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January is here and that means football every weekend! From bowl games to playoffs to the Big Game, football is on the TV every Saturday and Sunday in January. Now I love watching football because I think it's an exciting game to watch but the thing I love even more then a good game is great Game Day food.
I always make snacks when we're watching football because it's fun to munch on appetizers all day long. I used to make big meals and put a lot of work into them but then I was so busy in the kitchen that I was missing all the big plays. I hated that so now I try to stick with quick but tasty appetizers and snacks that are easy to make.
Whenever my husband and I are watching the games by ourselves it's ok to just have a few snacks and a couple of Coke Zeros but whenever people come over I like to make things look a little bit nicer. This means having my football tablecloth out, colorful snacks, and usually a few unique football touches.
Last week I went to Walmart 4 times before work. I like going in the morning because there aren't a lot of people there and I can get in and out in record time. It's only about 2 miles from my school so it's easy to run in before I get to work. On Friday I went shopping for the games this weekend and was excited to see 2 for $5 on all Coca-Cola 500ml 6-packs! I picked up one 6-pack of Coke Zero and one 6-pack of Coca-Cola. I figured that would suit everyone.
Then I started looking for snacks. I usually like to make at least one sweet and one savory snack so everyone gets something that they are craving. A big display of RITZ® crackers was calling my name so I picked up a box of them along with some fresh fruit, olives, and hummus. It might sound like an odd combination but it was actually what I needed to make two delicious recipes.
I used the RITZ® crackers as a base for fruit tarts. I love that they are salted because it adds just a touch of saltiness to the tart. I whipped up a quick cream cheese base for the tarts and them topped them off with strawberries, kiwi, and pears. You can use any combination of fruit you'd like but I thought this was simply delicious.
- 20 RITZ® Crackers
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 T. honey
- 1 t. vanilla
- 8 strawberries, chopped
- 1 kiwi, skin removed and chopped
- 1 pear, chopped
- To make the fruit tarts place the RITZ® Crackers on a platter and set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the cream cheese, honey, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Spread a teaspoon or two of the cream cheese mixture on top of each RITZ® Cracker.
- Arrange strawberries, kiwi, and pears on top of the cracker and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Next I took some more RITZ® crackers and topped them off with roasted red pepper hummus. Then I put some baby olives on top of that and sprinkled it with feta cheese for an easy Mediterranean style appetizer that I knew would score with our biggest fans.
- 20 RITZ® Crackers
- ½ c. roasted red pepper hummus
- ¼ c. of mini olives or large olives, chopped
- ¼ c. feta cheese, crumbled
- Place the RITZ® Crackers on a platter.
- Top each cracker with 1-2 teaspoons of hummus.
- Place the olives on top of the crackers and sprinkle with feta cheese.
As I was setting the RITZ® crackers appetizers, Coca-Cola bottles, and Coke Zero bottles on the table I decided something was missing. I quickly ran to my craft zone, picked our some brown paper and pens, and took them into the dining room. I cut out 12 small paper footballs and put the laces on with the pens. I punched holes at both ends and then slid them onto a straw. This was the perfect football accent for our beverages.
Paper Football Straw Accents
-3 sheets brown card stock
-12 Paper Straws
- Cut each of the 3 sheets of brown card stock into 4 pieces. Cut a football shape out of each piece.
- Use the pens to make the laces on the football.
- Use a hole punch to punch one hole at each end of the football.
- Place the football on a straw. Stack the straws in a jar and place next to your beverages.
What is your favorite quick and delicious Game Day recipe to enjoy while watching your favorite team take it to the house?