If you are a football fanatic, then this is your weekend to cheer. Today’s college football marathon will soon be followed by the kick-off of NFL Sunday, all-day, wall-to-wall coverage of all things having to do with grown men in tights running after a ball… and each other.
Do you need another reason to party?
Aside from the traditional game day hype, nothing is more essential to tailgating than food. If you are looking for fun football themed recipes to add to your tailgate shindig, then consider the following:
FOOTBALL CHEESE DIP
2 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 package (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
3 ounces real bacon bits
1 slice American cheese
Beat first 5 ingredients with an electric mixer until well blended.
Stir in green onions.
Refrigerate several hours.
Form mixture into shape of a football. Coat entire cheese football with nuts and bacon, so it looks like a real, brown football.
Cut slice of American cheese into thin strips and use to form laces of football on top.
Serve with crackers.
EDIBLE FOOTBALL FIELD
2 cups cold milk
1 package (4 serving size) chocolate flavored instant pudding
1 package (10.75-ounce) pound cake, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 chocolate coated caramel peanut nougat bars, chopped about 1 1/2 cups
1 tub (8 ounces) Cool Whip, thawed
Green food coloring
Plastic cake decorations—football helmets, goal post, football, etc.
Pour milk into medium bowl.
Add dry pudding mix.
Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes and set aside.
Spread cake cubes into bottom of 9 by 13-inch dish.
Sprinkle with chopped candy, top with pudding.
Remove 1/2 cup of Cool Whip, cover and refrigerate for later use.
Add food coloring to remaining Cool Whip and spread over pudding.
Refrigerate for at least two hours.
Pipe reserved Cool Whip on cake to resemble yard lines on field.
Fill in end zones with sprinkles and decorate with plastic cake decorations.