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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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Say Cheers to Your Team on Game Day

On Sunday while your team is facing off in New Orleans (or perhaps waiting it out to try again next year), skip a pitcher of beer in favor of these classier cocktails. The Long Bar at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa passed along a few theme drinks to turn your party into an at-home cocktail smack down between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. So while you’re watching all the action go down in the Superdome, be sure to have a cocktail shaker on hand. Not a fan of either team? We too are equal opportunity cocktail drinkers, so sip away.

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How to Throw the Perfect Potluck Party for Super Bowl Sunday

Kelsey Nixon Super Bowl Party

I love any excuse to host a potluck and Super Bowl Sunday is perfect for this! If you’re providing a place to watch the game, why not enlist your guests to help out with the food? With just a bit of advance planning, you can have a fuss-free party with fantastic food and great company (assuming they’re cheering for your team). Any time I host a potluck I like to keep these tips in mind.

1. Map out a menu early giving your guests plenty of time to shop and prepare. Giving your guests some direction on what to bring rather than leaving it entirely up to them can be really helpful and prevent a spread of multiple seven layer dips.

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5 Ways to Raise Your Nacho Game

In advance of the Big Game that’s happening this weekend, we thought we’d help you up your own game — your Nacho Game that is. And we don’t mean store-bought chips served with store-bought dip. Add one of these recipes to your Super Bowl menu, and everyone will win, no matter which team they are rooting for.

Once you pick your recipe, it’s time to perfect the dish. Here are 5 ways to raise your nacho game:

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Party in Five: Football Game-Day Party


We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drink. We show you how with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements) you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.

There’s nothing like getting a group together for a game-watching party — the entertainment’s a no-brainer, the food is hassle-free and the guests arrive ready to have a good time. This year, I hosted a big-game party for a group of fellow fans, and after a bit of planning, the day came together in a way that was both stylish and sporty. The food centered around a build-your-own-chili bar with details in our home-team colors, and in addition to the game playing on a big screen, I set out some fun activities and more than enough beer.

To throw your own football game-day party, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Cheddar & Ale Dip

My fiancé and I aren’t really the types to have a local watering hole where everybody knows our name. It’s not that we aren’t social, but we much prefer to entertain from home. The closest thing we do have to our own “spot” is a happening little Irish pub just a few miles away.

Everything—and I mean everything—on their menu is amazing (which is sort of surprising, in that the restaurant lurks in a chain-obsessed suburban strip mall) but it’s the oh-so-sinful ‘cheddar & ale dip’ that keeps us coming back for more.

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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.

Sifted: Cookie Cakes and Boozy Super Bowl Food


Half Baked’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
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  1. Although it’s hard to believe, some people don’t like cake (crazy, we know). So for all those cake-haters, Half Baked brings you the chocolate chip cookie layer cake.
  2. For a chocolate chip cookie disguised as a cupcake, try The Baker Chick’s recipe.  Topped with peanut butter frosting, they’re devilishly good.
  3. If you’re looking for some serious Super Bowl grub, make Culinary Cool’s beer-cheese potato bites. Filled with mashed potatoes, bacon and green onions, and deep-fried in a crust of Ritz crackers, even the Harbaugh brothers would agree this one’s a winner.
  4. Feeling bold in the kitchen this week? Try How Sweet Eats’ beer biscuits with sriracha meyer lemon butter.
  5. Have you heard of Jeni’s Influenza Sorbet? According to the Huffington Post, the $12 pint of bourbon infused treat is a hot item this cold season.

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Handheld Desserts for Game Day

Once all the dips are devoured, you’ve weaned your supply of wings — and the chili has gotten, well… chilly — what sweets will you be serving to satisfy guests’ cravings?

In our book, brownies and cookies are as synonymous with the big game as the messy, savory stuff. And the easiest way to keep your focus during the fourth quarter is to munch on handheld desserts — no utensils or hand-eye coordination necessary.

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