Football parties are ideal for a bunch of football-crazy friends to gather and watch a game. These parties are incomplete without some great food to go with the excitement of the game. This article includes recipes which are sure to please all the die-hard fans.
Nothing is better than hosting a football party for all your friends, who, just like you, are die-hard fans. The decorations and entertainment for a football party are quite easy, mainly because even posters of football players can be included in the decorations, and for entertainment, all you need is good, loud music. Food for the party might be tricky, as it needs to be in accordance to the theme, and should be filling as well.
Yummy Meat Pizza
This pizza is tasty and filling at the same time. All your guests will surely be content, and their stomachs full, after eating this pizza.
- 1 tsp fennel seed, crushed (optional)
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water (120 to 130 degrees F)
- ½ pound ground beef and/or bulk Italian sausage or pork sausage
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 – 3½ ounce package sliced pepperoni
- 1 cup cut-up Canadian-style bacon
- 1 cup chopped green sweet pepper
- 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
- ¾ cup chopped onion
- 2¾ – 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil, margarine, or butter
- 1 (14½ ounce) can tomatoes, cut up
- 1 tbsp snipped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp snipped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil, crushed
- 1 package active dry yeast
- ½ tsp sugar
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
First, heat 1 tbsp oil in a saucepan, and cook ¾ cup chopped onion and garlic in it. Add in bay leaf, basil, tomato sauce, fennel seed, oregano, pepper, and sugar. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low, let it simmer for about 35 – 40 minutes, uncovered. After the mixture is cooked, discard the bay leaf.
Now, take a large bowl and mix yeast, salt, and ¼ – 1 cup flour in it. Stir in 2 tbsp oil, along with warm water, and beat with the help of an electric mixer at low speed for about 30 seconds. Scrape off the bowl, and add in the remaining flour, beat further for 3 minutes. Put the flour on a lightly-floured surface and knead it. Make a stiff but elastic ball. Divide into small pieces, and let them rest covered for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grease two 13-inch pizza pans for baking. Now, roll the kneaded dough on a lightly-floured surface into a circle, which is 1 inch bigger than the pizza pan. Put this rounded pizza dough into the pans, and flute the edges. Prick the dough and bake it for about 10 – 12 minutes at 425 degrees F.
In a large pan, cook sausage and ground beef, along with chopped onion, until the onion is tender and the meat is brown. Remove the excess grease. Now, spread pizza sauce over the baked crust and add the beef mixture. Top with Canadian-style bacon, pepperoni, and sweet pepper. Sprinkle cheese generously. Bake for another 10 – 12 minutes, until the cheese melts completely.
Chip dips made at home are ideal for parties. If you are hosting a football party for kids, buy a few packets of tortillas, and serve them with this exciting chip dip.
- ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 (16 ounce) can baked beans
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 large bag tortilla chips
- ¼ cup green diced onions
- 1¼ cups diced onions
- 1¼ tsp garlic powder
- 1 pound sausage roll
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1¾ cups fresh diced tomatoes
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- Hot sauce to taste
- 1½ cups diced celery
Take a large skillet or a soup pot, cook the crumbled sausage in it over medium-high heat, until it turns golden. Drain the excess grease, and then add onions, along with celery. Cook again over medium heat, until the sausage is completely brown and the vegetables are tender. Now, stir in barbecue sauce, beans, garlic, tomatoes, salt, pepper, hot sauce, and garlic powder. Mix well until thoroughly blended. Simmer the mixture for about 5 – 10 minutes, and serve immediately in a large bowl. Garnish with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and diced onions.
Easy Meatball Appetizers
This is one of the easiest ways to make appetizers. This mouth-watering dish is sure to get over in a couple of minutes, so do make some extra.
- 1 package (about 18 ounces) fully cooked beef meatballs
- 1 tbsp honey
- Celery sticks
- Prepared ranch dressing
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- Prepared blue cheese dressing
- 2 to 3 tbsp hot pepper sauce
First, cook the meatballs as per the package directions. Now, take a large bowl, add butter, hot pepper sauce, and honey to it, and mix well. Stir in the cooked meatballs, and gently toss to coat. Serve with both the dressings and celery sticks.
Football Shaped Cake
This cake is perfect for a football party, and will surely add to the excitement of the actual game. If you serve this delicious cake, you won’t need any other dessert either.
- 1 package moist cake mix
- 1 package chocolate frosting
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp shortening plus additional for greasing
- ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tbsp non-dairy powdered creamer
- 1 tbsp cold water
- Dash salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Anoint and flour a 10-inch round cake pan. Prepare the cake as per the directions given on the package. Bake the cake in a preheated oven for about 45 – 55 minutes. Now, combine shortening, non-dairy powdered creamer, confectioner’s sugar, water, salt, and vanilla, in a small bowl. Beat for about 2 minutes with an electric mixer. Add more sugar if necessary. Now, slowly cut only a 2-inch wide piece from the center of the cake. Remove and set it aside. Place the halves together, so that they are shaped like a football. Spread the frosting on the sides and top of the cake. Decorate by making laces with white frosting, on the football.
You can make all these items for your party, as everything, including an appetizer and a dessert has been given. The guests will surely be impressed by your cooking skills.