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Donni Hall of Cody, Wyo., is a professional caterer who frequently cooks fancy fare.

But she likes simpler, more "people-friendly" foods for Super Bowl parties that she and her husband, Bucky, throw for friends.

Beer-boiled brats is among her party favorites.

Before the party, she boils bratwurst in beer spiced with pickled jalapenos and onions. When the guests arrive, she grills the brats for extra flavor and serves them with grilled onions.

To prepare the onions, she cuts them in thick slices, adds butter, salt and pepper and wraps them in aluminum foil before placing them to the side of a medium- to low-heat gas grill. She occasionally turns them.

Chili is another Super Bowl party staple.

Here's Hall's recipe:


3 lbs. ground chuck

1 large chopped onion

4 cloves chopped garlic

3-1/2 cups beef stock

1 large can tomato sauce

1/4 cup chili powder blend (such as Gebhardt)

1 tbsp. ground cumin

2 tbsp. Ancho chili powder

1 tbsp. Chipotle chili powder

2 tsp. cider vinegar

1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. cayenne chili powder

Salt to taste.

Canned kidney, black or pinto beans

Brown ground chuck. Sauté onion until it gives up a little moisture. Place browned meat, cooked onion and garlic in large pot. Add rest of ingredients except beans.

Simmer for 30 minutes. Add extra stock if needed. Add beans. Simmer 30 minutes more. The longer it simmers, the better it tastes.

May be topped with cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream or tortilla chips.

Serves 8.

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