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The Big Game is coming up, and what better way to celebrate than with food? Whether you watch for the game or just the commercials, great food is a must. If you’re throwing a party or just enjoying the day at home, check out some of our must-have snacks and meals for kick-off.

Tony Tamburro, Heinen’s Director of Deli
I don’t do anything big for the game, usually just get together with a few friends and eat while we enjoy the game. Heinen’s heat and serve dips are awesome. You can get them in the deli refrigerated case, and you simply have to heat them up. Our flavors have something for everyone, and make sure to have options like chips, pretzels, veggies and more for great dipping!

Eric Besselman, Heinen’s Meat Buyer
For me, it’s all about the appetizers! Meatballs are a great choice, and it’s also super easy to cube up some chicken breasts and do your own version of boneless wings. If you want to make it really easy on yourself (and who doesn’t?), just check out the meat case for our ready-to-cook appetizers and spend your time enjoying the game, not cooking!

Shannon Welsh, Heinen’s Cheesemonger
I always go for chili. It’s easy and everyone loves it! Chili is all about the toppings – Fritos are a must! So is cornbread, sour cream, cheddar cheese and chopped green onions. It’s the basics, but why mess with a good thing? For game day, I usually make a classic version with ground beef and a 7-bean vegetarian version.

Marty Gaul, Heinen’s Seafood Buyer
I’m more of a chips and dip girl for football watching, but it’s fun to take our salmon burgers and turn them into gourmet sliders. Shrimp is also a crowd-pleaser if you’re having a party. I’m also a big fan of crab dip. Here's my favorite recipe:

Crab Dip

Ingredients
8 oz. package of Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
½ cup Sour Cream
¼ cup Mayonnaise
¼ cup Vidalia Onion,  finely chopped
1 can Boss’s Jumbo Lump Crab Meat (drain off any liquid)
Seasoning to taste – Garlic Powder, Sea Salt, White Pepper, Paprika
1 large round loaf of Italian bread

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, onion and seasoning.  Blend with mixer until combined and creamy.  About 2 minutes.

Gently fold in crab meat with spatula or wood spoon.  Do not over mix or you will break down crab meat.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  While the dip is baking, cut a circle in the top of the bread and scoop out the inside to create a bowl.  Cut or tear the removed bread into pieces for dipping.

Remove the baked crab dip from the oven and stir well.  Spoon the hot mixture into the bread bowl.  Place the filled bread bowl and chunks of bread on a medium baking sheet and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  Serve hot.

Serves 8 – 10 as a party appetizer

Download recipe as a .pdf

What are you "must-haves" for game time celebrating?

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