Hearty Game Day Recipes

Hearty Game Day Recipes: Chili Cheese Dog, Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes & BBQ Chicken Spread - www.cobornblog.com

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I’m a Vikings watching, meat-and-potato eating, Minnesota girl. However, not to my surprise, the Vikings cease to make it to the Superbowl, or even the Playoffs yet again. Well, I still enjoy a good Superbowl party and great food. This year, I will be serving some hearty eats, including, but not limited to, loaded twice-baked potatoes, chili cheese dogs and a barbecue chicken spread. Here are my recipes, be sure to pin and save for later!

BBQ Chicken Spread Recipe - www.cobornsblog.com

How to make BBQ Chicken Spread - www.cobornsblog.comBarbecue Chicken Spread

First let’s start with the spread. Honestly, when I first read this recipe it didn’t sound the best, but trust me, it is delicious and you will not be able to stop at just one, or two, or three. I serve this dip with Ritz Bacon crackers, because… everything is better with bacon, right?

Barbecue Chicken Spread
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 Oz. Sour Cream
  • 9 - 10 Oz. White Chunk Canned Chicken Breast, drained
  • 8 Oz. Finely Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Snack Crackers
  • Green Onions (Optional)
  1. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream and spread onto platter.
  2. Pour barbecue sauce over cream cheese mixture and evenly spread.
  3. Sprinkle chicken breast evenly on top of barbecue sauce.
  4. Top with shredded mozzarella and serve with snack crackers.
Chop green onions and add on top of the mozzarella. Get creative with this recipe and add your favorite ingredients, like green olives or tomatoes.


Chili Cheese Dog Recipe - www.cobornsblog.com

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog Recipe - www.cobornsblog.comI have to be honest with you, I had never eaten a Chili Cheese Dog before I decided to make them for my Superbowl party. As I made them for this blog, I was excited to give them a taste. Well, let me tell you, this will not be the last time I eat them. I honestly think the key is the kind of “dog” you use. I chose the Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse ground course wieners. To put it lightly… delicious! I made it easy with canned Hormel Chili, but you could certainly make a chili from scratch. I topped my chili with chopped onion and Food Club chipotle shredded cheese. The chipotle shredded cheese is my go to – whenever I make a taco dip or baked potatoes with cheese, I like to use the chipotle cheese just to add a little extra flavor. It’s not too spicy, but just adds a little something more. Of course, I used the Coborn’s Own Hot Dog buns. These buns are made fresh in our own bakery each day. They are fresh, fluffy and delish!

Chili Cheese Dogs
  • Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse Course Ground Wieners
  • Coborn’s Own Hot Dog Buns
  • 2 or 3 Cans Hormel Chili with Beans
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Bag Food Club Shredded Chipotle Cheddar Cheese
  1. Heat wieners and chili on stove-top or in microwave to desired temperature.
  2. Chop onion.
  3. Fill hot dog bun with wiener and top with chili, onions and cheese.
You could serve these buffet-style by keeping the dogs and chili in warmers and creating a buffet of toppings such as onion, cheese, sour cream, etc.


Loaded Twice-Baked Potato Recipe - www.cobornsblog.com

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

Like I said, I am a meat-and-potatoes girl, so what better than topping your potato with meat? You could simply make baked potatoes and top with Hormel Chili, or you could take it a step further, like I did, and make a twice-baked potato by removing the filling, adding cheese and butter and baking again with chili and cheese. Serve with sour cream and your guests will love it!

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes
  • 6 Russet Potatoes
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cans Hormel Chili with Beans
  • 2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • Sour Cream
  • Pepper
  1. Bake potatoes in 350° oven until soft, about one hour depending on size.
  2. Remove from oven and slice off a lid and set aside.
  3. Remove potato pulp from 4 potatoes and place in a bowl, keeping skins in tact.
  4. Remove potato pulp from 2 potatoes and reserve, keeping skins in tact.
  5. Add ½ cup cheese, butter and salt to 4 potato pulp mixture and mash.
  6. Season potato mixture with pepper to taste.
  7. Refill potato skins with potato mixture, pressing it into the bottom and against the sides, leaving a “bowl” to add the chili.
  8. Set filled potatoes back onto baking sheet and place lids skin side down on baking sheet as well.
  9. Fill potatoes with Hormel Chili with Beans and top with remaining cheese.
  10. Bake in oven until heated through and cheese is melted and browned, about 12 minutes.
  11. Remove potatoes from oven and transfer to a platter, top with a dollop of sour cream and place lid on top, if desired.
  12. Serve immediately.
Only use the pulp from 4 potatoes so that you have room to fill the skins with chili. Use the remaining pulp as you wish.


This year at your Superbowl party, forget about the popcorn and chips and fill those bellies with hearty, meaty and delicious food!


Party On,


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Game Day Party Ideas

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Well, it is time for the Super Bowl again. Yet another year where we will not watch the Vikings even compete in the playoffs; big surprise, right? Oh well, it will still be a good game, and even if it isn’t there should be some funny commercials.

This year I will again be having people over for the game. I love a party with fun printables and cute napkins, however, this is FOOTBALL and we’re not going to have any of that fancy schmancy stuff, well maybe a little. 🙂 My main focus this year is going to be delicious, hearty food!

Party Mix

www.cobornsblog.com - Crock Pot Party MixLet start with some hors d’oeuvres. It is easy to buy some Food Club snack mix, my favorite is the bold flavor in the black bag, but this is a very special occasion, time to make some party mix from scratch. I came across a Crock Pot Party Mix recipe and decided to try it. Disaster then ensued with a burnt and bland party mix. So I tried it again, attempt #2 was much more successful. I doubled the spices and butter and mixed the sauces with the dry mixes BEFORE I put it in the crock pot. This gave my mix better coverage and was much easier to mix versus trying to stir it all together in the crock pot. You still need to stir every now and then to prevent it from burning but you don’t have to worry about mixing the sauce in at this point so it is much easier. Find my revised recipe below.

Crock Pot Party Mix
  • ½ Cup Butter or Margarine
  • 2 T. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 T. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 3 tsp. Frank’s Red Hot pepper sauce
  • 3 Cups Corn Chex® cereal
  • 3 Cups Rice Chex® cereal
  • 3 Cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 1 Cup Mixed Nuts
  • 1 Cup Pretzels
  • 1 Cup Bite-Size Cheese Crackers
  1. Turn large slow cooker on low.
  2. Gradually mix together all three cereals, mixed nuts, pretzels and crackers in a large bowl and stir.
  3. In a microwave safe container melt butter.
  4. Add Worcestershire, Lawry’s and red pepper sauce to melted butter and stir.
  5. Drizzle seasoning mixture over top of mixture and stir well.
  6. Pour entire mixture into crock pot.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring about every 30 min.
  8. Pour party mix onto a cookie sheet to cool.
  9. Transfer to a serving dish when cooled.


Antipasto Skewers

www.cobornsblog.com - Game Day Party Ideas - Antipasto SkewersSome of my favorite things to serve at a party are antipasto skewers. Basically you can pick any kind of cheese, meat, olive, pepper, etc. and stick it on a skewer and you are done. My skewers this year will consist of Kretschmar Summer Sausage from the deli, Kraft Jalapeno White Cheddar cheese from dairy and queen stuffed olives from grocery. They are super simple! Cut your summer sausage slice in half and fold in thirds, chunk your cheese, and slide everything onto a skewer with your olives and you are done. Like I said, you can really put anything you want on these. I like them because they are easy for your guests to hold, you don’t have olives rolling around everywhere and you don’t have to have everything sitting on a tray getting old; you can take more out of the refrigerator as needed.


Enough with the finger food, let’s get to the main course. I have found three great chili recipes that I want to share with you.

Skillet Nacho Chili

www.cobornsblog.com - Game Day Party Ideas - Skillet Nacho Chili Recipe

The first one is Skillet Nacho Chili (it is like your nachos and your chili had a baby). It is super easy to make, just brown the meat and mix it all together – it’s not rocket science. This chili has a good flavor but you could maybe add some peppers to spice it up a bit if you like a little more zip.

Skillet Nacho Chili
  • 1 lb. Lean (at least 80%) Ground Beef
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 Can (19 oz.) Hearty Tomato Soup
  • 1 Can (15-16 oz.) Spicy Chili Beans in sauce, undrained
  • 1 Can (4.5 oz.) Chopped Green Chilies, undrained
  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cups Corn Chips
  1. Spray 12” skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook beef and onion in skillet 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is brown and onion is tender; drain.
  3. Stir soup, chili beans, green chiles and corn into beef mixture.
  4. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium.
  5. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened and corn is cooked.
  6. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
  7. Serve with corn chips.

Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken Chili

www.cobornsblog.com - Game Day Party Ideas - Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken ChiliThe next recipe I made was Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken Chili. Talk about EASY! If you have no time and still want to impress, this is the chili for you. It has a nice chili flavor, not too spicy and you don’t need that many ingredients. The recipe called for boneless skinless chicken thighs but I am slightly frugal so I bought a bag of the frozen Food Club Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts and used that instead. This option was a lot less money and tasted great.

Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken Chili
  • 2 lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Cans (14.5 oz each) Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, undrained
  • 1 Can (15 oz.) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 pkg. (1 oz.) Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 2 Cans (15.5 oz. each) Hominy or Posole, drained
  • Sour Cream (if desired)
  • Cilantro (if desired)
  1. Place chicken in 3½- to 4-quart slow cooker.
  2. Mix tomatoes, tomato sauce and chili seasoning; pour over chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat setting 7 to 9 hours or until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.
  4. Stir to break up chicken.
  5. Stir in hominy.
  6. Cover and cook on low heat setting 15 minutes until heated through.
  7. Serve chili with sour cream and cilantro.
This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.

Vegetarian Chili

www.cobornsblog.com - Game Day Party Ideas - Vegetarian ChiliI do want to give you a vegetarian option as well. Typically when I think of chili I think of it being really meaty, but this chili is just as delicious, sans meat. Pretty simple and straight forward, the most difficult part was chopping the jalapenos. This chili has a nice fresh salsa flavor and even though there are jalapenos in it, it really wasn’t that spicy. So if you want a little kick, I would add a few more.
All of the chili recipes were delicious but I think the Chunky Chicken Chili will be my pick for the big game. It was easy and delicious.

Vegetarian Chili
  • 1 T. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 1 Medium Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Fresh Jalapeno or Serrano Chiles, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Cans (15 oz. each) Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Cans (14.5 oz. each) Fire Roasted or Plain Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1.5 Cups Water
  • 1 T. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 Cup Frozen Sweet Corn
  • Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt (if desired)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese (if desired)
  • Fresh Cilantro, chopped (if desired)
  1. In 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic and chiles; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender.
  3. Stir in black beans, tomatoes, water, chili powder, cumin and salt.
  4. Heat to boiling.
  5. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir in corn.
  7. Heat to boiling.
  8. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 5 minutes longer.
  9. Top each serving with remaining ingredients, if desired.


Something Sweet

www.cobornsblog.com - Game Day Party Ideas - Rice Krispy TreatsNo party is complete without a sweet – so this is my little bit of fancy schmancy. These are easy and delicious. Basically you buy some premade rice krispy bars from the Coborn’s Bakery, or make your own. You will need some with chocolate on top and some without. You will then take a knife and cut the chocolate-topped bars in the shape of little footballs and the regular rice krispy bars in the shape of little jerseys. Then you simply pipe on some white stitching and lines on the footballs and some colorful frosting on to the jerseys with your favorite numbers and you are done.

Football Board

www.cobornsblog.com - Game Day Party Ideas - Football Board *Please note that Coborn's does not condone gambling.One of my blogs would not be complete without a free printable. Well, like I said, this is FOOTBALL so my free printable is a football board, not a place holder. This is a fun little game to play with your friends and family for bragging rights or you can make little trophies and awards. Please note that Coborn’s does not condone illegal gambling, this is just for fun. So click here and print your board for the big game.

I hope I was able to give you a few ideas for your Super Bowl party. Don’t forget to shop at Coborn’s the week of January 26 – Feb 1, 2014 (Jan 28 – Feb 3 in South Dakota) to get great deals on the items you need to make these recipes. Enjoy the game and Go Broncos! (What can I say? I have a sweet spot for Peyton Manning).

Party On,

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