Expecting company for the big game? In a bit of a panic about what to serve? Relax. We have it covered. After you take care of the guest list, it’s time to think about what’s on the menu. Instead of taking the easier route with pre-made, packaged treats, why not let us show you how to make delicious, easy-to-prepare treats that are sure to be as big a hit as a home-team win?
If you are like most of us and don’t have a fridge large enough to accommodate a game’s worth of food and beer for a hungry crowd, consider filling a cooler with the game-day libations. Start by placing bottles in the cooler straight up (cans can either lie flat or be placed straight up). Fill gaps between bottles by placing inverted bottles into the free spaces. Fill the cooler with ice about an hour before the game starts. If you want to speed up the chilling process, add a little water and salt. Finally, remember to have a few non-alcoholic drinks in the mix for the non-drinkers in the crowd.
Morning – Create your grocery list including any beers you want to serve.
Afternoon – Buy your groceries. Be sure to purchase some simple snacks such as spiced nuts (or make your own with our recipe for Gingerbread Spiced Nuts), popcorn, chips and salsa that don’t require any cooking time or preparation in addition to having a selection of hot finger foods.
10 a.m. – Prep for our “Game Day Cheese Balls.”
10:45 a.m. – Make wing sauces and prep wings. We recommend steaming your wings for 10minutes, then setting them on paper towel-lined baking sheets and refrigerating until you are ready to bake them. Count on 1/2 to 3/4 pound of wings for every person in attendance.
11:45 a.m. – Form the “Game Day Cheese Balls” into balls. Coat and fry them. Once cooked, cover them and set aside as they can be reheated later.
1 p.m. – Set up your cooler full of beer and set out your non-perishable snack foods such as chips and spiced nuts. Remove “Game Day Cheese Balls” from refrigerator and set on a baking sheet, so they are ready to be warmed.
1:45 p.m. – Set your oven to 375°F. Remove wings from fridge and discard paper towel. Reline the baking sheet with foil. Place wings on the baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.
1:55 p.m. – Place “Game Day Cheese Balls” in oven to warm. Set a five-minute timer.
2 p.m. – Invite guests to sit down and offer them a beer.
2:15 p.m. – Place wings in oven. Bake for 20 minutes and turn. Return to oven for another 20 minutes.
3 p.m. – Pull out the wings so they are ready just in time for halftime. Set out the sauces and let them dig in.
End of the Game – Thank guests for coming, offer to make taxi arrangements, and wish them a safe journey home.
It’s gettin’ hot in here…
Add a little heat to game day with these locally made hot sauces, ranging from mild and smoky to fiery.
From Mild To Wild Hot Sauce
All-natural, fat free and gluten free. It starts sweet with a little tomato and papaya flavour, then the heat of habaneros begin to kick in.
Mild To Wild Hot Sauce Shop
Burn Baby Burn
“Burn Baby Burn” is, as owner Jim Dillman describes, a “bloody hot and exceptionally flavourful” blend of locally grown ghost peppers and imported Trinidad Moruga Scorpion peppers.
The Naked Pickle
Seaport Farmer’s Market
Is there anything that bacon doesn’t make taste better?
The Maritime Hot Sauce Microbrewery