There are so many reasons why this is my favorite time of year. One of those reasons being that its football season!!!!Yes I was raised watching football but I also think that even you don’t enjoy watching the game, its a fun excuse to get together with friends and eat good food.
My husband and I have a few staples and then we will usually cook one or two new dishes when its just us. That way we can experiment for when we get together with friends. The foods I am sharing below are definitely basic and easy go to dishes that are super delicious!
1. Simple Guacamole
I like to keep it simple when it comes to guac. Some people like to really doctor it up and that is also delicious but I usually stick to the basics. On this particular Sunday we were feeding 3 adults and 2 kids so I made a pretty small batch. Here is how I make it.
- 2 large avocados
- 1 large tomato (diced)
- a good handful of cilantro
- lemon juice from half of a lemon
- salt and pepper
Just add the avocado to a bowl. Mash it with a fork until desired consistency. I then add the lemon juice to help with the mixing process. Add all other ingredients. chill and serve.
*other options: Diced red onion. Jalapeño. Top with crumbled Cotija cheese!!!
Not much I can say about salsa. Its delicious. Its perfect to snack on and the fresher your ingredients are the better it tastes! Its another personal preference dish as to hot you want it. I am more sensitive and think everything is hot! My husband likes some heat!He made this batch so you guys can be the judge on this one.
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1 Jalapeno (seeded and diced)
- 1 small Anaheim pepper (diced )
- 1.4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 clove of garlic (minced )
- a dash of tabasco (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill. Serve with tortilla chips!!
3. Chili and Cream Cheese 3 layer dip
This is actually my personal favorite and if there weren’t other people around, I would probably eat the entire thing by myself… and then lick the dish. I remember having this at my dads house when I was a kid so for me there is a bit of nostalgia that comes along with making and eating it. When it came time for me to host my own football parties I knew exactly what I wanted to serve and it doesn’t get any easier than this dish. You will need:
- 1 package of cream cheese (softened)
- 1 can of chili (whichever brand you prefer!)
- 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat your oven to 350. Allow the cream cheese to soften and then press into the bottom of your baking dish.I like to use the bake of a large spoon for this to insure a smooth layer. Top with chili. Top with shredded cheese. Place in the oven for about 15-20 min. Just long enough for everything to heat through and begin to bubble. I then like to quickly place it under the broiler so the cheese gets nice and brown and crispy around the edges. Serve with tortilla chips!!
4. Potato Skins
These are so amazing and the perfect finger food. I feel like potato skins are a must have appetizer while sitting back with a beer (or soda) watching football.That starchy potato, salty bacon and creamy dressing! yum!! There is a little bit of prep involved but its so worth it . This recipe makes 12.
- 6 med potatoes
- shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 lb cooked bacon
- 2 scallions
- Ranch Dressing or sour cream
Preheat your oven to 400. Cut your potatoes in half. Scoop out the inside leaving about 1/4 inch. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Lightly butter the inside and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until the centers are soft(approx 25min). While those cook you can prepare your bacon. Cook your bacon until its crispy. Chop into pieces to crumble on top later. Once your potatoes are done, add cheese to the top of each and then bake for a few more minutes until the cheese is bubbly. Once done, top with chopped green onion and bacon. Serve with either ranch dressing or sour cream.
* check out my recipe for homemade ranch!
This is just a very small list of things that we enjoy so I will definitely be bringing you more as football season continues. All the way up until that wonderful day known as Super Bowl Sunday!!! Then you can throw a giant party and serve them all!! 🙂