Game Day Snacks!

So last weekend was the Big Championship Games and we all know how they turned out! Joy for some ANGUISH for others!  If you are a Ravens Fan like I am you know exactly what I am talking about!!!  So joy or anguish the line up that we have for next Sunday is the line up that we have.  I can’t go back and change things so I guess I will have to toss a coin to see who I am going to Cheer for on Super Bowl Sunday! In 2008 I was all behind the Giants and super excited when they won! I usually go for the underdog.  I am by no means a big football fan, I enjoy the get together and the party WAY More than the game, but I have for the past 5 years called the winner of the game by nothing more than a gut feeling.  This year I don’t know…. I just can’t get my heart to Cheer for either of these teams!  I am at this moment making my Husband very angry as these are his 2 Fav teams! I think I will keep debating Pats Vs Giants and reserve my decision for Feb 5th!!

Until that time we all have 1 week to get ready and prepare our menu’s for the big game! I am lucky this year and I get to be a guest so I only have to bring some treats! Yippee!!! I did host the Championship Games last Sunday.  It was very impromptu.  At 10 am Steve told me that 10 or more people would be at my house in 3 hours!!! Yikes!!  I ran to store and this is the party that I threw together in  such a short amount of time!

Beer Dip, Spicy Nut Brittle, Assorted Chips and Dips, Veggie and Fruit Tray, Little Debbie Brownie Footballs (no time to bake) and a Chicken Noodle Casserole!  Thank heavens that I am Southern Living at Home addict (now called Willow House) and I have tons of pretty serving platters and bowls that make even plain old Lays Potato Chips look Pretty and Special!

Luckily every one was super nice and they thought I had worked for days other than just a frantic dash to get it all together!

Beer Dip with pretzels
Recipe Type: appetizer
Author: The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 2 packages cream cheese (I used Fat Free) Softened
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/3 cup beer (I just grabbed the one my husband popped open and he yelled at me)
  • 1/2 shredded cheddar cheese ( I used 2 handfuls)
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl combine beer and cream cheese and beat with a mixer til smooth
  2. add the ranch mix and the cheddar cheese
  3. serve with pretzels

Just take an assortment of your favorite nuts! I used peanuts, cashews, sunflowers seeds, and wheat chex cereal. Melt 6 tbs unsalted butter and 1/2 cup light corn syrup in a sauce pan add 1/3 cup brown sugar and 2 tbs curry powder and 1/2 tsp cayenne powder.  Cook itll all is melted.  No salt is needed if the nuts are salted.  I couldn’t find unsalted ones on such short notice.  Place the nuts and cereal in a 9 x13 baking dish and pour syrup over nuts and toss to coat.  Bake at 300 for 30-40 min.  Let cool and break up into bite sized pieces.

For the Chicken Casserole I made my Cauliflower and Noodle Au gratin http://www.pandpkitchen.com/2011/07/11/cauliflower-and-noodle-au-gratin-2/I

I just substituted diced chicken breast that I sautéed in a pan to brown first for the cauliflower.  It was s quick and filling item to add to the menu!

 


I have 5 lovely thoughts, I would love to hear yours.

  1. I love these snacks – all of them! Do you really have to follow a match for these… 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Beer dip say what? This is such an awesome line up of game day snacks!

    • Thanks Colleen! It was quite a frantic push to get it all together so quickly! But it all worked out just great!

  3. Beer dip?!?!? I have a feeling I’ll be making this soon. =)