While most of the people in this state will shout a resounding chorus of “Go Pack Go” on Sunday, I will be singing “Bear Down.” I am a displaced Bears fan in a land of Cheeseheads. It truly is a hard life. But the glares at the grocery store when I carry my Bears reusable grocery bag, the trash talking from my friends and the jeers from neighbors when I walk to the mailbox in my Bears jersey are all well worth it, for I am not ashamed. The Bears hold a very special spot in my heart.
The Bears have not played the Packers in the NFC Championship since 1941. (Sidebar: Bears won) So this rivalry game of epic proportions deserves the fare to back it up. For Sunday’s game, I am dishing up some rivalry nachos and football treats. All these dishes are a cinch to put together so you can focus your energy on the game.
Monsters of the Midway Nachos
blue corn tortilla chips
sharp cheddar cheese
chorizo, de-cased and chopped
orange pepper, diced
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small non-stick saute pan, cook chorizo on medium-high heat, approximately 8 minutes. Lay tortilla chips on a baking pan. Sprinkle with peppers, chorizo and cheese. Heat on top rack of oven for 5-6 minutes, until cheese is melted.
Green and Gold Nachos
yellow corn tortilla chips
sharp cheddar cheese
green onions, diced
green pepper, diced
fresh or picked jalapeno, seeded and chopped
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook bacon according to package directions. Cool and chop. Lay tortilla chips on a baking pan. Sprinkle with bacon. Next, sprinkle with cheese, green onion, green pepper and jalapeno. Bake on top rack of the oven for 5-6 minutes or until cheese is melted.
If you are looking to get even more festive, these iced Twinkies are an easy dessert and look great on a table. Guests can enjoy a throwback to their childhood with this little treat. Using gel icing, simply draw football lines and the logos of your favorite teams. For an added touch, lay them on a plate topped with green colored coconut and draw white icing yard lines.
Here at HAP, we are two to one, Packers to Bears fans. We hope you enjoy the game this weekend and may the best team win! And by the best team, I mean DA BEARS!