Game day done easy…

Question: I’m hosting a small NFL playoff game party Saturday afternoon (GO CARDS!), and do not want to serve the tired old Nachos/boring veggie plate/cardboard pretzel fare that so often pop up at Phoenix parties. (I guess they figure it you swill enough Pabst, you won’t notice how horrid the food is..) Do you have a trio of easy, but delectable recipes with which I can wow my friends. And perhaps a sassy wine recommendation for each?
Love, AJ

Fellow Foodie - Rob Lee

Answer: Let me start by saying that a part of my mission with food, wine and living well, is collaboration. So, in the spirit of collaboration, I sought the help of a foodie friend – Rob Lee. Rob is a college professor in St Louis by day, and a fellow food fancier by night! I thought of him, because he’s a serious football lover, and knows what it takes to please a game-day crowd. He’s also starting a monthly dinner club. He has committed to planning, cooking and serving a dinner party once a month for a group of friends. Each party will be themed, and will focus on his passion for beautiful food done simply, with a focus on what’s fresh and in season. Who knows, maybe some day you’ll see us both working together on the food network… he certainly has the charms and good looks – and the ladies love him!!! So after some back and forth IMing between California and Missouri, we’ve come up with the following menu that should be fun, unique, easy, inexpensive and impressive!!! Hope you consider trying all or parts of it, and make sure to take pictures that I can post on the blog afterwords!

Game day skewers and a dip!


Hummus dip with Pita Chips
Grilled Soy Vay marinated chicken skewers
Caprese Skewers
Grilled peach skewers
White and Red Sangria

Hummus dip with Pita Chips

Please see recipe from the hummus mailbag post dated 1/10/10 – or Trader Joe’s always has nice options pre-made.

Grilled Soy Vay marinated chicken skewers


  • Chicken breast filets,
  • Red & yellow bellpeppers,
  • Red onions
  • Soy Vay marinade (available at Trader Joe’s)


Marinate chicken in Soy Vay for two or three hours. When ready, skewer chicken in alternating pieces with the bellpeppers and onions. Grill over medium-high heat.

Caprese Skewers


  • Fresh basil
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cheese cut into bite size pieces
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • S&P to taste


Skewer a basil leaf with a cherry tomato, piece of mozzarella, brush with a blend of olive oil and balsamic and season with S&P to taste

Grilled peach skewers


  • Frozen peaches
  • Sambuco (or Ouzo)
  • Vanilla bean ice cream


Toss peaches in sambuco, allow to soak for about 20 – 30 minutes, skewer and grill just until heated and starting to show grill marks (this will happen fast, so keep your eyes on this process) when done, serve warm on top of a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream

White and Red Sangria


  • Red jug wine (or boxed, just use a dark fruity red, like a merlot)
  • Brandy
  • Simple syrup (sugar – 1 cup melted in 2 cups water on stove to create a sweet syrup commonly used for cocktails)
  • Assortment of fruit – apples, peaches, pineapples, mangos, oranges, etc – fresh and frozen in fine


Blend the jug of wine, with Brandy and simple syrup to taste. Add all the fruit and allow to steep for several hours (or over night). When ready to serve, you can serve straight up, or add club soda for some spritz and to lighten it up.

Alternate for white sangria – white jug or boxed wine (Chablis/Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc will work) substitute brandy with white rum… all else stays the same.


2 Responses to “Game day done easy…”

  1. 1 Kevin
    January 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Great suggestions! Not that I’ll probably ever host a football party, unless Jake’s in town. :-)

    Soy Vay is favorite bottled marinade. I especially like the Island Teriyaki version, which has pineapple juice in it (which I think adds even more density to marinated chicken).

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