Well, it’s official. School is back in session, fall has begun, and football season has started! For many of us, it’s a season created to demonstrate our strong amount of school spirit. We cheer on our players, we wear our team colors, and we come together to watch the game. And while it’s always enjoyable to actually attend a game and sit in the stadium, it’s not always fun on the wallet.
Luckily, you don’t need to be in the stadium to enjoy football. You can have a good time at home, too, because who doesn’t love spending their weekends with friends, watching their team play on television, and of course, eating delicious snack food from the comfort of their home? I’m here to help you enjoy the game without the need for a ticket in your hand. So sit back, relax, invite some friends over, and prepare some of the snack options below for a killer football viewing party.
Option 1: Good old fashioned guacamole and chips
-If you’re like me and don’t want to spend much time cooking, this is a great option; it’s fast and easy to make. For a group of four or five people, begin by buying four avocados, then peel and mash them together. Choose which ingredients you want to add (I always add a half chopped onion, a half chopped tomato, and one tablespoon of lime juice) then mix them together and serve with chips. No one can resist guacamole.
Option 2: Stuffed potato skins
-This recipe requires a little more effort. Depending on how many guests you have, buy the appropriate number of potatoes and cook (five minutes in the microwave and about an hour in the oven) until tender. Scoop out the inside of the potato until just the skin remains. To make the stuffing, simply add the ingredients you want to use (traditionally it’s made with cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and chives). Broil for two minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream and enjoy.
Option 3: Pigs in a blanket
-This recipe is a crowd pleaser and it’s super simple. All you have to buy is one Pillsbury crescent dinner roll, a package of hot dogs, and slices of American cheese. First, wrap the slice of cheese around the hot dog, then wrap the dough triangle around the hot dog and place onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about twelve minutes and you have a delicious game day snack food.
Try making it a potluck so you won’t have to bake everything yourself; that way you can relax and enjoy the game with friends. You don’t need to be in the stadium to have a good time, just enjoy yourself and have a good game day.