What first comes to mind when planning a Steelers party? For most die-hard Pittsburghers its kielbasa and kraut, pierogies with butter and onions, and Isaly's chipped ham barbeque. They're easy to prepare and serve, with little to clean up, and they keep the meat and potato lovers happy. Haluski, a dish of homemade dumpling noodles and sweet cabbage, and Buffalo Chicken Wings (you can buy Quaker Steak & Lube Sauce at larger Giant Eagle stores to replace the hot sauce) are also popular with Pittsburgh fans.
Pittsburgh icon H.J. Heinz has created a number of great football party recipes, including Chicken Kick-Off Kabobs, Gridiron Potato Dip, MVP Cheeseburger Macaroni and Sack 'Em Salsa & Chips. Don't forget the Heinz ketchup and mustard, America's favorites, of course!
When it comes to the potato chips, a football party must, Pittsburgh-area chip maker Snyder of Berlin offers plenty to choose from. Troyer Farms, based in Westmoreland County, is another great choice. Consider having some baked potato chips, pretzels or popcorn on hand to add a bit of health to your super celebration.
Dips and salsas are an excellent way to add the Steelers colors to your football party. Mango Black Bean Salsa with black beans and gold mangoes is yummy served with tortilla chips. Or can serve black bean or other dark-colored tortilla chip with a gold-colored dip, such as Buffalo Chicken Dip or Chili Cheese Dip. For a healthy treat, try Fat Free Black Bean Dip served with yellow and orange peppers for dipping.
If you prefer to go the takeout route, sandwiches from Primantis and wings from Quaker Steak & Lube are an excellent choice. Pick up your pierogies from Pierogies Plus in McKees Rocks, or get them from Pennsylvania Macaroni Company in the Strip. Area grocery stores always do a good job of preparing Steelers-themed appetizer platters.