TV Snacks Revisited: Finger food at its finest
The sky seems to be a deeper shade of blue, the leaves crunch underneath your feet, and everywhere you go your taste buds are bombarded with pumpkin flavored concoctions. Fall is here and that means it’s the season for you to bundle up on the couch to watch some football or to bite your fingernails off watching your favorite TV shows return from those serious cliff-hangers. With an increase in TV watching comes an increase in snacking. After all, football and snacks are practically best friends. But just because you want a snack doesn’t mean you have to settle for boring old popcorn or tortilla chips and guacamole.
Potato skins have been a staple and one too many football parties. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are not the only vegetable that a person can stuff. In this reinvented dish, jalapeno peppers are stuffed to capacity with bubbly smoked Gouda and Mexican chorizo. In these bite sized poppers, the spice and the creamy nature of the filling balance each other out perfectly. With a quick bake in the oven, you have a warm and gooey concoction that will kick the season off to a perfect start.
There’s only so much guacamole a person can eat. Why not try and jazz up a classic by adding edamame and basil-pesto. A quick and easy recipe calling for five basic ingredients can be made in a flash and from mostly pre-made ingredients such as purchased pesto and frozen shelled edamame. This dip is the perfect companion to tortilla chips or the healthier option of pita chips. You can find the recipe here.
For another twist on a classic dish, do away with boring old potatoes and usher in the green beans. Green bean fries are not only healthier that their potato counterparts, but crispy and delicious just as fries should be. These breaded and fried green beans will be the hit of the party, especially when accompanied by a dip made from ranch, cucumber, horseradish, and wasabi. Although time consuming, you will see that these fries were well worth the effort when they fly off the table.
With all of the cheesy and fried food above, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have something healthy at your game day spread as well. Salads are impossible to eat at parties because no matter how hard you try, a plastic fork never spears lettuce well and you always end up with dressing all over your face. So why not get rid of bowls of salad all together and make salad on a stick? Just thread your lettuce, tomato, carrot, and whatever else you like on a salad through a skewer and serve with a variety of dressings in the form of dipping sauces. Now you have healthy salad without the fuss and without the mess.
As the game clock winds down or the last commercial break hits, it’s time to hit the dessert counter. And it is fall, so no dessert would be complete without at least a hint of pumpkin. Pumpkin whoopee pies with a buttercream frosting are the perfect way to end your party. These tasty little treats are pretty easy to make and will bring a close to your viewing experience on a deliciously sweet note that will have your friends begging for more.
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