Ten minutes to kick off. The crew is at the door. Wait, have you forgotten the snacks? Don't worry, we have you covered.
Snacks for game day do not have to be photo worthy. Of course those mini sliders with the flag of your team on the toothpick are cute, but it also takes forever to make. And if you have limited time, you just want to feed the hungry crowd.
We get it. That is why we have compiled a list of seven snacks that you can throw together in less than ten minutes. Yes, you read that correctly, less than ten minutes snack for you and the entire gridiron gang.
This is a classic choice for a good reason: it's easy. But really, this depends on whether you can buy different ripe avocados. If you can, then it's a no brainer. Simply scoop out the inside of the avocado and mash them with a little salt, lime juice and coriander. Additional ingredients are up to you; you can add onion, tomato, cumin and even sour cream. Throw it on the table with a bag of chips. Ready.
Pico de Gallo
Pico de gallo ̵
Okay, if the last two were too heavy for you, well, three is a charm. Every gluttony we've ever met loves a good meat plate, even if they can't pronounce meat. In the event that we lose you too, meat products (shar-koo-tuh-roe) are a chic way to refer to a meat and cheese platter.
This can be a hugely creative venture, or it can be very simple. Our favorite way to make this happen quickly is to use simple meats, such as salami or prosciutto (although every lunch meat is really sufficient). Place the sliced meat next to crackers and sliced cheese. Use bunches of grapes or olives to fill in an empty space. Enthusiast options can be a spreadable cheese, perhaps goat cheese. Or, for a less gamey bite, cream cheese topped with a pot of salsa and served with salty pretzels is a better move.
We are not talking about the package of herbs that you might have in the back of a spice cabinet. We are talking about home made, impress your friends, ranch dip. Promise it, it still takes less than 10 minutes and you will not contaminate more than two spoons and a bowl. All you need is Greek yogurt (or sour cream) and the following dried herbs:
- Dill weed
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
? Sweet. Then mix ½ teaspoon (perhaps a little less on the garlic and black pepper) of each with a cup of full Greek yogurt and two tablespoons of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Use olive oil (or a few drops of water) to get the right consistency. Remember, as any good cook will remind you, to taste while you go and adjust the ingredients accordingly. Serve with potato chips and freshly cut vegetables, such as carrots and celery.
Can the opener be ready? Here we go. Open a can of peas with black eyes, black beans and sweet corn. Drain them, rinse them and throw them in a bowl. In addition, you can choose to include fresh chopped tomato, bell pepper, avocado, red onion and / or a chili pepper or two (we love jalapeños). Mix everything together and then proceed to the dressing.
To make the dressing, mix two tablespoons of red wine vinegar and fresh lime juice. Add a ½ teaspoon of cumin, garlic powder, sugar and kosher salt. Beat it all together and finish by dripping slowly in a ¾ cup of olive oil. While adding the oil, do not stop knocking. This helps to make an emulsion, what you want in every dressing. Pour the finished dressing over the "caviar" bowl and serve!
Beware: friends don't always trust raw seafood served by friends. However, if you have a slightly more adventurous crew, or if you personally have the cooking street as a backup of an interesting dish, this is fun to make and serve.
This is the catch. It only takes ten minutes to throw together, but it must be in the fridge for at least thirty minutes before serving. No doubt that is perfect. Nobody gets the beer lunches until after the first quarter, right?
Okay, so this is what you do. Cut a pound of high-quality, raw, peeled, degraded and tail shrimp, small enough to fit on a tortilla chip. Then continue with a knife or switch to a food processor to dice a red onion, jalapeño, a handful of coriander and a large tomato. Cucumbers can also be an excellent addition here, but they are not vital. Mix all those vegetables with the diced shrimps and cover with a cup of fresh lime juice. Put it in the fridge while you watch the first quarter and then enjoy salty tortilla chips. Yum!
OK, this may not sound like your typical game day dinner, but trust us – we have a few tips to make this simple appetizer exciting. The first is to use fruit in the color of your favorite team. Rooting for the packers? Green grapes and pineapple should do it. Raiders fans best alternate their blackberries with pieces of aged white cheddar.
Of course, that is still just fruit on a skewer. Try to use Tajin to really cheer it up. Every tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, watermelon) tastes about ten times better with these salty, chili-lime herbs that are sprinkled on top. Serve it next to the pico de gallo or the guacamole from above, and you are well on your way to a real fiesta for game days!
See, tasty snacks can come together faster than Cam Newton with a 320 lbs line of defense tight on his heels. And that's good, because frankly, most sports fans we know don't care about the watermelon that you've cut into a helmet or the soft cheese you've sculpted for hours in a perfect pig skin. They want it to taste good and they want their team to win. That is it. So throw a few together, open a cold and enjoy the game!