The big game is fast approaching. Boo! Valentine's Day is also right around the corner. We're here to set you up with some food ideas that are total man pleasers and delicious overall. They are great for any occasion or anyone. Getting through the heart via the tummy is an awesome way to say I love you as well.
We've got meat, meat and more meat. Wings, steak, burgers, sam'iches, beer, mac n' cheese, sides, snacks...Check out our hot choices!
Let's start off with eats good for Game Day.
Bacon Wrapped, Chicken Jalapeno Poppers:
This certainly isn't a calorie counter meal, but it is popping with flavour and kick.
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Lil' Smokies
This is a really easy one. Another option you could do, is buy smoked or even Italian sausage and cut them in bite sized pieces. Awesome Game Day food that won't cost you a lot, it's easy to prepare, you can keep them warm and if kids are in attendance, watch out! They will be gone before you know it.
Hot Buffalo Wings:
Now, we've all got our favourite recipes, that's for sure. If you want to go healthier, then you bake them. There are slow cooker recipes as well. If you want it fast and delish, just throw your wings right into the frier and toss them in your favourite wing sauce. They are ready in under 10 minutes with this option.
We've got you set with a couple of different wing recipes.
This is another super recipe. You may just be a little surprised at how....(whispering) healthy these actually are.
Loaded Oven Chili Dogs
You're going to have these hot, steaming doggies ready in minutes. Make a few different versions for the fussy folks. Another inexpensive, fun food for the big game or any day.
Philly Cheese Steak:
More awesome munchies! Who doesn't love a fantastic Philly Cheese steak?! These are also cooked up pretty fast. In this recipe they put them in the oven to heat everything through and melt the cheese. Mmmm...
Sloppy Joe Nachos: I just found this one on our Food Board and thought it fit right in here. Nachos are a major crowd pleaser for big, small, male and female. The only hang up is the canned sauce recommended in this recipe. The Cherry has another really healthy yet uber delicious recipe you can follow instead of using the can. Check it out out here.
You know a man well, when you know exactly how he likes his burger! Does he like it with cheese, bacon, sautéed onions? Make your list, check it twice, grab the goodies and make him a burger he'll never forget. Or you can follow this recipe. We've got the image hooked up to a previous Foodie blog, menu planner edition from The Cherry.
If you're really looking for something that will knock his socks off, then go to this site and be amazed at the awesome burger recipes you'll find there. CheeseandBurger.com.
We're gonna switch gears here a bit. This next recipe is perfect for setting out on the table while the game is on. And... it would make a sweet Mason jar gift, too for Valentines Day.
Beer and bacon glazed pecans:
I'm not at all thrilled with the amount of sugar in this recipe. I'd suggest lightening up on it or even consider using honey or agave.
Use these, "Nuts about you" tags I've designed and bag them up or put them in a mason jar. I use clker.com for my some of my goodies. Click on the image to get to Photobucket and choose download.
Now, on to the terrific table setters for the romantic holiday ahead.
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin:
I often make pork tenderloin because it's cheap and comes out perfect every time. A couple of minutes on each side. Then I slice it thick, throw it back on my grill pan for just a couple of seconds on both sides and voila! Tender as all get out! Checkout the recipe above. If I really wanted to please my hubby, I wouldn't dream of those veggies. Hehehe...He would love me more if I didn't make him eat his vegetables.
Beer, Cheese N' Bacon Macaroni:
This one just screams, "MAN EATS"! Doesn't it?! Very, very simple, rich and real down home comfort food. This site is also a favourite of mine.
This woman had me in stitches. Check out her recipe for some mouth watering ribs. My husband is the Grill Master, but I've whipped up some ribs in the crockpot, too and they were awesome. Slice some onions, put them in the bottom of your slow cooker, set your ribs on top, dump your favourite bbq sauce over the top and voila! All prepared, but keep in mind you need at least 4 hours of cooking of time. Slow and low is the key.
I saved what I considered, the best for last. This one will have your partner singing your praises.
Steak, garlic rub with blue cheese and french fried onions:
I know, right?!
I don't do out door grilling, but I often whip out my indoor, cast iron grill pan. I make all of our steaks on there. Blue cheese over steak is really popular here, in Belgium. I never thought of sprinkling blue cheese over the top. Be weary, that blue cheese is very strong. So be sparing. I make my own blue cheese sauce, which is also really easy. It's not quite as strong and of course, it's more of a sauce and not cheese melted over the top. You can dip your fries in it, too. Mmmm...click here for a blue cheese sauce recipe from a previous Menu Planner edition.
The last little thing I want to hook you up with is our Valentine's Day board, Date Night board and Free Printables board on Pinterest, where you can find more ideas to make your game day or Valentines Day, perfect. Check out these nifty game day paper chains. Click on the image to find out how to get them.
Thanks for hanging with The Cherry! I hope you enjoy the game and have a super sizzling Valentines!