Snacks for Sunday Football

Football season is getting underway, which can mean one of two things: you a) love football and will be glued to the T.V., butt planted on the couch, every Sunday from now until the Super bowl or b) you will have to deal with your friends and/or boyfriends football obsession and watch them be glued to the T.V. for the next few months.
While intense beer drinking goes on, football goers (that I’ve been around at least) tend to not do so great on the whole football food situation. So, I’ve compiled a list of ways to fill your tummy while you (and your boy) get your sports fix.
Nachos and Guacamole. I’m not talking plain chips and salsa here, people. Do the nachos right with lettuce, tomatoes, melted cheese, beef, chili, jalapenos, salsa, sour cream and whatever else you like throwing on there. While you’re add it, grab some avocados, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and salsa and make some homemade Guacamole!
Skewers. Instead of plain old burgers and dogs, take some cubed beef, chicken and even shrimp or scallops, marinade them in a Tupperware for a few hours and chop up some chunky veggies (peppers, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes). Then, once your meats and fish are saturated in the dressing of your choice (BBQ, Teriyaki and Italian Salad Dressing are my top 3 favs), take skewer sticks and alternate a piece of meat/fish with your choice of veggies. Throw them on the BBQ (if you’re tailgating, you can pre-make them and store in a Tupperware and throw on once you get to the parking lot) and enjoy!
Wings. Everyone can make generic Buffalo wings, but what about Mexican-style Tortilla Wings, Asian Glazed Wings or Grilled Coconut Wings with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce? Yummmmmmy. Head over to The Food Network’s Super Bowl Recipe section, where you can choose from 24 different favors.
Quesadillas. You can make these in the oven in about seven minutes, with any ingredients you want. I like to take wheat tortillas (less calories, high fiber, and better for you), Mexican shredded cheese, diced onions, tomatoes and mushrooms and sprinkle them in. Pop ‘em in the oven for four minutes on each side and they come out crispy, hot and ready to be devoured.
Deviled Eggs. Lots of people love these suckers. Take as many hard boiled eggs as you want, slice them in half and scoop out the yolks. Take the yolks, throw some white, black and green peppercorns in there (as much or as little as you want, for taste), a tab of mayo, caper liquid, Dijon mustard, sugar and salt. Mix the concoction and scoop a tab of the mixture into each egg. Chill. Serve. Enjoy.
Stuffed Mushrooms. Heat a fry pan with oil. Pull the stems out from your mushrooms and leave the mushroom tops in a bowl. In a blender, chop up the mushroom stems and throw them in the frying pan. Take chopped onion, bread crumbs, fresh garlic and bacon (if you like meat!), and add all into the frying pan. Using a little salt, pepper and Lawry’s Garlic Salt, sauté the mixture until its thick in texture (about 10 minutes). Use a flat baking sheet, spray Pam or use oil, and lay the mushroom tops face down, with the stem hole facing up.
Place the mixture into the mushroom hole and let a little sit on top too. Throw in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until mushrooms are browned. Serve hot. Cut ‘em or Pop ‘em, but either way, I guarantee they’ll be gone as soon as you put them out for your guests.
What are some of your favorite football season recipes?
[photo courtesy of hoboken411.com]

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