Posted: 12:51 am Thursday, February 1st, 2018
It’s no secret that people tune in to watch football’s biggest game for different reasons. Some of them actually want to watch the game! But other group- the wisest group- is in it for the food. This group, of course, is the group I belong to. Yes, I’m absolutely one of those people who watches The Big Game solely for the wings, chips and all that. I mean, arguably, food is the most important part of your game viewing experience. Who watches sports without a beer and something to munch on?!
The quality of your food and snacks will make or break your Game Day party, trust me. Not to toot my own horn, but I threw the most legendary football parties the past four years I was in college. We had guacamole, pizza, wings, and dessert. We would have around 40 guests in my small apartment and nobody would stop eating until the night ended. Now that I’m back home and out of college, I may not have as many roommates to celebrate with, but I plan on keeping my legendary status alive. With food.
Of course, wings and pizza are obvious choices for your game day menu; without these items, you might as well tell everyone to stay home. But in addition to these crowd favorites, I decided to whip up some unique appetizers for this year’s game day festivities. Throw my guests a curve ball…wait, uh, wrong sport. Nevermind.
I have three new recipes that I want to try this year: Caprese Kebabs, Garlic Parmesan Fries, and Zucchini Chips. All of these recipes are super delicious and really easy to tackle! There, I think that’s the right sports pun this time.
Let’s get into it!
Recipe 1: Caprese Kebabs
Inspired by the salad, these little one-bite wonders will steal the show. Throwing them on the skewers makes them so easy to serve and even easier to pop into your mouth. I think I’ll have to make a lot of these because I can eat about 20 by myself.
- Grape/Cherry Tomatoes
- Mini Mozzarella Balls
What To Do:
Step 1: Slide the ingredients onto the skewers. I like to start with mozzarella, then tomato, and then basil so that the first thing you taste is the basil.
Step 2: Add salt and pepper to taste.
Done! Super easy.
Recipe 2: Garlic Parmesan Fries
Fries are the perfect food for sharing. With just a little salt, fries are already delicious, but adding a little extra seasoning to this classic crowd pleaser kicks it up a notch. No one will be able to stop nibbling on these Garlic and Parmesan Fries all night. They’re addictive.
- Russet Potatoes
- Garlic Powder
- Parmesan Cheese
- Italian Seasoning
What To Do:
Step 1: Cut your potato in half. Then lay the flat side face-down on the cutting board. Begin cutting that half of the potato into wedges and smaller french fries. Do it for both halves.
Step 2: Grease a baking sheet. Then lay your cut potato wedges all around the baking sheet.
Step 3: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Step 4: Drizzle olive oil over your wedges.
Step 5: Sprinkle on Italian seasonings, like parsley, along with some salt and pepper.
Step 6: Generously dust on garlic powder and Parmesan cheese. This is the most important step!
Step 7: Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with the dip or ketchup of your choice!
Recipe 3: Zucchini Chips
Zucchini is a vegetable! Even if we dip it in breadcrumbs and bake it like chips, it’s still healthy, right?
- Chili Powder
- Parmesan Cheese
What To Do:
Step 1: Carefully slice up your zucchinis to look like chips. You’ll want to get them pretty thin, so watch those fingers!
Step 2: Pour about a cup of milk into a small bowl.
Step 3: In another small bowl, add about a cup of breadcrumbs.
Step 4: Dip your raw zucchini chips into the milk, then into the breadcrumbs.
Step 5: On a greased baking sheet, place the breadcrumbed zucchini chips all around.
Step 6: Bake the zucchini chips for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
Step 7: Once the first 10 minutes it up, flip them over and bake them again for another 10 minutes.
I hope you all have a fun time watching the game and spending time with family, friends and lots of food! Enjoy! -Alexa
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