Hey Mad Hungry-ers,
First off: Thanks to EVERYONE who submitted this year! We got some great entries and loved seeing what game grub you loved. That being said, we can only have ONE winner. Our awesome intern, Anna, was put to the task of testing all the recipes and our "board of judges" narrowed it down to 6 recipes we think are worthy of the Game Grub title. Below are our panel's notes on each dish but, like in last years bowl, YOU have the final decision! Cast your vote for your favorite Game Grub entry (the voting poll is right to the right of us). Voting ends Friday, 2/17. Best of luck to our final 6!
Chicken Wingettes with Raspberry Coconut Sauce: Marinated overnight in coconut milk, raspberry vinegar, spicy mustard and ginger we thought this might be TOO much flavor. After cooking slow and low, a lot of the strong flavors we were hoping for didn't really shine through as much as we would have liked but the the wings were definitely juicy.
Southwest Skillet: A spin on a classic 7-layer dip. Beef, baked beans, instant rice, tomatoes are mixed in a one bowl serving dish and topped with cheese. It's easy to make and from a lot of pantry-friendly items so i's a good go-to for last minute game day entertaining. If we were to make it again though, we'd go against the recipe and bake the shredded cheese into the dish instead of on top because we love our cheese "the more the melty-er".
Linda's Bacon Guacamole: Could something that simple be so good? We almost passed on this one but man, are we glad we didn't. We left out the salt and went with the bacon to offer that porky, salty goodness. The one beef we've got? LSQ is a guac purest and loves hers sans lime juice.
Gargantuan Gorgonzola Buffalo Wings: We loved this entry for the combo of dipping sauce and wing sauce into one. Gorgonzola gets mixed in with butter and hot sauce to be poured over the fresh-fried, crispy wings. We were wary but it totally worked! The strong blue cheese flavor mellowed just perfectly with the hot sauce so we didn't miss the sauce-dipping at all.
Chili Topped Sweet Potatoes: Game grub isn't known for being "healthy" per-se but this satisfied the need for some good eats without the post-game guilt. Hearty turkey and bean chili is slow cooked and piled into baked sweet potatoes for a sweet and savory meal-in-one.
Wicked Pissa BBQ Beans: Lo loves a good baked bean, so she was excited when she saw the recipe (despite the Boston-style title: Go Big Blue!- Editor's note). Its smokey-sweet-beany-porky mix was comforting and- although we couldn't do some serious grilling (we used a slow cooker for testing)- the thought of slow-cooked beans on a grill while tailgating in a parking lot sounds awesome.