5 Touchdown-Worthy Recipes for Football Season


5 Touchdown-Worthy Recipes for Football SeasonWe are entering into the greatest time of the year. I’m not talking about pumpkin spice lattes or leaves changing from green to shades of autumn, although they fill the void when it’s Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday. Football season is upon us, people.

Preseason NFL games have already started and now we all wait patiently (or not) for the trash-talking of the regular season to begin. I’ll be the first to admit that I really only follow a few teams and even though I enjoy watching the games with my husband and friends, I truly view them as social events. And you know what goes great with being social? Food! Really tasty recipes that you associate with the season, much like any holiday.

I’m going to share a few of my favorites. And just so you know, I’m no Martha Stewart. I only commit to a recipe if it’s quick, easy, and looks doable/edible in the picture that I’ve Googled. There will be no pretty napkin art swans with these recipes. I’m a lady of simple taste and little time, so let’s go!

5 Touchdown-Worthy Recipes for Football Season

1. Instant Pot Beer Brats

This is one of my all-time favorites that is also a meal at our house throughout the year, but could also serve a group of people and is a classic: (Instant Pot) beer brats. And for all you Instant Pot fanatics, this might appeal to you! You can get pretty creative and elaborate with caramelized onions and all that jazz, but I simply brown my brats on the sauté function to my liking, poke holes in them with a fork, add a can and a half of my favorite beer (I have a mini 3-qt. pot), and set it to five minutes. All you have to do is add your favorite condiments and you have the perfect football-watching food! No grill necessary.

2. Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball

This is a great recipe that requires no kitchen appliances and is also cute! I’ve made a version of this with pepperoni covering the outside of the ball and it was a hit.  

Are you ready for some foodball?!

3. Crockpot Cheesy Bacon Corn Jalapeño Dip

This is one of my go-to recipes for large groups. It does include jalapeño again, but I’ve found that it’s not spicy due to the amount of cheese involved (but I also love a little heat). I’ve even experimented and did not de-seed my jalapeño and it was great!

Ah shucks!

4. Pizza Roll-ups

I like this recipe for one big reason: simplicity. It only requires four ingredients and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike!

You want a pizza me?

5. Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Shrimp

Talk about easy! Cut up some bacon, wrap up a shrimp, pin it in place with a toothpick and brush it with your favorite barbecue sauce. Pop ’em in the oven (indoor grill would work for this too) and voila! You’ve got an almost fancy football snack!

Cray-sea good grub!

Now, get to eatin’! And good luck to everyone’s favorite teams this season. May they always win (unless they are playing my team) . . . but if they don’t, at least you have some great food to ease the loss. 


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Raised outside of Orlando, Florida, redheaded Melissa is an avid sunscreen and shade enthusiast. She left Florida in 2007 to serve in the United States Air Force as a radio and television broadcaster. After basic and technical training she was stationed in Illinois, South Korea, Italy, and Alabama with two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan sprinkled in between. In 2013, she met her husband Gregg and in 2015, they were married. This gave Melissa the new title of Bonus Mom to Gregg's daughter, Isabella. That year also welcomed Melissa back into the civilian world as her eight years of service came to a close due to medical retirement. She has called Birmingham home for the past 3.5 years. Shortly after they were married, Melissa and Gregg found themselves wading through the confusing and emotional world of miscarriage and unexplained infertility. They excitedly welcomed a son in November of 2017 after two years of trying for a little miracle. Melissa dedicates her extra time to spoiling their three rescue dogs Ginger, Typsy, and Bruno. She also fosters dogs before they find their furever homes.