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We usually celebrate Game Day at our house because it is an excuse to get together, but also because it’s very close to my husband’s birthday. Sometimes it’s more of a birthday celebration than game day, but this year it will be all about the football. We are actually not even big football fans, but that day we watch the game with such emotion that you would totally think that we bleed the colors of the team we are rooting for. It’s really a fun time and a great event to share with family and friends. Also, it’s so casual and most of the time we are laughing, laying on the couch, munching on snacks – and that’s pretty awesome.
This year I am setting up this tablescape which will be right in front of our dining room. However, this won’t be holding all the food. I will set up this table and keep replenishing it throughout the day, but items like the chili and the meatballs, I will keep warm on the stove since this day is all about food grazing.
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The only item that I am making from scratch is my Game Day Chili. It is such an easy recipe and it gets better as it sits, so it’s perfect for Game Day.
Game Day Chili
2 lbs. of ground beef
2 tablespoons of canola oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic
1 can of diced fire roasted tomatoes
8 oz can of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons of chili powder
2 15-oz cans of kidney beans
Salt and pepper to taste
Cilantro as a topping
TOSTITOS® Chips for dipping
1 – Heat the canola oil in a dutch oven (or stock pot) and throw in the onions until they are translucent.
2 – Add the garlic and the ground beef and cook through and slightly browned.
3 – Remove excess fat from pot if necessary.
4 – Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, except for the beans.
5 – Stir, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
6 – Add the beans, cover and simmer for another 30 minutes.
Serve with toppings on the side – cilantro, sour cream and shredded cheese.
Serve with chips…
or in a bowl with toppings…yum!
Of course I am also serving some yummy snacks that won’t last long on this table. The rest I will keep in a warm oven, so that it lasts all afternoon.
Today, I am serving some delicious chicken wings. Football and chicken wings are a no-brainer. I am also serving TOSTITOS® chips and salsa. No-brainer #2. These are everyone’s favorites on game day.
Also, I placed some skewers of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella inside a deep dish full of peas. I also accented the dish with some faux grass as a nod to the game field.
Mozzarella sticks are my boys’ favorite and they are center field! On the side, I wrote out the word GAME using Skittles® and I know my boys will love that.
I will have a variety of drinks available, including small bottled waters and Pepsi™ cans so that everyone can pick their favorites.
I made meatballs the night before and they are one of those food items that heat up great the next day. Meatballs are another favorite at the buffet table!
A big bowl of popcorn anchors the other side of the table and for those wanting something sweet, after eating that spicy chili, there are cupcakes, brownies and SNICKERS® chocolates scattered on the table!
I encourage you to take any excuse that you can to bring your family together and make memories. I hope this gave you some good ideas to kick-off the fun this weekend!
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