press release

January 26, 2015

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Score Big with Giant Food for Game Day Essentials

Stores Offer Tasty Options for Super Bowl Sunday Entertaining

Landover, Md. (January 26, 2015) – Whether your favorite team is taking to the field Super Bowl Sunday or you’re tuning in for the commercials, it’s easy to set rivalries aside to enjoy game day food. From recipes to healthy pointers, Giant Food has several tips to make sure your Sunday gathering is a touchdown.

Entertaining in the End Zone

For those who may need an extra hand in the kitchen, Giant makes game day preparation easy with a selection of Entertaining party trays, including sandwiches, wings, fried chicken, desserts and more available to order. Visit Giant’s Entertaining page on our website to start your order or order in-store at the deli, bakery, seafood or meat departments.

All Giant stores are also stocked with ready-made favorites at the wing bar and olive, hummus and salsa bar. Don’t forget to check out the produce section for pre-cut veggies and fruit, as well as prepared guacamole and fresh salsa.

Game on for Feeding the 12th Man

While chicken wings, dips and other tailgate favorites are sure to be on many menus, why not try putting a twist on meat and potatoes with Giant’s recipe for turkey chili-topped baked potatoes? They are sure to please any crowd!

Turkey Chili-Topped Baked Potatoes

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Stop & Shop olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey breast
  • 1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • 1/2 cup Stop & Shop shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings (optional): sour cream, sliced green onions


Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet; prick several times with a fork. Bake 1 hour or until fork-tender. Remove from oven.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add turkey; cook until no longer pink (165°F), stirring to break up turkey. Stir in seasoning mix and tomatoes; simmer 5 minutes or until heated through and slightly thickened. Remove from heat; keep covered.
  3. Cut potatoes open lengthwise; squeeze gently to open. Fluff potato pulp with a fork. Spoon turkey mixture evenly over potatoes, top with cheese and desired toppings, and serve.


    1. For more game day recipe ideas, visit the Recipe Center on Giant’s website.

      Halftime Healthy

      Healthy and tailgate foods don't often go hand in hand, but Stop & Shop is offering a few better- for-you suggestions to help navigate the football festivities while still enjoying your favorites.

      • don't go to a party hungry as you will most likely end up eating more. Eat a balanced breakfast and lunch beforehand with lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Include some exercise or activity during the day, which can help balance the calories.
      • Try small portions of your favorite dishes and slow down at the buffet. It can take your brain about 20 minutes to recognize fullness.
      • Remember the veggie tray! Fill half of your plate with a variety of available vegetables, but go easy on the dip.
      • Prepare your tailgate favorites with a few simple recipe swaps like utilizing low fat dairy products or ground turkey, turkey bacon or leaner beef.

      Two points for safety

      Another way to ensure your party is a success is to remember to keep food safety top of mind throughout the day from preparation to clean up to prevent food-borne illness amongst your guests. Incorporate these tips into your preparations:

      • To prevent cross-contamination, be sure to use soap and hot water to wash hands, utensils and surfaces that have touched raw meat or eggs.
      • The best way to know if meat is cooked thoroughly is to use a meat thermometer and check the temperature. Before removing from the grill or oven, insert a meat thermometer halfway into the thickest part of the meat, making sure it does not go through to the other side. To prevent harmful bacteria such as E coli, cook meat and seafood to these recommended internal temperatures: ground beef hamburgers – 160°F; ground and whole poultry - 165°F; chops, steaks and roasts from beef, veal or lamb - 145°F for medium rare, 160°F for medium and 170°F for well done; pork chops and roast - 145°F; and shrimp, lobster and crabs – cooked until the flesh is pearly and opaque.
      • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold to avoid bacteria growth. Also remember the two-hour rule. Perishable foods should be removed from the table and refrigerated promptly. When it doubt, throw it out.

      About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

      Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.