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Super Bowl Game Plan

From drinks to snacks to entree ideas, we’ve got a Super Bowl Game Plan ready for you. 


Pre-game drinks

Improved Mendota

For when you can’t decide between beer or a cocktail

1 12 ounce can of chilled IPA or double IPA
6 Tbsp freshly squeezed Rio Star grapefruit juice (1-2 grapefruits)

Pour IPA into pint glass and add grapefruit juice. Stir gently and serve immediately. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

(Recipe adapted from

Berry Lemon Sparklers

Ingredients (Alcohol-free)

1 1/2 pints raspberries or blackberries, plus more for garnish
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 cups lemon juice (from 8 lemons)
Mint sprigs, for garnish

1. In a medium bowl, mash the 1 1/2 pints berries with the sugar; let stand for 10 minutes.
2. Stir in 1/2 cup water, then strain into a large pitcher, pressing with a spoon to extract any juice. Stir in the lemon juice and 2 1/2 cups more water.
3. Fill 8 pint glasses halfway with ice. Pour about 3/4 cup berry-lemon mixture into each glass, top with a splash of seltzer and stir to combine.
4. Garnish with berries and a mint sprig.

(Recipe from


Tackle-worthy snacks

We’re always looking for a local angle when it comes to food. Here, we’ve brought local flavor to two popular Super Bowl appetizers.

Nachos with cheese and guacamole

Neutral zone nachos

1 bag Whole Grain Milling tortilla chips
1/2 can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup Snappy Dog or Salsa Lisa salsa
Fancy Brand cheddar cheese, shredded
Chippewa Valley habañero jack cheese, shredded
Organic Valley sour cream (optional)

1. Arrange the tortilla chips on 1-2 rimmed baking sheets in a single layer.
2. Stir together black beans with salsa and spoon over chips.
3. Generously distribute the shredded cheeses over the chips and beans.
4. Broil the nachos for just a few minutes, until cheese is melted and slightly browned (watch these closely!).
5. Serve nachos immediately with cool sour cream and extra salsa for dipping.

Cooking Tip: You can prepare a single-serving of these nachos in a toaster oven!

Cocktail wieners, co-op style

1 package Thousand Hills cocktail wieners
1 jar Triple Crown BBQ sauce

1. Fill a medium sauce pan with cocktail wieners and the entire jar of BBQ sauce.
2. Heat on medium to medium-high heat until the cocktail wieners are warmed through.

Main Event

Two meal ideas, each representing the home state of the teams battling it out on the turf.

From the Denver side: Denver Post Pork Green Chili

Ingredients (serves 6)
1 pound diced pork
¼ cup cooking oil
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1½ tablespoons dark chile powder
1½ tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, diced
3 cans (10 ounces each) chicken broth
1 can (32 ounces) whole tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3-4 fresh roasted green chiles or 1 can (8 ounces) diced green chiles
3-5 jalapeño peppers, diced with seeds (remove seeds to bring down the heat factor)
Shredded cheese

1. Brown pork on all sides in oil over medium high heat. Add cumin, chile powder, oregano, garlic powder, onion and broth.

2. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 1 hour. Crush tomatoes with potato masher in another pan. To tomatoes and their juice, add tomato paste, green chiles and jalapeños. Combine tomato and pork mixtures.

3. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 2 hours (or place in a slow cooker up to 8 hours), until pork is very tender. Serve with warm tortillas and shredded cheese.

(Recipe from

From the Carolina side: Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients (makes about 3 cups)
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated white or yellow onion
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
6-10 dashes Tabasco sauce, to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 4-ounce jar of diced pimentos* with juice
1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper, or more to taste
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Sliced white bread

1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mashing with a fork to form a thick, spreadable paste; if it’s a bit loose, add more mayonnaise until it holds together.

2. Season to taste

3. Spread on sliced white bread to make sandwiches. Cut into triangles for serving. You can stop here and enjoy. Or, you can go an extra step by grilling the sandwiches for a southern take on grilled cheese.

*If you can’t find pimento peppers, use roasted red bell peppers.

(recipe adapted from


Sweet victory


No matter which team wins, everyone can rally around these fun football treats.

Football brownies

You won’t regret making these brownies from scratch, but if you are short on time a box mix works just as well. Look for Immaculate Brownie Mix or Pamela’s Chocolate Brownie Mix (dairy-free & gluten-free) on our shelves.

For the brownies:
1 cup butter
6 oz unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, chopped

For vanilla frosting:
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 tsp milk

For brownies:

1. In a medium saucepan combine butter and unsweetened chocolate. Cook and stir over low heat until melted; cool slightly. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan. Grease foil; set pan aside.
2. Stir sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each addition just until combined. Stir in vanilla.
3. In a small bowl stir together flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in chopped semisweet chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.
4. Bake for 18 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

For frosting:
1. In a large bowl combine butter and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 3/4 cup powdered sugar. Beat in 2 teaspoons milk. Gradually beat in 3/4 cup additional powdered sugar.
2. If necessary, beat in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make a frosting of piping consistency.

Making football brownies:
1. Using the edges of the foil, lift brownies out of pan. Using a 3- to 4-inch football-shape cookie cutter, or eye-balling it, cut out brownies into football shapes.
2. Spoon vanilla frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip, or spoon into a plastic bag and snip off a small bit of the corner. Pipe frosting onto brownies to decorate with football laces. Let stand until frosting is set.

(Recipe adapted from

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