Easy Big Game Snacks

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Today’s Big Game Snacks post has been brought to you on behalf of Coca-Cola, Digiorno Pepperoni Stuffed Crust® Pizza and Ritz Crackers. While compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser all opinions remain entirely my own. #PrepareToParty #CollectiveBias

Alright party people it’s countdown time. I’ve been getting you ready for the Big Game for the past 2 weeks and now you’re just about set with Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, festive Party Popcorn, and a Spicy Crawfish Dip that will stop you in your tracks (and got me 5 seconds on the Rachael Ray Show- holla!). Today we’re going to wrap things up with some easy Big Game snacks with plenty of time for you to make your shopping list.

Down. Set. EAT. Get it? Instead of Down. Set. Hut.

Do they say that for real?

Football Game Party Ideas

With minimal effort, I’m going to show you how to rock your game day leaving your guests thinking you stressed for days.

Ready to get started?

Let’s get to it.

For starters, I’m going to need you to think beyond traditional tablecloths, or worse, plastic table coverings. I know the plastic stuff is economical and easy to clean up and throw away, but if you’re savvy you can purchase my satin striped fabric covering my buffet table for not much more than you’d spend on that tablecloth you’re going to toss. $2.99 a yard, friends. When costume fabric is on clearance at the local fabric store and it just so happens to be black and white like a referee’s uniform- you buy it. So it’s satin? You’re just setting the tone for a swanky football watch party. And better yet? You can use it again next year. And heck, you can even cut some fabric strips off and use it for Coke Float decoration (coming later in the post)

Now that you’ve got your table covering figured out, you’re going to need to work with a color palette that will work well with the stripes. The key to a beautiful setup is having a plan while you’re out and about shopping. If you start throwing in every single football related product into your buggy, you’re not going to achieve the “oh my goodness, look how cute she made football look!” effect. You’re going to get the “oh my goodness, she bought every single thing with a football field on it” effect. We’re going for the cute effect.

Football Party Popcorn

I like decorating for football to not look so, well, um, football-ish. Using neutral colors accomplishes a couple of things: 1. your team stinks and didn’t make it to the big show so you don’t want to decorate in their honor, and 2. neutral colors mean you can use the leftovers (napkins, cupcake toppers, plates, etc) at your next football bash.

Football Party Snacks: decorated sugar cookies

Once your decor is figured out, it’s time to think about what people are going to stuff their faces with. A quick trip to Walmart will have you ready to wow in no time. I used to have this thing about shopping at Walmart but when I started comparing the prices, it’s a no brainer for party preparations. For example, the DiGiorno Pepperoni Stuffed Crust® Pizza is on rollback and costs less than $6. An entire stuffed crust pizza!  I digress.

DiGiorno Pizza

Football Party Planning Supplies

I’ve given you some options in previous posts about sandwiches and dips, but today we’re going to keep things pretty simple. Since we were talking about pizza, do you know how magical serving a couple of Digiorno Pepperoni Stuffed Crust® Pizzas is? Toss the boxes and set the pizza out on pizza stones and people won’t even question that it’s not homemade.

DIGiorno Pizzas for Easy Big Game Snacks

You’ll have no delivery guy giving you away, your house will smell amazing…and you can spend your time on other things. Like continuing the pizza vibe with the dessert. A fruit pizza with a sugar cookie crust, layered with cinnamon cream cheese looks great and is a great alternative for someone wanting a snack but not wanting to wreck the waistline.

Football Party Fruit Pizza

Football Party Fruit Pizza

What’s a party without Ritz Crackers crackers? Seriously. The buttery taste of those things are so addictive. I’m going to give you two options for your Ritz crackers. Option 1 is the easy peasey pepperoni & cheese tray football platter. Looks festive and can be whipped up in a snap.

Football Party Cheese Tray

Did you see my fun video on Instagram showing you how fast you can whip this Ritz Cracker Cheese Platter together?

Here’s the tutorial: Ritz Cracker Cheese Tray DIY

Ritz Crackers Cheese Tray

All you need is Ritz Crackers, assorted cheese slices, sliced pepperoni and some mozzarella cheese. I simply sliced a mozzarella stick (I call them string cheese) to make the football laces.

Easy peasey.

Option 2 is if you’re wanting to bring out the big guns and impress the socks off your guests.

I give you Lisa Talber’s Spicy Creole Shrimp Crackers with New Orleans Style Pig Candy crackers. The recipe is in The Traveling Apron Cookbook and I’ve talked about it before, but it is hands down one of my go-to party appetizers. When people gush over them, it’s the perfect opportunity to encourage them to buy my cookbook- lots of hidden gems in there.

Spicy Creole Crackers

Last but certainly not least, a party isn’t a party until you’re serving up the beverages. You can’t go wrong with Coca Cola products, and when the game is dragging on and on and on….pull out the ingredients to make Old Fashioned Coke Floats. The kids will think you’re the best hostess on the planet and the ladies will enjoy the distraction from the loud guys yelling at the television.

Fill up your glasses with ice.

Old Fashioned Coke Float

Pour the Coca Cola along the side of the glass (reduces the foam).

Old Fashioned Coke Float

Top with a heaping dollop of whipped cream.

Old Fashioned Coke Float

Pop in a pretty straw.

Old Fashioned Coke Floats

Holy cow, are you still here? I’m so sorry I bombarded you with such a lengthy post but I just got to rambling about how to make your party cute and not football tacky, then snacks to score big (see what I did there?), and before I knew it I’m getting alerts telling me I’m at the end of my word allowance. Ok, there’s really no word cap, but man I’m betting you wish there was.

I knew I shouldn’t have promised this would be the last time I talked about football party prep for a while. Clearly, I have much to say about the topic.
So I’ll leave you with this: have an extraordinary weekend and happy game day party planning!

Spicy Crawfish & Corn Dip

Spicy Crawfish & Corn Dip

 Hey y’all, hey!

Today I had a whopping 5 seconds of fame on the Rachael Ray Show talking about my Saintsational Spicy Crawfish & Corn Dip!

Rachael Ray Show

I have no earthly idea why I’m standing with my hands on my hips like that, all assertively. I think I was trying to make sure you knew I was wearing an apron and not a dress? I’m really not sure but I look ridiculous. (sigh)

And then later they showed me stirring my dip….and not looking very happy.

 

Rachael Ray Show 2

 

But I was very, very happy because I was making my favorite Spicy Crawfish & Corn Dip and the crawfish were coming to a boil and making my kitchen smell oh so delicious. At this moment, however, I think I added ingredients out of order and was thinking to myself “you’re on camera and there’s no removing the corn if the corn shouldn’t have gone in right then, and besides, who cares when the corn goes in as long as it gets in there. It’s just corn, probably doesn’t matter when you add it”.

 That’s what goes through my head, friends.

I was also happy, though, because when the instructions for the video said “we want to see you and your kitchen decked in team spirit” I knew I’d need to whip up an apron. If you watched, or will watch the segment, of all the teams represented I’m just about the ONLY one that doesn’t look like a crazy super fan.

It’s probably why I didn’t make it into the final 4 cook off and onto the show (the winner was wearing a tutu) but that’s ok, I will always remain true to myself….regardless if it involves winning Super Bowl tickets and a trip to compete on the Rachael Ray Show.

I think it also had to do with the fact that the Saints have been long out of the playoffs and the final 4 were still contenders at the time of filming. My team? Not so much.

Even though my portion was literally 5 seconds long and they edited out my name and hometown, it was still an honor to be contacted by the show and given the opportunity to represent my state and the New Orleans Saints on national television.

And to be recognized for my fierce homegating skills!

I’m going to work on editing the video and post it here so you get to see me actually making the dip, but here’s what it looks like once it’s all complete.

Spicy Crawfish & Corn Dip

So insanely good!

I even say in the video, “it may not win you any games but it will definitely win over your hungry crowd” and it will. It’s a game day favorite and ridiculously easy to throw together.

Spicy Crawfish & Corn Dip
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (1-lb.) package frozen cooked, peeled crawfish tails, thawed and undrained
  • 1 cup sweet corn, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
  • 2-3 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add green onions and bell pepper. Cook, until the bell pepper is tender- about 8 minutes or so; stirring occasionally. Once tender, add the crawfish, corn, garlic, pimiento, seasoning and hot sauce. Continue to cook about 10 minutes and reduce heat to low. Stir in the cream cheese until mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  2. Serve with toasted baguettes, French bread slices, etc.

Spicy Crawfish & Corn DipSpicy Crawfish & Corn Dip

In case you missed it, or care to watch my 5 second television debut, here’s the link: Fiercest Fantasy Foodball Competition. Just make sure you’re paying attention because it goes fast!

Also? Do yourself a favor and make the Spicy Crawfish & Corn Dip for the Super Bowl.

And speaking of the Super Bowl, I’ve got another appetizer I’m featuring tomorrow and then I’ll probably leave you alone and shut up about football entertaining for a little while.

However, you will want to pop in on Monday. I’m sharing some fun news!

Want a little hint? It involves pie. Lots and lots of pie.

Game Day Party Popcorn Recipe

Game Day Party Ideas

Today’s Game Day Party Popcorn Recipe post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, however, all opinions are entirely my own. #BigGameSnacks #CollectiveBias.

Game Day Party Ideas

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that the big game is right around the corner. And if you’re like me you’re probably looking forward to the commercials and the snacks that will come along with it more than the actual game since your team has long been out of the playoffs. Regardless of the teams playing, my husband will insist we get together with friends and watch whomever is playing….and I will insist that we have scrumptious snacks to sustain myself throughout the duration of the game.

I seriously look forward to the snacks. Finger sandwiches make me smile and an assortment of chips and dips make me giddy.

Game Day Snacks

Add in team spirited desserts and my heart starts leaping. I have to be reminded that a game is in fact on and force myself to pay attention to the score.

Game Day Football Cupcakes

 Now, you could totally set out the variety of Cheez-Its and Pringles and I’m sure no one would bat an eyelash, but, if you’re feeling spunky why not create a special popcorn mix with some of those Cheez-Its?

Game Day Party Popcorn

The Game Day Party Popcorn is super easy to throw together. So easy in fact,  that it seems a little silly to call it a recipe but it does have ingredients, so there’s that. Whether you want to call it a recipe or the savory cheesy popcorn you toss together when someone is coming over is completely up to you.

Party Popcorn Ingredients

Party Popcorn Ingredients

You could transfer the Game Day Party Popcorn to a serving bowl, but that seems a little predictable.

Grab yourself some brown paper sacks to match your table runner instead.

Game Day Party Popcorn

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Game Day Party Popcorn
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tsp. buttermilk Ranch dressing mix
  • 2 cups Cheez-It Crunch'd
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy; remove and drain on paper towels. Chop the bacon and set aside. In a large bowl, toss the bacon, Parmesan cheese, melted butter and Ranch dressing mix. Add in the Cheez-Its, toss. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and serve immediately.

 Did you notice my Cheez-Its look a little fancy? Have you heard about the new Cheez-It Crunch’d? Probably not because it hit the shelves about a week ago. That’s right. They’re brand spanking new! And when I saw them near the check-out line at Walmart I couldn’t refrain from tossing it into my buggy. And then into my party popcorn.

Cheez It Crunch'd

A popcorn this spectacular begs for some special table decor, too. This table runner/table cloth can be put together in 5 minutes flat. But that’s not all.

DIY Football Table Runner

It also protects your table. It’s cost efficient. It looks festive.

You simply need a roll of Kraft paper, scissors, white electrical tape, and some craft supply stickers.

party popcorn runner

Roll out the kraft paper and adhere to your table. Measure out equal distances from the ends of the table and create your lines. Stick on the electrical tape. Add the yardage stickers and you’re all done.

DIY Game Day Table Runner

Easy peasey and clean up is a snap.

Game Day Football Table Runner

Do you go all out when your team isn’t a contender? Or, are you like me and you welcome the excuse to whip out the snack food?

PS: Those super fabulous “Real Women Watch Football” napkins are also available at Walmart so be sure to grab a set when you’re scooping up the new Cheez-Its!

Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be serving for the big game. My husband loves football. All teams of football. All types of football. Football, football, football. Me? I love to entertain. It’s a marriage made in Super Bowl heaven when the two of us combine forces.

My favorite part of the Super Bowl, besides the commercials, is hands down the FOOD. From savory snacks to delicious desserts, you  will find a little bit of everything at our home and the Super Bowl is the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family around the table to cheer on your chosen team. Or someone else’s team, in our case this year.

Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

As much as I love baking and creating treats that look like footballs, when it comes to feeding the men in your life you’re going to want something a little more substantial. This Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe is a game day crowd pleaser. Paired with the delicious and hearty Cobblestone Bread Co. Kaiser rolls, don’t be surprised if you catch the guys piling their sandwiches mile high.

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork

I like to keep things a little girly and when I spotted the “real women watch football” napkins, I tossed them into my buggy as a reminder that football can be enjoyable for women.

Super Bowl Napkins for Ladies

The beauty of the recipe is that it’s all done in the slow cooker. You can just fix it and forget it while you prepare the rest of your menu and comes in super handy when you’re pressed for time.

Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe:
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (4-1/2- to 5-pound) boneless or bone-in pork shoulder (also known as pork butt), twine or netting removed
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar)
Instructions
  1. Place the onion and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker with the chicken stock poured on top.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients: sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin and cinnamon. Pat the pork dry with paper towels and rub the spice mixture over the pork, patting to keep it in place. Add the meat to the slow cooker on top of the onions.
  3. Cover and cook 6-8 hours on high, or 8-10 hours on low.
  4. Once the pork has finished cooking, remove to a cutting board to shred. If the pork has a bone, remove and discard it.
  5. Remove the liquid from the slow cooker, reserving ½ cup.
  6. Add the shredded meat back to the slow cooker with the ½ cup of liquid. You can either add your bbq sauce now, or allow guests to control the barbecue sauce proportions and choose their own flavors by providing a variety of sauces.

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork

Super Bowl Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

My husband picks on me because we live in a state known for their New Orleans style po boys but the traditional french bread they use is not my favorite. It’s crispy throughout and I prefer a softer bread. If we’re at an unfamiliar restaurant, I will literally ask the server what type of bread the sandwich comes on. If it’s a soft bread, I order it, if it’s the hard stuff I ditch the sandwich.

The Cobblestone Bread Co. Corn Dusted Kaiser Roll is my favorite for sandwiches because it is the perfect combination of firm on the outside and soft on the inside. Corn dusted, it’s fluffy and substantial, too. Just look at the size of that thing!

And if you’ve got someone at your party that just can’t get enough of your Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork then stack their sandwich double decker style.

Double Decker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

A Go Team toothpick flag keeps it game day appropriate and helps to keep your sandwich in place.

Super Bowl BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Super Bowl party heaven right there. Go Team, Go!

Do you have a go to sandwich you like to serve for the Super Bowl?

Need more sandwich inspiration? Check out Kitchen Daily’s top Super Bowl Sandwich selections here: 10 Ultimate Sandwich Recipes

Compensation for this post was provided by Cobblestone Bread Co. via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cobblestone
Bread Co. or AOL.

Tailgate Tuesday: Pizza Dip

Tailgate Pizza Dip

I’m not sure what I’m loving most about Tailgate Tuesday; forcing myself to think ahead for weekend snacking, or the sampling that’s involved in thinking ahead for weekend snacking. This pizza dip is one of my absolute favorites and I knew the moment it hit my inbox that it would become a tailgating staple around our house. Originally submitted by April Ockerman as part of The Traveling Apron Recipe swap, it’s not only one of the best dips you can have on hand for tailgating, it also made its way into The Traveling Apron Cookbook!

So let’s talk about today’s Tailgate Tuesday: Pizza Dip, shall we?

Tailgate Tuesday: Pizza Dip

 The creaminess of the cream cheese makes the recipe “dippable” but the fun really begins with the toppings.

Like a pizza, it’s really endless with how many different flavorings you can come up with.

I like to serve several different options in smaller size cast iron skillets so that everyone can find something they enjoy.

I’ve served it with bread sticks before, as well as toasted baguettes. There’s really no right or wrong way to serve it!

Tailgate Tuesday: Pizza Dip

Tailgate Pizza Dip
 
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Serves: 6
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  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • Small can pizza sauce, about ½ cup worth
  • 1 c. Shredded Italian Blend Cheese
  • Half package mini pepperoni, or chop 1 cup regular pepperoni
Instructions
  1. Spread cream cheese on the bottom of an 8x8 pan. Top with pizza sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Place the pepperoni over the top. Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes or until bubbly. You can add pretty much any toppings to it that you like on your pizza. The more the better. Serve with chips, bread or veggies for dipping.

 Tomorrow, at noon on WAFB I’ll be doing a live cooking demonstration with one of the Baton Rouge Junior League’s recipes, and it’s quite similar. I’ll have the recipe up in the morning and will later add the video so you guys can hear what I sound like in person.

And see me make funny faces when I decorate pizza!