The big game is almost here! What big game, you ask? The Super Bowl! One of high holy days of classic American tailgate cuisine. A day when households all over the country dust off their favorite recipes for nachos, beer brats, and more varieties of dip than you can shake a stick at! Here at ABW, we asked folks around the office for some of their favorite game day recipes and tested them out. Try them out this weekend! (Recipes after the jump)

Oven Fried Sweet Chili Chicken Wings (submitted by Matt H.)


Easy Queso Salsa Dip (Submitted by Shanata H.)

Cheese Dip

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Sliders  (Submitted by Lauren E.)

Chicken Sliders

Oven-Fried Sweet Chili Wings

Wings. When done well, few things are more satisfyingly delicious. They can also be a royal pain. Nothing takes the joy out of a tasty treat like imagining the grease spattered war-zone that is your kitchen. There is hope, however! Oven-fried wings! (Almost) all of the crispy goodness, with none of the flying grease that usually goes with deep frying food at home. The secret is in the baking soda and the overnight drying. The baking soda reacts with the water in the skin to create bubbles. The increased surface area helps the skin crisp up. Drying the wings in the fridge overnight helps to eliminate excess moisture in the skin to (again) help with the crisping. Or, if you’re a pro at deep frying foods, by all means, fry those bad boy up! I would still recommend salting and air drying the chicken for a few hours. It will give you crispier skin and reduce the likelihood of splatters. The sauce for these wings is a recipe I got when I was in culinary school. We de-boned a lot of chickens and therefore usually had a stock pile of wings in the fridge. Every few weeks, our Chef would whip up a batch of these incredible, sweet and spicy wings.


2 lbs. “party wings”

2tsp. kosher salt

2tsp. baking powder

3tbs. unsalted butter

1/3 c up Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce

Sriracha to taste


The day before: Rinse and pat the wings dry with a paper towel. Toss the wings with the salt and baking soda to coat evenly. Assemble a baking sheet lined with paper towels and topped with a rack. Arrange the wings on the rack with plenty of space in between. Place uncovered in the fridge and let the sit for at least 12 hours.

The day of: Preheat your oven to 450F.  Remove the paper towels from the sheet pan and line with aluminum foil. Put the wings in the oven let them go for about 20 min. After 20 minutes, turn all of the wings and let them continue cooking for another 15-30 minutes (flip them as needed) until they come out golden brown and crispy.


For the sauce: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the chili sauce. Add as much Sriracha as you want, depending the level of spicy you prefer (I like A LOT!).

Sauce in pot Sriracha

Then simply toss the wings with sauce to coat and serve!

Easy Queso Salsa Dip

Sometimes it’s the simplest recipes that are the most satisfying. If for nothing else, it gets you out of the kitchen and socializing (or watching the game) sooner! This recipe certainly fits the bill. Our recipe has you melting the cheese in the microwave, but it can also be done on a stove top over low heat. Just keep an eye on it and stir frequently to prevent burning.


1 16oz. block of Velveeta, cubed

1/2 cup of your favorite salsa

1/2 cup rinsed black beans

2 tbs. chopped pickled jalapeños

A good Mexican Hot Sauce (we prefer Cholula)


This one is soooo simple. Place half the cheese, beans, salsa, and jalapeños in a microwave safe bowl. Then repeat. This layering will make stirring up the dip easier later on.

Cheese and beans

Now, simply microwave on high for about 2 1/2 minutes. Remove and give it a stir. Continue microwaving until the cheese if fully melted. Now add as much hot sauce as your palette can handle! Serve with chips, crudités or other dipping foods. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

These are sooo good and sooooo tasty. For the sake of simplicity, we just grabbed a rotisserie chicken from our local grocery store and shredded that, but if you’re feeling ambitious, by all means, roast your own! If you’re not a fan of the blue cheese, you can substitute ranch dressing instead.


1 pack Martins Party Potatoe Rolls

2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken

3 tbs. hot sauce (Franks or Crystal) plus extra for drizzling

1/2 cup chunky blue cheese dressing

1 cup shredded pepper jack

2tbs. melted butter


Preheat your oven to 325F. Without separating, use a serrated knife to slice the top of half the rolls. In a mixing bowl, mix the chicken with the hot sauce.

Chicken in Bowl

Spread evenly on the rolls and drizzle with a little more hot sauce. Pour on the blue cheese dressing.

Chicken Sliders

Then top with the shredded cheese. Top it off with the top of the rolls, and brush with the melted butter. Place in an ovenproof dish and bake until the cheese is melted (about 10 minutes). Remove from the baking dish and slice to separate. Serve hot!

There it is folks! We hope you enjoy the recipes! Have fun this weekend!