Fall is here, and that can only mean one thing – hockey season is upon us. With regular season games about to graze our TV screens (October 12th to be exact, but who’s counting?), gathering everyone together to watch the big game is one of the best parts about autumn.
And even if sports fans are more concerned about the game – and the beer, probably – there are a few essentials you need to host a fun and successful NHL watch party. No need to spend loads of time or money, but use these helpful tips and tricks to throw your best hockey watch party yet.
Texas Taco Dip Platter
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato puree
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
- 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) corn chips
- 2 cups hot cooked rice
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, shredded
- 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
- 1 cup picante sauce, optional
1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add next seven ingredients; simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
2. Add beans and heat through. On a platter, layer the corn chips, rice, meat mixture, cheese, onion, lettuce, tomatoes and olives. Serve with picante sauce if desired.
Chicken Parmesan Sliders
- 16 slider buns
- 1 lb breaded chicken tenders, cooked (weight is approx.)
- 2 cups pasta sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded.
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded.
- 3 tbsp butter, melted.
- 1 tsp garlic powder (more to taste)
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
1. Cook the chicken tenders according to the instructions on their package.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. Place the bottom half of the slider buns in a greased casserole dish.
4. Place chicken tenders on the bottom buns and then cover them in sauce.
5. Combine the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and sprinkle it over the sauce.
6. Place the top buns on the sliders.
7. Melt the butter and mix the garlic powder until it is thoroughly combined. (feel free to add more garlic powder if you like garlic as much as I do!)
8. Pour the melted butter over the buns and then sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
9. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
Hockey Stick Cupcakes
- 1 box, Confetti Cupcake Mix
Butter Cream icing:
- 1/2 cup, butter
- 1/2 cup, shortening (or 1/2 cup butter)
- 3-6 tbsp. very cold milk (depending on consistency)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 pkg. frosting Creations (your choice)
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or melting candy chocolate disks
1. Mix and bake cupcakes as directed
2. After butter/shortening is at room temp. beat icing ingredients together until smooth adding milk in small amounts until desired consistency is reached
3. Decorate cooled cupcakes with icing
4. In a double boiler or in the microwave melt the chocolate. If the chocolate stiffens up add oil a tsp. at a time and stir until smooth
5. Pipe out your melted chocolate into hockey stick shaped decorations and finish with small amount of remaining icing above.
Apple Cider Sangria
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 3 cups (750 ml) chilled fresh apple cider, divided
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) honey
- 1 medium green or red apple, cored
- 1 large navel orange
- 1/4 cup (50 ml) fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)
- 1 bottle (750 ml chilled white wine
1. Place cinnamon sticks, 1 cup (250 ml) of the apple cider and honey in 2-cup (500 ml) bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 2 minutes. Carefully remove bowl from microwave. Pour cinnamon sticks and cider into pitcher. Place in refrigerator until ready to combine.
2. Cut apple and orange in half lengthwise. Cut apple into slices. Cut orange half into slices with a knife; reserve one half for another use.
3. Add all of the fruit, remaining apple cider, and wine into the pitcher; stir. Place the lid on pitcher and plunge gently.
4. Pour sangria into glasses; serve with ice. Top with some of the fruit, if desired.