Are you ready for some football? How about a football party? Even those among us who don’t care for sports can appreciate a good buffet, right?
My perfect football party is not a gourmet, Martha Stewart-approved fete; rather it’s a collection of tried and true good food that are all crowd pleasers. I start with the simplest: the crudite (i.e., cut up vegetable tray), whether self-styled or purchased from the store and stick salami (whatever type you prefer is fine, but bonus points for venison) with a variety of cheeses (you must have cheese) all sliced up and served with an assortment of crackers. You could stop right there–all food groups are represented, assuming you include cherry tomatoes with your crudite.
I also like those little smoky sausages in barbecue sauce–some use a recipe that includes grape jelly in the mix, but I say why mess with a classic?
It’s also a good time for chili in the crock pot. Mine is made with low fat ground beef, Hard Times Cafe Chili seasoning (Texas, please) and beer. Then serve the spiced meat with all the sides: spaghetti noodles (or elbow macaroni), dark red kidney beans, chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese. Everyone gets what they want on their chili (assuming it’s chili that they want, right?).
Need something sweet? A Superbowl party is a good time to unload all of that Christmas candy that built up over the holidays.
We asked our bloggers for their favorites, and Kelli of Kelli’s Kitchen sent a slew of great game day food ideas!
- Need a full menu for gameday? Eight great recipes can be found on this Party Food Round Up post.
- Or how about some mess-free hot wings? You can also find a few other wing recipes on Kelli’s site.
- Something called a Tex-Mex French Bread Bierock looks amazing–a homemade hot pocket if hot pockets were the best food ever.
- And this one may be my favorite: Kelli uses alchemy to turn a French Bread loaf and turn it into pretzel bread. Mind. Blown.
What’s on the menu for your game day? We’d love to hear about it.
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