We’re having a big birthday celebration for the big game and roasted jalapeno poppers will definitely be on the menu!
The other day, a fellow blogger put a call out for a game day recipes round up post. I went deep into the archives and found quite a few recipes that fit the bill. Makes sense because I love food. And football. And I love to eat food while watching football.
So what I guess I’m trying to get at is you can never have enough game day recipes. And with the big game coming up a few weeks away (and with the Packers actually having a shot of playing in it!) I’m all, “the more the merrier.”
This year’s big game is actually going to be extra special for us, and it’s not just because the Packers may be one of the two teams facing off for the title. We’re actually hosting a big party this year because the big game coincides with a big celebration: my 30th birthday.
We’re planning a low key, snack filled fiesta at home; AJ’s going to fire up the smoker and make a special homebrew on tap, and the rest of our table is going to be dedicated to a spread of my game day favorites.
Likely making an appearance will be these roasted jalapeno poppers. I discovered this jalapeno popper recipe ages ago and I love it because you get the benefits of the classic appetizer without the grease. Is it me or are those deep fried suckers a little difficult to eat?
(Ok I confess. Plus I like the fact that this version of a jalapeño popper has a little green and gold thing going on).
And as an added fun fact, this was the appetizer I chose to bring to my first big game watch party in Charlotte. I remember it fondly, because it was right around the time where I started to feel comfortable; like I had friends and was putting down roots.
It was a mild Carolina day, and we enjoyed barbecue, pimento cheese dip, jalapeno poppers and other football snacks in my friend’s backyard while we watched the game (it was definitely the first time ever I watched a football game outside in February!). And I remember these jalapeno poppers being a big hit.
So I’m excited to celebrate another year of football with friends, delicious snacks, and fingers crossed: a Packers win!
PIN FOR LATER!
- 12 large jalapeno peppers
- 2 ounces feta cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- A small handful fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- a teaspoon or so of onion powder
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- The peppers in half and scoop out the seeds and other insides. If the peppers don't lay flat on a baking sheet, slice a little off of the bottom.
- Mash the feta, cream cheese, shredded cheese, cilantro, and onion powder together and stuff the peppers with the mixture. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the cheese is brown at the edges and bubbly.
Since I’m so pumped for the Big Game, I’ve teamed up with my football blogger friends in one final collaboration to bring you some brilliant Big Game recipe ideas. We’ve made appetizers, entrees, desserts and even drinks. Prepare to be inspired, and be sure to check out their links below!
Classic Potato Salad by Celebrating Family
Chili Cheese Burritos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Fruit Spring Rolls with Key Lime Cheesecake Dip by Body Rebooted
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Dash of Herbs
Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip by The Culinary Compass
Chicks in a Blanket with Apricot Sauce by Mom’s Messy Miracles
Jalapeno Pale Ale Chili by Beer Girl Cooks
Jalapeno Popper Pull Apart Bread by The Life Jolie
Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip by Feast + West
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table
Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls by Honey & Birch
Cookie Dough Cheese Ball by Bread Booze Bacon
Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers by Love & Flour
Meatloaf Sliders by Foodtastic Mom
Wonton Taco Cups by A Mind Full Mom
Pancetta and Smoked Mozzarella Arancini by The Secret Ingredient Is
Bean and Cheese Taco Bites by The BakerMama
Monte Cristo Poppers by See Aimee Cook
Chile Beer Sangria by Cake ‘n Knife
Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers
Puff Pastry Pizza Bites by The Mexitalian
No Churn Pistachio Baklava Ice Cream by Club Narwhal
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers by Off the Eaten Path
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese by Hello Little Home
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wings by Around My Family Table
Gluten Free Bread Sticks by What A Girl Eats
Cheesy Beef Dip by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by The Crumby Cupcake
Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once
Baked Taco Empanadas by Simplify, Live, Love
Cheese Sticks by Coffee Love Travel
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Meatballs by West via Midwest
Puff Pastry Bacon Pizza Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
Skillet Chicken Queso Dip by foodbyjonister
Spicy Sausage Rolls by Peanut Blossom
Protein Dark Chocolate Truffles by The Creative Bite
Chickpea Pepper Cheese Poppers by Bucket List Tummy
Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria by Order in the Kitchen
Meyer Lemon Shandies by The Speckled Palate
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish by For the Love of Food
Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls by Simple and Savory
Pimento Mac and Cheese Squares by Lauren’s Kitchen
Pastrami Nachos by A Little Gathering
Shrimp Ceviche Dip by Glisten and Grace
Football Bourbon Balls + Boozy Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Apple Cider Mimosas With A Sparkly Sugar Rim by And She Cooks
Pulled Pork Stuffed Corn Dogs by Nik Snacks
Easy Pepperoni Rolls by Me and My Pink Mixer
Real Boneless Chicken Wings by Macheesmo
Califlower Tater Tots by Living Well Kitchen
Cheeseburger Naan Pizza by Shaws Simple Swaps
Red Velvet Ginger Rum Balls by Cafe Terra
Crab Rangoon by Brunch-n-Bites
Sweet n’ Spicy BBQ Popcorn by Life’s Ambrosia
Buffalo Chicken Rolls by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Crowd Pleasing Steak Fajita Dip by Lizzy is Dizzy
Sriracha Hummus Pinwheel Sandwiches by Casa de Crews
Simlple Meatball Sub Sliders by Loaves & Dishes
Maple-Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites by An Oregon Cottage
Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces by A Simpler Grace
Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
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