When you're gearing up for game day remember that it's important to keep your energy up. Here at The Chew we've rounded up our favorite recipes for all the great game day dishes. This classic fare is sure to please even the most die hard foodies and football fans.The Classic Meatball Sub
Every year, every football party has one - an oversized sandwich with too little filing stuffed between pieces of day old bread. You see it and even though you know it's probably going to take like cardboard you give it a try only to regret it immediately.
Instead of making your friends suffer through another tasteless sandwich try making your own meatball sub. With just a little effort and some extra time before game day you can craft an artisnal sandwich that your friends are sure to love.
Michael Chernow from The Meatball Shop in New York told Epicurious that there are a couple rules to making a great meatball sub. First, be mindful of the bread, meatball and sauce ratio. Too much of a good thing can lead to a soggy sandwich. Second, look for bread that has a crunchy outside and a soft inside. Finally, construct the sandwich right before serving. If you've tried to make one before, you've seen the mess that can come from forgotten meatball sub.
The key to any great sub is a great meatball. Get Mario's turkey version here
or The Meatball Shop's pork one here
.The Great Chili Bowl
To some the football means chili. Though it's hard to pinpoint exactly where the two ideas came together they are undeniably a great match.
Last year, as The Chew geared up for the big game Mario and Michael competed in a chili cookoff. Both are die hard football fanatics and sought to impress Football legend Joe Theismann, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, and Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
In the end we couldn't pick just one recipe to share, so try them both at your party.Michael's VersionMario's VersionA Pizza Pie!
It's almost too easy to order a pizza loaded with your favorite topping and plop down on the couch for a game. Instead of digging into the usual slice of pepperoni and sausage try making your own pizza for the big game.
You can whip up fresh pizza dough and sauce and then top it with all your favorite combinations - particularly ones you can't get from the local Italian joint.
Just follow Mario's simple recipe
and your pizza is sure to be a success.Hot Dogs and Keilbasa
Sausages in any shape or size are a great bet for game day eats. Whether you're into bite sized pigs in a blanket or you're looking to the real deal keilbasa the protein is sure to fill you up and give you enough energy to cheer on your favorite team.
The traditional kielbasa is not for the faint of heart. The intense rich flavor will please the carnivores in your family. Michael serves it with potatoes and cabbage. Get his recipe here
If you're more interested in snacking than digging into an enormous sausage opt for these small hot dogs
. They're simple to make and always a hit.A Plate Full of Wings
You can't talk about favorite football foods without including chicken wings. Last year 1.25 billion wings were eaten during the Super Bowl weekend, according to the National Chicken Council. If you weighed it out that would be 100 million pounds of chicken wings.
It's fair to admit that wings are a favorite snack food. With this great popularity though there are may different opinions about the how to make them. Around here Michael Smyon's crispy lime version is our preferred version. Try it and see why.