Football season is over, and I have to admit that I miss my Sundays. I’m missing sitting by the fire with my boys, watching our teams play, and eating chili. There was a comfort knowing that every Sunday we were having chili, and would have a relaxing day(albeit sometimes stressful if our teams were losing). Our house was always open for anyone who wanted to join us. The more the merrier! I was not a “football widow” and took pride in making the typical football food and didn’t want to miss a minute of the game.
But now the season is over, no more Super Bowl to plan a menu for (Go Giants!), but the weather is still cold (let’s pretend that we had a real winter in NY, ok?). So I decided to start trying out different chili recipes. Maybe there is something else I can make to shake things up a bit during the football season. My regular chili uses ground beef, and I thought that it might be nice to try a chili that uses chunks of beef, and I found this recipe for Boston Marathon Chili.
This is is a delicious, filling, flavor filled chili. And my husband said it was even better the next day. The pork rib meat is a little drier than the beef, so I think that next time I’m going to try making this with just beef. The meat was tender, and absorbed the flavor of the chili really well. This isn’t exactly a chili that is easy to eat with chips, but my husband was determined. I think that this recipe I’ll keep for those football Sundays when we know we are having company for the game.
For dessert, I needed something simple, and sweet, and something that would be a good snack for the game. I’m not going to take credit for creating this snack, and I don’t know a better way to describe them than chocolate pretzel hugs. They are addictive! You’ve been warned… You can’t have just one.
Hershey’s Hugs (you can use kisses if you prefer, but I love the hugs for this snack)
Snyders pretzel snaps
Preheat the oven to 175. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and spread pretzel snaps out flat in one layer. Remove hugs from foil wrappers, and place one hug on the center of each pretzel. Place the cookie sheet into the oven for 5-6 mins. Immediately after removing the tray from the oven, push one M&M into the center of each hug. Place the tray into the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden.