Football Parties with a 'Burgh Theme
The perfect Steelers football party means food, and a lot of it. You'll need plenty of appetizers, such as nachos and wings - things that are easy for Steelers fans to nibble on while their eyes are glued to the TV. Half-time means buffet time, but stick with a simple menu. Don't forget the cold beer or cocktails! Second-half means even more snacks and appetizers, plus plenty of yummy desserts. And to make it extra special, try some of the following suggestions for Pittsburgh-themed food.
What first comes to mind when planning a Steelers party? For most die-hard Pittsburghers its kielbasa, pierogies and Isaly's chipped ham barbeque. They're easy to prepare and serve, with little to clean up, and they keep the meat and potato lovers happy.
Haluski, a dish of homemade dumpling noodles and sweet cabbage, and Buffalo Chicken Wings (you can buy Quaker Steak & Lube Sauce at larger Giant Eagle stores to replace the hot sauce) are also popular with Pittsburgh fans.
Pittsburgh icon H.J. Heinz has created a number of great football party recipes, including Chicken Kick-Off Kabobs, Gridiron Potato Dip, MVP Cheeseburger Macaroni and Sack 'Em Salsa & Chips.
When it comes to the potato chips, a football party must, Pittsburgh-area chip maker Snyder of Berlin offers plenty to choose from. Troyer Farms, based in Westmoreland County, is another great choice. Consider having some baked potato chips, pretzels or popcorn on hand to add a bit of health to your super celebration.
Dips and salsas are an excellent way to add the Steelers colors to your football party. Mango Black Bean Salsa with black beans and gold mangoes is yummy served with tortilla chips. Or can serve black bean or other dark-colored tortilla chip with a gold-colored dip, such as Buffalo Chicken Dip or Chili Cheese Dip. For a healthy treat, try Fat Free Black Bean Dip served with yellow and orange peppers for dipping.
If you prefer to go the takeout route, sandwiches from Primantis and wings from Quaker Steak & Lube are an excellent choice. Area grocery stores always do a good job of preparing Steelers-themed appetizer platters.