Are you ready for some football…and delicious food?  Snacks and appetizers served during a football game need to be fit for a crowd and easy to eat.  Think finger foods, grab-and-go, quick and easy…. foods that don’t draw your attention away from the game for too long – you don’t want to miss any big plays!

 

 

We’re hosting a football part this week and will be serving the following items:

 

Football Pretzel Rods are super simple to make and a crowd favorite!  Plus, pretzels are such a common snack food so you can’t go wrong.

I like to pick team colors or traditional football colors (or think seasonably if making these for a holiday gathering).  My pretzel rods wills be dipped in milk chocolate with white chocolate used to create the look of football laces, and white milk chocolate with yellow and green sprinkles (common football colors).

The reason I say these are so simple to make is you melt the chocolate in the microwave, dip the pretzel rods in the chocolate, decorate, and set aside to let the chocolate harden.

The recipe can be found here.

Individual Chicken Taco Bowls are a fun bite-sized snack for any game.  You can either buy taco shell bowls or make your own “taco cups” using 8-inch round tortillas.  I like to make my own taco cups because the outer shells is crispy and adds a nice crunch to each bite.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the tortillas in half.  Then connect the ends to make a circle and fold the bottom to make a bowl/cup.  Place in the muffin pan and press down slightly so the tortilla stays flat on the bottom and holds its shape in the muffin cup.  Repeat until the muffin pan is full.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until the tortillas are crispy.

Then, cook the chicken (or you can substitute beef) until cooked through.  Add the taco seasoning and water according to package instructions.

Add the chicken to the bottom of the tortilla bowls, then layer the rest of the toppings.  My favorite toppings are sour cream, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and sliced black olives.

The beauty of these taco bowls is you can make ahead of time and store in the fridge until ready to serve.  They taste just as good cold as they do warm.

The recipe can be found here.

Loaded Tater Tot Kabobs are something everyone will enjoy.  Kids love Tater Tots, adults love Tater Tots, and the “loaded” toppings make the Tater Tots extra delicious!  They are cheesy, rich, and the perfect tailgating snack.

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and cook the Tater Tots according to package instructions.  The aluminum foil will help the Tater Tots not stick to the pan.  You can use any Tater Tot flavor for these kabobs.  I like to use Onion Tater Tots for a little extra flavor.

Let the Tater Tots cool for about 5 minutes.  You want them to be cool enough to handle.  Add 5 Tater Tots to each skewer and place back on the baking sheet.

Sprinkle with shredded cheese and bacon crumbles.  You can add additional toppings if you would like – these are just my go-to toppings!  Place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve with sour cream as a dipping sauce.  So good!

The recipe can be found here.

Mini Football Pizzas are a great size, take less than 15 minutes to make, and are extremely customizable.  You can make the pizzas all the same flavor, offer a variety of flavors, or have your guests create their own and bake when ready, so everyone gets to eat what they want.  I personally like to use mini pepperoni because they are small enough to create a football shape on each pizza.  Why not stick with the theme?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Separate the bread pieces in half and place on a baking sheet.

Spread each piece of bread with pizza sauce and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.

This is where you can get creative!  Add mini pepperoni slices in the shape of a football or use any toppings of your choice.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is slightly toasted.  Serve immediately.

The recipe can be found here.

Last but not least is dessert.  I like to peruse the bakery at my local Festival Foods because they usually have tasty treats for the big game – cookies, cupcakes, cakes, cookie cakes, etc.  Even better is when the frosting is the colors of the competing teams!  This is a great grab-and-go option if you are heading to a football party or don’t have time to spend making a dessert of your own.


 

 

 

 

 

Happy Cooking!  And Go Team!

 

 

 

 

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