#Noms: Game Day Recipes

It is playoff season and while my Bengals are out of the Super Bowl run, this is the most fun (and heart-breaking), high pressure time of football season. Help soften the blow of potentially brutal losses with these easy, Midwestern-inspired game day recipes.

Hanky Panks

Photo by Huffington Post and Food Fanatic

Photo by Huffington Post and Food Fanatic

Another deliciously grease treat from the Midwest. This reminds me of Schnicke family gathers of years past and it is high time that they make a comeback.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground hot pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 16 oz package of Velveeta Cheese
  • Cayenne Peper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 loaf sliced rye cocktail bread


  • Brown ground beef, sausages and onion in a large frying pan
  • Add Velveeta Cheese until melted
  • Sprinkle cayenne peper and peper flakes to taste
  • Let cool
  • Pile onto cocktail rye slices and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is bubbly

Miss Susan’s Chex Mix

Photo by Mango Tango, who also knows that Crispex is superior to Chex.

Brought to  you from straight from the soul kitchen of my neighbor and second mother, Miss Susan. Another staple of my childhood. 21 years later, I found out that this treasured recipe could be found on the back of the Chex box and i was dev-es-tat-ed. But, she makes it with extra love and her batches are infinitely better. Also, she swaps Chex for Crispex, which makes all the difference.


  • 9 cups of Crispex
  • 1cup mixed nuts
  • 1cup bite-size pretzels
  • 6tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3/4teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2teaspoon onion powder


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels; set aside
  • In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted
  • Stir in seasonings
  • Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Store in airtight container (if it lasts)

Skyline Dip

Photo by Erin of Love, Fun and Football, who deserves major props for making Skyline Dip look as good as it tastes! Check out her page for more recipes and goodness.











Skyline Chili is a Cincinnati staple. For 5 years of my life, it was a significant segment of my food pyramid. Luckily, the grocery store in Denver carries this local delicacy so I can feed  my addiction and feel a bit closer to home.


  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 1 15 oz can of Skyline Chili
  • Several handfuls of shredded (extra) sharp cheddar cheese


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spread cream cheese in a pan or dish
  • Pour Skyline Chili evenly over the onions
  • Cover (liberally, or not. I am not one to judge your cheese consumption) with cheddar cheese
  • Bake for 10ish minutes or until the cheese is bubbly (are you seeing a theme here?)
  • Serve with tortilla chips!
  • *Diced onions and Tabasco optional**

Crockpot Meatballs

Another Schnicke family classic that combines three simple (and odd) ingredients for one of the best Midwestern dishes.


  • 1 32oz bag frozen fully cooked meatballs (about 50)
  • 1 18oz jar grape jelly
  • 1 18oz BBQ sauce


  • Combine sauces in your crock-pot and stir until combined
  • Add meatballs and stir until they are coated with the sauce
  • Cook on high for 3 hours
  • Best served with toothpicks

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