Game day snacks to kick off football season
Football season is officially in full swing and that means you have plenty of hungry fans to feed. You can make restaurant-quality snacks and appetizers from the convenience of your own home. The following recipes from the Food Network are easy to make and sure to be a crowd favorite at your next football party.
You will need dried breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, mozzarella, several large eggs, vegetable oil and marinara sauce. Coat the cheese in a mixture of breadcrumbs, Parmesan and salt. Cover and freeze the cheese sticks for two hours. Remove once frozen and fry over medium heat until the cheese turns golden brown. Check out the complete recipe for additional details, as well as how to prepare the marinara dipping sauce.
Try serving your mozzarella sticks on this appetizer plate. Fitz and Floyd Bristol Appetizer Plate, $9.99, (plus 7% Cash Back), JCPenney.com
Nothing beats a batch of tasty chicken wings while watching football. Making your own wings can be both cost-effective and convenient on game day. Cook the wing parts until they become golden brown and set aside for a few minutes. In a separate saucepan, heat your favorite cayenne sauce and butter over medium-low heat. Once the mixture bubbles, turn off the heat and pour over the wings. Serve with ranch or blue cheese. Check out the recipe for prep time and other cooking directions.
You can create your wing sauce in this stainless steel saucepan. Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Saucepan, $29.99, (plus 6% Cash Back), Macys.com
Heat a combination of red peppers, onions, corn and red pepper flakes in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add salt, pepper, cumin and cilantro to taste. Then spread black beans on a tortilla before placing on a large saute pan. Add the onion-red pepper mix over the top and sprinkle with pepper jack cheese. Cover with a second tortilla and cook until the cheese melts. After about four minutes, flip quesadillas and cook the other side. Look at the recipe to see how to make lime-cilantro sour cream.
Try serving your quesadillas on this serving tray. Ten Strawberry Street Square Serving Tray, $42.27, (plus 6% Cash Back), Sears.com
Jazz up your traditional sliders by combining ground pork and pork sausage, red pepper flakes, chopped garlic, panko, grated cheese and eggs in a large bowl. Then form into two-inch meatballs cook on medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Your sauce will consist of olive oil, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, tomato puree and tomatoes. Serve in between your choice of soft rolls, split horizontally. See the full recipe for more information on ingredients and sauce instruction.
Your sliders can easily be served on this serving platter. Rachel Ray Oval Serving Platter, $34.99, (plus 4% Cash Back), Kohls.com
German chocolate cake brownies
Your game day won’t be complete without something sweet. Start by mixing evaporated milk with German chocolate cake mix, melted butter and chopped pecans. This will make two layers – one to bake right away and a second to be used as a caramel mixture that will be poured over the first. Add chocolate chips and bake the whole thing for 20 to 25 minutes. Cover the pan and refrigerate the brownies for several hours. Prior to serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar. View the recipe for more details and ingredient portions.
This baking dish from is perfect for these brownies – Pyrex Grip-Rite Oblong Baking Dish Set of 4, $50.04, (plus 3% Cash Back), Walmart.com