The biggest football weekend in America is almost here! If you haven't started planning a menu, I'm here to help ya out. From a creamy White Chicken Chili & poppable Bruschetta Meatballs to a healthy Cheese Corn Dip this game day menu is going to leave your party guests happy no matter the out come! (Except my father, he will only be happy with ONE outcome & that's a Chiefs victory!)
Does any one have some crazy fans in their house this year? I think the best way to keep them distracted from the bad plays are some great appetizers and yummy food.
We will start with my newest recipe, an appetizer fit for the big day: Skinny Fiesta Corn Dip. My mom famously makes this amazing, creamy, indulgent corn dip that you could easily crush the whole bowl by yourself. My whole family loves it and I just knew I could lighten this up. So, you know I'm a fiend for Trader Joes Cashew Fiesta Dip and it has come to save the day once again. Check out the recipe below! I mixed it with some tangy greek yogurt, corn, shredded cheese, and black olives. OMG, you guys need this recipe in your life. It kind of reminds me of a Mexican version of Pimento Cheese in a way...nothin wrong with that!
Mexican Corn Dip
- 2 cans of Mexican corn or regular corn
- 3 cups plain greek yogurt
- 1 container Trader Joes Cashew Fiesta Dip
- 2 green onions
- 1/2 cup chopped black olives
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 1 cup rotel drained
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
- Let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
- Serve with veggies such as peppers & cucumber or your favorite tortilla chips!
Next game day appetizer up are my Bruschetta Turkey Meatballs. These just hit the blog last week and they were a hit. Easy to make, easy to eat. What more could you want? I'd leave these babies right in the skillet to keep them nice and toasty, set out some tooth picks nearby and let your guests help themselves throughout the evening!
Bruschetta Turkey Meatballs
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 jar Bruschetta spread from trader joes
- 1 cup Marinara
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- Pre heat the oven to broil on high
- In a magic bullet or blender cut your onion into quarters and pulse until it forms a paste. Or you could grate it.
- In a large mixing bowl add ground turkey, bread crumbs, italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion. Toss with a fork.
- In an oven safe skillet, heat 1 tablepsoon of olive oil over medium high heat and portion out meatballs using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop.
- Sear one side for 2 minutes then with tongs, flip them over. Sear for an additional minute.
- Pour Trader Joes Bruschetta spread over the meat balls as well as one cup marinara.
- Pop the entire skillet in the oven and let it finish cooking for about 8-10 minutes.
- Removed from the oven and top with feta cheese and sprinkle with parsley and basil. Enjoy!
The main dish on the game day menu! It's very important that it feeds a crowd and you don't have to babysit it. We are having a small get together this year so we can all actually focus on the game. So, I'm making my super comforting White Chicken Chili. This soup is the perfect yellow color to rep the Chiefs. However to really amp up the team spirit I'm going to add a can of Rotel tomatoes and green chiles to get some gorgeous pops of red in there.
White Chicken Chili
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken shredded
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1 yellow or red pepper
- 2 cans of corn
- 3 cans of white beans northern or cannelloni
- 2 cans of green chiles
- 1/2 packet ranch seasoning
- 1 Tsp coriander
- 1 Tsp oregano
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Juice of 1 lime
- For garnish:
- Tortilla chips
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large pot.
- Add onion & pepers and sautee for 2-3 minutes. Add spices and stir to combine.
- Pour in chicken stock, green chiles, 2 of the cans of white beans, 2 cans of corn. Season with salt and pepper
- Bring this to a simmer and let sit for 15 minutes. While this simmers add the container of white beans to a food proccessor with 1/2 cup water or the liquid that come with the beans and blend until smooth.
- Add the bean blend to the chili and stir to combine. It should start to look very creamy! Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the lime juice and chicken in and you are ready to serve!
- Garnish with limes, avocado, cilantro, or cheese and enjoy!
Lastly, I of course will have a grazing board. This is going to be a sweet/salty combo board featuring red and yellow goodies to rep Chiefs Kingdom. You can see the final pictures of this masterpiece on my Instagram and Facebook but for now, I'll link my Charcuterie Made Simple blog so you can see how I follow an easy process to assemble all of my boards!