There are 2 reasons to watch football. 1) You love the game. 2) You could care less for the game, but you love any reason to eat. Regardless of what group you fall into, here are some game day snacks that you will definitely want to make for your next game day.

 

Well ladies and gentleman, football season is upon us! Whether you're enjoying tailgates, being forced to watch games by your friends, or managing your ultra important fantasy team, your weekends might very well be consumed by football. And with the arrival of football season comes the arrival of game day food. We all have our own favorites, but there are a few staples at my house that always have the crowd asking for more.

 

Chili Cheese Game Day Dip

The first and most consistent appearance on the table is the famous Chile Cheese Game Day Dip. It's a simple dish that is great for large or small groups. Plus it's the perfect alternative (or addition - we see you salsa lovers) to salsa & guac. One of the beauties of this dish is that you could easily throw in other ingredients (did someone say bacon?).

Directions:
-Spread one can of chili (no beans) over one brick of cream cheese in an 8 in x 8 in greased dish (needs to be able to go in the oven).
-Sprinkle a layer of cheddar cheese & dices jalapeños on top.
-Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes until nice and warm.
-Garnish dish with diced scallions and serve with tortilla chips.

 

Caprese & Salami Skewers

Our next dish is a lighter alternative to traditional game day food. And if you leave out the salami it makes a great vegetarian snack. It can be made quickly, and it adds a bit of bright colors to give your table that certain je ne sais quoi.

Directions:
-Place cherry tomato, one leaf of basil, a mini mozzarella ball, and a piece of salami on a skewer.
-Set skewers on platter.
-Drizzle with olive oil and salt to taste.
-Eat all the skewers!

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

This has to be my top pick. It's practically all gone by the time it hits the table (mainly because I have no self control when it comes to super tasty snacks). While slightly more labor intensive than the other dishes, it is definitely worth it. The salty flavor of the prosciutto coupled with the baked asparagus and the slight kick from the rep pepper flakes makes it a finger food you just can't get enough of.

Directions:
-Take each stalk of asparagus and wrap it with a thin slice of prosciutto.
-Put each wrapped asparagus on a baking sheet.
-Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with red pepper flakes and grated parmesan cheese.
-Bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

Let the merry making begin!

 

 

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