Football Food Staples: Sweet and Savory Dips!

I did not grow up in a household whose sundays revolved around “Game day.”  I figured watching football was one of those things you do if you don’t have anything else planned.  But since getting married, I have learned exactly how wrong I was.

You can think I am stupid or ignorant of American past-times, but I grossly underestimated the importance of this American ritual – not to get all anthropological on you.

So with time, football has grown on me.  I know the difference between a tight end and a corner back; a safety and a touch back  And as with any American ritual, there is food involved.

Our game day menu includes some staples like wings. These knock-off Asian Zing  Wings are a favorite in our house.  And, if you live in the Seattle area, you must try the house-made sausages from this local spot!

After those main dishes: its all about the dips!

Homemade Guacamole

  • 2 large avocados,
  • 1 minced clove of garlic
  • 1 small chopped tomato
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons or so of fresh lime juice
  • salt to taste.

Mix all of the above together, and if its not this brand of tortilla chips scooping up the delicious-ness, then I will never hear the end of it.

Blue Cheese Dip 

(Great for Veggies!)

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4-1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 6-8 oz. crumbled bleu cheese (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice.
  • Salt to taste (I only add a tiny bit.)

Mix all of the above together and enjoy with your fave veggies.  Carrots, celery, and bell peppers seem to be the faves around here.

Salted Caramel Dip 

(Dessert dip for apple slices!)

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 tbl. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt (or more to taste)

Caramel timing can be tricky, so directions can be found on the blog here.  In Washington, we love our Washington apples.  And, what says fall more than an easy caramel dessert dip?

This is how we Football.  What game-day staples rule in your house?!

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