Football Fare

20 of our best recipes for a winning pregame gathering.

Caramelized Onion and Sunchoke Dip

Caramelized Onion and Sunchoke Dip

Nutty, buttery sunchokes add a chic, decidedly grown-up twist to this classic slumber party staple. Get the recipe »Matt Taylor-Gross
Indonesian Style Chicken Wings (Ayam Goreng Kuning)

Indonesian Style Chicken Wings (Ayam Goreng Kuning)

Marinated in tamarind and aromatic spices, these meltingly tender chicken wings are braised in coconut water before frying until crisp.André Baranowski
Pork and Duck Sausage

Pork and Duck Sausage

Most sausage recipes call for a meat mixture that is about 30 percent fat—using too much can yield a link that is more greasy than luxurious. Here, Russell Moore of Camino in Oakland, California, combines pork belly with rich duck liver and skinless duck breast—fatty duck skin is too tough—for a perfectly tender sausage.Joseph De Leo
Soy Sauce-Marinated Ribs

Soy Sauce-Marinated Ribs

These Hawaiian-style pork ribs are a sweeter version of kalbi, a Korean preparation for marinated and grilled beef short ribs that's sometimes cooked tableside.Virginie Blachere
Mango-Habañero Salsa

Mango-Habañero Salsa

The addition of diced mangoes to a puree of roasted chiles delivers heat-defying bursts of sweetness to this deliciously spicy salsa.Penny De Los Santos
Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip

Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip

Nothing tops bubbling, hot-from-the-oven cheese dip—unless that dip is also loaded with fresh, sweet, lightly charred summer corn and fresh herbs. Get the recipe for Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip »Matt Taylor-Gross
The Pledge

The Pledge

In this easy-drinking beer cocktail, the concentrated raisin flavor of the sherry, the honeyed quality of the Benedictine liqueur, and the oatmeal stout add up to something like "breakfast in a glass." A sprinkling of sweet, spicy nutmeg seems completely appropriate in this context.Anna Stockwell
Tennessee-Style Mustard Coleslaw

Tennessee-Style Mustard Coleslaw

Classic mayonnaise-based coleslaw is bolstered here by the addition of mustard.Todd Coleman
Homemade French Onion Dip

Homemade French Onion Dip

Our favorite recipe for this classic dip showcases onions three ways: fried, roasted, and fresh.Todd Coleman
Grilled Sausages

Mititei (Grilled Sausages)

Small skinless sausages like these (pictured top left)are cooked on charcoal grills in Romania and in other parts of eastern Europe and the Balkans. Fragrant with garlic, paprika, and caraway, the Romanian version, called mititei, or "wee ones," are delicious served with zesty mustard. See the recipe for Mititei (Grilled Sausages) »Todd Coleman
Kansas City-Style Chili

Kansas City-Style Chili

Pulled pork stands in for the burnt ends of barbecued brisket in this robust Kansas City-style bean chili.Todd Coleman
Michelada

Classic Michelada

Mexican lager is refreshing on a hot beach day. Mixed with ingredients usually associated with the bloody mary, it's even more restorative.Todd Coleman
David Kinch's Tater Tots

David Kinch's Tater Tots

Using a traditional French confit method in which the potatoes are slow-cooked in duck fat, chef David Kinch, of Michelin-starred Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos, CA, makes a particularly luxurious tot.Matt Taylor-Gross
Chicken Gumbo

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

During cooking, okra exudes a thick liquid that gives this hearty Cajun stew a sumptuous, silky texture; a little filé powder, made from dried sassafras leaves, further thickens and enriches it. But the backbone of this gumbo, and the source of its smoky flavor, is the roux made by toasting flour in hot oil until it is a deep red-brown. Get the recipe for Chicken and Sausage Gumbo »Maxime Iattoni
Hoisin and Ginger Spareribs

Hoisin and Ginger Spareribs

Pork spareribs are marinated and basted in a sweet-spicy sauce, with layers of flavor including sesame, pepper, ginger, hoisin, and garlic in this recipe from Napa Valley winemaker Christopher Vandendriessche.Barbara Ries
Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

Quick-pickled cremini mushrooms and red onions are a zesty foil for juicy blue cheese-stuffed burgers. See the recipe for Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers »Laura Sant
Frozen Limeade Margarita

Frozen Limeade Margarita

Canned frozen limeade intensifies the citrus flavor of this slushy Mexican-inspired libation.Todd Coleman
Extra-Crispy Fried Chicken

Extra-Crispy Fried Chicken

Double-fried chicken marinated in an aromatic brine is a specialty of the house at the restaurant Rye KC in Leawood, Kansas.Todd Coleman
Cowboy Caviar (Black-Eyed Pea and Hominy Salad)

Cowboy Caviar (Black-Eyed Pea and Hominy Salad)

A lime juice and spicy Sriracha marinade gives this summer side dish a zesty kick. See the recipe for Cowboy Caviar »James Roper
Smoked Tomato Soup

Smoked Tomato Soup

Smoked tomatoes add additional depth of flavor to a thick, tangy soup.James Roper