Sunday night football means everyone’s gathered around the couch yelling at the TV and pounding their fists in the air when their team scores a touchdown. Easiest way to quiet the noise (apart from kicking the party out of your house) is by giving all those rowdy men something to chew on. Here are three appetizer shortcuts that are easy to prepare and work their charm on your biggest football fanatics:
1) Football stress has met its match with shrimp nachos. When it’s neck to neck and you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, crunching on nachos gives you something else to focus on. Plus, it also gives everyone around you a break from having to listen to you yell at the quarterback, as if he’s your buddy from college and you’re coaching him. To make these babies, gather 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 pound shrimp, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, ¾ cup sour cream, 1 bunch green onions , 1 9-ounce bag of blue corn tortilla chips and 3 cups grated pepper Jack cheese. Add shrimp, cumin and garlic in a pan over high and sauté until shrimp are pink. Next, combine cooked shrimp, sour cream and green onions in a large bowl and spread on top of the tortilla chips and then sprinkle it all with cheese. Broil the nachos for about five minutes until the cheese melts and then feed them to your hungry football fans.
2) For something with less crunch, whip up a platter of spring rolls to place on the coffee table for everyone to gobble up in between plays, or even before the game starts. You’ll need 1 pack of spring roll wraps, 1 pound bean sprouts, 5 mushrooms, 1 lone carrot and 4 ounces lean pork or your choice of protein. First, start by cutting the filling ingredients into thin strips and then cook them over medium-high heat until they’re cooked through, removing from heat and setting aside. Once it’s cooled off, place a small serving of the filling diagonally in between the middle of the wrapper and one corner and roll the wrap over the ingredients to secure the filling, dabbing some water on the ends to make sure it doesn’t open. Next, heat a pot of oil until it’s boiling and deep fry the spring rolls in medium-high heat until golden.
3) Another perfect appetizer for before the game starts is grilled jalapeño poppers. Gather 4 ounces of soft goat cheese and fat-free cream cheese, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato, 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions, 2 tablespoons chopped sage, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 16 jalapeño peppers (halved lengthwise and seeded) and 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro. Got all that? Now the actual recipe will be a breeze. Heat up your grill and combine everything except for the jalapeño peppers and cilantro in a bowl. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the mixture into each jalapeño pepper half and place the halves on the grill. Grill them until the bottoms are charred and the cheese is lightly browned. When they’re ready to be served, sprinkle with cilantro and watch them fly off of the plate.