Game Day Recipes & Tips
It’s getting close to one of my favorite times of the year. Well, yes Christmas is my ultimate favorite time of the year. BUT, I also love fall. And with fall comes sweater and boot weather, pumpkins, candy apples, and football season!
Yes, Football Season. In our house, we have quite a few different teams we cheer for, so we are a house divided. Living in a house divided, you can just imagine how fun and fired up we all get during rival games!
When we watch football games, we love to have parties. And of course, there’s no party without food! Sometimes, additional family members or friends may drop by, especially if they know we have food. Our house is well-known for always having something good to eat.
To prepare for our party, we’ll all sit down and plan what recipes we are going to put together. All three of the boys love to get involved too, and why shouldn’t they? Now that they’re older they enjoy a good football game day just as much as we do. And it can get plenty rowdy around here when our favorite teams are playing. Lots of good food, good games and good times and a whole lot of fist-pumping, screaming and yelling at the T.V.!
Here’s our process of preparing for a successful football party:
Every successful party starts with planning. How many people do you plan to feed? Do you have enough space to hold all of these people? How big is the T.V.? Do you have more than one T.V. (this can be extremely useful when you’re watching more than one game. Thank goodness for DVR!). What dishes will be served? Are you going to use paper plates or wash dishes? How many dishes do you want to have? Will there be alcohol or other beverages served at your party? Once you can answer some of these questions, and then make a shopping list for your groceries and supplies. Also, make a list of all the things you must do before and on the day of the party. Having a list will help you stay on track and organized!
Here’s a list of the recipes we plan to make:
- Dr. Pepper® & Cherries No-Churn Ice Cream
- Pork Sandwich with Cheez-It®
- Avocado & Sriracha Cream Cheese
2. Set a budget
It’s very easy to overspend on a tailgate party; this is why I highly suggest setting a budget on how much you want to spend on the food and decorations. Also, if people are coming over, tell them to bring a passing dish or a few bucks.
3. Go Shopping
The week or the weekend before our tailgate party I like to shop. I don’t want to buy a ton of food too far in advance and risk items going bad or being eaten by the hungry boys in my house. I also like to pair products with sales and coupons when I can. Items such as drinks, chips, paper products, and even meat can be bought a few weeks in advance. Fresh fruit, salads and other finger food, I like to buy a few days before the party.
4. The Night before
The night before we like to prep the food. Some dishes may require sitting in a fridge for a few hours. Other dishes, such as our chicken wings, we allow them to marinate into a spicy seasoning mix overnight. We will also make our dessert dishes the night before. That’s just a few things you can check off your list!
5. Game Day
On game day, I like to get up early and make sure the house is clean. Be sure the bathroom(s) are stocked with enough toilet paper and drying towels. If I am going to decorate, I will go ahead and get that setup. A few hours before the party, the food goes into the oven, and I go over my list to make sure nothing is forgotten. I recommend going the paper product route. That’s less clean-up for you, and more downtime to enjoy the game(s) and your guests.
When we watch college football, we usually like to watch it at home. It’s easier. We can watch several games at once (with multiple TV’s and a DVR system), easy access to bathrooms, comfortable seats, and the food. In our house, we root for different teams. So, when we are watching our favorite teams play each other, you can imagine the noise and ruckus that comes from our house. We also place fun bets with each other. Such as, if my team wins, I don’t have to cook dinner for a week or do laundry, etc. Or if one of the boy’s teams win, they can pick a pizza night. It’s a fun way to have fun together as a family while watching college football.
Here are our recipes featuring Cheez-It® Crackers and Dr. Pepper®.
Dr. Pepper® & Cherries No-Churn Ice Cream
- 2 cups 34% heavy cream
- 1 (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup sliced cherries
- 1/2 cup Dr Pepper®
Bread pan 9x4x4
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, pour 34% heavy cream. Whisk until stiff and fluffy peaks appear about 4 – 7 minutes.
2. Add sweetened condensed milk and Dr Pepper®.
3. Pour contents in bread pan.
4. Add sliced cherries and mix gently, smooth top.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and place into deep freezer for up to 6 hours or overnight.
6. Serve cold.
Avocado & Sriracha Cream Cheese
- 1 avocado, remove skin and seed.
- 1 package of cream cheese (8 ounces)
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup red & green bell pepper, diced
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Coarse Sea Salt, to taste
- Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
Pork Sandwich with Cheez-It® Crackers
- 4 pork cutlets, rinsed and patted dry
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Mexican Style Chili Powder
- 1/4 Kosher salt
- 1/3 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- 4 slices of load bread
- 6 slices of Provolone
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 1 green tomato, sliced
- 1 large Anaheim pepper, sliced in half, seeds and core removed
- 1 Gala, sliced
- 20 Cheez-It® Bold & Spicy Crackers
- olive oil
- unsalted butter
1. In a large bowl add flour, Cajun seasoning, Old Bay, Chili powder, Kosher salt, and cracked black pepper, mix well.
2. In a separate bowl crack an egg and beat well.
3. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add enough olive oil for frying.
4. Dip pork cutlet into the egg and dredge through seasoned flour careful to coat both sides, fry in hot oil until golden brown on both sides. Set on the paper towel when finished cooking. Repeat process for all the pork cutlets set aside.
5. In a large skillet add a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil and toast bread on both sides. After each bread slice has been toasted arrange on a plate and add a slice of Provolone cheese and add 10 Bold & Spicy Cheez-It® Crackers, set aside. Note only 2 slices of bread should have cheese and Cheez-It® Crackers.
6. In a separate skillet add butter and olive oil and brown slices of apple on both sides, set aside.
7. Wipe out the skillet and add a single teaspoon of olive oil, and blister the 1 halves of Anaheim pepper.
8. Place pork cutlet on top of the bread with provolone and Cheez-It® Crackers. Add red onion, green tomatoes, apple, blistered peppers, and mayo.
Looking for more great Game Day recipes? Be sure to check out ways to get Game Day Ready here.
If you try out one of our Dr Pepper® recipes, leave me a comment below and let me know. Or leave me a comment with some of your favorite game day recipes!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr. Pepper®. Game Day Greats brought to you by Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.