Right now we’re trying to get ready for the first big food holiday of the year…That gigantic football game whose name shall not be written, unless you’re a multi-million dollar advertiser. While there are some die hard football fans that just can’t wait to watch the Ravens and 49′ers go at it , most of the people who’ll be watching the festivities care more about the party food that will be served and those weird and wonderful commercials. I’ve got more than a couple great party food ideas for you including a super sandwich that will easily, and deliciously, feed a crowd and make your life much easier by serving it.
It seems like we’ve just awakened from our holiday food coma, swore to eat healthier in the new year, drowned our sugar and fat cravings in a deluge of green monster juice for 3 days and promptly started prepping for the onslaught of SuperBowl (yep, I wrote it) food that would negate all the minutes of deprivation and allow us to forget the profuse use of our gag reflexes while downing the green sludge of the new year.
While typical party food includes a lot of finger foods and chip dips, sometimes you really need to have something a little more substantial. This is especially important when the party is going to last for several hours and include copious amounts of alcohol.
Are you looking for party food ideas that could double as football food AND standard party food? I’ve got several ideas for you. First, you might be asking what the difference is between party food and football food. Football food is usually heavier due to the typically cold time of the year it’s played combined with idea of football being quite the manly sport. Party food is the name for food that’s served for pretty much any, and every, other gathering of people. Well, except for frat parties in which party food is bags of potato chips, corn chips and Jell-O shots.
Here are some of my favorite party foods to serve for almost any type of get together.
- Baked Pita Chips (ranch flavored)
- Glazed Nuts
- Fried Chicken Skin
- Cheese Salsa
- Avocado Fries
- Parmesan Crisps
- Healthy Artichoke Dip
I’ve also put together a Pinterest board called Food For The Big Game. You’ll find lots of different recipes that I’ve pulled from the web to help fill your counters, tables and bellies with great party food.
But back to this super sandwich. Years ago, it was popular to go out and buy a 6 foot sub sandwich to cut up and serve to your guests. I suffered through many of these at an old company of mine when someone got the bright idea that this was a FANTASTIC way to feed us during a lunch meeting. Most of the time these sandwiches are a wretched waste of food. Bad bread, slimy cold cuts, some kind of cheese-like substance cut in odd geometric shapes and a whisper of something reddish and green that was called tomatoes and lettuce. The six footer begat the platter of individual sandwiches. This was a bit better than the previous bread behemoth, but still lacking in flavor. Of course you could get some gourmet sammies that were full of flavor but left your pockets pretty devoid of any leftover money to buy other food and drink.
The super sandwich might be the perfect football food. This one is loaded with meat and cheese, but you could just as easily make it with veggies and cheese. Add the ingredients you like, leave out the one’s you don’t. Then, because it’s all baked inside a puff pastry shell, it’s totally portable. Try moving a 6 foot sub more than once without having it fall apart. Finally, this football food tastes just as good piping hot from the oven at kickoff as it does at room temperature when the confetti finally falls on the winning team.
Hopefully this list of party food ideas helps you to figure out what to serve, or bring, to the big party this weekend. What do you plan to serve for liquid refreshments at your party?
- 1 Package Puff Pastry
- ¼ Pound Pepperoni
- ¼ Pound Swiss Cheese
- ½ Pound Turkey
- ¼ Pound Provolone Cheese
- ¼ Pound Roast Beef
- ¼ Pound Cheddar Cheese
- ¼ Pound Pastrami
- ¼ Pound Monterrey Jack Cheese
- ¼ Pound Dry Salami
- Basil or Herb Pesto
- Tomato Pesto
- 1 Egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
- Line the bottom of a 9″ springform pan with parchment paper (optional step, but highly recommended).
- Roll out 1 sheet of the puff pastry into a 14″ x 14″ square on a lightly floured surface.
- Place the sheet into the pan. Carefully line the bottom and sides with the pastry.
- Layer the meats and cheeses in the order that they are listed above.
- I spread a couple of tablespoons of herb pesto between the provolone and roast beef layer.
- I spread a couple of tablespoons of tomato pesto between the cheddar and pastrami layer.
- I layered a couple of handfuls of pepperoncini between the Monterrey jack and salami layer.
- Roll out the remaining sheet of puff pastry the same as before.
- Lay the pastry on top of the salami layer and crimp the edges of the pastry together.
- Cut off any large pieces of excess dough.
- You can also tuck the edges down the inside of the pan to help seal it.
- Whisk the egg in a small container and brush over the top of the pastry.
- Cut some small slits in the top of the dough, to let steam escape.
- You can cut shapes from the excess dough and decorate the top. Just make sure to brush it with the egg wash as well.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
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