For easy game day eats, use your slow cooker.
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It's that time of year when turning on your TV means watching men in shoulder pads run around and bump into each other on a field. Somehow there's a ball involved, and a thing called field goals, and a Tom Brady… Okay, you caught me—I’m not much of a sports-ball fan. I’m in it for the food!
But oh, what glorious food accompanies a rousing game of football! Wings that coat everything you touch in a rich layer of sauce, dips that ooze delicious cheese, and giant bowls of steaming hot chili. And you can make it all in the king of game day snack makers: your slow cooker.
Slow cookers are the epitome of set-it-and-forget-it. Toss in your ingredients in the morning, and your food should be done by the time everyone’s worked up an appetite from yelling at the TV. That frees you up to prepare for any guests coming over to collectively yell at the men with the shoulder pads while they run around because sports.
A slow cooker also means you won’t be dirtying up tons of bowls and cookware, so it makes for easier clean-up. I don’t know about you, but I’m touchDOWN with that.
If you don’t have a slow cooker yet, there’s plenty of time to grab one off of Amazon before game day! We’ve tried a bunch of varieties and especially loved cooking in the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-cooker, which we used to make melt-in-your-mouth-delicious pulled pork. If you’re looking to spend a little less, we’ve also tried and adored Crock Pot’s cheaper 6-quart cooker.
For your big TV Yelling/Sportsball gathering, it’s often best to stick with variations on the tried-and-true classics.
The ultimate finger food for optimum messiness!
It’s never a bad time to dunk crackers, chips, or veggies into some kind of cheesy dip, but most of the year we simply don’t. But come game day, we give ourselves free rein to dunk away. Make sure you serve your delicious creation in an especially super bowl (wink!)
Game day sandwiches are just a way to pretend that meat in sauce is a finger food. You can eat these succulent recipes sans silverware, but be prepared to make a bit of a mess.
If you’re looking to provide guests with a filling meal rather than a series of finger foods, you may want to serve up a big Crockpot of chili.
Just kidding. Don’t try to make this in your slow cooker. Go buy some at the store!
And hey, no matter which recipes you go with, take comfort in the fact that your slow cooker will do most of the work for you! And whether you’re watching the game for the sports, the company, the commercials, or the food, that’s something to celebrate.
For more, check out our complete roundup of the best slow cookers.