Game Day Grub: NFL Week 1 Spotlight on September 10, 2023

Sophia Bennett

Kickoff to a Flavorful Season

The Starting Lineup: Appetizers

Buffalo Chicken Dip


  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup Buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, Buffalo sauce, cream cheese, and ranch dressing.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Serve with chips or veggies.

Cook Time: 30 mins

Mini Corn Dogs


  • 1 package hot dogs, cut into thirds
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat your deep fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. Add milk and egg, and stir until smooth.
  4. Skewer each hot dog piece and dip it into the batter.
  5. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Drain on paper towels and serve with mustard or ketchup.

Cook Time: 25 mins

The Main Event: Entrees

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches


  • 3 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the pork shoulder in a slow cooker.
  2. Add sliced onion, chicken broth, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Shred the pork and mix with BBQ sauce.
  5. Serve on buns with coleslaw.

Cook Time: 4 hrs

Game Day Chili


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef.
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add kidney beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Simmer for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream.

Cook Time: 1 hr

On the Sidelines: Sides

Garlic Parmesan Fries


  • 4 large potatoes, cut into fries
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Toss the fries in olive oil, garlic, and salt.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.

Cook Time: 35 mins



  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage and carrots.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Cook Time: 10 mins (plus chilling)

The Sweet Victory: Desserts

Chocolate Brownies


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix melted butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix well.
  4. Add flour and cocoa powder, and stir until combined.
  5. Pour into a greased baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

Cook Time: 30 mins

Apple Crisp


  • 4 cups sliced apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place the sliced apples in a baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, mix sugar, oats, flour, melted butter, and cinnamon.
  4. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Cook Time: 45 mins

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Thank you for being a part of our community. Enjoy the game, relish the food, and may your team emerge victorious!

We hope you find these recipes as winning as your team’s performance. Happy cooking, and enjoy the game!

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