Editor's note: This story was originally published at the beginning of the Seahawks season.
Not every Seahawks fan will be lucky enough to watch the home opener on Sunday inside CenturyLink Field, so ticketless fans are preparing for their at-home tailgate parties.
For many that means at least one big screen TV, and just as important, the food and drink.
"The problem is that fans want to watch the game not cook, so the key is to put out food you can make a couple of days ahead," said lifestyle specialist and chef Heather Christo.
With that in mind, Christo focuses on a few hearty appetizers, like pork carnitas nachos and a delicious pesto, tomato, goat cheese dip.
"It doesn't have to be all homemade,” said Christo. “Use a bag of tortilla chips and canned black beans on the nachos - cut corners where you can."
Christo keeps it simple for the main dishes. For the upcoming game, she bought a seven-pound pork butt and slow cooked it. She used that meat in the nachos and the rest for pulled pork sandwiches.
"By putting out different toppings, it lets guests customize their sandwich and they are super easy to make," said Christo.
A Seahawks cocktail was made extra special by simply adding in a drop of blue food coloring. As for dessert, chocolate brownies made with beer and topped with blue and green pretzel M&M's are a great way to top off the meal. An even better way to end - a WIN for the Seahawks!
Heather shares several delicious recipes for a great tailgating party:
For more delicious recipes and party ideas, go to Heather Christo's website.