Create simple variety of foods for football games

By Kathryn Minniti

It’s time to put on your favorite jerseys, grab some beer and spend the day wrapped around the TV with your favorite game-day appetizers.

“The foods I like to see and eat at football parties would be generally finger foods that do not take long to cook or clean up,” said senior kinesiology major Bryan Cassidy. “I’m talking like chicken wings, mozzarella sticks and the trays of crackers and cheese.”

The easiest snack will always be pizza. If you don’t want to put any effort in making foods, it is the safest bet. Almost everyone likes pizza.

Chips and dip are another great football food option, and that includes taco dip (delicious), buffalo chicken dip and nachos. There is always the option of veggie trays with dip too if there are healthy eaters attending. Any of these can be store bought. I like to buy the taco dip from Jewel.

One of my favorite appetizers is mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls. These simple little creations are nothing short of amazing, and are easy to make, too. Buy the Pillsbury brand rolls and mini hot dogs at Jewel. Wrap the crescent roll around the hot dog and put them in the oven. For specific instructions regarding your oven and oven temperature, refer to the back of the roll’s can, or search online for an easy recipe.

My final recommendation is potato skins. Potato skins are a great appetizer because they are easy to make, easy to eat and delicious. They are just potatoes covered with cheese, bacon and chives. Most people, including myself, like to put sour cream on the potato skins. Anything with bacon is almost an automatic win in my book. I tend to just buy a box at Jewel-Osco or Walmart. All you really need to do is follow the directions on the box and just throw them in the oven.

The best appetizers for game days would be finger foods and easily made snacks. No one wants to be stuck in the kitchen preparing meals while there is a game going on.