Go Pats: Top 10 Things to Cook Up for the Big Game

Get ready to cheer on the Patriots next Sunday with new homemade finger food ideas!
Here are our top 10 suggestions of what to make for the Big Game:

1) Wings!: It’s not a football game without wings. Go spicy and sweet with honey and sriracha, Asian style with teriyaki, sesame seeds, and scallions, or cheesy with a sauce of melted butter, minced garlic, Parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes.

2) Super sliders: Serve a selection of mini-burgers with different meats, such as beef, turkey, and pulled pork. In addition to the usual condiments, consider a menu of interesting toppings, including maple bacon, local cheeses, such as Great Hill blue cheese or Seal Cove Farm chevre, and Stone Fruit Smoke jam from Dove & Figs, with a mix of plums, peaches, nectarines, and chipotle peppers.

3) A twist on hummus: Make your own hummus and swap in something else for the usual chick peas. Roast one large head of cauliflower, or half a large butternut squash. Blend either one with 1/4 cup of tahini, 1 minced garlic clove, the juice of one lemon, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pita chips or veggies.

4) Loaded fries: For another make-your-own option, bake sweet potato or regular fries (or mix them!) and serve them with a topping bar so all of your guests can load them up! For toppings, consider taco meat, guacamole, hot sauce, sautéed peppers and onions, shredded cheese, and salsa.

5) Veggie cups, filled up: Hollow out thick pieces of zucchini, fill them with ricotta, red sauce, and shredded cheese, and bake them in the oven. Fill cucumbers with feta, olives, chopped tomatoes and onions, and drizzle with with Greek salad dressing. Make jalapeño poppers! Fill them with a blend of cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and spices and bake.

6) Anything spiced with buffalo sauce: Buffalo sauce is a game-time staple. Use it in a buffalo chicken dip, on shrimp, or on a chicken pizza. Or roast spicy cauliflower bites. Dredge cauliflower florets in an egg wash, coat in a mixture of flour spiced with oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. Toss with buffalo sauce and roast for 17-20 minutes at 425, stirring them half way through the cooking time. When they’re done, drizzle with more sauce and serve with ranch dressing.

7) Soup & chili in shots or mini bowls: Fill shot glasses with a taste of soup, such as butternut squash and apple, beef or turkey chili, or broccoli and cheese.

8) All the meatballs: Change up your meatballs and serve them on toothpicks. Fill ground beef meatballs with a mini ball of fresh mozzarella and dip them in marinara. Blend ground pork and ground chicken together with spices and bacon. Or season ground lamb meatballs with Garam Masala, one of our new Brothers Marketplace Spices. Serve a tzatziki sauce for dipping.

9) Mini sweets: Bake little sweets, such as mini cupcakes decorated with football-themed icing, red, white and blue decorations for the Pats, or brownie bites. Or make something to share, such as a chocolate chip cookie skillet.

10) Hat tip to TB12… avocado ice cream: Give Tom Brady’s favorite, homemade, dairy-free ice cream recipe a whirl while you watch him play! In a blender, combine 1 ripe avocado, 1/2 cup raw cashews, 1 1/2 cups pitted dates, 1 cup raw cacao powder,1/2 cup coconut meat, and 1 1/4 cups water. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Place it in the freezer. When it thickens, eat and enjoy!

Like something you read but don’t want to cook? Our Kitchen and Bakery are packed with Tailgating treats, prepared how you would make them if you had the time. Happy eating and Go Pats!