How To Be A Game Winning Hostess

Sunday, January 7, 2018

I don't know about the rest of you, but for me, game day just isn't the same without a scrumptious spread.
I love throwing a party for any occasion and game day parties are some of the most fun!
"Football Finger Foods" as we like to call them around here are equally as delicious as they are fun to eat.
I know throwing get togethers may seem intimidating to some at first, but I'm here to offer a few tips and recipes to ensure no hand is left empty when yelling, "touchdown!!!"
When is comes to planning a party, and especially a game day party, good food is an absolute must. 
And when it comes to good food, shopping the best brands is also a must!
I was able to find all of my favorite brands at my local Walmart where they even have the option of grocery pickup to buy you some time!

First Down! (Tyson Sticky Chicken Fingers)
This recipe is sure to win the MVP of the party. Every person who has tried this chicken agrees it is finger-licking good! Not only is it delicious, but it is also so easy to make and will definitely feed a crowd!

-1/3 of a cup hot sauce
-1 cup of brown sugar
-1/4 cup water

  1. Bake Chicken fingers according to directions on package.
  2. While chicken is cooking, prepare your sauce! In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the hot sauce, brown sugar and water. Stir and cook until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and let stand a couple minutes to slightly thicken the sauce.
  3. Place the cooked chicken fingers in a large bowl or pan. Pour the warm sauce over all of the chicken fingers. Use tongs to turn chicken fingers so they get coated entirely with sauce.
  4. Serve the sticky fingers with your favorite dressing! We love them with ranch!

Second Down! (Ham and Cheese Sliders)
These delicious little finger sandwiches are sure to slide right into the end zone and score a touchdown! Seriously, I could eat like 5 of these things! The tangy sauce plus the melty cheese, combined with the warm meat is almost too much! These are a must make!

-1 package of sweet rolls
-1 package of swiss cheese
-1/3 cup mayo
-2 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 cup butter
-1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp poppy seeds

  1. Cut all rolls in half and spread a little mayo onto 1 side of the roll. Place a slice or two of ham and slice of swiss cheese in roll. Replace the top of the rolls and bunch them closely together into a baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together poppy seeds, dijon mustard, melted butter, and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Pour all that sauce goodness over the rolls. Cover them with foil and let it all soak in for about 10 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for an additional 5ish minutes until tops are slightly browned. Serve once cooled slightly but still warm. 

Third Down! (Loaded Potato Nachos)
These nachos are just like a quarterbacks perfect spiral, the look good and feel good! I love potato anything, I also love any kind of nachos, put 'em together and you get a game winning combo! These mouth watering potato nachos are loaded with crispy bacon and all the best toppings. For some happy fans, these have to be on your list of plays!

-4 or 5 medium russet potatoes sliced
-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
-1 tbsp seasoning salt
-1/4 cup chopped green onions
-1/4 cup sour cream
-Jalepenos (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. While the oven is preheating, wash your potatoes, thinly slice them, and let sit in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes.
  2. While potatoes are soaking, chop your cooked bacon and green onions and set aside
  3. Once potatoes are done soaking place a piece of foil on a baking sheet. Spray it with cooking spray and put your potatoes on the sheet. Sprinkle with seasoned salt.
  4. Cook your potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Not fall apart mushy but just tender. Top with your shredded cheese and bacon and place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. 
  5. Take nachos out of the oven and add your green onions and a swirl of sour cream. (I like to place mine in a ziploc and snip the corner to swirl it onto the nachos)
  6. Serve as soon as they are warm enough to not burn your tongue, ha!

Andddd... Touchdown! (Being the Hostess)
Okay so you have your food all prepped and ready... now what? I'll tell you what... decorate! It doesn't have to be anything fancy but do your best to be festive and get those fans excited! Lay a plastic tablecloth over your table and place some footballs on it. Take your favorite cake stands with varying heights and place your food on them for a pretty and easy way to display all the snacks you made. You could even dust off the foam finger to add to your display and wrap some festive garland on the wall behind the food. Pull out that letterboard and use that too! Decorating doesn't have to expensive or a hassle, just use what you have already and have fun with it! You're sure to be crowned the hostess with the mostess and who knows... you may even get the game ball ;)

So, what are you planning on making for the big game??

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

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