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It’s that time of year again…the time when husbands are glued to the tv, and rivalries run rampant. It is time for that Big Game, and with it, all those delicious foods and appetizers.
Can you tell what my favorite part of football season is? In case it wasn’t obvious, I will just tell you. It is the food! I love hosting a party, serving the best ever snacks, and drinks, and basically having a great time with a little football thrown in.
This year I wanted my party to have a little something for everyone, so I went with a choose your side option. Choose your team. Choose your DiGiorno Pepperoni STUFFED CRUST® Pizza dip. Choose your flavor of Ritz. Choose your flavored ice cubes for your Coca-Cola. Basically no middle of the roaders allowed here. You have to pick, and picking never tasted so good!
I love making my own pizzas, but when I am getting ready for a party, the last thing I want to do is roll out dough. And with DiGiorno® Pepperoni STUFFED CRUST® Pizza I don’t have to. This party was so fun, the food was great, and the work was minimal which meant I got to actually enjoy my guests.
It is so easy to just keep a few pizzas in the freezer, and since they have real mozzarella cheese, and use California vine-ripened tomatoes, I can feel great about serving them to my family and guests. All I have to do is bake, which is easy peasy. (In fact, my oven broke the night before the game, so I just ran over to a neighbor’s house. So even if you don’t have an oven of your own it is easy. All fixed now.)
So I picked a few up on Rollback at Walmart, and then I served them with three dipping sauces: pesto, marinara, and garlic alfredo! So much fun.
Along with that I served the necessary queso dip. You know, the dip you find at every football party on the planet? Well, there is a reason for that. I love serving that dip with the deliciously crispy and buttery Ritz crackers. And to keep with my theme, guests could pick Original or Whole Wheat Ritz crackers.They also make darling football shaped ones!
So let me tell you how easy it was to make this dip…basically toss all the ingredients in a crock pot and set it on low. A couple hours later you are good to go!
Football Party Queso
- 32 ounces Velveeta cut into cubes
- 1 10- ounce can Rotel
- 1 lb ground beef browned
- 1 cup black beans
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 Tbs milk/cream
- Pico for garnish
- Brown ground beef, cut Velveeta into cubes
- Put all ingredients into crockpot except sour cream
- Let cook on low heat for a couple of hours, stir it all together, add sour cream and stir again
- Serve with Ritz!
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
The biggest hit of my party was the flavor your own Coke option! I had ice cubes flavored with cherry and vanilla, and guests got to select their preference (or mix and match). This was especially popular with the younger crowd!
Did I mention making the ice cubes was easy peasy? While I was at Walmart picking up all my party supplies I grabbed a bottle of maraschino cherries, and I just put a spoon full of them into each ice cube slot. I did the same with about a half teaspoon of vanilla. It gave the ice cubes a great mild flavor which perfectly chilled and flavored our party drinks!
Of course, what is a football party without football shaped foods? So I used my trusty gingerbread recipe and a football cookie cutter and frosting to make these darling sweets. And I may have had to plate them on a smaller plate because I could not stop eating them!
I had so much fun throwing this, and felt like all the little details really pulled it together and made it fun for everyone involved. But my favorite part was just how totally easy it was. I am usually pretty stressed before a party because I like everything to be perfect, and this was so easy. The only thing I made from scratch (that wasn’t super simple) was the cookies, and you could always buy gingerbread dough if you wanted to skip that part!
If you want to make your game day homegating party a breeze, just head over to Walmart and pick up all the staples! You won’t regret it. And you may even be able to find them all together in one place, but if not, don’t worry, they are pretty easy to locate throughout the store. Plus they are on Rollback, so you can save some $$!
I’ve shared my game day party plans with you, and my tips for making it easy peasy. I’d love to hear about your plans for the Big Game! Leave a comment sharing your family tradition and plans!
And if you want more fun game day snacks check out these:
Or maybe some Nachos?