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Recipes and tips to take your Super Bowl party to the next level

Perfect, easy nachos

Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest food consumption day of the year, trailing only Thanksgiving. It seems that every year the cuisine being doled out at Super Bowl parties is only improving and you don’t want to be left out in the dust. Here are some recipes that will make all of your friends and relatives respect you- even if you’re a convicted felon.

Oven Baked Maple-BBQ Wings

1/2 cup BBQ sauce (preferably something with a kick like Bone Suckin’ or Whoop Ass)

1/2 cup Maple syrup (Aunt Jemima or Eggo works in a pinch)

1/4 cup cider vinegar

4 pounds chicken wings
1. Heat the broiler on high for at least fifteen minutes.
2. Whisk the sauce, maple syrup, and vinegar in a small bowl.
3. Lay out the wings on a broiler pan and cook about eight inches away from the flame for five minutes. Take them out, flip them over with tongs, and brush with some of the sauce mixture.
4. Repeat step three about once every five minutes for the next twenty minutes, or until the wings are browned (but not charred) and the glaze is sizzling.

5. Allow the wings to cool for about five minutes before serving.


Taken from Cookout USA by Georgia Orcutt and John Margolies


The Perfect Beef Nachos

3/4 bag tortilla chips

1 pound ground beef
1 bag shredded cheddar or jack cheese
1/2 cup taco sauce

Sour cream to taste (optional)

Your favorite guacamole (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking sheet with foil.

3. Brown ground beef in a medium skillet, drain out fat, and let cool for fifteen minutes.
4. Spread out tortilla chips in two overlapping layers on the sheet so that no part of the foil is exposed.
5. Top the chips evenly with the beef, spreading it around with a spoon if necessary. Then top with the cheese -be very liberal- and taco sauce.
6. Bake in the oven, uncovered, for fifteen minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
7. Serve with salsa and top with sour cream and guacamole (if desired).


Tip for the greatest wings ever:

Everyone knows that wings are an absolute must at any Super Bowl party, but did you know that if you cooked them a certain way, you can make them crispier than you ever dreamed? When you deep fry your wings, take them out of the fryer about three minutes before they’re done and freeze them overnight. After you allow your wings to thaw fry them for about five minutes and you’ll have some crispy-ass bird. Guaranteed.
For another innovative tip, try not coating the wings in sauce right out of the fryer- seeing as everyone has their own tastes as far as spicy and sweet. Instead, toss your wings in a dry rub with garlic, chili, cocoa, pepper, or any other spices you like and serve a variety of sauces on the side ranging from hot to Teriyaki to BBQ. This allows your guests to have a wider selection and you don’t have to worry about lawsuits or someone crying at your Super Bowl party (before the end of the game at least).