What to do if you discover you are hosting a game-watch 30 minutes prior to kick-off.
Step 1: Get the chili going. Fortunately I had a batch in the freezer, but you can make chili in 30 minutes, and throw in some BBQ sauce to make up for the shortened simmering time.
Step 2: Bake cornbread. (20 minutes)
Step 3: Scour the fridge for appropriate toppings. I found: spaghetti (left-over from the previous night's dinner party, and perfect for the Cincinnati province friar), a scallion, grated cheddar cheese, and some sundried tomato ricotta spread (close enough to sour cream). You don't need to much of anything.
Step 4: Locate beverages. I had a fridge full of Mortal Sin beer, but if necessary, you can come up with a kicky signature cocktail or punch that works with the odds and ends you have on hand.
Step 5: Here come the Irish!