Ready for the big game?
Score a touchdown with these epic — and easy! — snack foods to serve at your next football party!
How about this football cheese ball? Anything that you can make ahead of time is a solid win. Mix equal amounts of warm-and-melty American cheese and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
Chill until it begin to firm up, and mold into the shape of a football. Press chopped nuts onto the “football” until covered. Arrange slices of pimentos, sweet- or bell-peppers arranged as the football’s “stitching.” Arrange crackers and vegetables around it, and serve.
Mini-burgers make a maxi-delicious and easy-to-prepare party dish. Regular cheeseburgers are always welcome, but consider offering something unusual for added flair and to make each bite count.
For example, top your sliders with favorite “gourmet” extras, including veggies like red onions, grilled peppers, or avocado. Sauces could include barbecue sauces, whether Korean or American, home-made thousand island, or steak sauce (ground beef is ground steak, after all). You can also offer fancy cheeses like blue, swiss, muenster, or a really good cheddar. And, of course: bacon.
Serve on a smaller French (or other) dinner roll. Little burgers can get pretty tall, pretty quickly, so use a bamboo skewer to hold it all together.
Mini appetizers or desserts are all the rage. Single servings mean everyone can relax, help themselves, and enjoy the game. That extra setup time makes for a super-simple clean-up.
For example, try a Mexican layer dip, by layering foods of your choice, like refries or taco meat, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese, tomatoes, olives, or green onions. Serve with good quality corn chips and enjoy!
Similarly, try offering smaller servings of various dips, chips and crudites — like salsa, guacamole, hummus and spinach artichoke dip!
My family loves our local grocery store’s frozen pizza dough. There are other super-convenient frozen doughs, too, including pastry, bread, pie, and filo dough. Cut your favorite dough into football shapes, perhaps with laces sliced partially through, for decoration. Add whatever fillings you like — a touch of pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings are a winner — and press tightly closed and bake as directed. Serve with a side of marinara or spaghetti sauce to dip.
If you can find a deeper rectangular tray (again, check your local dollar, family, or big box store), you can carefully array different, complimentary toppings — like these Mexican dips — into a mini-gridiron! Use a plastic bag, filled with sour cream, to draw the yard lines on the field; twist the bag tightly closed, snip off the corner and squeeze to draw lines. Consider adding some grape tomato “players” and it’s game/party on!
You could offer traditional pigs-in-a-blanket, but using mini hotdogs or sausages, wrap with pastry or crescent roll dough, and rolling in poppy, sesame, or other seeds, grated cheeses like parmesan or cheddar, or brush melted butter and add herbs or seasonings (like parsley and garlic powder for ranch flavoring). Bake as directed, and serve!
Deviled eggs are a resurging party favorite, and you can make them into a perfect football treat by cutting and arranging chives like football laces.
With snacks like these served at your football party, win or lose, your guests are sure to be thrilled!