Time for bets, beers, and plenty of wings -- Super Bowl XLVIII is just around the corner. Unfortunately, the Texans completely blew it, so our grand plans of J.J. Watt Texans Tackle Crackle ice cream cake pops are spoiled. But no worries, we've still got a few Super Bowl tricks up our sleeve.
Whether you're a fan of the Seahawks, the Broncos, or you just enjoy overeating and excessive day-drinking, we've got a few team-inspired recipes to spice up your game party.
With wings, sliders, and even half-time shots, check out our Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Menus:
Denver Broncos Menu
The Wings: Beer-Brined Buffalo Wings
Denver is a city known for its beer. After Portland, it has more microbreweries than any other city in America. Choose a local ale -- like Wynkoop Brewery's Raid Yard Ale or Strange Brewing Company's Strange Pale Ale -- to make these sweet and spicy beer-brined buffalo wings.
The Sliders: Rocky Mountain Oyster Mann-wiches
After a killer season, we think Peyton deserves a Mann-ley sandwich all his own...and we think that sandwich should be made with a certain deep-fried Denver specialty: the Rocky Mountain Oyster.
Don't be fooled by the name. These deep-fried treats are not, in fact, oysters, but are crunchified bull testicles instead. Peyton's got balls of steel, so it's only appropriate.
Fry them up and serve them on slider buns with this mango-chutney-and-chile sauce for a treat that will keep guests guessing.
And of course, if testes are not for you (wimp), you can always serve buffalo and bison sliders or Denver omelet sandwiches instead.
The Crockpot: Denver Green Chili
Because orange and blue make green, right? Okay, maybe not. But this dish is so popular in the Broncos' hometown that even their mayor has been making green chili bets on Broncos games.
Make a piping hot crock of this chili, loaded with pork tenderloin, fresh Anaheim chiles, and jalapeños, to serve alongside nachos or tortillas.
The Half-Time Shot: A Coors Light Shotgun
So it's not a shot per se, but since Coors is based in Colorado, we couldn't resist the chance at a nice light beer shotgun. Just be sure the Rockies are blue before you pop the can.
The Sweets: The Great Divide Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
Ask around and you'll find that one of Denver's best microbreweries is Great Divide. The brewery's Yeti Imperial Stout has hints of caramel and toffee, making it the perfect addition to these chocolate stout cupcakes.
Dye the icing orange and blue for extra Broncos flair.
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Seattle Seahawks Menu
The Wings: Coffee-Rubbed Sticky Wings
If you don't know that Seattle is known for coffee, you've been living under a rock. But perhaps equally as popular is another local specialty: teriyaki. You'll find it everywhere, from tiny fast-food joints to some of Seattle's high-end restaurants.
These coffee-rubbed sticky wings combine the flavors of each in the most glorious way. Sweet, spicy, sour, and bold, the wings are rubbed with brown sugar, coffee, and ancho chile powder, then tossed in a ginger-spiced glaze.
The Sliders: S'pacific Salmon BLTs
This one's a no-brainer, as salmon is widely known as Seattle's signature fish.
Serve miniature versions of the salmon BLT that has become a mainstay at the Seahawks' Quest Field. Made with a filet of freshly-grilled Sockeye salmon, smoked bacon, beefsteak tomatoes, shredded lettuce, dijonnaise, all on a toasted Kaiser roll, it's a surefire crowd-pleaser.
The Crockpot: Dungeness Crab Dip
One of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful bounties is Dungeness crab. Buttery and nutty with hints of the ocean, this Dungeness crab dip is made with cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, and, of course, tons of fresh, flaky crab.
The Half-Time Shot: The Washington Apple
These shots based on Washington's iconic apple are sure to hit the spot...or at least get you a little buzzed.
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The Sweets: Beast Mode Skittles
Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles so much that Seahawk fans have taken to showering the field in Skittles whenever he scores. In other news, pot is legal in Seattle.
Make a tray of Skittles cookies or just put out a bowl of the candies at your party so you can make it rain rainbows in celebration of No. 24 like our hipster friends in Seattle.
Happy Game Day!