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Sunday Funday Football Appetizer Ideas

Football season is upon us and a great way to celebrate is with some delicious appetizers! 


These starters are the best way to enjoy your favorite team’s win, so here are some fabulous ideas that’ll help you along the way for your next party or gathering.



Garlic Bread Pizza Dip



Who doesn’t love garlic bread and pizza? Well here’s a recipe that combines both into one!

 

Ingredients:
      3 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
      2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened
      1 c. ricotta
      1/3 c. plus 2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan, divided
      1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
      1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes,
      Kosher salt
      3/4 c. pizza sauce
      1 c. mini pepperoni
      2 (16-oz.) cans refrigerated biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands)
      1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
      3 cloves garlic, minced
      1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

 
Directions:
1.     Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups mozzarella, cream cheese, ricotta, ⅓ cup Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt. Transfer mixture to a 9"-x-13" baking dish then spread pizza sauce on top. Top with remaining 1 cup mozzarella and pepperoni.


2.     Halve biscuits and roll into balls, then place on top of the dip.


3.     In a small bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, and parsley. Brush on biscuits and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan.


4.     Bake until biscuits are golden and cheese is melty, about 45 minutes, then cover with aluminum foil and bake until biscuits are cooked through, another 15 to 20 minutes.


5.     Let cool 10 minutes before serving.


Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip



Chicken wing dip is a necessity at any football event, right? This one is always a crowd-pleaser!

 

Ingredients:
      1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
      1/2 c. sour cream
      2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
      1/3 c. Buffalo hot sauce (we used Frank’s RedHot)
      3 c. finely shredded white-meat rotisserie chicken
      8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated
      2 scallions, finely chopped
      2 oz blue cheese, crumbled
      Tortilla chips and celery sticks, for serving


    Directions:
1.     Heat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, whisk together cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Fold in chicken, Monterey Jack, and scallions.


2.     Transfer mixture to 2 shallow 2-cup baking dishes, top with blue cheese, and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips and celery sticks.


Pigs in a Blanket




One of the easiest and tastiest finger foods around. It is filling and easy to share!

 

Ingredients:
      1 12-oz package cocktail franks
      2 tubes refrigerated crescent roll dough
      2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
      1 large egg
      1 tsp. caraway seeds
      Mustard, for serving


    Directions
1.     Heat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment. Unroll dough and brush with mustard. Cut each triangle in half lengthwise to create 2 skinnier triangles.


2.     Place 1 frank on each wide end of dough, then roll up and arrange on prepared sheet in two concentric circles, making sure dough on both circles touches.


3.     Beat egg with 1 Tbsp water, brush over dough and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Bake until golden brown, 18 to 22 min. Serve with mustard.

 

 

We hope that these ideas can help with your next football event planning process. Want more ideas? Check out our past blog posts for further assistance and guidance. Our Helpers will exceed your expectations and are background checked so we can do what’s best for your celebration.


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