Party Planner: Game Day

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Party Planner: Game Day

Invite friends over to watch the game, cheer on their favorite team, and enjoy a hearty spread. Our new menu brings sports bar favorites home with simple sliders and fries — but we’ve lightened them up, so you can snack without the guilt. Game on!

 

Menu

 

Kick off the party with a couple of healthy dips that don’t skimp on flavor. Our creamy herb dip only tastes rich; it’s made with low-fat yogurt and goat cheese and chock-full of fresh herbs. This hummus gets an extra kick of color and flavor from roasted bell peppers. You can serve both with an assortment of crudites, like sliced carrots and radishes and thin slivers of beets.

 

For the main event, it doesn’t get any better than burgers and fries. Our sliders are prepared with grass-fed beef, which is leaner than traditional corn-fed beef, and they’re perfectly portioned for a party. For a vegetarian option, serve these burgers made with chickpeas and roasted red peppers, topped with a smoky mayonnaise. Using our new air fryer, you can make crispy French fries with just a tablespoon of oil  — fewer calories and far less mess. On the side, serve this twist on the classic coleslaw: a sweet-and-tangy carrot slaw tossed in a lemony dressing with Marcona almonds.

 

For dessert, keep it simple. These dark chocolate oatmeal bars are reminiscent of oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies, but they’re full of healthy ingredients.

 

Party Planner: Game Day

 

Party Planner

 

  • Up to 3 days ahead: Make the dark chocolate oatmeal bars.
  • 1 day ahead: Make the herb dip and the hummus. Make the carrot slaw, cover, and refrigerate.
  • Day of: Form the burger patties and prep the potatoes for the French fries.
  • Just before serving: Cook the French fries and burgers.

 

Party Planner: Game DayKeep it casual by setting out the spread on a coffee table, so guests can help themselves throughout the game. Serve the dips in small bowls and arrange the crudites on a long platter. Pile the sliders to make the food look abundant, and place toppings like lettuce leaves and sliced onions at each end.

 

We love this creative serving idea for French fries: line a tumbler glass with parchment paper, and stand the fries up inside the glass. Not only do the fries look great, they’re also easy to pass around to each person.

 

Be sure to keep beers cold and easily accessible. If you like, nestle the beers in an ice bucket or tub and bring it by the television for easy serving. For something a little different, serve guests pint glasses filled with black and tan, the British pub staple that pairs a layer of stout with pale ale.

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