NFL Fans — 2 Game-Day Snacks You'll Want On Your Team

The 101st NFL Season is in Full Swing, sort of.

A lot has changed since the 2019 football season. The Oakland Raiders with their move to Nevada became the Las Vegas Raiders and the state’s first NFL team. The Washington Redskins retired their name and logo after decades-long controversy and are now known as the Washington Football Team. (In a weird way I kind of like it.) They should have a new name and logo by next season. Another NFL first is the 14-team playoff format with the expansion of Wild Card berths from two to three per conference. I'll be calling it the Wild-Wild, Wild Card Weekend this year. And, after 3 weeks the Bears are 3-0.

Covid-19 specific changes include the cancellation of all preseason and international games, and sixty-six players opting out of playing without violating their contracts. While the 16-game season has not been affected stadiums across the country are featuring much smaller socially-distanced audiences or have no fans at all, just artificial crowd noise. Yes, we're still living in an upside down world.

The playoffs will be here before you can say, neutral-zone infraction. One would think time would feel eerily slow during a pandemic but I have found the complete opposite. Time is moving faster than a Russel Wilson pass, albeit as punishing as a T.J. Watt sack. Here's hoping your team is one of the 28 moving on to the postseason. And, I just saw a news alert that multiple players and personnel from the Tennessee Titans have tested positive adding uncertainty to Week 4. Here's hoping we have 28 teams in the playoffs.

Here are TWO WINNERS to help get you through the season!

Kick off game-day with our zesty, warm and bubbly Buffalo Chicken Dip. Simply serve with your favorite chips, pita or veggies, and maybe make a double batch of dip. We're pretty sure you'll see the bottom of the dish before the 2nd quarter.

May the 4th quarter bring a sweet surprise in the form of these Football-Shaped Chocolate Whoopie Pies (and a clutch touchdown from your team for the WIN)!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Here's a 20 minute dip perfect for pairing with veggies, crackers or chips. With a toasty, cheesy top and warm buffalo, chicken and cream cheese center, this delicious dip is perfect for game nights and weekends in with the family this fall!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Prep Time: 20 Minutes  |  Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo Sauce
  • 2 cups Shredded, Cooked Chicken
  • 1/2 cup White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese

Directions:

1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until soft. Add garlic. Gradually pour in buffalo sauce and beat until smooth. Stir in chicken and white cheddar cheese. Scoop into a medium baking dish or ramekin and sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

2. Bake at 350F for about 12-15 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is melted and turning golden in spots. Serve immediately. 

Chocolate Football Whoopie Pies

Football shaped whoopie pies are the perfect treat for game day! Whether you're tuning into a new game or re-watching a favorite, these football-shaped cakes are sure to get the whole family in the game day spirit. Creamy marshmallow cream paired with mini chocolate cake-cookies are match made in heaven.

Football-Shaped Chocolate Whoopie Pies

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Prep Time: 1 Hour  |  Yield: About 24 Whoopie Pies

For the Cakes:

  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1  Egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Milk, room temperature
For the Filling:
  • ¾ cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 jar Marshmallow Fluff, 7 oz
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons Cream
Make the cakes:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare 3 baking sheets with parchment or a silpat liner.

2.  In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar and pale and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla.

3.  In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the milk, in 2 additions each. Mix on low for 1 minute to make sure everything is combined.

4.  Scoop batter into a large piping bag fit with a small to medium piping tip. Pipe batter into oblong football shapes, about 2 inches long, leaving about 1 inch of space between each.

5.  Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when touched. Let cool completely.

Football shaped Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Make the frosting:

1.  In a large bowl, beat together butter and marshmallow fluff until well combined and smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar, add cream as needed if the frosting becomes too stiff.

Assemble:

1.  Pipe or spread frosting on the back sides of half of the cakes, reserving about ½ cup of the frosting for the stitching decoration. Top each with another cake. Pipe football stitching on tops and serve!

This year playoffs begin January 10th for the Wild-Wild, Wild Card Weekend. Divisional Playoff Games start the weekend of January 16th with the winners playing in the Conference Championships on January 24th. Super Bowl LV is being played in Tampa at the Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, February 7th.

Enjoy! -Frankie

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