press release

January 23, 2015

Contact:
Christopher Brand
717-240-1017
christopher.brand@giantmartins.com

SCORE BIG WITH GIANT FOOD STORES AND MARTIN’S FOOD MARKETS FOR GAME DAY ESSENTIALS

Carlisle, PA – According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of the year for food consumption in the U.S. after Thanksgiving. So whether your favorite team is taking to the field or you’re tuning in for the commercials, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets are offering several ways to make sure your gathering is a touchdown!

Great Entertaining in the End Zone

For those who may need an extra hand in the kitchen, GIANT/MARTIN’S makes game day preparation easy with a selection of Great Entertaining party trays, including sandwiches, wings, fried chicken, desserts and more available to order. Just in time for the big game, the new Instant Party Tray is available for order and comes complete with GIANT/MARTIN’S brand Virginia ham, roast beef, perfectly roasted turkey, hard salami, domestic Swiss and American cheese, 24 GIANT/MARTIN’S brand Kaiser rolls, pickle chips and sliced tomatoes. Visit GIANT’s Great Entertaining website or MARTIN’S Great Entertaining website to start your order or order in-store at the deli, bakery, seafood or meat departments.

All GIANT/MARTIN’S stores are also stocked with ready-made favorites at the wing bar or 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/MARTIN’S recipe for turkey chili-topped baked potatoes which 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 GIANT/MARTIN’S olive oil
  • ½ lb. ground turkey breast
  • 1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • ½ cup GIANT/MARTIN’S 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.

For more game day recipe ideas, visit the GIANT Recipe Center or MARTIN’s Recipe Center.

Halftime Healthy

Healthy and tailgate foods don’t often go hand in hand, but GIANT/MARTIN’S 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 – 160oF; ground and whole poultry - 165oF; chops, steaks and roasts from beef, veal or lamb - 145oF for medium rare, 160oF for medium and 170oF for well done; pork chops and roast - 145oF; 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/MARTIN’S

Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund- raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit www.GiantFoodStores.com and www.MartinsFoods.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/giantfoodstores and facebook.com/martinsfoods and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.