Football Fare: Wings, Dip, Chili, Healthy?

By: Sara Levine

Related To:

Now that the Christmas ham and insane amounts of holiday cookies are behind us, it’s time to veg out and watch some football. We’ve been in the kitchen cooking up a storm since Thanksgiving, so when it comes to game-time fare for watching your favorite team compete in a bowl game, it's got to be quick, easy and feet-up-on-the-coffee-table casual...

Wings are non-negotiable, of course. But think outside the realm of classic hot wings with lip-smacking recipes from Cooking Channel chefs, like Roger Mooking’s peanut butter marinated version (forgo the noodle salad alongside if it’s too much effort and/or you don’t intend to use any utensils during the games). If you’re already kicking off a resolution to eat healthier in 2011, you can still indulge in Emeril’s fresh, fast oven-baked wings.

Another football spread staple: Dip. Take a break from the classic spinach-artichoke and try Giada’s bright and healthy spinach and cannellini bean spin. Pick your dipper: She serves with endive spears, crostini or pita chips. Ellie Krieger has a super-easy five-ingredient riff on seven-layer Mexican dip—so you can dig in without breaking that not-yet-official resolution.

If you’re willing to break out some spoons and bowls, whip up a big pot of chili. Rachael’s Argentine chili is packed with flavor thanks to chorizo and a chimichurri topping. Or keep it lighter with Emeril’s white-bean-and-turkey version or Aida's  simple, smoky option for vegetarians.

Now all you need are cold beers, a couch and a TV. Happy game day from Cooking Channel!

Next Up

Football Food Hacks to Make Your Game-Day Party a Touchdown

Get food hacks for your game day party food recipes and ideas, including chicken wings, burgers and chips and guacamole.

Sweeten Up Halftime with Madonna's Favorite Treat

Super Bowl halftime performer Madonna loves vegan cupcakes. Get the recipe for these vegan vanilla agave cupcakes.

Cheers to Chili: Wine Pairings for Big-Game Foods

Pair great Super Bowl food with wine, not beer.

A World of Hot Wings

Spice up your chicken wing tradition with one of these exotic twists, from Vietnamese-style to Caribbean.

On TV

Cheap Eats

7am | 6c

Cheap Eats

7:30am | 6:30c

Cheap Eats

8am | 7c

Cheap Eats

8:30am | 7:30c

Good Eats: Reloaded

9:30am | 8:30c

Good Eats

10am | 9c

Good Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Good Eats

11am | 10c

Good Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Man v. Food

6pm | 5c

Man v. Food

6:30pm | 5:30c

Man v. Food

7pm | 6c

Man v. Food

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Man v. Food

8pm | 7c

Man v. Food

8:30pm | 7:30c
9pm | 8c
9:30pm | 8:30c
10pm | 9c
11pm | 10c

Man v. Food

12am | 11c

Man v. Food

12:30am | 11:30c
1am | 12c
1:30am | 12:30c
2am | 1c
3am | 2c
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Sundays 10|9c

So Much Pretty Food Here