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It's that time of year when sports fans unequivocally DIVIDE and pick their fave team as well as pick what they're bringing to the BIG Game party. Let's get our priorities straight and snacks in order. It's BIG Game appetizer time!
Whether you snack randomly and place different bowls and dishes on a table for grazing or entertain with a Snack Stadium, you still need all the yummy recipes. Big Game appetizer time calls for some crafty recipes. If you're in the mood to be creative, check out some Snack Stadium tips. If you're looking to keep the focus on the food, dive straight into our BIG Game Appetizer Recipes to impress your friends.
SNACK STADIUM TIPS
You can get your pre-fabbed snack stadium at a local party store. Or you can brave the craftiness with your own layout and printer. Crafting your own BIG Game appetizers snack stadium enables you to show some team pride and personalization on your snack stadium. Pattie's Pretzels can adorn one end-zone while Doug's Dip-a-palooza with swimming olives cover the other.
BIG GAME APPETIZER RECIPES
Did you hear that? Man mini cakes! These will get most meat lovers eyes to perk up and give you the curious look...meatloaf slider? Yes, indeed, that's what I said. We're going to whip up the traditional meatloaf recipe and cook it up on the grill rather than bake.
2 lbs. extra lean ground beef
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 Red Onion
1/2 tablespoon Onion Powder
3 cloves minced Garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
10 Ritz or butter crackers crumbled
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 pack of Hawaiian Rolls
Bring your butter, chopped onion and minced garlic to a simmer in a sauce pan on your stove top. Once the onions and garlic are translucent, remove from heat.
In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add in butter, garlic and onions and mix completely. Shape into mini burgers / sliders for your rolls. Cook on a stove top grill or skillet, pending your own kitchen product's inventory.
Top each mini-meatloaf with a healthy serving of ketchup and the optional horse radish for the heat seeking fan looking to ignite the tram rivalry!
Pigs in a Blanket
You don't get much more BIG GAME esque than cocktail wienies wrapped in crescent dough. While they have plenty of these in the freezer section, the truth is these are too easy and yummy to make straight away yourself.
Can of refrigerated Bake at Home Crescent Dough
Package of Cocktail Wienies
These are as easy as they come for the bachelor with minimal cooking skills or kitchen equipment. You may want to assign this to a lesser skilled guest as a favor. They will thank you for making them look so good with so little effort.
You will roll out your can of dough on your cutting board. Each perforated triangle should be sliced in to 3 slim triangles. This will make 24 cocktail delights. Roll each of your cocktail dogs into one of the slim triangles and place on cookie sheet. Leave enough space for dough to rise and not touch another dog.
Heat oven to 375 and bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with your favorite yellow mustard or create a dunking bar with horse radish, ketchup mustard, ranch and cheese sauce to tempt any raving fan.
Cheesy Sausage Fritters
Starting with an easy one for those who aren’t home chefs but love to bring something homemade to the party. This is an old fashioned take off the Bisquick Sausage Biscuit recipe with a few alterations, like more cheese! These are a crowd pleaser and you'll often find this basket empty first, so 2 batches are not a bad idea for the most special football day of the year.
1 lb. Pork Sausage
10 ounces Cheddar Cheese (grated)
3 cups Bisquick
A stand mixer works best for this recipe. Use the Cuisinart 5.5 QT Precision Master Stand Mixer to mix the ingredients into a culinary treasure. Well, they are really good! Just mix everything together on low until combined completely. Shape into footballs and place on your Chloe’s Kitchen Pro 11” x 17” Cookie Sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 for 20 minutes or until browned. Drain on paper towels. Position on your Le Creuset 16” x 11” Cherry (or team color of your choice) Serving Platter in a game day style. These little treats stand alone well, but marinara, ranch, or blue cheese can be set alongside for the dippers in the crowd.
Your Jalapenos will fit nicely in your Le Creuset 10” Spring form with Funnel. You will need one large bag of Jalapenos for this recipe. We will cut the tops off (as little as possible). Try and obtain the largest jalapenos you can find. Using your Global 2.5” Straight Paring Knife, gently core out the peppers. Wearing gloves can be an important tool in this task!! Ya never know how hot these guys can be…Some are super, ridiculously hot, yet others are quite bland. Older ones that tend to turn red will be hot and shouldn’t be used (unless hotter heat is sought after of course).
Now simply start lining all your cored jalapenos (open end up) in your Le Creuset Spring form. Once full, and they are all tightly packed together, we can start on our gooey, cheesy, bacon-y, stuffing! The jalapenos can now be covered with foil and stashed in the fridge to be prepared the next day if you want to expedite time for game day.
Stuffing Ingredients for the Jalapenos:
1 12 ounce of Mexican style or nacho shredded cheese
10 slices of quality extra sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheese
1 pack of bacon (cooked, drained, cooled, and crumbled)
1 pint of sour cream
2 bunches of green onions
1 jar of salsa
Optional: (Instead of bacon or no meat)
Chorizo (Cooked, crumbled, and cooled)
To create this spicy starter, place your protein of choice (or none at all is great still!), into your Vitamix Explorian Blender. With the Vitamix, a paste is perfected in seconds. Add the bacon first. Then half the sour cream. And half the onions. Ya, throw em’ in. The Vitamix will mix all flavours equally and efficiently. Now, add your cheese. Slowly pulse on #1 to create a paste. Continue adding sour cream (mayo could be substituted) , some salsa as you see fit, and more cheese until the mixture has formed a paste.
To stuff, use a Johnson Rose Plastic Coated Piping Bag with a large tip. Fill each jalapeno generously. Cover in fol and bake peppers at 375 for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and place cheddar and jack cheese on each pepper. Increase heat to 450 and continue to bake (no foil) until the cheese becomes golden and crusty. And, of course, to serve these gems, pull out your Zeal 6” Stainless Steel Football Tongs from last year.
Chili Cheese Dog Dip
A super easy, yet a powerhouse in the appetizer world, is grab your favorite brand of hot dogs, shredded cheese, can dough French bread, a red onion, and a can of chili. This modest shopping list turns into a monster hit at the party! And only a few tools required to create this appetizer.
1 Can of Bake at Home French Bread
1 Can of Chili
Pack of Hot Dogs
1/4 Red Onion
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
2 tablespoons butter
Using your Le Creuset 3.5 QT Rectangular Casserole with Lid, lay down half of the bread dough to cover the entire bottom of the casserole. Now, slice your dogs equally into 1-1.5" pieces, along with diced onions and place it all on top of your french bread dough. Add 3/4 of cheese of your choice (shredded) and garlic powder to the top. Add your top layer of French bread and try and seal as much as possible. Paint butter on top of the top layer of the bread dough, prior to baking. Sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Get it to a nice golden brown. While it’s cooking, heat up the chili cans as a dipping sauce. Allow to cool for few minutes until cutting it into squares with your Mercer 4” Pizza Cutter.
Twice Baked & Fried Mash Balls
This recipe steals from our friends, "the twice baked potato" and the holiday favourite, "mashed potatoes" to deliver a unique potato experience all unto itself. Note, this potato is not baked even once, let alone twice, though it is fried once for good measure.
Instant Potato Mix (You heard us - this is Superbowl, not Iron Chef)
12 ounces Onion and Chive Cream Cheese
12 ounces, 4 cheese blend
4 ounces real bacon bits (you may want to make some fresh bacon here and crumble)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cube softened / melted butter
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1 egg, beaten
Make your instant potatoes as described on back of box. Make these stiff as you will be adding in some moist ingredients, such as the egg and cheese. Add remaining ingredients to potatoes and combine thoroughly. Roll potatoes into small balls and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1-hour; feel free to leave overnight.
Next beat your egg and add salt and pepper. Roll potato ball in egg, flour, back in egg and then breadcrumbs. Once all balls are coated well, place in fridge for 30 minutes and get ready to fry. Bring your oil to a boil and drop 2-3 balls in at a time and fry until golden brown.
These are great just on their own. Sprinkle with feta or Parmesan cheese.
Everything Bagel Greek Yogurt Dip
This one takes you by surprise. First, if you've never had Greek yogurt, you won't know this is it. Most people are shocked that this dip may just in fact taste good and not be so bad for you. It's a part of my regular snack routine at this point. Simple ingredients and easy to make single portions on the fly or impress an entire Big Game party!
I pint Greek Yogurt
2 tablespoons Everything Bagel spice
1/4 cup Italian Cheese blend
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Combine all ingredients together. Continue to add your favourite spices until you have the perfect taste. You can use blue corn tortilla chips as dippers to keep this on the light side of snacking.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Dessert have to be included for Grandma and the kids. Plus, the kids love making this one! Just take 2 ¼ cups of your favorite peanut butter, add a pound of confectioners’ sugar and 3/4s of a pint of crumbled graham crackers with a s tick and a half of butter. Let the kids mix away! Form the goo into balls and place in the fridge to get hard. Wait an hour or so before the next fun step. Melt down some milk chocolate using the microwave method. Cook at 30 seconds, stir. Repeat until smooth and warmed. Dip your balls in the chocolate and place in little cupcake forms. Then, back in the fridge until the 4th quarter starts!
These are just a few ideas and recipes for the Big Game Appetizers. Using quality products from Williams Food Equipment ensure an effortless, hassle-free, correct, and fun way to create your game time appetizers. Have fun at any gathering bringing these delicious hors' d oeuvres to the table.
And if you're still wanting for some more delightful dips, check out our 12 Party Dips to Delight and you'll be sure to fill up your Snack Stadium!