FOODball – game day eats

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers, baking, cocktails, grilling, recipes

Last Saturday night we went to play B.I.N.G.O.

Jason and I met my sister, her husband and other friends for a fun night of numbers and daubers. I didn’t win anything this time, and we all still had fun. One of our friends wasn’t able to make it, and she later explained she was sitting out in the cold the night before, at her sons high school football game, and was feeling under the weather.

My first thought was to suggest she show up this Friday with a thermos full of hot soup. (Okay, if I’m being honest, I actually suggested hot soup or hot toddy – either way).

Then I started thinking of what I would bring to a football game these days. Leave it to a food writer to make a culinary experience out of any event…

I’ve gathered my favorite recipes from my own archive and that of some of my friends… these recipes are things I would bring to a football game on television at someones house, or what I would make at our place. We are football fans here, and I love a good tailgate or television viewing spread of food.

cheesy roasted hasselback tomatoes


sushi veggie sliders


seven layer dip with noocho cheese


baked pizza dip


old school wiener wraps


individual s’mores brownies


caramelized onion and tomato focaccia


roasted jalapeno and pineapple infused tequilaΒ 


reuben rolls with homemade thousand island


edamame “egg” salad


broccoli cheddar bites with honey mustard sauce


Thai deviled eggs


caramelized onion buffalo tarts


roasted red pepper and walnut dip [muhammara]


tahini almond date bites


guacamole deviled eggs


buffalo dip, three ways


potato angels


dill pickle dip


green falafel –Β MediterraneanΒ chickpea fritters


plant based steak dinner


caramelized onion bacon dip

[lightened up] twice baked potatoes


mango habanero guacamole


easy crockpot lentil chili


olive and pepper tapenade



Do you like football? Favorite team?

This house is Oregon Ducks, Missouri Tigers and Green Bay Packers…


{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 lindsay November 13, 2012 at 4:12 am

i’d go to any football game if those dishes were there. Love that you are super created. Even though a hot soup or hot toddy sounds perfect too!


2 spabettie November 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

hot toddy – exactly! πŸ˜‰ and yeah, that is perfect for an actual game out in the cold, right?


3 Jeanette November 13, 2012 at 4:59 am

Football is a huge deal in our house full of boys – so we are always looking for good snacks and eats on Sunday afternoons. Love all these ideas (and thanks for including some of my recipes!).


4 spabettie November 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

you are welcome – I’m looking forward to our next football game here now! πŸ˜‰


5 Heather (Where's the Beach) November 13, 2012 at 5:05 am

Ohhhhh love seeing all these fantastic dishes again! Still need to try those sushi sliders (and pretty much everything else really). Not a football fan to be honest. I’ll go to a tailgate party just for the party though πŸ˜‰


6 spabettie November 13, 2012 at 7:15 am

I think you would LOVE these sliders – and yes, I do have teams I like, but mostly it’s about having fun!


7 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 13, 2012 at 5:27 am

Hassleback tomatoes sound amazing! I love these round ups… It reminds me how many things I need to make. Lol!

My football team sucks, sadly. Maybe next year.


8 spabettie November 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

those tomatoes are MY FAVORITE! and yes, look at all this deliciousness you can now have! XO


9 Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre November 13, 2012 at 5:57 am

Okay, I’m just letting you know that I left this post with 15 more tabs open on my browser. Thanks. Just what I needed.



10 spabettie November 13, 2012 at 7:13 am

oops, darn I mean oh GOOD! πŸ˜‰ that happens to me whenever I read one of these kind of posts… ENJOY!


11 Cara November 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

I like watching football but always seem to end up spending more time in the kitchen! Love your round up, I want to party at your place!


12 spabettie November 13, 2012 at 7:11 am

there are games I am interested in, and when I am not, I still like to watch but it’s more about the ‘party’ then πŸ˜‰


13 Kate@Diethood November 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

FooDBall! I LOVE IT!! I’d also love a bite of everything up there. πŸ˜‰

Packers?! DA BEARS! πŸ˜‰

Have a great day!! xo


14 spabettie November 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

hee hee, like that? Go Pack! πŸ˜‰ XXO


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

Now you’re talking…FOODball! I love it. I’m ready to have a football party now with these tasty eats! I hope your friend feels better! Hot toddy is a standby here for getting rid of yucky colds!


16 Kristina Sloggett November 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

see? I’ll make sure I tell her again about the hot toddy… πŸ˜‰ she’s back out there this Friday to watch her son play again. I am ready for a big football party too, my house will probably be ready in time for the Superbowl, yeeee!


17 Lilly Sue November 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

Well, I am officially hungry and craving many things! πŸ˜€ All these look delicious and great photos!


18 Kristina Sloggett November 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I know just what you mean, Lilly Sue – which to make first??


19 Tommy November 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

DAUBER!!! heh that is brilliant!

I would love to watch football at your place…


20 Kristina Sloggett November 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

hee hee – like that? it was my friend Laura’s genius… and my other friend Johnny is calling his “Pam Dauber” πŸ˜€


21 Faith November 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful round-up!!! My only problem would be choosing just one dish to make first – everything looks so good! Thank you so much for including me!


22 Kristina Sloggett November 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

you are welcome, Faith – happy to have your deliciousness here! I know – I figure there are enough football games left in the season, we can just start going down the list, right? πŸ˜‰


23 Macey November 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

OMG, food porn much?! Those guacamole deviled eggs are calling my name! Oh, and the s’mores bites too!!!!


24 Kristina Sloggett November 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm

indeed – heavy on the food porn, this post should have a disclaimer…


25 Liz November 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

SO many amazing ideas! Now I want to throw a football party!


26 Kristina Sloggett November 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

right? there is plenty of football left in the season… πŸ˜‰


27 Heather @ Better With Veggies November 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Promise me we’re going to have a football watching party at some point. These all look amazing and I’ve made several that I can already vouch for. πŸ˜‰


28 Kristina Sloggett November 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

that would be so fun. actually just ANY kind of party, really. I doubt if we would be watching the football?? πŸ˜‰


29 Jenn November 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

everything looks so damn good, I’ll take one of each LOL


30 Mizzzzz November 14, 2012 at 2:29 am

go steelers!!!


31 Kristina Sloggett November 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

woo HOO another fun FOODball fan! πŸ˜‰


32 nik November 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

Thank you so much for posting this! We’ve decided to go with a completely non-traditional Thanksgiving this year (too hard to referee between the omnivores and the selectivores) so it will be a potluck of whatever turns you on. I would love to bring the sushi veggie sliders or the edamame egg salad tacos (or pita pockets)! Cheers!


33 Kristina Sloggett November 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm

so do it bring the sushi sliders- an unconventional Thanksgiving sounds fantastic! and selectivores?? I love it! πŸ˜‰


34 Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! November 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Ugh, I can’t stop drooling! This whole post has made me SO FREAKIN’ HUNGRY, Kristina! I can’t even choose a favorite, but I think the buffalo dip is something that I should definitely try out!


35 Kristina Sloggett November 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

we LOVE buffalo dip here too – so SO good. this sure was a fun post to compile…


36 Elizabeth November 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Green Bay Packers here, ya hey, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Badgers. I actually know nothing about football, but my husband does watch the Packers and we occasionally have someone over. Even if we don’t have company we still , me that is, cook something special, or make some treats. Today we had home made cornbread…which from the description I thought was supposed to be scalloped corn. But it called for a box corn bread mix which I don’t use so I mixed up the dry ingredients for cornbread and added to the recipe. Turned out delicious though…I still had a dozen ears of fresh sweet corn that had been sitting in my garage fridge at least a month. They had frozen solid out there so I figured OK just leave them and use them up as it. So husked and cut and scraped as used up in the scallped corn/corn bread. Oh , just served with some simple tomato soup. It is cold here!


37 Kristina Sloggett November 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I like to watch football, but even more I like the ‘party’ atmosphere when we have people over or go out to a game – the food, the fun. :) that corn bread you made sounds good – what I would give for fresh corn right now!! it is cold here too… brrr! happy holidays!


38 Peter Banks November 25, 2012 at 1:38 am

What brilliant recipes! Being British, I’m ashamed to say I have never seen a game of American football before. Now I’ve seen these recipes, I will strive to!


39 Kristina Sloggett November 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

that is really okay, Peter! simply make the recipes for another event – it does not have to be football (or it could be your football!).


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