October 22, 2018

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Game Day Central


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SlidersFootball fans won’t just be cheering on their favorite team when you serve up our ultimate menu of game-day dips, mini sliders and finger-friendly foods.

MVP-Worthy Sandwiches

Go beyond a buffet of snack foods with a build-your-own sandwich bar including grilled chicken strips or patties, reduced-sodium deli turkey or pulled pork, colorful veggies and whole-grain wraps or pita pockets. Remember bold-flavored toppings like sweet and smoky Mezzetta® Roasted Red Peppers, zesty Mild Pepper Rings and robust Deli-Sliced Tamed Jalapeño Peppers for your sandwich bar. All are produced in the Napa Valley using the same high quality standards the Mezzetta family introduced in 1935.

Touchdown Dips

Football fans demand an assortment of irresistible dips. Kick them up a notch with these tricks to lighten up, save time and add flavor.

Transform creamy dips into a better-for-you option by replacing or reducing the amount of sour cream, cream cheese or mayonnaise with Dannon® Oikos® Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt. Not only does this simple swap trim calories and fat, it adds calcium, vitamin D, potassium and 22 grams of protein per cup. Whip up a crowd-pleasing party dip in seconds by stirring one to two tablespoons of recipe-ready seasoning mix into one cup of plain Greek yogurt.

For superfast guacamole, pick up Cabo Fresh™ Authentic, Spicy and Organic Mild Guacamole from our produce department. Each tub has a chunky texture and fresh flavor from ripe, hand-scooped Hass avocados that are seasoned with natural spices, just like homemade! Use it to make individual seven-layer dip cups. Simply layer fat-free refried beans, pico de gallo, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, Cabo Fresh™ Guacamole, tomatoes, shredded cheese and black olives in a small plastic tumbler and serve with veggies or baked chips for dipping.

Turn up the zing and zip with French’s® Spicy Brown Mustard. It adds big, bold taste, plus the thick and rich texture of brown mustard seeds to all of your favorite game-day dips. If sloppy joes, deviled eggs, marinades or mac ‘n’ cheese are on the menu, add a squirt of French’s® Classic Yellow Mustard for a surprising, tangy flavor. Both varieties are low in calories and fat free.
First-String Finger Foods

What’s a football party without finger foods? Raw vegetable platters, fruit trays, nuts, baked chips and whole-grain crackers are all sensible solutions.

Offer game-watchers a blend of both sweet and savory snacks with Emerald® Natural, Smoked, Dry Roast and Cinnamon Roast Almonds. When called on to satisfy a craving for crunch, the trio of healthful fats, fiber and protein in almonds gets the job done. Nosh on a handful straight from the convenient resealable pouch or toss them with whole-grain cereal squares, pretzel sticks and air-popped popcorn to create an easy homemade snack mix.

For dipping and scooping, serve Lay’s® Oven Baked Snacks. They contain less fat than fried chips with the light and crisp texture and flavor you expect from Lay’s®. Look for Barbecue, Cheddar and Sour Cream, and Sour Cream and Onion Potato Crisp varieties. Coach your guests toward portion-control by positioning snacks out of arm’s reach to help manage mindless munching.

Grilling on Game Day?

If your menu of game-day grub includes grilled chicken, pork, ribs, wings or burgers, baste them with Sticky Fingers® Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce for finger lickin’ good flavor. Not sure which sauce to choose? Try Memphis Original for traditional barbecue flavor that’s sweetened with molasses; mustard-based Carolina Classic that’s golden and delicious; or Sweet Southern Heat that’s a spicier take on traditional Southern barbecue.

Marinate chicken, steak, pork chops and even veggies in Ken’s® oil- and vinegar based Salad Dressings like Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, Zesty Italian or Greek for at least 30 minutes before grilling for a burst of flavor. Marinades add moisture to the surface of foods and can keep them from drying out on the grill. And when they contain oil, marinades can also help seal in juices and prevent sticking.

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