Entertain/Food / January 27, 2023

Game Day Gourmet

Whether you are a die-hard fan or in it for the halftime show, everyone can find common ground around a Gourmet Game Day Buffet. We collected a section of some elevated favorites along with excellent wine pairings that are sure to draw cheers from the crowd.

Queso Fundido with Mushrooms and Chiles


Created by San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez, this molten three-cheese dip is topped with mouthwatering toasted garlic, mushrooms, and green chiles. A classic party starter from Southern Living, its bubbly and delicious and a sure-fire crowd-pleaser!

WINE PAIRING: CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Purple Cowboy, Trail Boss, Paso Robles

The supple fruit flavors and bright acidity of Trail Boss Cabernet Sauvignon blend perfectly with this melty cheese dip.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Check out these crispy wings from the health and wellness website, All the Healthy Things, created by Ashlea Carver. Tossed in a flavorful garlic herb butter sauce, and finished with plenty of fresh parmesan cheese. These wings are baked and not fried and gluten-free! What’s not to love?

WINE PAIRING: PINOT GRIGIO, 2021 Bar Dog, California

The crisp and light Bar Dog Pinot Grigio will meld beautifully with the bite of garlic and umami-packed flavor of the parmesan.


Photo: Life is But a a Dish

These Flank Steak Sliders with Chimichurri Slaw from Life is But a Dish have tons of fresh herb flavor. Chimichurri is an Argentinian sauce made with oregano, fresh parsley, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and red pepper flakes and provide these little sliders with just the right kick!

WINE PAIRING: MALBEC, 2021 Girl And Dragon, Argentina

The tiny fierce sliders deserve an equally fierce red wine, Select an Argentinian Malbec from Girl and Dragon with bright berry aromas and a soft, lush texture.

Southern-Fried Sweet Onion Rings

Julia Gartland for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne.

Less is more in the preparation of these delicate sweet onion rings by Kim Severson at Cooking New York Times. Thin enough to flash fry and coated in a light buttermilk and flour mixture that lets the onion flavor shine through. These crispy halos are sure to be the most valued golden ring on game day!

WINE PAIRING: MOSCATO, Middle Sister Sweet & Savvy, California

Balance the salty with the sweet and grab a bottle of Middle Sister Sweet & Savvy Moscato. This delicious wine has aromas and flavors of white peaches, citrus and honeysuckle. It’s our sweetest wine, yet it’s well-balanced and refreshing.

Mozzarella Arancini (Stuffed Rice Balls)

Photo By Chelsie Craig, Food Styling By Kate Buckens

A labor of love, these delightful cheese-filled Sicilian rice balls require the preparation of risotto first, but the end result is worth the effort! Head over to Bon Appétit for this recipe from MOLLY BAZ.

WINE PAIRING: 100% CHARDONNAY 2021, Laetitia Reserve Du Domaine Chardonnay, Arroyo Grande Valley

This 2021 RESERVE DU DOMAINE CHARDONNAY from Laetitia offers toasty oak, pear, fig and honeysuckle aromas with a complex mouthfeel, comprised of baked apple, cream and nutmeg. A full-bodied wine, it has a long zesty finish that compliments the richness of this cheesy snack.


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