Tomorrow marks one of my favorite days of the year! The kickoff to the college football season! Although college football officially kicked off on Thursday night, for me it doesn’t officially start until Ohio State takes the field! I am so excited for this coming season. We are finally back in the Associated Press Top 25 Preseason rankings (we weren’t last year) at #18 and we have Urban Meyer as the new coach! I have to say that I am a little disappointed with the lack of excitement over college football here in Central Illinois. Growing up in Columbus, Ohio everyone lived and breathed the Ohio State Buckeyes. Unfortunately here in Peoria, college football just isn’t as popular. Nonetheless, every Saturday we fly our Buckeye flag, wear our jerseys and buckeye beads and hope that the Buckeyes can pull off a win.
If you are planning some tailgating parties this college football season you are going to want to check out my recipes each week. Last year I featured a football bite for each week of the college football season. Everyone loved it so much that I am doing it again this year! Make sure you come back tomorrow for my first College Football Bite of the 2012 season! But right now, let’s look back at the 13 football bites from last year…
Week One: Pizza Pretzel Bites
Pretzel bites stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni. You can stuff these the night before and place them in the refrigerator. When you are ready to make just let them rise on the counter while you boil the water and preheat the oven. Just boil, bake and serve.
Week Two: Slow Roasted Pulled Pork
Tender, flavorful melt in your mouth pulled pork that is slow roasted for up to 12 hours.
Week Three: Mini Corn Dogs
Bite-sized hot dogs dipped in cornbread batter and fried to golden perfection.
Week Four: Buffalo Chicken Bites
These bite-sized Buffalo Chicken Bites are oven baked, not fried, so not only do they taste great, but are so much healthier for you. They are super easy to make and can even be prepared beforehand if you are hosting a big football party.
Week Five: Texas Chili
Big chunks of beef, spices, chipotle chiles and beans are simmered together to make an incredible chili that your guests will be talking about for weeks! Although the cooking time is well over several hours, the slow cooker does all the work! That means you will have more time to watch every play and spend with your guests.
Week Six: Beer Battered Fried Pickles
Warm, crunchy, beer battered pickles served with a ranch dipping sauce.
Week Seven: Buffalo Wings
Football just isn’t football without some buffalo wings! Sink your teeth into these crispy, crunchy, lightly breaded wings bathed in hot sauce and served with homemade a creamy blue cheese.
Week Eight: Queso Blanco Dip
This recipe is so quick and easy you can have it on your table in less than 10 minutes! You can adjust the heat to your liking by adding more jalapenos and Tabasco sauce.
Week Nine: Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes are a quick and easy one-pan meal all of your party guests will love. They are easy to make, serve and eat while cheering on your favorite team.
Week Ten: Ultimate Spicy Beef Nachos
Loaded nachos has to be one of my favorite football snacks. Not only are they super easy to make, but they are always a crowd favorite. Spicy beef, refried beans, and jalapenos are loaded onto tortilla chips, topped with a mound of pepper jack cheese and baked until warm and bubbly.
Week Eleven: Spinach & Artichoke Dip
This warm dish of creamy spinach, tender artichokes, and melted Parmesan cheese is sure to be a hit at your football party. This recipe can be made the day before and baked just before serving. Serve with toasted bread or tortilla chips for a crowd pleasing appetizer.
Week Twelve: Sweet & Sour Meatballs
These meatballs are a football tailgate staple and incredibly delicious. One of the best parts of this recipe is that you can make the meatballs and sauce ahead of time and freeze them for up to a month!
Week 13: Fried Mozzarella Sticks
This easy appetizer uses mozzarella sticks to make the perfect bite for football parties.
And because I can’t finish this round-up without including some Buckeye recipes, here are some recipes just for my Fellow Ohio State Fans! Go Bucks!
Dark chocolate cupcakes with a peanut butter ball in the middle and topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting. The perfect cupcake for any Buckeye fan!
Delicious peanut butter balls dipped in rich chocolate to look like a buckeye nut. A must for any Ohio State tailgate!
A buckeye sandwiched between two pretzels and dipped in chocolate! The sweet and salty combination of these bite-sized snacks is incredible.
Chocolate peanut butter ice cream loaded with peanut butter cookie dough and rich chocolate chunks. Does it get any better than this? I think not!
Here’s to a good game on Saturday! If you try any of these College Football recipes I would love to hear how they turn out for you! Drop me a comment and let me know here or you can even upload a picture over on the Facebook Fan Page for Sweet Pea’s Kitchen!
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