Refrigerated pie dough
Chosen foods, like chicken and rice, chocolate and peanut butter, or pepperoni, sauce, and cheese
What food are you needing for your game day party? A main dish? A dessert? Appetizers? No matter what it is, you’ll be able to make it when you use pie crust. You don’t have to be a master chef to please the game day crowd with football foods when you start with refrigerated pie dough. Use it to make little footballs, which contain anything from main dish to dessert foods, and all with little effort. Perfect for a party, the football treats can also be served on a regular dinner night.
A cookie cutter, in the shape of a football, is a good thing to have when making the tarts. But if you don’t have one it isn’t hard to cut football shapes with a paring knife. Allow the pie dough to set out until it’s at room temperature before making the football treats. If you want, print out a small football template, and use it as pattern. Lay the paper on the dough and cut around it. Cut two shapes for each football tart.
Lay one pie dough shape on a plate and spread whatever you want on it. Make a pizza treat by spreading some sauce, laying a few pepperoni slices on it, and sprinkling on cheese. Make a different, main meal, by layering ham and cheese on the football shape. Prefer a dessert? Spread strawberry preserves, peanut butter and chocolate chips, or canned pie fruit on it. No matter what you put on the pie dough, keep it at least a half-inch away from the very edge.
Cover the ingredients of the football tart with the other pie dough shape. Pinch the edges together so that, as you cook it, it all stays inside. Use a paring knife to score stitches on top of the tart. They not only make the footballs more realistic but they also allow the hot air to escape, preventing the tart from exploding. Bake the footballs according to the instructions on the dough or until brown and flaky.
There are few limits when it comes to the various recipes that you can create. Some of them include shrimp and rice, chicken and rice, meatballs and sauce, beef stew, or cheeseburger. If you’ve made football tarts with main course foods, serve them alone, or with dips, such as ketchup, mustard, or barbecue sauce ; they make great appetizers or main dishes. If you’ve made dessert footballs, drizzle them with chocolate or frosting to sweeten the deal.