mexican Style chili with lots of beans at last weekend's Chili Fest in NYC.

Most Sunday afternoons, I’m happy to watch football with a bag of chips, but this Sunday is the Super Bowl and my team isn’t playing — sigh — so I’ll be paying a lot more attention to what’s on the menu.

When it comes to game-day eats, I’m usually partial to wings, but after attending NYC’s first annual Chili Fest last weekend, I can’t stop thinking about those hearty meat stews. It’s always a special occasion when twenty four well-known restaurants from around NYC get together to compete in an old fashioned chili cook-off, but with the big game coming up this weekend, I went looking for some inspiration. 

Like pizza, styles and ingredients vary by region, and each region thinks it has the best recipe. Some swear by beans, some swear by pork — others use neither. You’ll find lots of beans in New Mexican chili, for example, but in Texas absolutely none.

In total, I tried eighteen different takes on the classic comfort food this past weekend. What did I learn from all that chili? Here, have a taste.

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DIY Pretzels: Steelers Vs. Packers

Pretzel Showdown: Steelers Vs. Packers

As a major food person and a seriously minor football fan, I get a bit more excited about the, er, touchdowns on the buffet table than I do about the ones on the field. So I can’t offer any insight on which team will come away victorious, but I do know this: Salty-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside pretzels are always a game-day winner.

This year, I’m making my own, with mix-ins inspired by both Super Bowl opponents: The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here’s how you do it.

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