Game Day Eats

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firecracker shrimp Whether you’re a true football fan or just one that likes to watch the commercials and the halftime shows like I do, you’ll need some good food to munch on this Sunday. Here’s a few more ideas in case you want to add a little something more to your table.

ingredients for firecracker shrimp My version of Firecracker Shrimp. It’s so simple to put together, just butterfly your shrimp because you’re going to stuff it with a mixture of good Cheddar and goat cheese, or cream cheese if you prefer. Into the cheese mixture add diced jalapeno, as hot as you like, diced green onion, salt and pepper. Then do your self a favor and make your bacon in the oven, on foil, at 400 until soft and still pliable.

firecracker shrimp Take a dollop of the cheese mixture and place it on top of each of the butterflied shrimp, the ratio of cheese I like to use is 2 parts goat or cream cheese to one part Cheddar.

I personally don’t like to wrap my shrimp in bacon because all I taste is bacon and not the shrimp too much, so I just place a nice thick piece on top of the cheese mixture, nestle it right on top.  But if you prefer to wrap the whole thing up, go for it but buy some thin cut bacon, mine is always too thick.

Sprinkle each shrimp with a cajun seasoning, a quick drizzle of olive oil and bake on a foil lined baking sheet at 400 until shrimp turns nice and pink and the cheese is melting.

mediterranean grilled cheese Or how about a gooey Mediterranean Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich? It will satisfy your soul!

mediterranean grilled cheese Get some good hearty bread, fresh mozzarella and feta for the cheese, or any other good melting cheese, like Brie or Fontina, then layer on arugula, roasted red pepper, olives and marinated artichoke hearts. Slather both sides of the bread with butter and cook till golden and all the cheese starts oozing out.

roasted fingerling potatoes You can serve your grilled cheese with these irresistible Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. Make a bunch because they go fast!

No real recipe here just cut them in half, put them in a bowl and sprinkle them well with olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, rosemary, romano cheese, sea salt and pepper. Toss well and place on a baking sheet into a 425 hot oven until golden and crispy, keep checking and turning them. If you have a convection setting like I do, use that, they crisp up really nice and fast.

buffalo chicken meatballs I love these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, ( you can use turkey also). Blue cheese, carrot, celery, onion all packed inside each one, then baked and drenched in hot sauce and butter, so good, one bite wonders!  I got the recipe here.

I love blue cheese and because I had extra crumbles I whipped up a dressing by adding some sour cream, mayo and a bit of milk.

Great for dipping the meatballs into and the crunchy celery and carrots I served on the side.

buffalo chicken meatballs Happy Munching!

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  1. Marie; As always a wonderful selection of foods to nibble on for Super Bowl Sunday. I, like you, am more interested in the commercials and half time show—and of course the food that goes with the Super Bowl. Will be trying some of your recipes on Sunday. Thanks, Marie.

  2. It all looks fantastic to me! Do we really need a football game to eat these treats????

  3. Lots of great choices Marie. For me it would be the firecracker shrimp hands down. To echo Stacey’s comment, I don’t need a football game to gobble these down.

  4. What time should I be at your house on Sunday? 🙂

    I love that you are serving “real” food, not typical snack things associated with watching the game, like chips and dips! We eat the same way you do!

  5. Oh how I wish you lived nearby. I’d be over in a flash with the beer and/or wine. Everything looks dynamite delicious.

  6. I’m with you – food first and then commercials!! What game?! Let’s hang in the kitchen! These recipes are perfect for Sunday – thanks for sharing!

  7. I’ll take a large helping of Firecracker Shrimp, please! With neither the Broncos or Giants in the game I have no one to root for so, food will be a nice distraction. Thanks, Marie!

  8. This looks great. I have to try that sandwich. And I love making potatoes like that. Personally I like the puppy bowl and then the big game commercials.

  9. As always since finding your beautiful site, I want to make every single one of your recipes. The grilled cheese sandwiches are off the charts wonderful. Thank you again, Marie!

  10. Oh my God…Those shrimp with the bacon on them look unbelievable!

  11. Always a pleasure to stop by your awesome site, Marie! It’s been too long, I’ve been out of circulation for a bit. Those butterflied Firecracker Shrimps look scrumptious—too late for the game, but not too late to enjoy!

  12. I’m a little late for game day, but what a superb collection of nibbles! This men would make a football fan of anyone!

  13. I made this appetizer and while it sounds good and looks lovely – it was a disaster. I don’t know how you staged the lovely photo – but I followed the recipe to a ‘T’ and the cheese melted and pooled on the cookie sheet. I consider myself an excellent cook, so it wasn’t a rookie move on my part. It only takes a few minutes to cook the shrimp – but yeah, the cheese combo was a disaster. I might add it took me some time to prep all the shrimp/cheese mixture – only to have it be a melted mess for my guests. I should have stuck with my personal rule of ‘seafood and cheese a BIG no-no’ in the culinary world.

    • So sorry to hear that Laura! I can assure you my photo wasn’t staged, it’s exactly how it turned out otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it. Maybe you left it in too long? Because I stated as soon as the cheese starts to melt take it out, if I would have left mine in too long the same thing might have happened to me also. Maybe too much goat cheese and not enough chedder ratio? I’m just guessing and trying to figure it out, but again so sorry it didn’t work out for you.