Friday, February 2, 2018

9 game day recipes to snack on between commercial breaks

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 3:01 PM

America's infallible love of football and food will be on full display this Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4. Regardless of your feelings on the teams taking the field (sorry, Broncos Country), the annual spectacle is almost impossible to avoid, so you may as well take advantage of the opportunity to overindulge.

Our Indy recipe archive has grown steadily over the years thanks to local restaurants and chefs submitting to our Dish recipe guides (check newsstands Feb. 28 for the next edition), and a recent search finds a wealth of game-day-suitable recipes any home cook can handle in the kitchen.

The following dips, apps and finger foods are sure to impress, no matter what happens on the field, and perfect for killing time in between commercial breaks.
(Click images for full recipes.)

Shrimp and scallop ceviche

click image Bonny & Read's Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche. (Click for full recipe) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Bonny & Read's Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche. (Click for full recipe)

When the Indy got Bonny & Read's ceviche recipe in 2016, it was one of the most popular options on the menu. It's hard to imagine it doesn't retain the same standing today. The simple dish begs for experimentation and personal touches, so get a little creative. The hardest part is waiting to eat it.

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

click image Sals Brava's Tomatillo Salsa Verde. (Click for full recipe) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Sals Brava's Tomatillo Salsa Verde. (Click for full recipe)

In 2011 we got ahold of Salsa Brava's tomatillo salsa verde recipe — a must for any party that calls for the attendance of tortilla chips. The only way to make this recipe more difficult would be to make enough chips for everyone. Not just a dip, this salsa verde can jump start meals at any time of day, or can easily be turned into a sauce for Southwestern dishes.

Pork green chili

click image Rock City Café's Pork Green Chili. (Click for full recipe) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Rock City Café's Pork Green Chili. (Click for full recipe)

We are well aware how dangerous it can be to deem anyone's green chili "the best" — it's serious business around here. But Rock City Café's is definitely among the Springs' better offerings. Obviously, this green chili is made to be put on anything, or just send it straight down the hatch (get it?). And clocking in about 20-30 minutes cook time, you'll spend more time finishing the pot than putting it together.

Cold Tofu Appetizer

click image Jun Japanese Restaurant's Cold Tofu Appetizer. (Click for full recipe) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Jun Japanese Restaurant's Cold Tofu Appetizer. (Click for full recipe)

Jun Japanese gifted us this recipe back in 2012, a stupid-simple, vegetarian friendly dish to squeeze in between chicken wings — or to keep to yourself. Added bonus: prep to plate takes about as much time as a 2-minute drill.

Salt-Baked Carrot and Beet Bisque Shooters with Cinnamon Crème

click image Picnic Basket's Salt-Baked Carrot and Beet Bisque Shooters with Cinnamon Crème. (Click for full recipe) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Picnic Basket's Salt-Baked Carrot and Beet Bisque Shooters with Cinnamon Crème. (Click for full recipe)

You can skip the Fireball shots everyone pretends to like for a round of The Picnic Basket's carrot and beet bisque shooters, which we first tasted in 2012. A rich broth couples with the sweetness of the vegetables, naturally seasoned with a bed of salt. Topped with a touch of cinnamon créme this soup cannot disappoint, and not as regrettable as Fireball.

Warm Bacon Fat Vinaigrette

click image Mark Musial's Warm Bacon Fat Vinaigrette. (Click for full recipe) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Mark Musial's Warm Bacon Fat Vinaigrette. (Click for full recipe)

It's safe to assume that very few will be reaching for the salads at your game day celebration, but that's because they haven't had this vinaigrette. A staple in then Summit at The Broadmoor chef de cuisine Mark Musial's repertoire, it can be put on pretty much anything. As Musial said, "They say fat is flavor, but bacon fat is in a class all its own."

Beer Cheese Soup

click image Colorado Mountain Brewery's Beer Cheese Soup. (Click for full recipe) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Colorado Mountain Brewery's Beer Cheese Soup. (Click for full recipe)

When done correctly, beer cheese soup is a thing of beauty. That's why Colorado Mountain Brewery sent us this recipe in 2011. Granted, CMB has a bounty of beer to set this dish apart (at the time they recommend their Old 59er Amber Ale), but any good amber will do the trick. Beer selection aside, the hardest part of this dish not eating all the cheese before it goes in the pot.

Calabrian Flatbread

click image Pizzeria Rustica's Calabrian Flatbread. (Click for full recipe) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Pizzeria Rustica's Calabrian Flatbread. (Click for full recipe)

It's a special feeling when you serve a dish with a name as impressive sounding as the flavors. Pizzeria Rustica is no stranger to that feeling, and sent us this Calabria flatbed recipe in 2016. The dish gets its name from the Calabrese peppers, but red Pueblo chilies make a good local substitute. It's hard to mimic the flavors of a 500-degree wood oven at home, but you can never go wrong with goat cheese, mushrooms and peppers. 

Autumn's Veggie Pizza

click image Supansa Banker's Autumn's Veggie Pizza. (Click for full recipe) - FILE PHOTO
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  • Supansa Banker's Autumn's Veggie Pizza. (Click for full recipe)

Because the winter of 2018 feels much more like fall 2018, this dish from Supsansa Banker, Wobbly Olive executive chef, seems an appropriate game day finger food. Banker sent us this recipe in 2015. She was executive chef at 2South Food + Wine at the time, but good pizza is good pizza. The familiar flavors of this dish tops the greasy delivery options everyone else will be eating any day of the week (and twice on Sundays).

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