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Have you been watching all the big games on TV lately? They have been really great, even though my team got pushed out this past weekend. So sad. I still really love the energy this time of year, with my friends talking about their teams and how they did or if the team even showed up for the game. It’s such a bummer when you team doesn’t show up for the game, don’t you think? It seems that this time of year, we are all looking for great snacks to share with our friends and family while we are celebrating or crying. Today I am sharing with you some great Game Day Snacks, not all junk food either! Plus, a few tips for hosting a Game Day party.
When you set up your table full of food, it’s fun to have some football inspired decorations on the table. Not too many though. You don’t want to overwhelm your guests. I picked up these fun football plates and napkins somewhere, but I don’t remember where. They were in my stash of paper products. I also whipped up this fun Football Banner to put around my table. It wasn’t too hard either.
When I was a kid, I played table football with my friends. I was looking on Amazon and found this Flick Desktop Football Game (affiliate link) that I thought would be so much fun to have during the big game. You and your guests could have a tournament before the game or during half time or if you have kids at your party, it could keep them busy because they might get bored.
A great place to shop for your game day snacks is your local Albertsons. I love going to Albertsons because their fresh baked bread is amazing, plus loads of choices. I can’t leave their store without some sort of bakery bread. They also have great sales on meat some times. The pork tenderloin I bought was buy one get one free when I bought it. So awesome! Right now Albertsons is having a big sweepstakes where you could win $50,000! Have to love that!!
My choices for really great snacks for your Game Day table are vast and cover all of the tastebud needs. In other words, savory, sweet, salty and even a little bit healthy.
First, you need a great chip and dip combo. We love Tostitos Scoops and Tostitos Chunky Salsa. The Scoops are fantastic for holding on to a lot of dip.
Second, you have to have some chocolate on your table. You know I love my chocolate. I picked Snickers® minis in the variety pack. YUM! Yes, we love them. How can you not?
As our healthy choice of a snack on our table, I made a Banh Mi Sandwich from the Pork Board. It was pretty easy to make and there were so many flavors popping in my mouth. The vegetable mixture that you put on the sandwich is really great, although it was a little bit difficult to find the daikon radish. Have you ever heard of that? I had not, but I’m glad I was able to find it. It is a really mild radish and really tasty with this sandwich. We have three Albertsons in my town and it was only at one of them.
Because you mix up a marinade and soak your pork tenderloin in it, it creates really great flavor for the meat and helps it stay moist. I also love all of the color on the sandwich, which dietitians agree, makes your food more healthy to eat.
- 11/2 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
- 1 24-inch baguettes (soft)
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 1 small cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
- 32 fresh cilantro sprigs
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed
- 4 teaspoons chili sauce
- 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 3-4 limes)
- 4 teaspoons Asian fish sauce
- Vegetable Mixture:
- 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups shredded carrots
- 1½ cups shredded daikon radish
- ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
- To make marinade, combine sugar, garlic and chili sauce in mortar and pestle, mashing into a paste. Add lime juice and fish sauce. Set ¼ cup of mixture aside and refrigerate. Transfer remaining mixture to re-sealable bag, add pork and set aside in refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 450º and make vegetable mixture (about 30 minutes before serving). In a large bowl, combine vinegar and salt. Add carrots, radish and onion. Set aside, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
- Place pork on lined baking pan (discard marinade from bag with pork). Roast 20-25 minutes (to internal temperature of 145º-160º). Remove pork from oven and let rest 5 minutes.
- To assemble sandwiches, thinly slice pork. Trim ends off baguettes and cut each crosswise into 4 pieces. Cut horizontally, so each piece opens like a book. Spread with mayonnaise, top with cucumber, pork slices and reserved marinade (drizzle it over the pork), vegetable mixture, cilantro and serve.
Another great snack on my table is the Beefy Green Chile Braid I shared a couple of weeks ago. I love this recipe because, while it takes a little bit of time to make, it is really flavorful and not hard to make. Plus, if it cools off, it still tastes good.
Finally, if you ask me, you really need a dessert on the table. I made these super cute cupcakes to look like footballs. You can use a boxed mix or make them from scratch, however you like. I made cream cheese frosting, removed about 1/3 of a cup for the pipping and mixed cocoa powder in the rest to make the brown frosting. So simple.
Other snacks you could include are a great veggie and/or fruit tray for people who don’t want bread options. I said earlier that Albertsons has a great selection of fresh baked breads. Well, they also have a great selection of fresh baked pastries that your guests would love. They also have some great pre-made meat and cheese trays. Go in and look around. You are sure to find some really great things for your party.
If you are looking for other really great recipes for your Game Day Party, check out Safeway’s Game Day Recipes Pinterest board. Goodness there are a lot of great recipes. I’m pretty sure I need to spend some time there. You’re sure to find something to love.
What are your Game Day plans? Are you having a party or spending the time doing something completely different? What snacks will you serve? Let me know in the comments below. Maybe I’ll find a new favorite!