Football game day parties aren’t just for the Super Bowl, and now that the season is well underway fans will be gathering to cheer on their favorite teams.
Here are a few quick recipes that are sure to be a hit, even if the refs’ calls aren’t:
Chips and dip are a go-to at football parties, but here’s a quick way to dress it up. If you’re serving guacamole put it in a rectangular dish to resemble the football field. Use sour cream to mark yard lines by putting it in a baggy, cutting the tip of one corner, and piping it onto the top layer of dip. Don’t want just straight guacamole? Make this a layered dip, but put the guacamole on top to have the same effect. You can buy guacamole at the supermarket or make your own by mashing together peeled avocados and your choice of seasonings and other veggies. We like to add diced tomato or a bit of pre-made salsa with a bit of salt to taste (if using just tomato).
Deviled Flag Eggs
Finger foods are a must when you’re watching the game, so whip up a few deviled eggs for the party. These bright yellow bites might make you think of those devilish penalty flags, but don’t throw them down like one! To make: hard boil your eggs and set them in cold water for a few minutes. (This will make them easier to peel.) Slice each egg in half lengthwise after peeling, and scoop out the yellow yolk. Put the yolks in another bowl and mash together with mayonnaise and mustard to taste. I always lean a little heavier on the mayonnaise. Some people like to add salt or pepper to the mix, but I find there’s plenty of salt in the mustard and mayo already. When you’re happy with your yolk mixture, spoon it back into the hollows of the eggs and serve.
Fruit and veggie trays are easy (and healthy) finger foods to have on hand. If it doesn’t fit the football theme well enough for you, offer choices that are close to your team’s colors. Are you a Jets fan? Dark green broccoli and white cauliflower are perfect. Maybe you root for the Vikings and serve blueberries and cantaloupe. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your options. You don’t always have to serve a pre-sorted store-bought tray.
It just isn’t a football party without some meat on the table, and these meatballs are the perfect protein power source for your players — and you. You can throw these in a crock pot while you work on other treats and they’ll be ready by game time. Just buy your favorite frozen meatballs (plain) and add one 32 oz. jar of grape jelly and two 12 oz. bottles of Heinz Chili Sauce (or another chili sauce of your choice). Set it on low heat and stir occasionally. The recipe might sound a bit strange at first, but it’s been a hit at every party we’ve held!
It’s not a game without the football itself. Satisfy the sweet tooth of your guests with brownies cut into the shape of a football. You can pipe icing for laces using the same technique you did for the sour cream yard lines in the first example. Unless you do a lot of baking in your free time, make this one easy on yourself and use a store-bought mix. There are plenty of options from cakey to fudgy brownies, so pick a tried-and-true favorite. Your guests won’t mind if they aren’t homemade!