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Today we talked game day food!! Pizza, dips and cheesy pasta bake – a few delicious and doable recipes to feed your (intimate) game day party gang!

Char’s Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Basket of hot wings meets pizza. I’m in!! 

1 lb (500 mL) roughly chopped cooked chicken (about 3 cups (750 mL)) 

3 tbsp (45 mL) hot sauce – heat level of choice

1/2 cup (125 mL) pizza sauce  

⅓ cup (75 mL) original flavour BBQ sauce

4, 7-inch pitas

2 cups (500 mL) shredded mozzarella 

½ cup (250 mL) roughly chopped green onion 

1 carrot, cut in thin matchstick piece (or grated)

1 celery rib, cut on a thin bias

½ cup (125 mL) quality ranch dressing

Toss chicken with hot sauce and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Stir together pizza sauce and BBQ sauce. Place pitas on baking sheets (you will likely need to use two baking sheets) lined with parchment paper. Spread sauce evenly between pitas. Divide cheese and reserved chicken evenly between pitas. Bake in center of preheated oven for about 15 min (rotating pans halfway) or until until cheese is bubbling and edges of pitas are lightly golden. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Divide green onion, carrots and celery evenly between pizzas. Drizzle evenly with ranch dressing and dig in! Makes 4 pizzas. 

Crab & White Bean Dip

If you need an excuse to snack on veggies while watching the big game – this is the dip for you and your gang! If you’re not a fan of shellfish – click here for my Avocado & White Bean Dip.

1 can (540 mL) white kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (120 g) crabmeat, drained

¼ cup (60 mL) chopped green onions 

zest and juice of one lemon 

1 tsp (5 mL) minced garlic

¼ cup (60 mL) olive oil

½ (2 mL) salt 

1/8 tsp (or hefty pinch) each; ground nutmeg and cayenne pepper

¼ cup (60 mL) roughly chopped fresh dill

1 tbsp (15 mL) capers * optional

Garnish (*optional): quality olive oil, fresh cracked pepper, chopped fresh dill, capers and sprouts

Place all ingredients (except for dill and capers) in a bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until combined, scraping down sides of bowl when needed.  Add dill and capers and pulse until just combined. Place in serving dish and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, pepper, dill, capers and sprouts. Serve with a variety of vegetables, flatbreads and crackers. Makes about 2 cups (500 mL).

Char’s Cheesy Pesto Pasta Bake ~ a delicious and stick-to-your-ribs pasta bake – perfect for game day fueling. Click here for the recipe.

Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers IN StudioRogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning Live and Breakfast Television sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys; Tyler & Colgan.

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