After traveling so much this summer there was one of the first things I was very happy to see again once my feet touched american soil again was of course, football Don't get my wrong I enjoyed very much learning and watching European sports like rugby, soccer (football), cricket, etc while I was abroad. It was until I landed in my first American airport as I was coming back home after a month and a half of being away that I realized how truly American football is. There is nothing that makes me feel more homey then cooking a nice game day meal from the comfort of my own kitchen hearing the NFL theme song playing in the background while cheering for our local home teams. I have put together a few simple and different menu options that are some of my go to staples on gameday. What are some of yours?
Brats & Beers Menu
Brats: Boiled in beer until half-cooked, then finished on the grill, served in sourdough buns, and topped with sauerkraut and Dijon mustard.
Potato Salad: Make it yourself or purchase it from the deli section your local grocer. Our local store has a great German potato salad that would go great with this menu.
Plenty of beer and beer games to go with, like beer pong!
Chips and Dip: We took this opportunity to take the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Challenge.
Guaranteed Touchdown Menu
Mini Jalapeño Corn Bread Muffins: Keep it simple by buying boxed cornbread mix and adding one of your favorite flavor additions like cooked bacon crumbles, canned green chilies, pepper Jack cheese, or green onions—get creative! Keep in mind that the higher the amount of liquid in your add-ins, the shorter the storage life of your corn bread. For example, the green chilies have a lot of moisture so the muffins start to go bad after about a day, unlike the bacon, which has low moisture so they can stay good for up to a week.
Crockpot Chili: Personally, I can’t eat canned chili due to the many preservatives so I always make ours from scratch (my turkey chili recipe to follow!). Lay out a few of your favorite toppings so your guests can customize their bowls. Some of my favorites are green onions, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, yellow mustard (pairs amazingly with chili), diced jalapeño, diced white onion, avocado, Frito chips, and/or chopped cilantro.
Party Mix: Guests need some sort of a snack they can just grab by the handful to eat!
Simple Snackers Menu
Jalepeño Poppers: Grab them in the freezer section of your local grocer.
Nachos: Heat up chili (canned or homemade), pour it over tortilla chips, add shredded cheese, and pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds if cheese isn’t melty enough. Add toppings like jalepeños, sour cream, and green onions.
Buffalo Wings: Our two-ingredient recipe to follow!
Loaded Baked Potato Skins: Pick them up from your grocer’s freezer section.
For more recipes or other ideas to make Sunday Night Football even more fun, check out our Football board on Pinterest. Let us know which menu you went with, or share with us your own favorite football foods!