packer-party-foods-1This Sunday, at 5:42 CST, the Green Bay Packers face off against the New York Giants for the NFC Championship game. Wisconsinites will be cheering on the Packers with field-tested, green-n-gold foods that scream GO PACK!.

I’m talking about our Wisconsin staples: beer, beef, brats, and cheese.

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Sheboygan bratwurst

 

Here’s a party menu enjoyed by true Packer fans.

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These recipes can be found in Drink Your Beer and Eat It Too!  First, start the party with Two-cheese Beer Spread on crackers:

Cheese Spreads

  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 pound Swiss cheese, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 12-ounce can beer
  • 1 5 3/4-ounce jar stuffed olives, chopped

Mix cheeses, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco sauce, adding beer last to moisten mixture to a spreadable consistency.  If mixture becomes dry, add more beer.  Add chopped olives.  Serve with assorted crackers.  Makes 2 cups.

Here’s how to fry up your own cheese curds:

Cheese Curds

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2 eggs, well-beaten
  • 40-50  cheese curds
  • Cooking oil to deep fry

Combine flour, baking powder, peanut oil, beer, and eggs; blend well.  Dip cheese curds in batter and drop into deep-fryer filled with about 3 inches of hot oil.  Brown one side; turn and brown other side.  Cook a total of 3-4 minutes.  Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.  May be salted lightly, if desired.  Makes 40-50 appetizers.

At your Packer party you’ll want to be hanging out with your friends in front of the wide-screen.  So here’s a recipe for Crocked Beef that you can fix way ahead of time.  The meat is cubed so no need for a knife to eat it.  This makes an easy and delicious main dish for folks to eat on their laps.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 pounds round steak, cubed
  • 1 12-ounce can beer
  • 1 1-ounce envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 .87-ounce envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms

Put flour in a bag and add meat; shake bag well to coat meat.  Combine beer and mixes in Crockpot; stir and add meat.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours; add mushrooms the last hour.  Delicious served over rice or noodles.  Serves 6.

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