It’s football season in the South, and no matter which team you pull for, gathering with friends and family to enjoy the big game on TV can be a lot of fun. I’ve got an easy and festive menu that’s part homemade and part store bought, and whether you watch the game at home or choose to tailgate, I’ll share a few tips to help your table score a touchdown of its own.
The snacks are some of the best parts of game day. Finger foods that are easy to eat are the way to go. Think handheld sliders, nachos, wings and bite-size snacks like cheese straws or pigs in a blanket that guests can enjoy while standing or on the go.
I like to balance the menu with a little sweet and a little salty to provide variety for everyone and keep things interesting.
Get a little help from the grocery store or your local bakery. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a few staples to save time, like homemade brownies, cupcakes or ready made wings.
It’s always fun to present items in festive shapes and with your team’s colors. For example, a cheese ball would be a great thing to serve shaped like a football. To present the snacks, use cake stands or a platter sitting atop a stack of books covered with a tablecloth to give your food display some height variation.
We eat with our eyes first, and the more enticing and exciting the presentation, the better.
When planning snacks to feed a crowd, food that can be served at room temperature is best. However, if you do decide to offer a hot dip, make good use of your slow cooker to maintain the temperature.
Don’t forget the decor and to dress in support of your team. These details give the party good vibes and every get-together could all use a little more of that.
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Go Eagles — Hail Southern and no place else!
Some Kinda Good Game Day Menu
- Guacamole with tortilla chips
- Football-shaped cheese ball with crackers
- Air fryer tater tot nachos or (Tatchos)
- Some Kinda Good Pepperoni Ciabatta Bread
- Buffalo chicken dip
- BBQ pork or bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato sliders
- Egg rolls
- Pretzels and peanuts
Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a private chef and the author of the best-selling memoir “Some Kinda Good.” Featured in Forbes, on Food Network and ABC, she writes about Southern, coastal cuisine, locally sourced and in season. Connect with her on social media by liking Some Kinda Good on Facebook, or follow @SKGFoodBlog on Instagram and Twitter. To learn more, visit RebekahLingenfelser.com.