There might not be any studies to back me up, but I know it’s true: food served as a fun shape just tastes better. And what better shape to celebrate during football season than the beloved pigskin? A simple search on Pinterest will turn up all kinds of fun football-shaped snacks and desserts, but we’ve done the work for you by narrowing down our favorites. Whether you need ideas for a tasty appetizer, filling main dish, or sweet finish, we’ve got a winning recipe for you!
A warm and satisfying dip is the star of any tailgate. Take your appetizer to the next level by serving it in a football-shaped bread bowl! It’s so easy. Just use three tubes of refrigerated french loaf dough. Unroll one onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Unwrap the other two loaves and set them on top of the unrolled dough to form the shape of a football. Press the seams together and secure each end with a toothpick. Trim the excess dough around the football and use it to make the football laces. Brush an egg wash over the bowl and laces, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
You can fill your football bread bowl with any dip recipes you like, but I’d put this Sausage Dip from Liz of The Farmwife Cooks in the lineup any day. For an even better game plan, make your bread bowl and dip ahead of time. Store them separately, then fill your bread bowl with dip and heat in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15-20 minutes, just until the dip is heated through.
Pizza is the perfect meal for games that overlap with dinner. My family loves to change things up with pizza pinwheels (http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-cheesy-pizza-pinwheels-222594). During football season I bake them in the form of a football, adding laces cut from mozzarella or provolone cheese. Earn a extra point by serving them with marinara sauce to dip in.
No tailgating spread would be complete without something sweet, and football-shaped desserts are the best! If you have fond memories of mall cookies, you’ll love this football-shaped Double Doozies. Use your favorite cookie recipe – it can be homemade, store-bought or frozen dough – and bake according to directions. You can shape them a few different ways. If you already have a football cookie cutter you can just cut them out as soon as they’ve cooled a bit. I used a half-moon shaped cookie cutter and molded the cookies using the side of the cutter as soon as they came out of the oven. No need to buy anything special if you don’t own either type of cookie cutter – you can repurpose an aluminum can to make your own. Frost a cookie with your favorite frosting, top with another cookie, and decorate with laces.
These ideas for football-shaped eats and treats will be the MVP of your next tailgate. Do you think you have the best tailgate around? Then enter and prove it in the Colts Best Tailgate Contest presented by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Each week during the regular season one tailgate will be selected to set up in the most coveted tailgate spot of all: The End Zone, right next to Touchdown Town and in the shadows of Lucas Oil Stadium. Two finalists will compete for the Colts Tailgate of the Year. Enter at www.Colts.com/Tailgate and be sure to tag your photos with #ColtsBestTailgate.To learn more about the Indiana Soybean Alliance visit www.indianasoybean.com.
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