Game grub — with a twist - Metro US

Game grub — with a twist

We are a football family but I must admit; although I don’t really know everything about the game, I certainly enjoy watching it and specifically enjoy the snacks.

I’m simply a non-partisan participant and just happy to have good food to share with friends.

A simple menu is key with tasty, but upgraded, favourites like nachos and pizza or chili. Whether you are eating before or during the game, kick it off right with comfort food and cold beer.

Guacamole Salsa Dip

Fresh ripe avocados make a creamy dip that is perfect for dipping crunchy tortilla chips into.

Need some added colour? Try some veggies to dip alongside.

The combination of flavours will make this guacamole a new household favourite for every sporting event.

Prep time: 10 mins

Makes: 2.5 cups (625 mL)


• 2 ripe avocados
• ½ cup (125 mL) hummus
• ½ cup (125 mL) salsa
• 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
• ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
• Chopped fresh coriander (optional)


1. In large bowl, using a potato masher, mash avocado until smooth. Stir in hummus, salsa, jalapeno, lime juice and salt. Sprinkle with coriander, if using.
2. Serve with tortilla chips or veggies.

Chili Pizza

I decided to take the two things most people like to eat while watching and enjoying the Super Bowl and combine them into one. I hope you like it, my crowd certainly does.

4 to 6 servings

Prep time: 20 mins

Cooking: 25 mins

• 2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil
• 1 small onion, diced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 8 oz (250 g) extra lean ground beef
• 1 tbsp (15 mL) chili powder
• 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano leaves
• ½ tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
• 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) diced tomatoes, drained
• Half sweet red pepper, diced
• 1 cup (250 mL) cooked canned drained and rinsed kidney beans
• ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
• 1 pkg (680 g) pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
• ¾ cup (175 mL) pizza or pasta sauce
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• 2 cups (500 mL) Tex mex/nacho flavoured shredded cheese mix


1. In a nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook onion and garlic for about 3 minutes or until softened. Add beef, chili powder, oregano and cumin and cook, breaking up meat for about 8 minutes or until browned. Add tomatoes, red pepper, beans and salt and cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened. Set aside.
2. Roll out pizza dough to 14 inch (35 cm) circle and place on pizza pan. In a bowl, combine pizza sauce and cayenne. Spread over pizza dough. Sprinkle with chili mix and cheese.
3. Bake in centre of 400 F (200 C) oven for about 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden.

Emily Richards is a professional home economist, cookbook author and tv celebrity chef. For more on Emily, visit emilyrichardscooks.ca.

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