‘Tis the season- Football season, that is! And with it comes the need for football friendly food as we gather once again to cheer on our favorite teams. I’m sure most of us already have our general go-to appetizer recipes that we like the most. Those are great to use for football viewing parties, but why not add some excitement with team or mascot-inspired selections and football-themed foods this year?! Here are some tips for creating just that so you can enjoy some great chow as you cheer on your teams this season!
Football Shaped Food
For savory cuisine, consider shaping thick dips (guacamole or bean dip) or cheese balls into the shape of a football and surround with various dippers. Use strips of cheese slices for the laces. If you are serving “traditional” appetizers, make them look like footballs. A simple change in shape to the burger patties can transform a slider into a football! Add sour cream laces to the top of potato skins to create a football effect. Thin slices of green pepper or green onion atop deviled eggs produce a similar result.
Hosting a party in cold weather? Why not serve a variety of soups inside football-shaped bread bowls! Sweet selections can be made into footballs, too. Serve rice crispy treats in football shapes or create cake pops that are oblong instead of round. Whoopie pies and cakes can be football shaped, too.
Did you know that you can purchase cookie cutters shaped like the mascot of your favorite professional or college football team? Another option, if you don’t want to invest in a specific mascot is to use animal shaped cutters to represent the mascot. Make sugar cookie cutouts with the cookie cutter mascot or animal of your choice and decorate with the team colors using frosting or sprinkles.
Don’t just limit the fun to sweets! Personalize the party by cutting out cold cuts, sliced cheese or snack sandwiches in the mascot shape. If it is an early game, you can even make an egg casserole dish or quiche and cut out the portions using the cookie cutter instead of regular slices.
Imagine the possibilities of what you can make for game day with fruits or vegetables using your team’s colors. For example, make fruit or vegetable pizza and decorate it with team-colored produce. Take it a step further and create the team logo with the produce of choice. Be sure to incorporate the team colors into the decoration and into as many foods as possible. Even beverages can be team-inspired by making punch with team-colored sherbet and fruit mixed with lemon-lime soda.
What do you serve for football games? We would love to hear your creative ideas in the comments section below.