Football Food!

My husband loves football as much as I love food, making for a perfect partnership come Superbowl Sunday. I love the idea of nibbling throughout the course of a football game, so small bites for grazing are the name of the game. My menu includes pizza, chicken wings, and potato chips, all the things you’d hope to eat on a lazy Sunday with your friends.

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

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  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits (contains 8)
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • About 3 cups assorted chopped toppings: peppers, onions, broccoli, pepperoni, olives, etc.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. If making muffin sized pizzas, split each biscuit in half horizontally to yield 16. If making mini-muffin sized pizzas, cut each biscuit into quarters for a yield of 32. Flatten the biscuit dough and press it into the wells of lightly greased muffin or mini muffin tins. In a large bowl, stir together the marinara sauce, 1 cup of the cheese, and the assorted toppings for a chunky filling. Fill each biscuit with this mixture and top with remaining cheese. Bake until crust is brown and cheese is melted and bubbly, about 9-11 minutes for minis and 14-16 for the larger muffins.

Sesame Garlic Chicken Wings

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  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken wings, split at the joint into wing nubs and drumettes
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil, plus more for brushing the pan
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame salt (we used Eden Gomasio sesame garlic salt)
  • 2 scallions, sliced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the wings in a large bowl with oil, salt, and pepper. Spread onto a lightly greased, foil lined baking sheet and roast until the skin is crisp and brown and wings are cooked through, about 25-35 minutes, depending on size of wings. Combine the melted butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, and sesame salt in a large bowl and add the cooked wings, tossing to coat. Garnish with additional sesame salt and the scallions.

Sriracha Honey Chicken Wings

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  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken wings, split at the joint into wing nubs and drumettes
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil, plus more for brushing the pan
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sriracha or hot sauce, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the wings in a large bowl with oil, salt, and pepper. Spread onto a lightly greased, foil lined baking sheet and roast until the skin is crisp and brown and wings are cooked through, about 25-35 minutes, depending on size of wings. Combine the melted butter with the honey and sriracha in a large bowl and add the cooked wings, tossing to coat. Garnish with cilantro.

Sweet & Salty Snackies

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  • 1 bag potato chips (we used Kettle Sea Salt chips)
  • 1 bag pretzels
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips or chunks, melted
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks, melted

Spread the potato chips, pretzels, and almonds on two baking sheets in single layers. Using a spoon or piping bag, drizzle the white chocolate and dark chocolate over top. Alternately, individual little bites can be assembled by using the chocolate as glue to hold together one chip, one pretzel, and one almond. Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to set the chocolate and serve.