Win Game Day with Football-Shaped Foods
Cheer for your favorite team while noshing on these fun picks at your own risk — they're good enough to distract even the most-loyal fans from the big game!
No matter whether you'll be rooting for the Eagles or the Patriots, we're all on the same team when it comes to serving crowd-pleasers on game day. Because, let's be honest, great food is the key to a great party.
Unlike any regular ol' potluck, a game-day party gives you the opportunity to make super-fun themed foods, from the starters straight through to dessert. Football-shaped foods are easy to create and, best of all, they're guaranteed to earn you extra points.
Jamaican Meat Pie Footballs: Hand-held bites make it easy for guests to fill their bellies without missing a second of the action (no one wants to miss even a commercial!) These spicy meat-filled patties will sate the hungriest guests, and they're a host-pleaser too: You won't have to worry about whipping up homemade dough. Use store-bought puff pastry for flaky and irresistible results.
Pastrami Football Finger Sandwiches: It's true that good things come in small packages. Mini sandwiches are a welcome addition to any game-day spread, but we suggest you make 'em packed to the max with pickled pepper-studded cheese and smoky pastrami. Top them with laces made of cheese and no one will be able to pass them up.
Spicy Cheddar Cheese Football: Chips and dip are great, but dare we say basic. Upgrade the expected by serving your favorite dippers — think chips, veggies and even hunks of crusty bread — with Jeff Mauro's party-ready cheese ball. It needs to firm up in the fridge for at least a half-hour before serving, so make it ahead and spend the time right before guests arrive focusing on other important details, like whether you remembered to get ice for those must-have beverages.
Football Cocoa-Crispy Rice Treats: Get the kids in the kitchen to make these chocolatey cereal treats. They'll have fun measuring ingredients, shaping the footballs, and rolling out and arranging the laces, and you'll appreciate the extra help.
Peanut Butter Football Cookie: A giant football cookie served during the fourth quarter will be a sure touchdown. Pair rich peanut butter with a thick vanilla frosting for a sweet ending to your party, even if your team doesn't go home with the W.