It's catches like this that got Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos a spot on the Pro Bowl roster to represent the AFC on Sunday. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
The 2011 Pro Bowl makes it's appearance tomorrow in our Nation's 50th state. The NFL's annual all-star game will take place at 7:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The FOX network will broadcast the game and Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, and Terry Bradshaw will be the commentating trio. The Denver Broncos will send 2 representatives to Hawaii this year, Champ Bailey and Brandon Lloyd. Coaching the two sides are of the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots for the AFC.
With the economy being what it is though, not everyone can pony up the dough to take a trip across the Pacific to witness this event. So why not throw your own shindig and invite your football friends over for some festivities. Sort of a pre-Super Bowl run through so to speak. And...since the game is in Hawaii, I thought a little tropical flavor might be a good theme. You know, something even Horvil Tiki's grandfather Albino Crab wouldn't say no to. So put on a Jimmy Buffet CD, get out the Parrot Heads, set up the Tiki torches and fire up the grill. It's time to party!
First up is a dish that you can sink your teeth into. Don't forget to double the recipe if the neighbors show up.
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
- 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 (20 1/3 ounce) can unsweetened pineapple chunks
- 2/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/3 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 2/3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 1/3 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1/3 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 1/3 large green pepper, 1 inch pieces
- 16 medium mushrooms
- 24 cherry tomatoes
- 1 1/3 cups hot cooked rice
Place the chicken in large shallow dish. Drain pineapple, keep 1/2 cup juice. Set the pineapple aside and mix the juice with the soy sauce, vegetable oil, brown sugar, garlic powder, ground ginger, dry mustard and pepper in a small pan. Bring the mixture to a boil over the stove. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour this marinade over chicken, then cover and chill for 1 hour.
Prep Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 32 mins
What football party would be complete without Chips and Salsa. Here's a twist on an old favorite.
Pro Bowl Pineapple Salsa
Combine 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped; 2 Mangos ; one 8-ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained; 1/3 cup chopped red onion; 1 or 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped; 3 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro; the juice of one lime and 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours.
If you're a Chili freak like me, I've got another tasty option for all the football foodie's out there.
Hawaiian Chicken Chili
- 1 (20 ounce) can chunk pineapple, drained and juice reserved
- 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 large bell pepper, diced
- 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
- 1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (24 ounce) jar pace mild-medium picante sauce (or your favorite salsa. Home made is always the best)
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 4 tablespoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
In large pot or dutch oven, melt butter and sauté chicken until almost cooked through. Next add the garlic, onion and bell pepper and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the reserved pineapple juice and all other ingredients- EXCEPT- for the pineapple chunks. Bring this to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in pineapple and serve immediately.
Make this a day ahead. It's always better the next day. If you do that however, don't stir in the pineapple. Save it until ready to serve.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 1/4 hr
That should get you through the entire game without going hungry. And if you've done all your prep work and still have time, you can check out the Official Game Program for the Pro Bowl. So get your grill on and your game on this Sunday with your friends and family.
And Go Broncos!