If you associate football season with snacking, you’re not the only one. Check out these delicious alternative snacks to make this football season that will have your friends coming back not just for the game, but also for a taste of your delicious food.
Ginger and garlic shrimp
It’s too easy to set out cold shrimp and generic cocktail sauce. Spice things up by mixing ginger, garlic, parsley, red pepper, basil and lemon juice with grilled shrimp, served with tangy tomato chutney for dipping. Just ask your guests to keep it down as they fight over who can get the last shrimp. Find the full recipe at http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ginger-garlic-shrimp-tangy-tomato-sauce.
If you’re trying to go all-out on the football theme, a truly touchdown dessert is chocolate-covered strawberries, decorated with frosting to make them look like footballs. Kids watching the game with you will love them and also get a much needed boost of vitamin C from the strawberries themselves. See how to do it at https://hearthavenhome.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/super-easy-super-bowl-treat/.
Sun-dried tomato hummus
When in doubt, always go with hummus. It’s one of the few foods that always seem to be a hit no matter when or where it is served. Forget the beige stuff from the store; impress your friends by serving chickpea hummus mixed with a whole jar of sun-dried tomatoes and a bit of tomato paste. Serve with veggie sticks, whole-wheat pita or your favorite chips. Get the full instructions at http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/sun-dried-tomato-hummus/.
Rainbow fruit skewers
This is a simple recipe that makes a big impact with very little preparation. All you need is to arrange an assortment of your favorite fruits on skewers by color. Offer plain yogurt mixed with honey for dip, or if you’d rather do away with the dip altogether, you can also drizzle the skewers in lemon-lavender syrup. The overall result is a tasty snack that looks extremely fresh.
Spinach and artichoke dip
Spinach and artichoke dip is a classic recipe that, along with hummus, is almost always universally well-received. The recipe traditionally includes sour cream, cream cheese, shredded cheese and mayonnaise, but you can make it even creamier by throwing in cannellini beans and even some plain Greek yogurt. Your guests will be clamoring for more chips and bread to dip. For all the details, visit http://www.mysequinedlife.com/2015/10/10/healthier-spinach-artichoke-dip/.
Popcorn is everyone’s favorite thing to eat in front of the TV, and it’s surprisingly low on calories too—if you do away with the butter. Mix your popcorn with pepper, paprika, chili powder, cumin and your desired amount of sharp jalapeno cheese. You’ll end up with popcorn that’s not only tastier but also healthier than if you had served it with butter. As a bonus, your guests will also avoid having buttery fingers with which to grease up the furniture. Head over to http://www.bakeyourday.net/spicy-popcorn/ for the full recipe.
Baked sweet potato chips
This is another simple recipe that takes only a few moments to prepare. The hardest part is cutting the potatoes into thin slices, so it’s recommend to use a mandolin. Sprinkle the sweet potato slices with oil and season with salt, paprika and cumin before baking for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping them halfway. Alternatively, you can dip them in malt vinegar to give them an even more memorable, tangy flavor.
Having guests over to watch a football game is a great excuse to make delicious snacks. Kick things off with the above recipes, and the whole neighborhood will be wondering what else you have in store and when they can come over to get another bite.
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