16 Recipes For Football Playoff Fever

The goal post of a football stadium as the game prepares to start. January 20 will bring the U.S. AFC and NFC championships that are the ramp up to Super Bowl LIII. Photo by Thomas Serer on Unsplash

16 Recipes For Football Playoff Fever

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16 Recipes For Football Playoff Fever

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It’s time for the the NFC and AFC Championship games January 20, as the ramp up to Super Bowl LIII on February 3 continues.

Knowing many of you will celebrate with watch parties this weekend, here’s my four recipe picks for each team. Good luck and enjoy the games!

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Barbecue Sunday

Photographic depiction of an ice cream sundae, based on one served during NASCAR races at the Kansas International Speedway. Visual shows an ice cream sundae glass layered with mashed potatoes instead of ice cream, brisket and barbecue sauce.

Kansas City Barbecue Sundae. Photo by Lance Mellenbruch.

A fun take on the traditional yogurt parfait or ice cream sundae, this recipe is definitely a conversation starter! Combining all of our favorite parts of a barbecue meal into one easy portable dish, this recipe is easily customizable to include your favorite bbq sauce and protein. Recipe here.

Masters of the Universe Pizza

It's a hearty stuffed crust pizza layered with a four-meat blend of sausage, bacon, Canadian bacon and pepperoni, with black olives and bell peppers-–all smothered in gooey melted Mozzarella cheese served with a side of red sauce for dipping.

Master of the Universe Pizza. Photo by Lance Mellenbruch .

Because I’m from Missouri, I may be a little partial; hence the “Masters of the Universe” pizza. It’s a hearty stuffed crust pizza layered with a four-meat blend of sausage, bacon, Canadian bacon and pepperoni, with black olives and bell peppers—all smothered in gooey melted Mozzarella cheese served with a side of red sauce for dipping. Recipe here.

Beer and Barbecue Stuffed Pretzels

Bring some summertime fare into the kitchen this winter! Don't stop at this recipe, chicken, and cheese, you can also use sliced jalapeno peppers with Monterey Jack cheese and cream cheese for a Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Pretzel!

Beer and Barbecue Stuffed Pretzels by Jim Bailey.

From Guest Chef Jim Bailey, this recipe is perfect for game day and you can also use sliced jalapeño peppers with Monterey Jack cheese and cream cheese for a Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Pretzel! Recipe here.

Dining Out: Big Biscuit. 

The Big Biscuit is one of those specialty restaurants (with several locations, mostly in the Kansas City area) that hang their hat on one thing, which in this case is a decent sized biscuit. They called them "award-winning biscuits." While I'm not sure who hands out that kind of award, it's fine - I'd give them one for their biscuits, which were fluffy and delicious.

Biscuit Stack. Photo by Jodie Morgan Unsplash.

If you’re in town for the game, here’s a must for your to-do list—The Big Biscuit Restaurant in Kansas City. It will also get you out of those sub-zero temperatures! Information here.

New England Patriots

New England Clam Chowder Cups

Kick off your game day party with these mini clam chowder cups. They're a delicious and fun way for New England fans to celebrate their team devotion.

New England Clam Chowder Cups courtesy of Campbell’s Kitchen.

Courtesy of Campbell’s, these Clam Chowder Cups are a delicious and fun way for New England fans to celebrate their team devotion. Recipe here.

New England Patriots Lobster Roll

For your NFL final four consideration the New England Patriots Lobster Roll from the head chefs at the NFL Experience Times Square.

New England Patriots Lobster Roll. Photo: NFL Experience Times Square.

For your NFL final four consideration the New England Patriots Lobster Roll from the head chefs at the NFL Experience Times Square. Recipe here.

Crispy Maple Chipotle Hot Wings

Crispy Maple Chipotle Hot Wings are a great appetizer, party dish or snack. We added the craveable smoky-sweet flavor combination of rich maple syrup and smoky-hot chipotle chilies in fiery adobo sauce to our favorite hot wing recipe for a bold flavor upgrade!

Crispy Maple Chipotle Hot Wings. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Crispy Maple Chipotle Hot Wings are a great appetizer, party dish or snack. We added the craveable smoky-sweet flavor combination of rich maple syrup and smoky-hot chipotle chilies in fiery adobo sauce to our favorite hot wing recipe for a bold flavor upgrade! Recipe here.

Cheddar Corn Chowder

This comforting corn chowder recipe is prepared in one pot for quick and easy dinner time prep. Delicious served with a simple green salad and warm crusty rolls.

Cheddar Corn Chowder. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

This comforting corn chowder recipe is prepared in one pot for quick and easy dinner time prep. Delicious served with a simple green salad and warm crusty rolls. Recipe here.

Los Angeles Rams

Game Day Chili

With some top tips and a recipe for Game Day Chili, your watch party will be the talk of the block!

Game Day Chili. Photo: Brack Shop Tavern.

This recipe for Game Day Chili comes from Executive Chef Christina Quinn of Brack Shop Tavern in Los Angeles.  Her recipe will make your watch party the talk of the block!

7-Layer Touchdown Dip

Great for game day and casual gatherings, this kicked-up Southwestern-style seven-layer dip recipe will score big with your guests. A glass pie plate is perfect for this dip, but you can also use a disposable football-shaped dish to enhance the football theme!

Seven Layer Touchdown Dip courtesy of Campbell’s Kitchen

Great for game day and casual gatherings, this kicked-up Southwestern-style seven-layer dip recipe will score big with your guests. This recipe is courtesy of Campbell’s.

Grilled Buffalo Wings

Grilled wings are a healthier alternative to fried wings, but just as satisfying. Use your favorite cayenne pepper sauce, and serve these with a chunky blue cheese dressing. Be sure to have hot crusty bread for dipping in the delicious wing sauce. 

Grilled Buffalo Wings. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Grilled wings are a healthier alternative to fried wings, but just as satisfying. Use your favorite cayenne pepper sauce, and serve these with a chunky blue cheese dressing. Be sure to have hot crusty bread for dipping in the delicious wing sauce. Recipe here.

Beef Steak Chili

Hearty, spicy chili made with tender steak. Who can resist? This recipe yields a gallon for the game-time gang.

Beef Steak Chili. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Hearty, spicy chili made with tender steak. Who can resist? This recipe yields a gallon for the game-time gang. Recipe here.

New Orleans Saints

Roast Beef Po’ Boy

Roast Beef Po’ Boy with Debris Gravy

Roast Beef Po’ Boy with Debris Gravy. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Rich garlicky beef pan gravy with bits of falling-apart tender roast beef, affectionately known as debris (pronounced DAY-bree) in New Orleans, takes this classic roast beef po’ boy over the top. Be sure to have plenty of napkins for this messy-good sandwich. Recipe here.

French Coffee & Beignets Ice Cream Sandwiches

French Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches

French Coffee Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches. Photo by Lance Mellenbruch.

Imagine warm Café du Monde-style beignets topped with a mountain of delicate powdered sugar and rich French roast coffee, right in your own home. Now imagine those wonderful flavors paired together in a delicious ice cream sandwich! Recipe here.

Marti Gras Gumbo

Hearty slow-simmered traditional gumbo served ladled over steamed white rice. Traditionally made with smoked ham, jumbo shrimp, okra, and just a hint of Cajun seasoning for that spicy kick.

Mardi Gras Gumbo. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Hearty slow-simmered traditional gumbo served ladled over steamed white rice. Traditionally made with smoked ham, jumbo shrimp, okra, and just a hint of Cajun seasoning for that spicy kick. Recipe here.

Muffuletta Sliders

Try this bayou classic out at Mardi Gras or turn your dinner into an authentic Louisiana experience by serving this muffuletta that is stuffed with cheese, three kinds of meats, and a unique creole relish.

Muffuletta Sliders. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Try this bayou classic out and turn your watch party into an authentic Louisiana experience by serving this muffuletta that is stuffed with cheese, three kinds of meats, and a unique creole relish. Recipe here.

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